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WHY CHOOSE UVITA SURF LESSONS

by Bodhi Surf + Yoga

More than 550 positive reviews
10+ years of operation and 30+ years of teaching experience
Small groups: max 7:1 student to instructor ratio
Certified Instructors by the International Surf Association (ISA)
Pristine, beautiful location - perfect for learning how to surf & bodysurf
Multi-language surf instruction (English, Spanish, French)
We are socially resposible: B Corp Certified and members of the Center for Responsible Travel
We are environmentally responsible: 1% for the Planet member, ambassador for the Transformational Travel Council
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OUR PRODUCTS

Our Story

Bodhi Surf + Yoga was formed in 2010 by four friends from various corners of the world. They joined forces to share their passions and did so by creating a responsible tourism company.

 

Given the pristine state of their surroundings and their collective, pre-existing ethos, the co-founders decided their business should be used as a vehicle to facilitate positive social and environmental change in both their local and global communities.

Responsible Business

The individuals who work at Bodhi Surf + Yoga are not only passionate about their respective activities, but also about using business as a force for good.

  • We are the first (and only) B Corp certified and 1% for the Planet member surf and yoga camp in the world

OUR AMAZING TEAM

International Surf Association (ISA ) Certified Instructors

With over 30 years of combined surf instruction experience, our instructors excel at providing students with adequate theory, to move safely into practice. Our goal is to help you become a responsible  and autonomous surfer!

...and you might get a few nature & history lessons on the way! 

 

We take pride in our unique teaching style, where learning extends far beyond getting you up on a surfboard. We take our time with the theory, only work with small group sizes and work with people across all ages and skill levels.

Uvita Surf Lessons owner

Travis Bays

Bodhi Surf & Yoga co-founder | Surf & Bodysurf Instructor

Travis has a deep love and respect for the ocean and is able to transmit that through his instruction. He possesses a fantastic ability to get people laughing with his silliness all while encouraging students to be their best. He inspires confidence, helping students obtain the tools they need to exceed their own expectations in the water.

Luis Moya

Surf Instructor

Luis Moya is a proud Costa Rican and lifelong resident of the Costa Ballena area He is bilingual, and able to lead surf lessons in both Spanish and English. He is an incredibly friendly and jovial person that loves to share his passion for surfing through teaching others. With his infectious good vibes and “crazy surf” style, it’s hard for his students not to get stoked on surfing.

Spencer Dunlap

Surf & Bodysurf Instructor

Spencer is originally from the U.S., but is stoked to call Bahía Ballena home. An absolute ocean lover, he enjoys “wave sliding” of all kinds but feels an affinity for bodysurfing. As former college athlete, he constantly pushes himself to improve. He loves to share his passion for surfing and the importance of ocean conservation with his students.

Adrianne Chandra-Huff

Bodhi Surf & Yoga co-founder | Surf Instructor

Adrianne is a passionate surfer who has dedicated a herself to being by the seas. She can empathize with being on the learning curve of this tough sport, and loves working with beginners or those who are unsure or lack confidence. No one knows better than her that standing up on a board is attainable, and that the feeling is unparalleled.

Gabrielle Guyon

Surf Instructor

Gabrielle Guyon (“Gaby”) is from Quebec, Canada but has loved in the Costa Ballena area for several years. She is bilingual, and able to lead surf lessons in both French and English. She surfs for fun as well as competitively in the Costa Rican national circuit. She is very knowledgeable about surfing and transmits her passion and drive with everyone she teaches.

Hannah Walsh

Surf & Bodysurf Instructor

Hannah is a former competitive swimmer and ocean lifeguard, originally from the U.S. Surfing has taken a central spot in her life since she moved to Bahía Ballena in 2016. She loves of "frolicking" of all types: swimming, bodysurfing, surfing, boogie boarding, and free-diving. She loves to share her love of the ocean and how to be in it safely with others. 

TESTIMONIALS

I LOVE BODHI!

I should start by saying that literally every single experience with Bodhi has been incredible. Every instructor and leader at Bodhi is extremely friendly, responsible, and goes above and beyond to ensure the happiness and safety of their participants. At the surf lessons, Spencer and Luis were both incredible instructors. I did a week of classes with these two and I have nothing but positive things to say. Spencer and Luis are both expert surfers with a true gift for teaching.

-Connor C

I can surf!

As someone who has never been super comfortable in the ocean, I felt apprehensive about learning how to surf. Bodhi's week long curriculum is put together so well, with each day building on the skills from the previous day. I have taken surf lessons where instructors merely push you into waves, but this week was so much more than that! I am walking away with the confidence to now rent a board at any beach and apply the skills that I learned with Bodhi. The instructors well all helpful, patient and caring. Thank you Bodhi for helping me find my confidence and learn how to surf!

-Ellen M

Yes - you should book with Bodhi!

Yes they taught us to surf, but we learned about the history and wildlife in the National Park, the state of recycling in Costa Rica, and how to respect and give back to the ocean that gave us so much in our 10 days in Costa Rica. I can only imagine what the experience would be like if you spent a week with them and the Bodhi team. My wife, and two girls ages 7 and 9 had been looking forward to Costa Rica for 5 months. Travis and Luis did not disappoint- they were great guides, educators and coaches- we all got up by the end of our lesson. If you are thinking about the southern coast for a holiday, definitely think about Bodhi.

-Gordon G

Body Surfing Clinic is a MUST

While staying at Bodhi Surf, we had one free day as a break from the surfing and yoga. However, we were fortunate to spend a few hours out in the ocean learning to body surf! The instructors take safety first and are truly passionate about both teaching and surfing, so you know you're in good hands. This experience complemented the surfing perfectly because it allowed me to better understand how to use my body in the water and the mechanics of the waves. Catching a wave using your body is both exhilarating and freeing. I'm not sure when I'll be able to surf next, but I can't wait to body surf next time I'm in the ocean. So happy I did the clinic!

-Kristin G

Body Surfing like you have never experienced!

I was lucky enough to experience a Body Surfing lesson with Hannah and Spencer at Bodhi and I thought I knew how to body surf until they showed me the proper technique! It was so AMAZING catching the first wave! I actually screamed because I was PART of the wave! Quite different from anything else I ever experienced! They are incredible teachers!

-Terry W

THE STORY OF UVITA SURF LESSONS

Community engaged travel | Ideal place to learning to surf & do yoga

Uvita Surf Lessons by Bodhi Surf + Yoga

Uvita Surf Lessons is a branch of Bodhi Surf + Yoga. This company was founded in 2010 by four friends who came from corners of the world. They joined forces to share their passions and did so by creating a responsible tourism company. Given the pristine state of their surroundings and their collective, pre-existing ethos, the co-founders decided their business should be used as a vehicle to facilitate positive social and environmental change in both their local and global communities. 

Over the years

This business has grown and developed into what it is today. Bodhi Surf + Yoga the first and only B Corp certified and 1% for the Planet member surf and yoga camp in the world.

Passion in action

Everyone who works at Bodhi Surf + Yoga is not only passionate about their respective activities, but also about using the business as a force for good.

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