Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica - Surf Trip To Playa Avellanas!

As the early morning sun rose, the campers of Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica loaded our various sized surf boards on top of the shuttle, and piled into the van headed for an all-day surf trip to the historic Playa Avellanas. On the way to the beach, we could look out at the bumpy dirt road and see a side of Costa Rica that some of us had never seen before. We could see locals sitting on their porch, while colorful clothes hung drying on clothing lines. As the drive progressed, a light rain rolled down the windows, and everyone started to become more talkative, awake, and excited for the surf.

We arrived at Playa Avellanas around eleven after the 40-minute bus ride. Everyone excitedly jumped out of the bus and untied their boards from the shuttle racks. A light mist hit our faces, but for the most part the weather felt cool and crisp. We walked to a unique looking tree, and put our stuff around the low hanging tree limbs. Many of the campers started waxing their boards to prepare for the large surf. Some of the non surfers went swimming in the white water and tested the strength of the powerful waves. There were several rocks on the edge of the water, which acted as a perfect seat to watch the surfers.

After some time passed, many of us laid out surf boards that were not being used, and started playing a board game on top of the long flat surface. The game was called ¨Bananagrams¨ and was similar to scrabble. This game was interactive that could be played in all languages. This reiterated that campers were always willing to learn and try new games and activities from different cultures. We have many bonding experiences that can be shared between all of us.

Lunch was prepared after many of the surfers came out of the water, hungry from all the energy they had just expended. Some campers took control of cutting and preparing the fresh avocado and tuna wraps. Everyone demolished the chips and salsa during this time of preparation. After lunch, we laid out our towels and attempted to digest the meal on the dark sand beach. The clouds opened up a little and we felt a couple drops of rain. At this point several of us decided to explore around the area, and find a famous bridge we were told about.

When looking for this bridge, we actually ended up walking passed it and walked another half mile until we noticed our mistake. Once we found the bridge, it lightly started to sprinkle. The rain actually made the look of the area much more atmospheric. The narrow wooden bridge went over a swamp, and was surrounded by dead trees. The combination of the misty rain on the bridge reminded me of a scary movie. We took many pictures of this bridge, but I felt none of them captured the eerie look of this unique swamp. We stayed at this bridge for a while, but then decided to make our way back to the meeting area. As we reunited with our friends the rain started to pick up.

Back at the tree, almost everyone decided to go back surfing and swimming. The rain did not bother anyone, in fact we actually enjoyed having the refreshing rain splatter on us. Swimming was followed by sunset yoga, taught by our teacher, Teresa. The combination of her soothing voice mixed with the sound of waves breaking, created a calming atmosphere easy to get lost in. The water reflected the pink and orange colors of the sunset. Everyone was covered in sand after this yoga session. We took a refreshing shower to attempt to get the sand off before getting into the van. We couldn´t take our eyes off the beautiful sunset. It was hard to tell where the ocean ended and sky began. We drove off as the sun disappeared behind the horizon.. A perfect ending to a perfect day.


THE WORDS: This article was written by the fearless and remarkable Wesley Bonnin, who is from Charlotte, North Carolina, and is constantly exploring the limits of travel while engraving her influence on the places and people she encounters. You can follow her incredible adventures via her INSTAGRAM.

THE VISUALS: This video was shot and edited by the gifted Belinda Martinez Solis, who hails from Ovideo, Spain and is traveling the World while speaking the language of art through her camera lens. Her journey and subsequent art can be followed via her INSTAGRAM.


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Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica Named A Top Destination for Traveling Surfers!

Surfers are constantly in search of that perfect day.

The day when they’re catching wave after wave in a warm, sunny locale and following it up with a cold beer on the sand. It’s no wonder that surfers have been searching for those perfect days around the globe for decades, and the travel industry is taking notice.

That’s why the travel experts at Canada’s leading online travel agency, Flight Network, recently released their list of the top 55 surf destinations in the world. The goal was to introduce their customers, and travelers from around the world, to the destinations that are known for offering those perfect days. In addition to providing epic waves, every destination on their list is home to comfortable accommodation options and plenty of things to do out of the water too.

We were happy to find Tamarindo, Costa Rica at number 5 on their list.

we were even more pleased to see Dreamsea Surf Camp as one of the best places for surfers to stay when discovering our piece of paradise. Flight Network praised Dreamsea Surf Camp for our ideal combination of luxury camping (glamping) and world-renowned waves. Flight Network also noted that our motto, “collect moments, not things,” encourages each and every visitor to make the most of their stay, whether they’re surfing, adventuring, practicing yoga or simply connecting with fellow campers.

Tamarindo is one of few surf destinations around the world where the perfect day (and multiple perfect days in a row) can be experienced year-round. We look forward to introducing surfers from around the globe to the world-class waves and nearby adventures that make Tamarindo and Dreamsea Surf Camp so special.


THE WORDS: This article stemmed from an original piece written by FlightNetwork.com, recognizing 55 surf destinations throughout the world for providing an authentic surf culture to wave-seeking travelers. You can find the original article HERE.


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Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica -- Pack & GO! – Why You Should Start Traveling Today!

If you recognize yourself within the context of this blog post, you may in fact be ready to make the leap into traveling yourself.

This article might just be the little push you needed to begin your own adventures as soon as possible!

Day in and day out of our fast-paced, and often times rushed lives, we are encouraged to be ‘realistic’ and to keep our feet on the ground. But what is the ‘real’ definition of being realistic? Our 21st century’s Western society teaches us that being successful is secured by investing energy and most of our time into our appointed position within that society. Mostly, this embodies hard work and dedication to everyday life and that respective position, rather than putting that same effort and time into developing ourselves.

Getting out of your comfort zone leads to feeling comfortable within yourself

It might sound a little ironic, but traveling – leaving your everyday comfort zone – actually leads to feeling more comfortable in the long run. Below you can find a checklist comprised of some comprehensive outcomes of traveling.

Whether it is solo or in a (small) group, any traveler will recognize the following benefits, and if they seem very appealing to you: don’t doubt that immediately starting your own travel planning may very well be a fruitful and life-altering decision.

During travel you will experience that:

✔ – Handling unexpected situations builds self-confidence

✔ – Being away helps you value relationships and home more

✔ – Leaving behind one’s everyday routine offers new perspectives regarding personal prospects – future career, hobbies, self-awareness

✔ – Discovering yourself is essential to get to know what your needs and future plans are, instead of adapting to environmental ones

Travel and Education are Complimentary

Regardless if it’s picking up a new language, cooking a new delicious Italian pasta recipe or mastering an ancient Chinese card trick, travel has proven to help us gain knowledge and extend education perspectives. Psychologists have actually proven that it levels up our mental and physical state of happiness – especially when we are comprehending anything we enjoy.

If you haven’t traveled yet, see if the below effects and outcomes of committing to a personal adventure are something you are looking to achieve – or in the case that you have already traveled, are currently traveling, and are looking to continue doing so – if experiencing anything listed below is what keeps you returning to the journey..

Travel helps you to:

✔ – Get over fears and explore new boundaries

✔ – Meet people, get to know different cultures that can actually be a better fit for you to live in instead of what you’re used to

✔ – Learn a new language leading to gaining knowledge and acquire unforeseen skill-sets

✔ – Extend old skills’ comprehension and share your gained knowledge with other people

“I enjoy some of the old and I enjoy some of the new, and if I can find a balance between it, that’s where I find my satisfaction.” from ‘The Dreamer’ – by Anderson .Paak

Traveling Actually Makes You Happier

As noted above, there is actual scientific proof that travel and all of the connected activities to it, makes you happier. Many research outcomes show that it gives you energy and provides a source of endorphins on the short term, lifelong insights on the long term, and definite good vibes in the present moment(s) you are in.

A little test to find out what you will remember the most, when someone asks you to look back on your life one day:

All those times you stared at the clock at work wondering if the batteries still work because time seemed to stand still, got to the supermarket afterwards not having any clue what you should make for dinner, and ultimately plopped down in front of the TV feeling exhausted and annoyed because you have to do the same thing over again the next day.


That one time you had authentic herbal Chinese tea with a Belgian and an Estonian friend in a hostel in Tamarindo – Costa Rica, discussing your volcano hike from the day before, where you had a celebration beer next to the crater and moved laughter to tears because a monkey jumped on your head and tried to pick your fleas?

In general, we can always and truthfully say that life is too short to just sit and wait.

Pack up your essential belongings, and go explore the world… but most importantly, go explore yourself.


THE WORDS: This article was written by the magnificent Saar Jacobs, who is from Antwerp, Belgium and is currently on her own long-term travel journey, shifting her own (and the World’s) perspective about the possibilities and liberation of travel. You can follow her incredible adventures via her INSTAGRAM or her PERSONAL BLOG.


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Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica - The Keys To Success Of Long-Term Travel!

“Traveling the world is cheap and easy.”, said no one ever.

Yet, thousands and thousands of people are doing it every day. During your own journey you’ve likely met people that have found their way into travel with less finances, but a perspective of traveling longer than you. So maybe it is true?

The initial questions most people ask themselves are – “How can I keep my expenses as low as possible – or maybe even live for free?” “What are the requirements to continue to travel as long as I want?” “Can I actually travel as long as I want, or do I need to keep certain obligations in mind?”

The good news: It is definitely possible to travel cheaply – or even better – for free. The bad news: It takes a little practice, effort, and planning to do so. Traveling around the world can be scary from time to time. Especially when you have to keep in mind the costs or probable hazards. Nevertheless, all you need is optimism, good-will and faith within yourself to begin your journey to – personal – freedom.

A Handful of Tips to Keep Your Expenses as Low as Possible - Or Maybe Even Live For Free.

The key word here is volunteering. Besides being an opportunity to immerse yourself in a totally new and unique culture wherein you can share your life spirit, it gives you a chance to discover new places for a very small, or even no amount of money. It is important to keep in mind low-cost or free volunteering programs might be harder to find, but – most certainly – not impossible. Everywhere around the world helping hands are needed; whether it’s a global oriented organization on one hand, or a self-sustainable local farm on the other.

Two very useful and trustworthy websites to find such volunteering programs are www.workaway.info or www.gooverseas.com. For example, on the former, you can find our very own Dreamsea Surf Camp Costa Rica as a host for such an amazing volunteering possibility (read the interview Workaway did with Dreamsea after recognizing us as a Host of the Month: HERE)!

Besides sharing enthusiasm, experiences and lifetime development, there are two important pillars that can help you on the way to a successful long-term travel. Both knowledge and skill can help you pave a path to the cheapest way of living abroad. Whatever you can imagine is possible. Literally. Going from teaching English to children in Phnom Penh – Cambodia, to making and selling bracelets in Mirtos – Crete, or cutting hair in Tamarindo – Costa Rica.

Think of something you would like to learn, could earn money with abroad, teach yourself the knowledge and skill to do so and… just do it. Gain knowledge or experience in a certain skill you can practice in any country, master it and share it with the world. It gives you the opportunity to earn money abroad in a way to break-even or even gain more money than expected.

To have realistic expectations is also one of the most important elements to build your long-term travel on. By far the most important expectation to be realistic about will be expenses and budget. That’s why it is important to point out a plan that brings your probable expenses and earnings together. The amount of long-term travelers who left their home carrying only a backpack and a few dollars, fits through a keyhole. It is essential to save up, point out a realistic budget plan and – most importantly – try to stick to it.

Insights Into Long-Term Travel That Can be Life Saving, Life Changing, Or Even Both.

It is important to keep in mind that there is no such thing as a recipe or formula to guarantee a successful long-term journey. However, both initiative and common sense are determining values for a successful trip. As each individual has a different skill set or range of qualifications to offer, the opportunities and outcomes of likely situations abroad differ extensively. Find out what you like and what works for you.

Before you leave, there is some big time self-reflection necessary. What do you own that you actually don’t need during your travels or won’t actually miss when you come back? The sky is the limit to make that last little bit of extra money. Think about your bike, your car, clothes, furniture … Also, leaving with a tidy mind and knowing that you can come back to start with a clean slate, helps to make you feel at ease throughout your travel.

Speaking about coming back; it sounds pretty badass not having a return ticket home. However, if you are not a experienced long-term traveler, it might be a good idea to have that golden ticket – in case you need it. You never know what may come along in your path. Whether it’s struggling with mental or physical discomfort, money issues or – it is possible – being homesick. Knowing that you actually can go home can be soothing in times you need it.

Last but not least, whether you’re traveling solo or with a group, certain risks are always involved during the journey. The ground rule here is: always better safe than sorry. Follow your heart but always listen to what your head has to say. Google around or ask other more experienced travelers for advice regarding general safety, criminal activities, illnesses… concerning the countries you’re traveling to, as this will help you to outlive your long-term travel to the fullest.


THE WORDS: This article was written by the magnificent Saar Jacobs, who is from Antwerp, Belgium and is currently on her own long-term travel journey, shifting her own (and the World’s) perspective about the possibilities and liberation of travel. You can follow her incredible adventures via her INSTAGRAM or her PERSONAL BLOG.


Interested in coming to Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica, volunteering with us, and  joining our team here in the jungles of Tamarindo, Costa Rica? Check out more of the Dreamsea Experience by hitting the “Learn More” button below! 

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In One Sentence: What Is Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica?

Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica has travelers from all across the World come stay with us throughout the year. It’s often that you can find people from 30 or more different countries within the camp at the same time!

It’s those same exact individuals, who are all made up of diverse and fascinating backgrounds, that are the heart and soul of what Dreamsea truly is at it’s core. It’s simply all about the people.

But what does Dreamsea Costa Rica mean to the travelers themselves? We asked some of those same adventurous and compassionate individuals within the camp to describe in one sentence, “What Dreamsea Means” to them…

Video Filmed & Edited by: = Tucker Cocchiarella

Song: “A Calf Born In The Winter” by Khruangbin

Surfing For Dummies - The Dreamsea Costa Rica Beginner's Guide to Surfing!

Invented thousands of years ago, Surfing is one of the oldest water sports known to mankind, and is now among the most popular and practiced beach activities in the world.

There are many reasons why this sport is so attractive. Wherever you go, the setting wherein you can learn or practice surfing is always sensational. Reckon a summer sun, a wavy ocean and a white beach being your exercise room each and every time again.

Learning to surf, and surfing in general, doesn’t come with an age. As some sports require a certain body condition to be able to do them, learning how to surf doesn’t require any specific needs. Of course, a fit body helps you to get in shape and to persist within the learning process. Without doubt, a healthy and well-nourished lifestyle helps you in whatever you do or pursue.

Wherever you go for a surf session, you’ll always meet and exchange experiences with other surfers from all over the world. Surf spots can be found at every coast line, which is an undeniable benefit and advantage of the sport. You can differ in setting, degree of difficulty, or desired surrounding whenever you want.

Watching experienced surfers going through a huge barrel can make surfing look so easy. Never forget that these surfers also started their learning process once upon a time. All it takes to become a good and experienced surfer is: practice, practice and – guess what – more practice. It took hours and hours of falling down and getting up for any skilled surfer to ultimately achieve the water mastery they possess today.

So, it is time to get down to business. Soak up the next 10 beginner surfer tips, book a trip to your ideal beginner surf spot, and get on that board as soon as possible!


1.  First of all: choose the spot wisely. Choosing a wrong spot can end up being seriously dangerous. You have to check whether the local conditions are suitable for you as a beginner.

2.  If you have found a good spot, you have to choose the right board. Never start with a short board. It has less volume, so it is less stable and more difficult to paddle on. Get a soft or long board. which helps you in your initial attempts at surfing. Make sure your leash is on your back leg with the tube pointing outwards and your board’s fins are pointed in the right direction. Check whether your board is waxed properly.

“As kids, we used to put soap on each other’s boards instead of wax. Hilarious, but most certainly not something you want when you just started to learn how to surf.”

3.  Warm-up: besides warming up the legs and hips, focus on warming up your shoulders, neck, and wrists. You can find some good information online on the best warm-up exercises to do, but one article here will give you six solid pre-surf pointers. Don’t forget to practice the pop-up on land!

4.  Put on a sunblock of 50+ on your face, arms and – especially the back of your legs. Basically every part that gets exposed to the sun needs to be covered. When you learn how to surf you can end up lying in the water for two hours or more. Protecting your core with a rash guard is also much advised. To avoid sun poisoning, you can wear a hat or a cap.

“Make sure you hydrate enough and SLIP, SLOP, SLAP. Australian slang for ‘put on loads and loads and loads of sunscreen’.” 


5.  Don’t go where all the people are. A lot of people means a lot of boards. When they’re mostly beginners the boards can end up flying anywhere. Read up about wave etiquette, and stay out of other surfer’s ride to stay safe and unharmed. Give other surfers the space they need. Keep in mind that another beginner cannot control a wave like an advanced surfer can.

Be careful of rips. Watch what the locals do to make sure you don’t get smashed by sets. Look out for sharks and other dangerous ocean life.”

6.  Find an orientation point on the beach so you can find out whether the currents are pulling you elsewhere. Also, it helps you to get up properly and stay up, because you will move your head less and have more stability within your body.

7.  Stay in the white water, as they come more frequently and that means you can practice the pop-up more. Ride out some waves on your stomach a few times. Feel the board. Feel the waves. When that works, you can do a real pop-up and try to finish a wave straight to the beach.

8.  In your first attempts at getting up on the board, you will fall, fall and… fall again and again. Whatever happens, it is important not to panic and stay positive, calm and always – ALWAYS – protect your head!


9. Flip your board over so the fins stand upwards and the wax of your board stays protected from the heat of the sun. Most wanted: find a piece of shade where you can lie your board in. Wrap the leash around the board, and take a breather.

10. Cool down: Stretch your arms, legs, shoulders, neck and wrists. Try to find a shower nearby to refresh yourself and to get rid of salt and sand. Finally, grab a cold beer and toast to your first actual surf session!

 “Get drunk. I’m kidding, but sure do get re-hydrated. Look out for changing conditions, as this might imply it is not worth going back into the water. Rips can change, waves can increase, sharks can appear.”


Wondering what the best places are to learn how to surf? As mentioned in the introduction of this article, that is one of the fantastic advantages of this sport. You can learn it everywhere. Every coastline has waves for beginners, intermediate, and advanced surfers.

In general, sandbanks are usually the best place for rookie-surfers because they create a surf zone where you don’t have to paddle as much. Avoid reef breaks and rocks, as they can create a hazard which is not recommended for beginner surfers. Try to avoid areas that are crowded, because other surfers also create risks for beginners. Don’t surf in between flags that point out swimming areas.

Keep in mind that as long as it is summer, you should be able to find beginner surfing spots. Generally, in winter time, waves are bigger and wind is stronger which are both non favorable conditions for a beginner surfer.

All you need as a newbie is a mellow beach break. Make sure there are no rocks, no dangerous ocean animals, no reefs and no crazy currents. You can travel to find a surf spot from South Africa to Costa Rica to Spain. Literally every coastline has spots for beginners!

SOME HOT SPOTS FOR BEGINNERS: The following locations are great surf destinations for the novice surfer: Tamarindo, Costa Rica — Byron Bay, Australia — Moliets, France — Peniche, Portugal — Waikiki, Hawaï


Below you can check out some basic surfing tips in a video featuring one of our current Dreamsea Costa Rica surf instructors, Jakob Unterholzner, who is originally from Germany, and fell in love with the art of teaching surf while in Morocco. Jakob came to Dreamsea Costa Rica via France, where he was a surf instructor learning under former German surf champion, Gerrit Handl.

Jakob’s passion for surfing is endearingly obvious, and in this video, he covers some basic surfing tips including: common mistakes made by novice surfers, the proper technique to pop up on your board, and the particulars of rip currents.


THE WORDS: This article was written by the naturally gifted Saar Jacobs, who is from Antwerp, Belgium and is currently exploring Central America leaving her emotive footprint on the World. You can follow her magnificent journey via her INSTAGRAM or her PERSONAL BLOG.

THE VISUALS: The Photos and Video included in this blog were shot and edited by the talented Tucker Cocchiarella, who is from Vail, Colorado. Follow Tucker’s visual explorations on his INSTAGRAM and PERSONAL WEBSITE.


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Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica is the Perfect Place for the Solo Traveler!

We have all heard it many times before: Travel is addicting.

It’s an opportunity to become the strong, courageous adventurer you’ve always wanted to be. It allows you to experience beautifully diverse cultures, meet incredibly inspirational people, and create memories that will certainly last a lifetime. So why isn’t everyone booking a flight somewhere right now?

There are many things that tend to hold us back from committing to travel. While those reasons can vary, oftentimes it’s just the grand notion of travel itself that can be overwhelming. Removing yourself from your comfort zone could simply be the only thing holding you back from an experience of a lifetime.

What are some of the other reasons people don’t launch themselves into exploring the vast corners of this majestic world? Many people are fearful of traveling solo and that is completely understandable. It can be difficult even deciding where to begin. How do you plan for the food, accommodations, and the perceived financial strain? How do you feel assured of one’s own safety? How do you find like-minded individuals, and most importantly, how do you have a trip that is fulfilling, inspirational, and positively unforgettable? Digesting all of these details and decisions that come with the initial stages of planning your travel, simply put, can be overwhelming.  

The unique volunteer program within Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica is the perfect introduction to travel for the first time, solo adventurer. At Dreamsea we receive people of all ages, from all walks of life and backgrounds, who arrive on their own, and end up leaving with friends from all over the world. You meet people who will want to keep traveling with you, people whom you plan to meet again later on in your life, and people who will eventually open their homes to you in different parts of the world. The Dreamsea family shares a special connection that continues to provide and encourage companionship on this wild adventure called life!

Mikaela Hawkins, a colorful and impassioned 19-year old solo female traveler, came to Dreamsea Surf Camp in Costa Rica without having any previous travel experience. Here is what she had to say about the many reasons why Dreamsea is the perfect destination for a solo traveler. 

“I always knew I wanted to travel. I just had no idea how I was going to pull it off. From a young age, especially being female, I have been warned to be safe wherever I go. So when I took some time off from University and booked a flight to another country, people had concerns. When I was exploring my options I knew I had to be aware of a few things. Money and safety were big ones followed by fun and meeting people who shared similar values to me! I wanted to be doing things I was passionate about ( surf, yoga, outdoors, art), and I wanted to be doing them with people that enjoyed those same things as well!

The volunteer program has allowed me to travel for much longer than I ever thought was possible for me. I have seen and heard others share similar experiences as well. Dreamsea’s volunteer program is vast and there is something for everyone. The volunteering is not seen as work but seen as a chance to be surrounded by rad people while working as a team. Everything here is done together and done with love. It really is a family, and I have never seen such kindness and community in one place. I would have been much more fearful to travel if I had not found Dreamsea Costa Rica. Just thinking of traveling was overwhelming for me. Having to budget food, accommodation, and also transportation to get to all the extra and fun activities can add up. At Dreamsea it’s all here for you in one place.

I was speaking with a girl who just arrived from Germany last night and she was telling me how everything flows gracefully here. Of course there is a lot of hard work behind Dreamsea but because of the attitude of the staff and volunteers, it seems effortless and relaxed.

When I first stepped out of the taxi with my bags I wondered what I had gotten myself into. I felt as though I had stepped into the pages of the jungle book. Teepees were scattered among the trees and glowed like lanterns welcoming me in. Kittens played in the bushes. I could hear someone playing guitar music in the treetops. People were gathered in a circle laughing, and enjoying each other’s company. I knew immediately that I had arrived at a very special place, and one that is understandably loved by so many. You can feel it in the air. There is a special quality of magic that infuses the place.

Like most, I came to Dreamsea eager to learn to surf. Having had zero surf experience in my life I thought this would be just the time to learn. How hard could it be? Turns out it is hard. There are only so many times you can fall off the board before you start to get discouraged. Trying to be synchronized with the ocean makes this an especially challenging sport! There is an element of surprise where you never quite know what will happen, which is thrilling but very intimidating. Day after day I saw the glow that surfing gives people. The buzz of happiness you get from riding a wave. It lights you up from the inside out. Today I went in the water to try surfing again. I naturally picked the spot where the most people were, probably for comfort. Half an hour went by and I was just getting pounded by the waves.

I decided to take a break from the ocean for a little and just enjoy everything else Dreamsea had to offer. Surf is a huge part of Dreamsea Surf Camp but there are so many activities and fun things to be a part of that you could still have a blast without ever touching a board. That’s what’s so special about the place; there is something for everyone. I didn’t want to give up on surfing quite yet so I told myself I’d try it a few more times. I paddled out of the spot I had been in and I headed to a new spot. Minutes later I caught my first real wave. I wish I could explain to you this feeling.  Words are inadequate and cannot really do justice to it. It’s a buzz that travels through your entire body, and makes you feel alive in the most invigorating way possible. I finally understood why surfing is such a deeply loved sport. By leaving what was comfortable and trying something new, I caught my first wave and now I want a million more!

I have a feeling traveling can be explained in the same way. It’s not always smooth, and sometimes it can be overwhelming and unpredictable, but if you take the risk and paddle out (even if you are by yourself) something amazing is bound to happen. I could not have found a more perfect place to begin my travels. I came to Dreamsea Surf Camp in Costa Rica alone but I am leaving with an entire family, and the confidence to continue my travels as I continue to catch waves!

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10 Reasons Why Women Make GREAT Surfers! (From the Perspective of A Blossoming Woman Surfer)

“I want people to know that there is space for women in the water, and that the ocean needs us!”

Bright, determined, and passionate about everything related to surf, we had the pleasure of interviewing Linda Belli Cristani, one of our Dreamsea Costa Rica volunteers, who was eager to share the ways that surfing has impacted her life as a woman, both in and out of the ocean.

Growing up in the waters of Italy, Linda started swimming when she was just 3 years old but it was not until one year ago at age 22 that Linda tried surfing for the first time and fell completely in love. Like every beginner she faced challenges, but was surprised to find that not all of those challenges were physical. Linda conveyed – “In Italy there is not a big culture for surfing yet. It is mainly men in the water and I was a woman and a beginner so they didn’t treat me equally.” 

But that didn’t stop her from going back. Immediately hooked to the sensation that surfing provided, Linda took a few surf lessons to get started and then eventually pursued it on her own. While simultaneously juggling both working and attending University, it was not an easy task for Linda to take up surfing, but where there’s a will there’s a way. Linda pronounced – “When you love something, you give your heart to it. It is the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning and the last thing you think about before your head hits the pillow at night. You let it consume you, and through that, it becomes a beautiful kind of magic.”

An additional challenge for Linda was the distance she had to travel to get to the ocean. She explained – “I would have to wake up at 5 A.M. and then, drive two hours to get to the waves , just to fit in a surf session before school started. I was always the last one to get out of the water. Everyone was always calling my name -‘LINDA! LINDA!’, and I would get in the car completely wet but always smiling so big.”

Before Linda started surfing she was struggling to get good grades, even though she put in extensive hours studying.- “I was constantly tense, nervous and sick from stress.But once her love for surf began to blossom, even the chaos and weight of her education became a bit lighter – I was still studying as much, but also spending a lot of my time driving to surf spots. I’m not sure how, but after this became routine, I somehow managed to begin getting better grades.”

It is common for a woman in our society to grow up needing to become accomplished in many diverse areas of life. This translates directly to surfing. On the water you are not only using your strength, but your sight and senses too. “People think surfing is just about power but it is so much more. Woman are graceful and watching them surf is like watching a beautiful show. ”

Ultimately, in speaking in detail with Linda, we were able to come up with 10 reasons why woman make good, if not GREAT, surfers:

1. Women are strong (physically and mentally).


2. Women are great communicators. 


3. Women have mastered the act of multitasking.


4.Women are graceful. 


5. Women are patient. 


6. Women are audacious!


7. Women are powerful.


8. Women are focused and determined.


9.Women have good visionary skills. 


10.Women are PASSIONATE! 

As is the case when learning any new sport, but especially surfing, it is common to see beginners go out in the water and get frustrated with the initial progress. We asked Linda if she has ever had moments where she wanted to give up. She emphatically delivered – “Never. To me it is all a part of the experience. Of course I still get frustrated and I have days when I go out to surf and I can’t catch even one good wave. But then when you do and it makes it all worth it. The waves wash away the frustration and you are left buzzing from the wave you just caught. But in those frustrating moments you have to stop and realize you are in the middle of the ocean, doing what you love, so really, what else could you ask for? ” 

Linda’s best surfing moment in her life thus far occurred while staying here at Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica. She excitedly described – “I got one second barrel and it was amazing! I wasn’t even expecting it. I can’t wait to have another one. I’ll go every day if I have to just to have that experience again. It was incredible! All of the other sounds in the world are blocked out and the wave is the floor, the wall, and the ceiling all at once. There is nothing like it!”

In closing, whether it be on a surfboard or any other walk of life, one thing Linda pronounced that we here at Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica could not agree more with is this – Women can do whatever they want, and they can do it really really well.” 

This interview was conducted and written by the dynamic and extraordinary, Mikaela Hawkins, who much like the blog’s interviewee, Linda, is a powerful and creative women exploring the World with tenacity and compassion.  You can follow her life endeavors via her Instagram page at: @mikaela.alice

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In this video, “Just Another Day at Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica​!”, we highlight the Dreamsea Costa Rica crew hitting Playa Tamarindo for an afternoon full of the infamous beach game “Flunky Ball”, some cold drinks, dancing, laughing and a beautiful sunset.

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Video filmed by: Daniel Perez & Paul Doffing 

Video Edited by: Daniel Perez

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