It is kind of silly to expect that one’s situation could change as simple as the old year is gone and the new year enters the scene. Still, like everyone else, I see January as an opportunity to gain strength and keep going on.
2021 couldn’t have started better, I have received the visit of two amazing families for surfing lessons and this was perfect to recharge my batteries.
I was born to be a traveler and I was never quite comfortable being at the same place. I traveled to many places around the globe, always looking for new landscapes and experiences. But something happened the day I set a foot on Santa Teresa, suddenly I just felt at home.
Here I never expected to see too many people from my country, my beloved France, but gladly and to my surprise, I was wrong.
It is funny when you think that maybe I would have never met these fellow countrymen if I would stay in France, but here they are in Costa Rica and I am really happy when I receive visits.
One special case is the visits I received a month ago, the lovely Leroux Lefranc family, they came all the way from the Nouvelle-Aquitaine, looking for surf lessons here in Santa Teresa. They instantly booked lessons for all the family members.
As a lonely soul, I really appreciate what they make me feel that day, being part of a big family. All that love flowing between the family was really warming my heart. As a surf instructor, I always try to connect with my pupils, but this time It was different, the experience of teaching a whole family was something wonderful for me.
We surely live in uncertain times, with the Covid-19 going all around the people, most countries are taking severe measures to contain the spread of the sickness. This is affecting the economy really hard but as the famous phrase says “while there is life there is hope”.
This is why the people of Santa Teresa and Mal Pais are supporting the campaign “#Stayathome” and we are asking the people to not come this easter week to the beach.
Do not take this wrong, we love you when you come to visit us but also we are worried about you and your beloved ones and we want you to stay safe at home.
The fact we will be seeing each other soon keep the hope in our hearts. Remember “It is never as dark as when it is going to dawn”.
I know we will ride the waves soon.
Sincerely, your favorite surf instructor, Audrey!!
The image says “Mal Pais and Santa Teresa closed. This Easter week, stop the virus. Stay at home”
In the last two decades, there is a growing tendency between the middle-class people of searching for smaller spaces to live. Taking advantage of the all space available is the key to make these places comfortable and functional at the same time.
Then someone came with the idea of converting old school buses into houses. I can not imagine a better idea than this, you take something which everyone else thought it’s useful life was gone a lot of time ago and convert it to a safe and cozy home for a family, a couple or someone who is enjoying being single.
As a surf instructor, I was always in trouble looking for houses near the beach I often use for the surf lessons, most of them are intended for rental purposes, so they are really expensive. In a career where the low season can be very hard in terms of economic income, one needs something reliable that fits the budget.
Then I started my project of converting a bus into a house for me. No regrets so far, the freedom that brings having a place you can live comfortably without leaving what I love most, my surf lifestyle and enjoying with you the waves, is something I will not change for anything.
I share with you some photos of me in my home!!
These phots were taken by Antoniak Martin, thanks!!
This weekend will take place the Santa Teresa Surf classic that takes place every year organized by Aaron Henkell and is presented by Banana beach, which will distribute $ 3,000,000 in cash to the winners of the different categories.
The tournament will count with some of the best surfers in the area and Costa Rica, including Anthony Fillingim, Sebastián Mora, Ramón Taliany among others.
Santa Teresa is always chosen for this kind of tournaments thanks to the surfing spots where you can find cool waves to surf, no matter the weather or the time of day, you only need to be ready with your surf table.
For this weekend, the organization opened the categories Open (male and female), Junior, Longboard, Mixed Bodyboard, Masters and Mixed Grommets.
The event will take place both Saturday and Sunday between 7 a. m. and 5 p. m. and, on closing day, the tournament will end with the classic Air Show, which will distribute more than 200,000 colones in prizes.
Do not worry, we will have plenty of space for our surf lesson and then we can go to watch the tournament, It will be fun!!
Traveling on the ferry to Santa Teresa, Nicoya Peninsula
Since Costa Rica is between two oceans, it counts with gulfs along all its coasts. One of these gulfs is the Nicoya Gulf that separates the central pacific coast from the Nicoya Peninsula.
Most people, in order to avoid at least 3-4 hours of driving to get to Cobano, Montezuma or Santa Teresa prefer to take the Ferry in Puntarenas. This ferry goes to Paquera on the east coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, just one hour away from Santa Teresa or Mal Pais.
The travel itself is relaxing, thanks to the calm waters of the Nicoya Gulf, the travelers just need to sit and rest for a while.
The trip takes one hour, there is free wifi, a fast-food restaurant, and many seats where you can take a nap or watch the ocean, some scattered isles and birds which travel from the peninsula to the mainland or vice versa.
The prices are quite fair between 20-25 dollars(USD) for the car and 2-3 dollars per person. Take into account how much fuel you save by not driving 150 KM.
If you are planning to visit the Nicoya Peninsula, for surf lessons, visit the beaches, watch the wildlife or just business, the Puntarenas-Paquera ferry is a good option if you want to get there faster and if you want to rest from driving.
If you miss this ferry, there is another one which travels from Puntarenas to Playa Naranjo but to get to Paquera, you have to drive for 35-40 minutes in a road still on construction.
Caroline Marks, a professional surfer being known as the youngest person right now in the World Surf League, just posted a picture as a child on her Instagram, remarking it to be the first time she remembers to be over a surf table.
The photo was taken in a not mentioned beach in Costa Rica.
Marks is classified for the Tokio Olympics Games, the first time Surfing is an Olympic sport.