heading to Costa Rica in the last week of April. Mostly i was going to learn to surf/relax but kayaking seems to be a good possibility. we're on the pacific side near Jaco. any thoughts or info on who to contact for boats/guides?
The Rica is sweet - Just returned from a week of pounding around the pacific coast - Learned to surf in Samara (very nice) at a place called 'jesses surf shop'. The went to Manuel Antonio and got a board from a some locals (very last surf shop as you are heading into the actual park of Man Ant. Ask for a dude named Alex - speaks good english, knows the low down)- I though it was great down there. I've heard Jaco is good too, but something about the waer quality (I'm sure confluence has it beat).
You can also rent whitewater kayaks in Quepos if you want to take them out on the ocean for some surf. I can give you tips on the great places we stayed if your interested.
A buddy of mine has a rental biz near Quepos. He has all the Riot boats, including Turbos. Just south of Quepos is the Rio Savagre, it as up to Class IV rapids. But it also has a long stretch of Class II-III WW. There is also a play spot right in Quepos, but I am not sure if it would be in this time of year.
My buddy can be reached at [email protected] He is on the road right now, in Colorado actually, but he checks his email frequently.
Thanks - i'll let you know how it turns out for sure.
Speaking of neophytes trying to surf in a kayak, i think Hobie's forum on surfing was a good reminder not to be an idiot. Yes, i will definitely bring some beers on the water with me for kharma, and to prevent a solid ass-whoopin. . .
I just moved down to Costa Rica a few months ago and my boats just arrived from the States. I am going to go out with some of the Rio Tropicales guys next week. They do a few runs near Quepos (Sevegre and General) and also do the Pacuare and Reatazon. I'll post a trip report after I go. Send me an email if you want to hook up and boat while your down here. I live in Playa Del Coco up in Guanacaste, but will drive a few hours whenever I get a couple of days off in a row to go boat. My email is [email protected]
Just a piece of advice. if you are new to surf kayaking, i would not go out at hermosa. that is a solid beach break that can be downright nasty. its steep and jacks up in a hurry. there is also some localism at the popular spots. try jaco (5 minutes north) or playa eserillos and bejuco (10 and 15 minutes south respectively) for more mellow and less crowded line-ups that can still be GOOD.
As far as boating, talk tot he guys at H2O adventures in Quepos. they run the naranja (probably a IV IV- and the Savagre. But they are great people (Arturo is the mexican in hoya's photos, and he is a personal friend).
Thanks for the advice. My roomate surfs at Playa Hermosa, and he is a very good boater and surfer. He told me the same thing, and we'll probably head south to Playa Eserillos. I guess the rip tides alone are tough, let alone the surf, and i've never been kayaking on the ocean.
I'll look up Arturo at H20 Adventures in Quepos. Thanks again. Any other beta and info is welcome- thanks!
I went on a surf trip to costa rica and spent a week on the Nicoya peninsula where we found head-high spilling surf - amazing stuff (nothing gnarly). Also, Nicoya is the "old" costa rica - very little tourist crap.
Unfortunately, the Nicoya peninsula, as far as I know, doesn't have a lot in the way of river running. So, if you are interested mostly in kayak surfing, then I would go to Nicoya...
I went down by myself back in november for a couple weeks. Flew into San Jose and then took the bus to Turrialba, pretty typical. I got a room at the Interamericanna in Turriabla. I talked to a few people at Costa Rica Rios about renting a boat and catching shuttle with them but that didn't pan out for a paid trip and the next day I was supposed to catch up with a few of the employees (still renting a boat from them) but they never showed up.
I ended up walking over to Tico Tours Whitewater, Roberto the owner speaks great english and set my up with a Mr. Clean & paddle, I brought the rest of my gear, and caught shuttle with them on the Rio Pacuare which was a really nice class 3/4 run for $30.
I tried to line up a day on the Reventizon but couldn't find anybody running it, commercial or private so I hopped back on the bus and went to Jaco to surf. Worked out really well.
Kayak surfed 5 of them in Mal Pais. Surfers were totally cool with us, and actually had a blast watching us get worked from time to time. They wanted to take our boats out, but after getting them upside down in the pool, they changed their minds.
Did the other 5 days in and around Turialba. Great little town. We used Costa Rica Rios as our guide, but it was pretty disorganized. Still, had a blast. Reventezon is dirty, but probably the funnest section we ran. Way bigger water than anything I have run here in Colorado. Not more technical, but bigger and a bit intimidating at first. All good stuff.
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