Hershel was born and raised in Puerto Viejo. After spending some time abroad in Europe, he decided to come back home and opened his own surf school. Since then, he has been teaching beginners, intermediate, and advanced surfers in the Caribbean as well as in the Pacific. Widely recognized as one of the best instructors in the country, he also stands out as a professional surfer. He regularly competes in the Pacific side of Costa Rica, where he also gets the best quality boards and gadgets for the surf shop. His humility, patience, incredible vibe, and care for the newcomers to the surfing world make him a trustworthy instructor. His passion for surfing and the ocean go beyond the technique and style.
Meet our assistants
Carlos grew up with the waves of Puerto Viejo. A professional surfer with extensive experience in teaching all levels, he greatly pays attention to every detail and adapts himself to your level and pace.
Anthony grew up in San Jose but quickly moved to the coast to teach with various instructors in town. Always in a good mood, you won't spend a lesson with him without laughing. Surfing has never been so easy.
Bryan surfed his first wave at the age of 4. He learned to teach by accompanying groups of beginners. Bryan will make you feel very confident riding your first waves.
Shelmar is only 7! With a promising career of a surfer ahead of him, he already won competitions in his category. He will blow you away with his style and technique.
what people say about us
Hershel is simply the best! He doesn't bombard us with a ton of information and he teaches us to feel the ocean and be in harmony with it. He supports us to go beyond our fears/mental barriers and above all teaches us to stop thinking too much about the moves so we can feel it and get up straight even if the technique isn't perfect.
What an amazing morning spent in the warm waves. Hershel is a true professional when it comes to surfing. Picked my wife and I up and immediately was getting to know our personalities so that our lesson would be as beneficial as possible. Improved my skills and had my wife surfing to the beach in no time flat. Had all the right gear all we had to do is show up.
Hershel is a wonderful instructor with a genuine and infectious enthusiasm for surfing. He took the time to explain how to properly read the waves and broke down the steps for getting up in a way that was super easy to understand. We were both beginners but were able to successfully ride several waves all the way to the beach.
During my time in Puerto Viejo I took almost a whole week of surf lessons with Hershel. He and his assistant Carlos are great teachers who showed me different surf spots depending on the current conditions. He was always punctual for the pick up and the spots that he chose always had surfable waves. I can highly recommend this school and had a great time there.