Pura Vida Surfers

Pura Vida Surfers gives a solid ground for anyone who wants to become a better surfer with relaxing and balancing yoga practices.

Yoga Retreats (5)

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Instructors (4)

Victor StClair Slatte

Victor is an instructor at Pura Vida Surfers.


Marcos, one of the instructors at Pura Vida Surfers.


Cristian is an instructor at Pura Vida Surfers.


Andrés, one of the instructors at Pura Vida Surfers.

Reviews (15)

Eva Zichner

from United States, October 2018

"Progress and pura vida "

the surfing in different locations was challenging and so much fun. andres is very patient, skilled and pushes you to your best. he knows what you can do and helps you to achieve progress, very easy to trust him. He really wants you to be safe and read the ocean. awesome.

tavoo as second teacher was patient and confident too, he helped us to enjoy every single part of surfing.

vero as a female national champion in costa rica and lifeguard made us feel more than secure.

i feel much more confident and even more excited to get into the ocean again.

pictures and videos have been taken to get together every night for a review. it was a lot of fun and because of all tips andres gave us there, we were even more motivated for the next day.

I got some vouchers for yoga and meals, so i had the whole variety and options santa teresa had to offer. There are around five yoga studios that offer different yoga styles. even if i focused more on the well organised surfing lessons, i took part at a yoga class every evening to help my body to relax.

santa teresa is a beautiful little nature town and the stay in selinas brings all cultures together within a colourful environment.

so if you search for surfing at breathtaking beaches with the best surfers of costa rica as instructors, experience enlightening yoga lessons on a open platform within the dschungle (funky monkey hostel) and live pura vida as its best, book now! :-)

Jeannette Quintana

from United States, August 2018

" Pura Vida surfyoga camp"

I loved the focus on surfing. Analyzing the videos at the end of the day helped you and the instructors see how you are progressing. The instructors were great at choosing appropriate locations and times based on your skill level. They were great at arranging all transportation and equipment we needed. I appreciated how I received individual feedback from each instructor. They were all very passionate about their work. Also, I really appreciated all their helped coordinating evening events and daytime exertions.

The stay at Selina was great. All the staff were courteous and friendly. They helped me plan exertions and gave recommendations on where to buy anything else I needed. Also they kindly helped me when I lost my phone charger.

The restaurant staff at Selina were kind and friendly. I enjoyed all my meals and drinks prepared.

I enjoyed all the yoga studios I visited. All the staff was very dedicated to their practice. Nacho and his wife Rachel at monkey adventures were incredible.

Noa Raman

from United States, October 2017

"A week in Green Season Paradise "

Days spent drenched in beach vibes and meandering through the jungle. Unrelenting rip tides, salt splotched skin, sandy feet, the watercolor sunsets, and sun kissed everything. Pura Vidas Surf and Yoga camp is the perfect combination of structured surf lessons and the freedom to pick and choose which yoga studio you wish to explore in Santa Teresa. I hope to come back to this magical place soon! I would even do this camp again and again. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to experience pure magic in paradise.

Chelsea Cox

from United States, July 2017

"Pura Vida Surfers was amazing ? "

Victor took care of absolutely everything! I wasn't expecting to have such an accomadating host. He went above and beyond and made sure I was happy every step of the way. He creates a very fun atmosphere! It was my first trip traveling alone and by taking you out as a group and getting you fruit and coconuts after he makes it very easy to meet other people. He also shows you videos of surfing at night which is fun and very beneficial for improvement. When I had problems with my bank he was so helpful. I would recommend Pura Vida Surfers to anyone.

Aline Dang

from United States, June 2017

"Quality Surf/yoga trip"

The food was amazing, surf instructions were phenomenal, yoga options were amazing. Great option for a solo female traveler.

Theresa Laubach

from Germany, December 2017

"Had a lovely last weekg and return super relaxed back home "

Well organized surfing lessons and a great variety of yoga classes

Linda De Jong

from Netherlands, July 2017

"Pura Vida in Santa Teresa"

I had an amazing time with Victor and the staff of Selina hostel. I didnt want to leave the place and the people. At first i got a warm welcome from Victor in Santa Teresa. I think with Victor and his staff the surfing is a different experience. The surfing was Great, every day they Pick you up and Bring you to the best place to surf. Victor is a good instructor, knows How to teach you, help become more confident to learn Surfing and inspire you. Also thanks to Christian, the other instructor, for taking care. The yoga classes at nautilus were awesome, good teachers. I could recommand to combine the surfing with the yoga class every day. It helps you to stay more fit. The hostel, Selina is the best place to stay. Good place, food, Nice swimming pool and the 4 persons dorms are clean. The staff works hard and make you feel at home. You can ask them anything. Thanks guys! See you.

Maria Krajewski

from United States, September 2018

"Life-changing! Best retreat ever thanks to Pura Vida Surfers"

I could go on and on for a long time about how wonderful this experience was and how deeply it affected me. It is a perfect combination of some of the most amazing people I have ever met and a stunning location. Santa Teresa has a special energy that creates time and space to take care of yourself. The instructors took me and all the other participants in like family and genuinely supported our growth no matter what. They helped me stand up on waves and surf for the first time ever. They converted me to a life-long surfer! On a much deeper level, they created an environment for healing, learning and processing that was truly transformative. Surfing and yoga are physical, emotional and spiritual practices, which the Pura Vida Surfers staff respect and support. I didn't know how much I would grow and what great friends I would find in Costa Rica. I can't thank Andres, Victor, Danny, Michael, Marcos, Andres, Tavo and the entire Selina team enough!! You changed my life in beautiful ways and I am so grateful for you all! Book this retreat and you will have an amazing experience! Everyone was able to stand up and enjoy surfing on their first day so that shows what expertise the instructors have. I am now surfing back in NYC and my instructors here complimented my form and technique that I learned with Pura Vida. The food was delicious, the room was awesome with good AC, and watching the videos each night was a special bonding time. I love everything about this retreat!

Roxanne Boisvert

from Canada, April 2018

"Perfect 1st surf expérience "

Surf, people, food, EVERYTHING!!

Helina Hadjarian

from United States, April 2018

"Amazing "

Everything was awesome! Victor was great surf instructor and was very accommodating (shout out to Lauren as well who’s amazing) Except for my last day, l had one on one session while surfing which I really enjoyed and appreciated. Everyone working at Selina was wonderful. I highly recommend getting a massage there. I had a room of 4 which had our own bathroom which was really awesome not having to share it with a bunch of others. The bed was pretty comfy. They offered free coffee and fruit in the morning. The locations to do yoga were AMAZING, I loved every class. I’m a novice and the classes were wonderful. I did this package out of convenience and I highly recommend it. I was a solo traveler as well.


from United States, December 2017

"Best Vacation of my Life"

When I was trying to decide between a holiday in Bali or Costa Rica, the amazing reviews here for Pura Vida Surfers swayed in the the direction of Costa Rica. I was not dissapointed. As a kid growing up in Southern California, I used to splash around on a board but never got to the level I wanted to be. Fast forward to over a decade later, Victor and Nacho helped me go from 0 to 60 in just 8 days of lessons. I had taken surf camps as a child in SoCal, so I can confidently say that Pura Vida Surfers in relation to other programs is truly unparalleled. The difference is that they take the time to ensure that the foundation (form, knowledge of conditions, safety, etc) is strong. If you're looking for a surf retreat, DO THIS ONE.

Filipa Massano

from Portugal, April 2018

The atmosphere and flexibility with the lessons.

The instructors were very nice and competent

Testimonials (5)

a traveler United Kingdom

TripAdvisor website

We had such a great day surfing the Victor and Nacho! Can't wait to go again tomorrow! Also the coconuts and pineapple at the end were delish! Thank you!

Victoria G.

TripAdvisor website

This was my first trip to Costa Rica and my first ever experience surfing. HUGE thanks to Victor, Nacho, Hugo and the rest of the Pura Vida Surfers team for making it so much fun and memorable. Everything was very well organized, the instructions were simple and clear. I felt safe and well taken care of. Absolutely loved the friendly and supportive atmosphere created by the team, and all the extra touches like yummy fresh fruit treats after the lessons, bottled water and sunscreen. I'm definitely inspired to do more surfing in the future, thank Pura Vida Surfers!

Ashley B.

TripAdvisor website

Well organized, informative, fun instructors! Had a blast. I signed up for a 3 days surf package! They had the boards, rash guards, sunscreen, fruit and water all supplied. Jumped in the rides provided and off to catch some waves. Each session was roughly 3 hours long. I highly recommend Pura Vida Surfers to everyone!

Sebastian S.

TripAdvisor website

Both Victor and Nacho are swell and chill guys, and they were able to make our first encounter with the waves smooth and fun. Will definitely recommend to any who's looking to have their first try in the waves!

a traveler Canada

TripAdvisor website

I visited Santa Teresa this May, and signed up for 4 surfing lessons. All of the choices can be overwhelming for surfing in Costa Rica, but you won't be disappointed with Pura Vida! I was up on my board the first day, and was catching green waves by the end of the week. Nacho and Victor have a great energy. They give you some theory on the beach before each lesson, and plenty of tips once you're in the water. Groups are small, so you have lots of one-on-one time. They will bring you to Playa del Carmen, Santa Teresa or Hermosa to catch the best breaks that day. I will definitely be back!

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