THE MOST WELCOMING WAY TO LEARN AND IMPROVE YOUR SURFING AMIDST THE TROPICAL PARADISE OF SANTA CATALINA, PANAMA.
PROUDLY AN ALL LOCAL PANAMANIAN SURF TEAM // ALL ISA CERTIFIED AND TOP LEVEL SURFERS - INCLUDING THE CURRENT NATIONAL CHAMP!
Our daily surf lessons are held at the warm waters of Estero, just 400m away. One of the best beach breaks in Central America for beginner & intermediate surfers. A super relaxed and uncrowded beach with a gentle soft sand bottom and no rips. Offering smaller more gentle waves for beginners on the south side and more challenging waves on the north. It is the perfect break to begin and improve your surfing.
Classes are around 90min each day and begin with theory, water and board safety, a warm up and then learning the perfect pop-up and hitting the surf. You'll be paired with no more than 2 other guests with your instructor to ensure you receive the best coaching and personalised attention throughout the week to really progress. Plus you'll have the option for a second session each day in your free time to practice everything you're learning.
The water is warm all year round so you'll never need a wetsuit, but we'll provide you with a rashvest for comfort and extra protection from the sun. We have a range of soft and hard boards, so you can feel confident you’ll you have the right board for your level.
Class time each day will vary depending on the tides, but generally we’ll be out in the early morning. And if the tides are in our favor, we’ll also enjoy a spectacular sunset session!
A great surf instructor can make all the difference. At Santa Catalina Retreats, our experienced local instructors have been surfing and teaching at Santa Catalina beaches for years. Our instructors are very familiar with the breaks, so you can feel confident you are in safe hands with the most experienced and skillfull instructors.
Patient, encouraging and most of all fun. Whether you're here to learn to stand up for the first time, or perfect that bottom turn and riding across the wave, our instructors will support you achieve your goals.
In addition to being ISA certified, most of our instructors are also competitive pro surfers. Including the current National Panama Champ, Jean Carlos (Oli) Camarena.
Jean Carlos (Oli) Camerena / ISA Certified Surf Instructor & Pro Surfer - Current National Panama Champ - ISA #2 World Surfing Games 2018
Kelvin Gonzalez / ISA Certified Surf Instructor & Pro Surfer - Sub Champ Panama Nationals 2018
Neftalí (KEISY) CÁceres / ISA Certified Surf Instructor