CSC + RDA Surgical Strike Surf Retreats

INTRODUCING CONATUS SURF RETREATS AT RANCHO DIANDREW

Conatus Surf Club is a private surf coaching company based out of New York. It is owned and run by Dion Mattison (my older brother), an expert surfer and doctor of philosophy. Conatus applies a holistic and philosophical approach to wave riding, which is far beyond your average “get pushed into a wave” lesson. In fact there is no pushing. With Conatus you learn to judge waves and paddle through and into them on your own. You learn about different board shapes and surfing history in addition to proper paddling and trimming techniques. Conatus is the academic surfing institution that will equip you to become a stylish and ethical lifelong surfer. For more on the approach and philosophy please head over to their site: www.conatussurfclub.com.

CSC is teaming up with Rancho Diandrew for two camps in 2016: January 4-11 and March 19-26. These camps are aimed to boost your surfing skills in a relatively short amount of time by simply logging multiple hours in the water per day. In and out of the water you will receive expert coaching including video analysis of your sessions. Rancho Diandrew is situated in direct proximity to a variety of great surf spots for surfers of all ability levels. We will adapt a flexible approach to each day’s surfing destinations, picking the spots that work best for reasons to do with tide, swell, weather conditions, crowds, and ability levels of campers.

Empty lineups galore. Photo: Trilby Hamnet
Empty lineups galore. Photo: Trilby Hamnet

Details

You will fly into San Jose Int’l Airport the day your camp starts. Please book to arrive in the morning, as you will need to take a smaller plane to Quepos Airport. For your trip to San Jose you are welcome to book on any airline. If you decide to bring your own board(s), American and JetBlue have the most reasonable board bag rates: American is $150 per bag (unlimited amount of boards) and JetBlue is $50 per board (they will open your bag and count). Then you book a flight to the Quepos airport via Sansa or Nature Air (they are the only two airlines that operate this route). When you arrive in San Jose you’ll ask some of the bell hops in the lobby to help you get to Sansa or Nature Air for your flight to Quepos. They will help guide you there and will take your luggage for you. It is recommend you tip $5-$10 for this service. American dollars are fine. You may want to get a few colones (Costa Rican money) at the airport but don’t get too much, as the exchange rates are better at the banks near us. We then pick you up at the Quepos Airport and escort you camp. You must pay and book your own airfare, but after you arrive in Quepos, the rest of the transportation is on us.

We’ll head straight to camp and hopefully get a surf in on the way. Then we’ll go to camp, have orientation, eat dinner, everyone will have their lodgings. Then we’ll go to sleep and start dreaming of barrels and bottom turns. You’ll wake up to the smell of fresh Costa Rican coffee and the sound of howler monkeys in the surrounding jungle. There will be fruit and toast at your disposal and high speed internet for checking the buoys and surf forecasts. After “making the call” we’ll head out for our first dawn patrol.

Fresh local food will be prepared for you every day. All meals at camp are included, with the exception of alcohol and meals while in town.

All boards and leashes and wax are also included. We’ll have a number of different shapes for you to try out. We will be using all hard (polyurethane) surfboards. We will also have other wave riding craft options: boogie boards, alaias, swim fins, and surf mats. A proficient surfer should get to know the waves from a variety of speeds and angles and plus it’s just plain fun to see the wave in new ways. As stated previously, you’re more than welcome to bring your own boards, but do know that if you want to avoid the travel expense then we have you covered.

You will leave the day after your camp has ended, again flying out of Quepos. PLEASE BOOK MORNING TRAVEL.

Cost

$2,300 credit/debit.

$2,200 cash via Venmo or Chase Quick Pay.

Due in full to secure spot.

To book and for questions email ranchodiandrew@gmail.com or conatussurfclub@gmail.com.

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RAINY SEASON TOUR

RAINY SEASON TOUR

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS

CAN HAVE A WHOLE NEW MEANING

AT RANCHO DIANDREW

AND AS THE JOURNEY UNFOLDS

 

FOR THE WAY THRU THE WOODS

IS A JOURNEY ITSELF

BUT THE WATERS WE CROSS

CAN BE SO BRAVE

WE STOPPED JUST BEFORE

TO WARN HER

ALL WOULD BE  WELL

AND SHE COULD PRAY TO JESUS

AS SHE CROSSED OVER THE BRIDGE

BUT SHE KNEW NOT……

WE MEANT THE OTHER BRIDGE

AS SHE APPROACHED

AND THE MOMENTEM GREW

AND THEN SHE WAS THRU

TO THE WATERFALL TOUR

WITH RANCHO DIANDREW!

 

Surf Lessons For Kids

We Shoot to the Beach

The Tide is Low

The Moms are Waiting

To Start the Show

Drew Starts the Lessons

With Hops From the Sand

Then Out to the Surf

Surfboard in Hand

Drew Pushes Them Out

And Into a Wave

 

And Before it is Done

It’s the Next One They Crave

 

An Occasional Flop

But Not Very Many

 

They Learned So Quickly

They Hardly had Any

 

Soon They Were Standing

And Turning With Ease

 

Working With Kids

Is Such a Breeze

 

Soon They Were Posing

And Riding With Style

 

Surf Lessons for Kids

Is Something You Can Do

 

So Book your Lessons

With RanchoDiAndrew

 

 

Sunday Funday

The Day is Planned

As the Dawn Approaches

And the Jungle Awakes

As Do Andrew, Chuck, Nathan and Nancy

To Prepare for the River

And the Gathering of Friends

Cutting Boards become Slides

For the Children to Ride

As the Morpho Slips By

The Grill is Readied

As We Scramble to the Gorge

A Jurassic Journey

Slowly Unfolds

Ten Meter Backflips

The Kids Jumping Three

Then Back to the Bar-B-Q

And Good Eats For All

 

Climb, Slide, Swim Through the Day

Remember Your Friends Who Sponsor

These Times

Of Andrew of Chuck, Of Nathan and Nancy

A Tank of Propane

A Nice Word of, Thanks!

If You So Fancy

 

Saturday Softball

Early for Shade under the Tree

Andrew sets Up the Barb-B-Q

 

For The Folks to Feed

 

The Players Trickle In

New Friends and Old

We Gather and Watch

The Captains Today

Choose their Teams Accordingly

Let the Games Begin

And the Goodwill Abounds

 

As Players and Friends are All Around

We Enjoy our Beverage

 

And the Company of Each

And All the Kids

 

Have Joy to Teach

The Game Goes On

 

Though Very Few Care

Or Know of the Score

 

We Celebrate the Day

 

 

And Everyone Wins

 

Beginner Surf Lesson

We Drive to Pam’s Flutterby House

 

 

To Pick up Our Guests

Their Excitement Abounds

 

 

For First Lessons to Surf

The Beach is Close

 

 

 

And the Lessons Begin

 

 

 

Paddling, and Standing Follow

 

 

Post Haste

 

 

As Duck Dives, and Turning

 

Are Soon Introduced

 

Mark and Jen are Ready to Go

 

 

Should Decisions to Surf

 

Be A matter they Eschew

 

 

They got their Training

From RanchoDiAndrew

 

 

Firing Point

We arrive at the Point

Nice Clean Swell, six to eight, + +

Hazy, 82 degrees, Water 80 degrees

Nobody Out, Andrew Paddles

Lines up on the Sets

Swell Building, Tide Dropping

Swell Sweeping Up the Coast

South to West

Wrapping, All Alone

 

Eight Minute Sets

Two Sets Within Each Set

Second Set Bigger

Andrew Picking His Waves

Conditions Smoothing

As the Tide Drops

Sets Building, Lineup Holding

Two Hour Session

All Alone

 

SATURDAY SOFTBALL GAMES

Every Saturday in Uvita you can join local community for a Softball game. Even if you’re only visiting there will be an extra glove and a baseball bat for just you. Andrew from Rancho DiAndrew is grilling his famous pork sandwiches and hotdogs. They are great with a cold beer on a hot tropical day! Come and join the fun!

WATERFALL TOURS

We’re located alongside a mountain river with numerous pristine waterfalls most of which are impossible to access without a local guide. You will find yourself in the heart of the jungle with unlikely other visitors at the site. Swim, jump cliffs, sunbathe and have lunch on the river banks or at Rancho DiAndrew’s patio at the end of the trip.  All waterfalls have different difficulty of access level from Relaxed and Moderate to Advanced – choose one that suits your activity style. See more info at WATERFALL TOURS at TOURS section

Moderate Trek Waterfall Tour at Rancho DiAndrew

Moderate Trek Waterfall Tour at Rancho DiAndrew

Relaxed Trek Waterfall Tour at Rancho Diandrew

Relaxed Trek Waterfall tour at Rancho Diandrew

Jungle Day Trek at Rancho Diandrew