CSC + RDA Surgical Strike Surf Retreats


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:

CSC is teaming up with Rancho Diandrew for two camps in 2019: January 4-11 and March 10-28. 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


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.



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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



Surf Lessons at Rancho DiAndrew

RANCHO DIANDREW offers PERSONALIZED SURF tours for groups of 1 – 6 people. Two lessons a day for beginner or intermediate surfers with a maximum of 3 students per instructor.

We offer you to stay in 2 Safari style tents (accommodates 2-3 people), luxury camping style: in the heart of the jungle yet with the comfort of hot shower and Queen size bed, with the spectacular view of the ocean from your private patio.

BASIC SURF PACKAGE  includes your accommodation, 3 meals a day (food preferences considered) and 2 private surf lessons a day with a maximum of 3 students per instructor.We will provide all the necessary sports equipment for your surf lessons

BASIC SURF PACKAGE (7 days and 8 nights) without transportation

WITHOUT transportation (must have your own rental car) A tour guide/surf instructor will accompany you on all tours in your vehicle (please have an extra seat available for the instructor)

One person – $980 USD per person

Two or more – $900 USD per person

BASIC SURF PACKAGE BY DAY without transportation

One or more  – 140 $ per day per person

BASIC SURF  PACKAGE (7 days and 8 nights) with transportation

WITH all transportation to and from the beach (includes a rental car, car insurance, gasoline and a driver)

1 rental vehicle that fits 1 to 4 people – 250 $ per day

2 rental vehicles that fit 4 to 6 people – 500 $ per day




RANCHO DIANDREW offers personalized tours for groups of 1 – 6 people.  in the heart of the jungle yet with the comfort of hot shower and Queen size bed, with the spectacular view of the ocean from your patio. Personalized tour package includes your accommodation, 3 meals a day (food preferences considered) LOCAL TRANSPORTATION, VIDEO OF ENTIRE TRIP IN AND OUT OF THE WATER.
You can customize your tour package by telling us your interests and your desired length of stay. We will put the package together just for you and your group.


Other tours available (fees apply):

  • Off-Shore fishing / In-shore fishing 
  • ATV tours
  • White water rafting
  • Scuba diving
  • Ultra light plane tours along the coast
  • Waterfall tours
  • Day Jungle Hike
  • Night jungle tour with biologist
  • Overnight jungle camping tour
  • Birding
  • Horse back riding (beach or jungle)
  • Canyoning / repelling
  • Boat tours (dolphins and whales, snorkeling)
  • Kayaking tours
  • Yoga classes
  • SUP Ocean or River
  • Paragliding


You are responsible for buying your own plane ticket to and from San Jose International Airport (SJO) We recommend you arrive before 2pm so you can take another short flight on Sansa airlines to Quepos/Manuel Antonio ($90/pp, 20 min flight) or to Palma Sur ($90/pp, 20 min flight) regional airport(s). We will pick you up from either of these airports. Alternate travel from San Jose to Uvita includes a private taxi ($170, 3.5 hours), shared shuttle($55/pp, 4.5-5 hours), or Bus (Tracopa Bus- $30 taxi to bus station from airport then $15 bus ticket, 4.5-5 hours).

One person – $350 USD per day per person

Two or more – $300 USD per day per person



5:15 AM – Stretching, coffee/tea/smoothie

 5:45-Surf Session at the most ideal spot for conditions and ability. Breakfast is cooked in the mobile kitchen that we bring with us to the beach

11:30 AM – River rinse off on the way up the mountain

12 PM – Lunch at Rancho Diandrew

2 PM – Relaxed waterfall/swimming trip. A short drive and hike to a beautiful user-friendly waterfall/swimming spot with a 5 meter (16’) jumping spot

2:30 PM – Yoga session

4:00 PM- Surf Session

6:30 PM – Dinner

7:30 PM – Video Review