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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Welcome to Rancho DiAndrew

Situated on 18 acres in the lush rain forest of San Josecito, Costa Rica, Rancho DiAndrew provides a serene eco-conscious retreat with cool ocean breezes, stunning views of the Whale’s Tail and the warm southern Pacific coast and an unforgettable taste of la pura vida!