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“Exceptional surf instruction. Fantastic atmosphere. Wonderful family.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Puerto Escondido Surf House

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Puerto Escondido Surf House
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California
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“Exceptional surf instruction. Fantastic atmosphere. Wonderful family.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2011

I found out about David Salinas thanks to a commenter on wannasurf.com. What fantastic luck that was. There are tons of surf instructors in Puerto Escondido, and I have been in the water alongside many of them. But no instructor is quite like David.

Surfing is a difficult activity. It takes a healthy amount of time, practice, and repetition to get good at it. A lot of it is timing--and combining an ability to read incoming waves with proper positioning in the lineup. And etiquette! Not being a jerk in the water. Not dropping in on folks, staying out of trouble. Not going after waves that might hurt you... et cetera.

David's instruction allows a perfect newbie at surfing the ability to read, paddle for, and ride waves. He goes over all the major topics: wave-reading (sets, intervals, swells), paddling, lineup etiquette, trouble-avoidance, board selection, standing up in the fewest steps ("Cobra! Up! Up!" I can still hear him shouting.) His teaching technique is relentlessly positive, and those days when you totally feel like you're getting smoked... he's right there rooting you on, correcting your previous ineffective technique.

I'd recommend the week-long package if you're really serious about learning how to surf.
He's very flexible about letting you try different boards and going to different beaches. Just a very hassle-free existence with David. His house is very nice, and the attached rooms are quiet and clean. There is ample shade on the property, and if I'm not mistaken now there is a functioning kitchen out in the courtyard.

David and Swantje are just truly great people. I am very grateful to have met them, and wish them all the best.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2011

If you are looking for a great holiday, do not miss the Surf House in Puerto Escondido. I can most warmly recommend the location, atmosphere and the surf classes. Don't miss the thai massage!!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2011

We stayed at a resort in Huatulco for a week before we made it to Puerto, and the latter was by far the highlight of the trip. David and Swantje are very hospitable and accommodating. We definitely improved our surfing skills. We will return and recommend our friends and family.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2011

I was warmly welcomed by Swantje and David Salinas, the owners of the Puerto Surf House (http://puertosurf.com.mx/en/) in December 2009, my first visit there. I loved the experience so much that I wanted others to know about it. Swantje and David are welcoming, kind, flexible. They are both amazing teachers - she teaches Pilates (and also gives an incredible Thai massage) and he focuses on surfing. If you never thought you could surf, he's the man for you.

It is a family-run business with a lot to offer. They have two rooms with double beds and private baths. The rooms are clean and have a bed (with bednets), drawers, side-tables and desk). There is no internet or TV (Internet you can find across the street at the organic restaurant). They have kitchen facilities just outside the rooms (see photos below). The garden is large with coco trees and hammocks. It is the perfect place to relax.

Surfing: the house is located on the best beach to learn to surf (called "La Punta"). Grab your board and hop in the water ! They have waves all year round and David is careful to take you out to whatever beach has waves that meet your skill level (see photo of the car you will ride in). David is an amazing teacher because he teaches basic skills, is incredibly patient and optimistic, and keeps you very safe. He's also a really great surfer.

In your non-surfing hours you can lie on the beach, go into town (a 20 minute bus ride), take one of their many (non-mechanized) water toys for a spin, get a Thai massage or take a Pilates class from Swantje, eat at the wonderful restaurants across the street or further down the street, go on walking tours nearby, take an inner tube down the river, enjoy the fantastic sunsets...

Have fun !

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Puerto Escondido Surf House

Property: Puerto Escondido Surf House
Address: Calle Nuevo Leon S/N - Esq Benito Juarez, Puerto Escondido 70934, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Oaxaca > Puerto Escondido
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 59 Speciality Lodging in Puerto Escondido
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
By creating a homey and quiet atmosphere set in a naturally beautiful area, we want you to experience surfing and relaxing in a new way. We are located at La Punta de Zicatela, 50m from the beach. La Punta is a left pointbreak and a gret spot for beginner and intermediate surfers. ... more   less 

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