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Surf As Life Therapy

SALT Surf School offers beginner-to-intermediate surf lessons with daily
and group and private lessons; along with custom surf trips to the best surf destinations in Costa Rica.

Surfing is my passion and Surf As Life Therapy is my dream. SALT is a dedicated, professional and unique surf school focused on teaching people how to surf by connecting the body, mind and soul with the rhythm of the ocean. I love sharing my stoke with community here in Tamarindo. I use easy and logical steps to teach technique with a strong focus on safety to help to build your confidence.

To me, surfing is a therapy for life. When I surf, I feel and experience the emotions and experiences in my personal life. When you’re in the water, the ocean is king, and we cannot control anything except ourselves. My students learn to accept the way things are instead of trying to change them, and I will teach you how to go with the flow. 

SALT offers private and group surf lessons for beginner and intermediate level (kids and adults). As a father of two, I have a passion for teaching young kids and love to see my students develop in surf and learn lessons for life. My promise is to take your surfing to the next level!

– Elias Tobia

What You Get

Personalized Lesson

Surfboard Rental

Rashguard Rental

2-Hour Surf Session

Post Surf Theory Lesson


$50 per Lesson
  • 4 Person Max
  • 2-Hour Surf Session
  • Surfboard & Rashguard
  • Transportation
  • Post Lesson Theory Review
$65 per Lesson
  • 3 Person Max
  • 2-Hour Surf Session
  • Surfboard & Rashguard
  • Transportation
  • Post Lesson Theory Review
Surf Trips
Price on application
  • Playa Grande
  • Playa Avellanas
  • Playa Negra
  • Playa Marbella
  • Playa Junquillal

Packages & Extras

Custom Surf Trips

SALT offers customs surf trips for all levels and depending on location and lesson type. We will plan your trip together depending on your surf level and the conditions that day, allowing us to plan for the right place at the right time. We offer trips around the area of Guanacaste, which has many different amazing beaches, reef breaks and beach breaks and sizes for all levels.

Includes: 6-Hour Surf Trip, Transportation, Fruits, Soft Drinks & Local Area Knowledge

Surf Boat Trips

SALT can take you on an amazing experience to surf one the most iconic surf breaks in the world. Surf amazing waves all day with us at Witch’s Rock and Ollie’s Point. It’s a full day of surfing! We leave early in the morning (around 4.30 am) and drive to Playa del Coco where we get on the boat and navigate for an hour through the national park to arrive at these mystical places and surf our brains out.

Includes: Car & Boat Transportation, National Entrance Fee, Surfing Witch’s Rock & Ollie’s Point, Fruit, Soft Drinks & Sandwich

Surf Video Analysis

The fastest way to improve your surfing, video analysis is a powerful tool to see exactly what you’re doing right and wrong. We review video of your lesson together and I will coach you on mistakes and areas for improvement to correct them for your next session.

Surf Photography

We will provide professional surf photos of your two-hour lesson catching the moments to remember forever, whether it’s your first wave or your first barrel or turn. Beyond having something to keep from our session, photos are a great way to review your technique.

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Contact SALT via Email

Use the contact form and Elias will get back to you by email.

Book Lessons on Facebook

You can message Elias directly by heading over to Surf As Life Therapy’s Facebook Page.

How to Find Us

We are a five-minute walk from Tamarindo Beach on the South end of town.    Get Directions >

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