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What do you need for a dream surf trip? How about perfect waves at a cool location, deluxe lodging, and, of course, a great guide? This week-long surf camp in Pavones checks all the boxes and then some! With its legendary left-hand point break, Pavones serves up some of the world’s sickest waves. And hey, it’s Costa Rica after all—this is a slice of heaven with killer vibes and an awesome local crew, including the Olympian Leon Glatzer! Top it off with mouthwatering meals cooked by a private chef, and a stay in a luxurious 3-villa compound with beachfront views, and you are guaranteed to be riding the waves in style. Go for it!

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  • Best waves in the world

    Score miles-long waves, 4-6 ft high at the peak and 2-4 ft on the inside, courtesy of the legendary left-hand point break

  • Guided by an Olympian

    You’ll be guided and coached by an amazing local crew, including the Olympian Leon Glatzer!

  • Luxury lodging

    Stay in a gorgeous beachfront 3-villa compound featuring a pool and very comfortable and stylish rooms


Prepare for an ultimate surf adventure in Pavones, Costa Rica! Join experienced local guides, including Olympian Leon Glatzer, for a week of riding some of the world’s best waves, owing to Pavones’ legendary left-hand point break. Stay in a beachfront, luxe three-villa compound, enjoying seamless board swaps and beach breaks. Dine in town or delight in daily meals by a private chef, n, and swap stories by the fire. This all-inclusive experience offers airport transfers, a quiver of boards, boat trips, and daily personalized surf video analyses. Immerse yourself in the epitome of surf, sun, and good times!

  • Wake up to the sound of waves for an early morning surf session, followed by a hearty breakfast. Enjoy more midmorning surfing, and take a well-deserved midday nap. Afternoon waves await, and for those seeking improvement, video analysis sessions are on the menu afterward. Some days, your group will have the option of venturing to nearby waves by boat. As the day winds down, savor local cuisine in town. Alternatively, dine at the house and share stories by the fire with the crew. It’s a day in Pavones—sun, surf, and good times!

    Surfer turning on a wave in Pavones, Costa Rica.
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Meet your guides

Ashton Goggans
Ashton Goggans
The filmmaker behind Red Bull's No Contest series and the former editor of Stab, Ashton Goggans leads you on an immersive experience in Pavones, Costa Rica. He has over three decades of international surf experience and will be joined by a series of renowned surfers, including a local hero and Olympian Leon Glatzer.
Leon Glatzer
Leon Glatzer
Leon Glatzer is a professional German surfer renowned for his exceptional skills on the waves. Hailing from Costa Rica, Glatzer made a significant mark in the surfing world with his powerful and dynamic style. Known for pushing the boundaries of performance, he has competed at various international events, showcasing his talent and dedication to the sport. With a promising career ahead, Glatzer continues to make waves in the surfing community, leaving an indelible impact on the global surfing scene.
Thermal Travel
Thermal Travel
Thermal Travel is your gateway to curated surf adventures, bringing together a community of passionate surfers who value authentic experiences. Their hand-picked selection of the world's best surf trips is guided by individuals who share a deep love for the sport. Beyond the waves, Thermal offers opportunities to explore stunning locations, embrace diverse cultures, and escape the crowds. Founded by a team with diverse backgrounds, including a founding member of, they're dedicated to making surf travel more rewarding, inclusive, and seamless.


Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • Experienced local surfing guides with extensive knowledge of the area
      • A week of surfing in Pavones, Costa Rica
      • Accommodation in a luxury 3-villa compound based on double occupancy — single rooms are available for an added fee during booking (6 nights)
      • Meals during the adventure (in your accommodation and in restaurants)
      • Visiting chefs
      • Airport transfers from Golfito and other transportation during the adventure
      • Quiver of boards
      • Boat trips to nearby waves
      • Bespoke video of the trip
      • Daily surf video analysis

    What’s not included:

      • Flights
      • Alcoholic beverages and drinks in restaurants
      • Travel and medical insurance — recommended
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • Participants in this week-long guided Pavones surf camp in Pavones don’t need advanced surfing skills, but basic fitness is essential and some surfing experience is essential. More precisely, you should be able to paddle out and catch your own wave. Your experienced guides will be in the water to provide coaching and support, helping you improve your skills and make the most of the surfing experience. This camp welcomes surfers of different levels, so both strong beginners and advanced surfers can join!

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Surfboard — quiver of boards is included in the price, but you can bring your own board if you prefer
      • Wetsuit
      • Rash guard
      • Sunscreen
      • Beach towel
      • Swimwear
      • Flip Flops or Sandals
      • Hat
      • Sunglasses
      • Reusable water bottle
      • Daypack or beach bag
      • Small first aid kit
      • Mosquito repellent
      • Light rain jacket
      • Leisure clothes for when you’re not surfing
      • Travel adapter

    We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. In May, Pavones experiences warm and humid weather with temperatures ranging from around 75°F to 90°F (24°C to 32°C), offering ideal conditions for surfing and outdoor activities, although occasional rain showers can be expected.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this group adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 4:1.
      • It takes a minimum of 2 people for this tour to operate, while the maximum number of participants is 14.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    Surfing in Pavones, Costa Rica can be arranged for private groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Pavones, most people first fly into Juan Santamaria International Airport in San José. From there, you should catch another flight, this time to Golfito. Once there, you’ll meet your guide and fellow surfers and get transferred to your accommodation.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency while surfing, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

    Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. For more information on travel recommendations and restrictions in Pavones, Costa Rica please refer to Costa Rica’s entry requirements.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund.
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund.
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