POC Lodge Before You Go
Before you embark on what we promise will be one of the most epic adventures you will experience anywhere, we like always to have our guest a little prepared:
Expect over the top service from the POC guides and staff
- Our goal is to keep you safe and comfortable during your one or two-night adventure. We do everything possible to answer and accommodate your request.
Water Temperature is mid to high 70’s
- The best part about Costa Rica is that you can raft all-year-round! Water temperature is never an issue, even on overcast days.
Charge your electronics or bring an external charger
- We have limited access to charging electronics for groups. You want to come with the juice full if your phone is your camera.
There is No Cell Service
- While this is now an anxiety issue for many guests, we promise you will be glad there was no internet. We have stayed true to our vision, and we promise you will find yourself disconnected yet more connected than you have been in years.
No need for money at the POC Lodge
- There are no money transactions at the lodge. Extra drinks are upon special request before the adventure begins. POC hats, shirts, and pictures can all be bought at the take out via credit card.
It is hard to predict rafting times in Costa Rica
- This is always different based on water levels, crew in the boat, and over-all time spent stopping on the side of the river.
Flashlights or Headlamps!!!
- At the lodge, we have minimal lighting, and almost all is done by candle-light. Every guest should have their head-lamp and/or flashlights.
Sunrise is 5:30 am and Sunset is 6 pm
- Costa Rica sits only 8 degrees above the equator, so the sunrise and sunset are almost the same all year. You will be sleeping in the jungle with the sound of nature, and the river to help keep you relaxed but don’t expect to have a dark room after sunrise.
Yes, We have Hot Water
- Nothing feels better after a day of rafting than some hot-water. While we are an ecolodge, we do offer hot showers for every bungalow.
- There is no A/C. Everything is either open-air or the bungalows are covered with a waist high wall and enclosed with screens.
Tips are not included
- Your guides, kayakers, and cleaning staff are always gracious if you decide to tip.
It can get Cooler than you Think at Night and in the Morning
- Many nights are different, but it can get chillier than people think and mostly in the morning right before sunrise. A light jacket is always good to have.
Is paddleboard surfing easier than regular surfing?
For the sake of confusion, we put paddleboard surfing in the title. If you want to spark a conversation next time you have your toes in the sand, just ask a surfer what they would prefer a surfboard vs. a paddleboard. You will probably get a passionate answer of which is best or like many now realize it doesn’t matter which you prefer because the important thing is to allow as many people to enjoy the magic of riding a wave!
What Makes PaddleBoard Surfing Easier than Surfing?
Starting on Calm Waters
Paddleboard surf is a great sport and adventure activity for any surfing beginner to start at, thanks to the fact that you can begin on calmer waters to practice the basics.
Rather than having to leap headfirst into violent sprays of surf and tackle white water rapids from the get-go, you can grab your paddleboard and head out to hit the beaches of Costa Rica on a day when the waters are calm. The surf is light, allowing you to learn the basics of this easy-to-learn water sport at a serene and laid-back pace.
You can use the time on calmer waters to practice essential aspects of paddleboard surfing, including stance, posture, and paddle techniques, before you go ahead with attempting to tackle the more challenging waves of dawn and dusk!
Sup Surf Board Volume vs. Surf Board Volume
Another reason most find paddleboard surfing easier than regular surfing is because of the boards that are used. The volume of the board used in water sports is the difference in how stable one feels.
Surf boards are traditionally tiny in volume because you don’t have to stand up on them until you have harnessed the wave’s energy. If you try and stand up on a surfboard on flat water, it is pretty much impossible for most.
A paddleboard for surfing is much more prominent in volume because you need to stand up on the board in flat water or while you are in the line up waiting for the next set of waves. Most importantly, because you have a board that you can stand upon at any time, this gives you the advantage of already being in the standing position as you attempt to catch a wave. This removes the need to pop up on your board which is one of the more physically demanding techniques in regular surfing.
A board you can stand up on in flat water also allows you better vision reading the wave sets and allows most beginners to see more clearly where the wave’s peak is.
Not only does the more significant volume help with balance and vision, but it also translates to more surface area on your board. When you have a giant board, it gives you more surface area to catch the wave, making it much easier for beginners.
The Paddle Advantage
The final advantage is probably the most notable difference in the paddle. If you have not surfed with a paddleboard, you might think a paddle is one extra thing to worry about, but you will be glad you had it once you see the wave coming for two reasons.
The first is that the paddle works as your motor. In regular surfing, having the strength, timing, and endurance to be able to paddle with your two hands to catch every wave is an art in itself. If you have a paddle and a board you can stand upon, you can move faster, which helps you catch more waves and move faster to where you need to be.
The second reason is balance. If you are learning to surf and you keep falling off to the side, it certainly would be nice to have a flat blade you could place on the water to help balance yourself out and save yourself from falling. This is exactly what the paddle helps with for those learning to paddleboard surf.
While SUP Surfing and regular classic style surfing share many similarities, they both have their unique advantages. Many who start with paddleboard surfing find it easy to switch to traditional style surfing, thanks to their skills.
The ability to practice on calmer waters, larger boards, and the use of a paddle without are a big part of what makes learning to paddleboard surf easier than other forms of classic surfing, and it’s a great starting sport for any water activities enthusiasts!
How to Learn Sup Surf
Ok, now that you know what Sup Surf is and we convinced you it is easier than surfing, all that is left is the know-how of sup surf. Like any sport, it isn’t something you can learn in 10 minutes, but it is a sport that many first-timers are pleasantly surprised with their improvement in just a few classes.
There are two different ways to get started with the sport. While nothing is better than just getting on a board and beginning to paddle around on flat water, the following steps to get you hooked would be watching some sup surf videos or, even better, a sup surf camp to take your skills to the next level quickly.
Sup Surf Videos
Sup Surf videos can be found much more than they use to be, and good quality learning videos are a great way to starting seeing the basics of Sup surf or even used by experts to tone their more advanced maneuvers.
Here are some Sup surf videos worth watching to help you in the learning process:
Sup Surf Camps
If you are more of a learner from doing, which most of us are, you will want to consider getting yourself a Sup Surf coach. This can be expensive and is usually more feasibly done by attending a Sup surf camp. If you are looking, you will want to check out sup surf camps in Costa Rica, Portugal, and Hawaii, just to name a few. These camps are intensive small group week-long events that focus on the coaching of sup surf.
Most camps have professional coaches that can evaluate every move you make and work with all levels, from first-timers to helping pros in competitions.
One of the most beneficial parts about a sup surf camp and something you should ask when shopping for a camp is the video analysis. A sup surf camp with video analysis offers coaches and students a chance to break down their day in the water and help move their skills to the next level much quicker.