Pura Vida History and introduction for Tierza

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Garden Accomodations At Costa Rica Surf Camp

Team Section

Present your team members in this section.

Helen

Lead Surf Instructor


As head surf instructor, Helen is the fun and fearless leader who guides the PVA team with her expert surf know-how, incredible biceps, and very British humor. Growing up in the UK, this blonde amazon learned to “rip” in the freezing, mostly flat waters of England. After ditching her stressed-out job at the BBC, Helen landed in the paradise of Costa Rica and has won over students and locals alike with her always-sunny spirit and her sometimes awful knock knock jokes. Helen is a woman of many talents and enjoys geeking out on surf technique with her mega video analysis skills, spiralizing zucchini, making desserts out of avocado, and writing for her very-cheeky female surf and lifestyle blog, “Kook Bitches.”

Sara

Camp Hostess


Our amazing hostess who always has a smile on her lips and a shake in her hips, Sara (called “Sarita” by the locals) is proof that soul surfers are made and not born. In 2010 Sara left her promising publishing career in the windy city, put all of her belongings in her childhood Kansas home, bought a one-way ticket to paradise, and now shreds her heart out in the tropical waves of her “new” hometown of Santa Teresa. With a can-do attitude, tons of Midwestern kindness, and plenty of spicy-ness on the dance floor, Sara is like a camp mom and BFF combined…who’ll make sure everything is “perfecto” for your Costa Rican surf retreat. Sara enjoys , , and chillin’ at sunset with her Santa Teresa friends and her sweet dog, Ruca.

Ale

Surf Instructor


Native Surf Instructor, Aleja Muñoz

With a kind heart, a quirky sense of humor, and just the right amount of sassy spirit, Ale has the perfect blend of compassion and no-nonsense know-how to get you riding ANY wave that comes your way– the literal AND the emotional ones! (There’s a reason she’s dubbed “The Surf Whisperer!”) With a Costa Rican father and an El Salvadorian mother, Ale is a Central American goddess who started surfing before there were many women in the water. (Yeah, she’s a badass). Before joining Pura Vida Adventures, Ale worked as a children’s clown and was later promoted to the role of “a piece of broccoli” to encourage vegetable consumption for kids. This happy healthy nut has worked for surf camps all around the world, but now calls Santa Teresa home, where the ocean is her office. When she’s not soothing surfers into their best waves, Ale is a certified yoga instructor and CrossFit trainer who loves watching movies in bed, eating cookies, and getting crumbs all over the sheets.

Cris

Yoga Guru


Cris has been the yoga guru for Pura Vida Adventures for over a decade. Born in Brazil, she fell in love with yoga from a very young age. She became a devout practitioner of both Hatha and Bhakti practices. At age 18, she enrolled as a full time student at Swasthya Yoga School in Brazil and participated in a variety of workshops where she discovered her deep passion for yoga. Cris has taught, practiced, and studied yoga all over the world (from Chile to India to England to Guatemala) but it is the beauty and peace of Costa Rica that makes her call Santa Teresa home. When she’s not leading us all into restorative or rejuvenating poses, Cris loves spending time with her daughter Jaya, designing yoga-inspired jewelry and surfing the serene waves of Santa Teresa.

Our Mission

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Friends and Partners

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