Posted by: Stephanie Tuck | February 1, 2011

Paddleboard in Paradise

Stroke! Stroke! Learn paddleboarding at Del Mar Extreme.

I have seen (my) future, and its name is Del Mar Extreme. My friend Maria Del Mar, this gorgeous Costa Rican Tika who is a fantastic surfer ( in the photo, left) just created a fitness retreat for folks who want to experience a range of sports packed into a week. This sounds great to me – I have visited Maria’s surf and yoga camp a few times in Hermosa, Costa Rica, and although the surfing is excellent and forever a challenge (I am somewhere between advanced beginner and lowest level possible intermediate) and the yoga at Vida Asana is fantastic -this is not “resort” yoga – it’s serious and the teachers are serious and the classes take place in an open-sided studio in the jungle (!) – – we still had many many hours of downtown in the course of a day. Playa Hermosa is paradise – beach,  jungle, mountains, rivers –  and there is so much to see and do.  A lightbulb went off in Maria’s head so now she continues with her surf camp, but for energizer bunnies like me she developed a new program that offers a mix of surfing AND paddleboarding, mountain biking, Pilates, hiking, TRX training, yoga, Zumba, kickboxing and circuit training. Wow. Want to join me? xxoo Steph

If you’re an athlete who feels stuck in a box in the winter because you can’t get outside to run and bike and hike, this is your place in the sun. And if you simply want to get in better shape or maybe lose a few pounds, this place is guaranteed to make your jeans fit differently.

surfing and paddleboarding gets you super fit super fast. Maria's on the right.

Get in ridiculous shape at Del Mar Extreme in Costa Rica

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