Catching a good ride here isn’t as easy as it looks, but once you’ve made the right pick, the reward for you is a stunning 200m to 300m (and often thrilling) ride down the line through sections of ripple walls and heaving barrels. This wave has been a popular choice for avid, recreational and professional surfers for decades, with the ‘Big Wave Riders Contest’ being hosted at Zicatela every October. As our accommodation is right on the beach at Zicatela, you could spend your free time watching surfers climb the big waves (cocktail in hand!).
Do not be alarmed, however, as the Mexican Pipeline will not be our beach of choice for our novice and first-time surfers! You will get your feet wet with lessons on calmer waters, found at nearby beaches such as Carizalillo, La Punta, La Bara amongst others.
Puerto Escondido offers a multitude of wave locations for surfers of all levels. Already a surfer? Get ready to experience some of the best waves of your life, you will enjoy a half-day excursion (with breakfast or lunch included) with our trusty surf guides at their secret spots and then be driven back to La Playita Beach House to share your stories with the group!
Miguel (Tivo) Ramirez is our Lead Surf Facilitator. Tivo has been surfing most his life and a surf teacher for over a decade. He is also a qualified ASP Judge at surf tournaments across Mexico. He takes his trade very seriously, offering you surf lessons that are educational, technical, and above all, out of this world fun!
Tivo and his team take safety as a priority, making educated decisions around what equipment to use and what beaches are appropriate on each day, for each surfer. At Touched by Yoga our daily retreat itinerary remains flexible to the tide and swell, so that you get the best of the ocean every day.
You will feel comfortable and safe, encouraged each day to push your limits and will emerge from this retreat as a better surfer for it. Surf teacher to student ratio is intentionally low, meaning that you have more 1:1 time with your teacher and are truly enabled to embrace the ocean!
Introduction to Surf
Push-ins will be transformative to your surf experience. Your surf instructor swims out next to you, coaching you through how-and-when to paddle, helping to get you on your feet and onto your first waves with a directional push on the back of your board.