In Press Release

Costa Rica (Sept. 25, 2023) – Surf Synergy, a full immersion surf and stand-up paddling (SUP) resort with the ethos that anyone can learn to surf, has launched on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Surf Synergy offers a perfectly curated immersion into surf, that includes yoga, wellness, and recovery techniques for a holistic approach that makes surfing possible for anyone.

Combining expert surf coaching and a sojourn at an intimate Bohemian-chic resort surrounded by lush rice fields. Hillside guest bungalows are surrounded by verdant landscaping including mango, coconut, banana, and starfruit trees, and views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding jungle. Surf Synergy delivers the ultimate surfing vacation for beginners, intermediate, and advanced surfers.

An all-inclusive stay at Surf Synergy is US$2,765/per person for seven-nights all based on double occupancy. Solo travelers are welcome. Three-night all-inclusive packages are available, subject to availability. For reservations or information visit www.surfsynergy.com, call +1.720.734.9028, or email info@surfsynergy.com.

Immersive Surf/SUP Weeks

A Surf Synergy immersive week includes seven-nights’ accommodations, three healthy family-style meals daily from their culinary team, which incorporate local produce and Costa Rican specialties, five personalized one-to-one surf/SUP lessons with expert bi-lingual coaches, including all surf/SUP equipment, breathwork training, land-based training, one ice bath, two complimentary massages, daily yoga designed to complement surfing, professional photography with daily video analysis, a mid-week adventure excursion, and airport transfers from San Jose airport (SJO), located only 90-minutes from Surf Synergy.

The Resort

Located on a lush seven-acre property one mile from the Jacó surfing beach, Surf Synergy is a secluded boutique resort with recently re-designed hillside bungalows. Chicly appointed guestrooms have private covered patios with hammocks, garden rainforest showers, refrigerators, and tea/coffee makers (chorreador – a traditional Costa Rican pour-over system). There are no TVs in the guestrooms, as a Surf Synergy immersion week is about connecting with oneself and others.

Public areas include Shaka House, a newly redesigned indoor-outdoor living area with beachy mid-century modern décor, a coffee and juice bar, and expansive patios with a new infinity fountain. The resort incorporates numerous retreats for wellness and relaxing, including the yoga/massage pavilion, and an open-air training deck.

Beaches for Surf/SUP

A key differentiator for Surf Synergy is access to different nearby beaches, each of which has different characteristics based on ocean conditions to give the best chance of perfect waves for each guest’s surfing ability. Surf Synergy’s location on the central Pacific Coast of
Costa Rica enjoys a prime warm-water location for teaching Level 1 to Level 4 surfers from novice (never-ever) and beginners to intermediate and advanced surfers. Jacó Beach, a 2.5-mile-long volcanic sand beach known for consistent beginner waves year-round, is only one mile from the resort. Playa Hermosa, one of the most renowned breaks in Costa Rica for intermediate/advanced surfers is only 10 minutes away. Other beaches on the Central Pacific coast where coaches take guests include Playa Esterillos, a seven-mile-long beach with the second longest left-surfing-break in Costa Rica, and Playa Herradura.


A Surf Synergy stay includes three healthy meals daily prepared by Surf Synergy’s chef incorporating local produce and seafood. Complimentary beverages include fresh coconuts-on-demand, artesian spring water from a nearby spring, fresh juices made from local fruit including tamarind, passionfruit, and blackberry, smoothies, elixirs, local Costa Rican dry-roasted coffee, and a selection of teas.


Surf Synergy evolved from a family vacation that turned into a permanent lifestyle. At age 51, U.S. entrepreneur Rich Naha thought that surfing was not something to learn later in life. While retreating from the pandemic in 2021, he met Marcel Oliveira and Surf Synergy was born. Rich and his family trained every day with Marcel in surfing, yoga, breathwork, and recovery techniques, and they created Surf Synergy to allow others to experience the benefits and joy of surfing and a healthy lifestyle.

Co-founder/Head Coach Marcel Oliveira recently became the national SUP champion of Costa Rica (at age 42) – for the fourth year in a row. Passionate about coaching surf and SUP, he oversees an expert team who provide one-on-one coaching incorporating breathwork and recovery with ice baths, massage, and nutrition to make it possible for nearly anyone to learn to surf regardless of age or previous experience.

Future Developments at Surf Synergy

Surf Synergy is in the process of a redevelopment that includes the following:
§ Ongoing – Sustainability Initiatives – Surf Synergy is a sustainable resort that is expanding sustainability including a bio-composter for all fuel. (Currently the resort uses a small bio-composter to fuel cooking.)

§ Fall 2023 (Phase One and January 2024 (Phase 2) – Regenerative agriculture plan that includes planting 1,000 more trees and plants on the seven-acre property. In addition, the resort is adding a chicken coop for fresh eggs, a two-acre organic garden and a greenhouse which will provide greens, local squash, beets, herbs, and other produce.

§ April 2024 – a new luxury solar-power-fueled Villa that can be divided into individual rooms or available as a buyout for families, friends, corporate retreats and more will open on the property. The Villa will have six guestrooms and suites as well as two bunkrooms. The resort capacity will expand from 12 guests to 38 guests.

§ Summer 2024– A new Skate Surf Park that will allow coaches to accelerate guests’ learning curve with specially designed skateboards that track like surfboards. (Skateboards are available for purchase for guests who want to continue their training after their Surf Synergy week.)

§ Late Spring 2024 – A new wellness center will open to expand and enhance the wellness offerings and focus on functional well-being. The wellness center will expand upon existing wellness programs designed for recovery from surfing, incorporating an ice bath/sauna/massage circuit, as well as other restorative treatments.

Community Impact

Surf Synergy includes opportunities for our team and our guests to participate in a meaningful way through volunteerism – including beach clean-up, donations – such as surfboards for local youth, and hosted pop-up markets that support local artisans and vendors.

Jacó Impact is a community-based collective creating alliances for local impact in Jacó. They advocate for environmental and social awareness by providing an array of opportunities and activities for all members of the community regardless of income or status.

For reservations or information visit www.surfsynergy.com, call +1720.734.9028, or email info@surfsynergy.com.


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