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Costa Rica here we come. In just about two months the Kalama Kamp crew and I will be hosting our first camp in Costa Rica. I’ve been to Costa Rica a few times myself, but I have a feeling this will be the best one because we will have one of the best surfers in Costa Rica, Alvaro, to help make sure we end up in the right places at the right times, thus taking full advantage of local knowledge. I’ve already started to brush up on my spanish, most of it focused on three sayings that seem to get you pretty far. Donde esta la playa ( where’s the beach), un cervesa por farvor( a beer please) and another important one, donde esta el bano ( where’s the bathroom ). I’ve even changed John’s name to Juan for the camp and Brody is El Mono( The Monkey ). I hope you’ll consider joining us, even I’m tired at the end of our Kalama Kamp weeks, from doing so much and having so much fun. Below is some more info that Brody put together on how to sign up and general info. Hope to see you in Costa Rica. Pura Vida, Dave

Kalama Kamp is coming to Vista Guapa Surf Camp ( from Saturday, April 9th thro ugh Saturday, April 16th 2011.  Spend time with renowned waterman and Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) pioneer Dave Kalama.  Kalama Kamp Costa Rica is a weeklong SUP adventure retreat featuring private instruction, daily SUP activities and nightly social gatherings.  The all-inclusive (excluding airfare) Kalama Kamp offers the unique opportunity for SUP enthusiasts to explore one of the world’s most coveted surfing destinations while receiving personalized instruction from top SUP industry experts.

“We are thrilled to host Kalama Kamp at Vista Guapa,” explained Alvaro Solaro, co-founder of Vista Guapa.  “We guarantee that it will be the SUP/Surf experience of a lifetime in beautiful Jaco Beach with instruction from some of the industry’s best watermen and top surfers in the world.”

Kalama Kamp Costa Rica will include one-on-one instruction from Kalama, the Hawaiian Big Wave Surfer and Windsurfer who is considered one of the driving forces behind the reemergence of stand up paddling into the watersports arena.  Additional instructors include Solano, Stand Up Fitness founder Brody Welte and John Denney of Jupiter Paddleboarding.  Kalama Kamp is limited to 12 spaces assuring the most intimate, personalized SUP experience possible.

“We are stoked to be bringing Kalama Kamp to Costa Rica, one of the most beloved surfing spots in the world,” added Welte, founder of Stand Up Fitness.  “Kalama Kamp Costa Rica is the perfect opportunity for anyone, regardless of skill level, who wants to take their paddleboarding experience to a completely new level and meet like-minded individuals. Kalama Kamp Costa Rica is ready to embrace the Pura Vida lifestyle!”

Nestled on five beautiful acres of hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Vista Guapa is an upscale surf and stand up paddleboard camp offering a first class surfing vacation for water lovers of any skill level.  Run by Solano, the camp is located in the well-known surfing destination of Jaco Beach and conveniently located with easy access to some of the best surf breaks on the Costa Rican Pacific coast.  In addition to surfing and stand up paddleboarding, Vista Guapa guests enjoy a range of outdoor activities including yoga, canopy tours, mountain biking, fishing trips and kayaking in partnership with local tour companies.