Like yoga, surfing forces one to live in the present and is a meditation of its own


Whether you are an advanced surfer or just beginning we have something for you.

Surfing is not just a sport, it is a way of life. Seeking Santosha is a lifestyle wellness brand that focuses on nutrition, yoga, surfing and well-being to bring out your highest potential. Santosha is a state of mind that can be achieved by spending time in the ocean and through healthy balanced living. The combination of a healthy balanced lifestyle and advanced surf techniques will improve your surfing and the quality of your life.

We offer you the most advanced comprehensive surf retreats and private lessons- Get back to nature, to the source and to an authentic improved you.

We plan our days according to the tides. We begin with a healthy breakfast, yoga-stretching and strengthening the muscles used for conquering waves. In fact, we've found that yoga and surfing work perfectly in tandem.

Why learn to surf? Here´s why ....

Out in the ocean, one learns to let go. Surfing is a teacher of how to ride waves even when you are back on land, the ebb and flows of life. Surfers are some of the toughest people on the planet. They paddle out, fall down, take a beating, rise, and go back for more with determination and a smile. You can carry this forward in and out of the ocean. Facing swells equipped with a Yogi mindset strengthens overall skill. Surfing with us will encourage you to combine disciplines and help you achieve balance, patience, forgiveness and compassion for your own imperfections. There is no yoga and no surfing without the flexibility to gracefully respond to the demands of each passing moment.

Why choose us? Here´s why ...

We live the surf life. Through Surf, Yoga, Athletics and Nutrition you will be living the lifestyle as we do. If you are serious about improving your surf skills and want to learn how to take better care of yourself through nutrition and a balanced healthy living we are the place for you.

Think positive thoughts, share love and surf waves of karma! See you in the water.


Private Introduction to Surfing

  • Private Lesson:: Two hours total Includes one hour of Ocean Safety, Theory, History, Equipment, Paddling, Practicing Pop-ups before entering the water, and Surf Etiquette. One hour in the water with the instructors. Includes Board Rental and Transportation.

If Heidi is unavailable to teach Introduction to Surfing, she will refer a highly trusted partner from in town.

  • $80 Per Person Per Lesson (2 Person Max Per Session per one instructor)

  • $60 Per Person Per Lesson Group Rates Available (Minimum of 4 people, Maximum of 8 people includes 2 instructors)


A personalized private clinic for beginners or intermediate surfers that includes an evaluation of surf skills and progression with 2 hours water time. This program is intended to take your surfing to the next level, live the lifestyle with local surfers and explore less crowded breaks.

  • $300 per person (3 or more people $250 per person, 2 instructors included)

  • Accommodation available and Retreat Packages (see below)

  • Includes transportation from San Juan del Sur (Guests of Santosha Surf Sanctuary receive 10% discount)

*includes photography and video when conditions allow

1 week Surf Immersion Course

For the person looking to dive head first into the surf lifestyle and to connect with like minded people. From dawn patrol to a sunset sessions, we eat, breathe and dream of surf. A complete comprehensive course and training guide into surfing. We keep our bodies in peak condition, through diet, exercise and getting a good night´s sleep. You will learn proper paddling technique to catch green waves and turn down the line.

Inquire though email for packages and pricing

Additional Packages & Accommodations

Please inquire for further information regarding package details

Surf Guiding

Come live the surf life and experience the culture of Nicaragua as we do, let us share this with you!

  • Bring your own board or rent from our quiver and let´s hit the waves together!

  • Boat Trips and Guided Driving Tours down dusty dirt roads to world-class surf breaks North to South

  • Guiding Rates Vary depending on length of day and which surf break.

* Inquire for packages and daily rates:


The best surfer´s are the ones that are having fun sharing waves, smiles and laughs out in the water!



Feeling so grateful to be included as an Album Surfboard Ambassador. When you live with a passionate heart, the right people come onto your path, my ALBUM family.
-------¨Santosha and stoke. Two words that best describe Heidi's positive approach to life, friendship and surfing. She's a longtime Album ambassador, talented yogi, amazing cook and Nicaraguan legend.¨ Album Surf


Surf Rules: 

Rule #1  -  Don’t Drop In On Another Surfer

Rule #2  -  The Surfer Closest To The Peak Has Right-Of-Way

Rule #3  -  Paddling Surfer Yields To Surfer Riding Wave

Rule #4  -  Don’t Ditch Your Board

Rule #5  -  Don’t Be A Snake


“closeout” – a wave or a large section of a wave that breaks at the same time, making it impossible to continue surfing the open face of the wave

“deep” – the steepest part of the shoulder closest to the peak of the wave is considered the deepest part of the wave.  Often when a surfer is “too deep” they are unable to drop in to a wave without falling off of their board

“down the line” – along the face of the wave

“duck dive” – a technique used to paddle out past a breaking wave.  Arms push the nose of the surfboard down while the knee or foot pushes down on the tail as the surfer dips below the passing wave.

“face” – the open, unbroken part of a wave

“green wave” – an open wave allowing the surfer to surf along the face of the wave, going either left or right parallel with the beach instead of straight towards the beach

“inside” – when paddling for a wave, “inside” refers to the person closest to the peak of the wave.  “Inside” also refers to the shallower part of the water closest to shore.

“kick out” – to surf out of the wave, ending your ride (also called flicking out)

“lineup” - the area where the waves normally begin breaking.  Surfers sit on their boards in the lineup and wait for waves to break.

“longboard” – a longer, wider, thicker surfboard.  Longboards catch waves much easier than shortboards but are much harder to control and turn.

“left” - a left is a wave that is breaking to the left.  The direction “Left” is used by the surfer when describing the direction of the wave while facing shore.  Therefore, from the beach, a “left” is described as a wave that breaks from left to right.

“outside” – when paddling for a wave, “outside” refers to the person further away from the peak of the wave.  “Outside” also refers to the deeper part of the water, where the biggest waves break, further from shore.

“peak” - the immediately breaking part of the wave.

“right” – a right is a wave that is breaking to the right.  The direction “right” is used by the surfer when describing the direction of the wave while facing shore.  Therefore, from the beach, a “right” is described as a wave that breaks from right to left.

“section” - a part of a wave.  When a surfer “makes a section” a surfer is staying in front of a breaking section of the wave.

“set wave” - a larger wave (the largest waves usually break in sets of 2,3, or 4)

“shortboard” – a shorter, narrower, thinner surfboard.  It is more difficult to catch a wave on a shortboard than it is on a longboard, but a shortboard can be controlled/turned much easier.

“shoulder” – the unbroken section of the wave directly next to the peak

“turtle roll” – a technique used to paddle a longboard out past a breaking wave.  Longboards are generally too big to duck dive.  With the turtle roll technique the surfer turns upside-down and propels the surfboard (also upside down) through the breaking wave.

“whitewash” - the broken white water of a wave moving straight towards shore




Safety and Surf Etiquette are required when surfing with us. (See our list of terms and rules to know before you go.) You must be a strong swimmer. Surfing requires fitness, strength and patience. The surf, just like many other sports, is classified as a hazardous sport, sometimes practiced in remote beaches where the weather can be severe. That's why we recommend a travel insurance package for assistance in travel, with coverage for accidents resulting from the practice of surf during your stay.