Matos Surf Shop
Matos Surf Shop
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Welcome to Matos Surf Shop with two locations, one in Tamarindo Beach and one at the National Park Playa Grande),Costa Rica. We are the Surf Shop that offers "Whatever a surfer needs". TAMARINDOLocated in Tamarindo Beach Guanacaste, and since 2001, we offer a big selection in new and used surfboards, from 5.0 to 10 ft, we rent and sell. As a distributor of some of the best surf brands we always have a good deal in price and quality. Tamarindo is one of the best spots in the world to learn to surf, so if you are around, dont miss your chance! Sign up in one of our 2 shops for a surf lesson. We also take the Surf Photos at Playa Grande and we have been capturing the action Since 2000. Original T-Shirts with Our Own Photos and art work, and best brands in surfwear. We also offer our own Video Productions and Custom Photo and Video Service, and of course Guided Surf Trips and Boat Trips to Witch's and Ollie's Point.Even though Tamarindo is a good learning spot, the surrounding areas are full of really good breaks (check the side menu for surf map). There is no bad season for Tamarindo, all year around you can surf from Playa Grande to Playa Negra depending upon your level. Tamarindo is a good base to be around, the surf culture and funny local caracters. Tamarindo offers a big active night life with a party everynight. Stop in our shop and ask for a surf report or to see the photos of the day at diferent spots.We take SURF PICTURES and make SURF VIDEO PRODUCTIONS, create T-SHIRTS from our best photographs, offer SURF LESSONS for all levels, we have SURF TOURS,and buy and sell SURFBOARDS.As Distributors of different surf brands of surfboards, clothing and accesories we are always a good choice on price and quality. Don't forget the tropical wax! Take a look further into our site to see all that we have to offer for your next surf trip to Costa Rica.SURF LESSONSWhether you are a first timer or are looking to progress to the next level and fine tune your skills, we offer surf lessons for all levels with instructors who have surf and competed internationally. Our lessons are kept small and personal. We take pride in offering a complete surf lesson which emphasize not only the skills of surfing, but safety, fun and etiquette as well.Tamarindo is one of the best places in the world to learn to surf. Due to the gentle sloping beach and the direction that the bay faces, the waves break slower and less powerful than most beaches, allowing the beginner or intermediate surfer the time to become comfortable in the ocean. If chosen to teach you how to surf, our hope is to send you home with the newfound passion for surfing and an appreciation for our lifestyle. If you wish to reserve a space for youself and your family or friends please feel free to email us your request.PLAYA GRANDELocated in Playa Grande National Park Las Baulas, the PLAYA GRANDE SURF SHOP offers a big selection in new and used Surfboards. From sizes 5.0 to 10 ft we have them for rent and to sell. We take the Surf Photos at Playa Grande and we have been capturing the action Since 2000. Full Surf Supply and King Ding Repair EXPRESS Fast and Clean. Original T-Shirts with Our Own Photos and art work, and a big selection of souvenirs made by local Artists. We also offer our own Video Productions and Custom Photo and Video Service, and of course Surf Lessons at Playa Grande or Tamarindo depending upon your level.* Surf Photography: Everyday check your surf pics at the shop or here at our website.* Surf Lessons: For totally begginer or advanced, video coaching techniques(only for advanced).* Surf Trips: To the most famous spots and to our more secrets(only with your eyes covered til we get there).* Surf Art: Exclusive Posters, Photos, Paints,and Our clothing line with some of the best Photos and Art Work* Surfboards: More than 200 Used and New,to buy or to rent: Robert August, Al Merrik, Bill Johnson, Byrne,Banzaii,and much more.* Costa Rican Souvenirs: Choose a gift for you or your friends from our big selection of local souvenirs.* King Ding Surfboard Repair: Clean and Fast, professional ding repair service, also ask for our XPRESS SERVICE, Clean and Faster(but more expensive)See your best waves in photo and/or video, everyday from 8am to 7 pm, also check it out for the surf gallery at the shop with all the happy customers, in adittion to all this, SURF REPORT, tides,wind, and "Whatever a surfer needs".Located Across "Kike's Place" in Playa Grande Guanacaste, we are the surf shop with "the wave in the front". SURF PHOTOGRAPHYWe have been doing surf photography since 1990. We use the best Canon equipment and we are set up to offer you top quality high resolution digital photographs and videos. We can take photos and videos from land or in the water. We shoot everybody everyday at our local beach, Playa Grande. When you finish your session, you can come by our surf shop in Playa Grande and check out the photos and videos. Photos can be purchased in digital-CD (for MAC or PC) and print formats (8x10's & 5x7's).Take home your memories in the highest digital quality. If you'd like more info about our photography or are interested in a private photo session/trip please feel free to email us with any questions. We are proud of the photos and videos we've been taking since 2001 in Playa Grande and beyond. We shoot only in the most optimal lighting conditions. With our 600mm lens, plus with a telephoto extender, we are able to get the right shot at the right time.We can get your high quality prints in your hands in 15 minutes or less. We can also customize your print. We have the ability to: make a sequence, put it on a t-shirt, print your photos from your own camera or make custom postcards with your pictures. We are your full service photographers and print studio! Dont forget to check out the weekly photo gallery links. If you see a picture you like, send us an email and we will get it to you!SURF VIDEOGRAPHYWe have been doing surf videography since 1990. We use top quality Sony HD equipment. We are set up to offer you a exellent hd digital raw footage or a fully edited video. We can shoot from land or in the water. When you finish your session, you can come by our surf shop in Playa Grande and check out the photos and video. Videos can be purchased in DVD format, digital .avi format or quicktime. Take home your memories in great digital quality. If you'd like more info about our services or are interested in a private video session/trip please feel free to email us with any questions. We are proud of the photos and videos we've been taking since 2001 in Playa Grande and beyond. We shoot only in the most optimal lighting conditions. We can get your high quality dvd edited in 24hrs. We can also customize your dvd with slideshow photos , interactive menu and the music you prefer. We are your full service photography and video studio! Don't forget to check out the weekly video gallery links.Check out the online photo gallery, maybe you'll find a photo of yourself as we post pictures each week of the surfers who have visited ourlocal beachs. Also check out our latest videos that we're working on. You can buy our t-shirts online. We also offer custom photography for special events like weddings or honeymoons.
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Laurel, MT3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
We had a lesson with Grettel and Valentine and they were both great! We all got up several times and definitely recommend them for their training both before getting in the water and then the tips they gave us after every try.
Written 2 March 2023
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KDV
Washington DC, DC7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Did a private surf lesson as someone who was essentially a beginner. Gretl (believe that was her name) was a fantastic and patient teacher who coached me through the experience, gave me useful pointers when I wiped out, and ultimately helped me stand up a few times. She knows what she's doing, and if she can make it work for me, she probably can help anyone surf!
Written 27 February 2023
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Chris M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
Pablo at Matos is the MAN! Incredible energy and a joy to be around.

He was such a great help in finding me the perfect surfboard rental. Was very informed about tides and told me when was best to go out and what other surf spots to check out during my stay.

If you’re looking for any other surf shop besides Matos, you’re doing Tamarindo wrong!
Written 2 July 2022
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Brittany B
St. John's, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Can’t recommend this spot enough for surf lessons. My partner and I did a lesson with Grettel and had such a blast!! She knows her stuff, having over 16 years of experience, and learning at the age of 19 she took great caution with us. Her coaching allowed me to get up on the board a ton of times (first time ever surfing), knowing just the right size waves for me. I’d do it all again in a heart beat!
Written 21 May 2022
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Debbie L.
Toronto, Canada19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
When it comes to surfing Matos is the number 1 place to go! our son who is 7 got a private lesson from Kevin and everything was nothing short of excellent. Kevin is patient, friendly, personable and extremely knowledgeable. He took care of our son and we will be seeing them again this week! We were very happy with the service we received. the price is extremely fair and you get more than what you pay for. I highly recommend this surf shop! Pura Vida!
Written 9 December 2021
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Borja U
New York City, NY26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Business
I highly recommend Matos to anyone surfing in Tamarindo or Playa Grande. He is extremely knowledgeable, professional and reliable.
I have rented his boards many times in the past couple of months and they are among the best and most well conserved in town at a competitive price.
I just purchased one of his custom made surfcycled boards and I couldn’t be any happier. Not only I got a custom made board in epoxy at a very reasonable price but it is also recycled which limits environmental impact. The board rides super smoothly. He was also super helpful during my purchase decision making process which was long and full of questions. He even answered very detailed questions directly via WhatsApp! Come to Matos, u can’t go wrong! He rocks and so does his staff. Pablo is always super helpful and nice and so is Kevin.
Written 1 December 2021
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Courtney G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Friends
If you want a great surf lesson, this is the place to go. None of our group had surfed before but everyone left saying that it was a highlight of our trip. The instructors, Kevin and Gretel, were amazing. I can’t recommend them highly enough. They were helpful, knowledgeable, and super encouraging. We were all able to get up and really started to get a feel for it. I caught way more waves than I imagined and received lots of helpful feedback and encouragement along the way. I’ll definitely be back!
Written 26 November 2021
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Amy C
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
This is my second time renting boards from Matos Surf Shop. The shop came recommended from a friend who lives in Tamarindo. I am an avid surfer and I have my own surfboard at home but it is much easier and more cost efficient to rent from Matos than travel with my own board. I highly recommend Matos Surf Shop because of the excellent selection of epoxy boards, kind staff and honest owner. Thanks Matos! We will be back again!
Written 26 November 2021
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Janine M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Family
Cannot recommend them highly enough! Ask for Kevin. As a 52 y/o mom who was coerced by her son to go surfing, not only was he extremely patient and kind, I actually got up a few times! A really great experience. We had a blast.
Written 25 November 2021
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Luis M
Sao Jose Dos Pinhais, PR1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Business
Had an amazing time during my trip to Costa Rica. I was wondering in between bringing my board or renting one when I get there. So I’ve researched a few sports and came across Matos. He was very attentive, went above and beyond to make sure I’ve got what I was looking for it.

He can get some amazing Surfcycle boards custom for your trip. Also there is a great selection of boards for sale at the shop alongside clothes and accessories.

I will definitely be doing business in the future with them. Can’t wait to be back!

Thank you Marcelo and Pura Vida 🙌🏽
Written 1 September 2021
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