So thrilled about this! We got reviewed on Fodors.com, just one of two surf schools in our area listed! I haven’t been posting a lot here recently as I have been busy with other projects, but this was begging for a post. Thank you for including us 🙂
“Zicazteca Surf School. There’s lots of talent packed into this small shop off a lane in the heart of Zicatela. Co-owner Julio Soto is an accomplished graffiti artist, custom surfboard painter, and surf instructor, while his partner Ariel has a keen eye for the hippest indie beachwear, much of it fair trade, that stocks their Zicazteca shop. Private surfing lessons cost MX$400 an hour. Hotel Rockaway Plaza, Calle del Morro s/n, at laneway, Zicatela, Puerto Escondido,Oaxaca, 71980. 954/110–5853. zicazteca.com.”
Check it out HERE
Julio and I (and Pulgas the puppy) set off on a few different adventures back in February…Here is a recap in photos including Barra de Colotepec, Tide pools near Agua Blanca, Hot Springs and Chacahua.
“The best (surf school) in Puerto by far…If you are thinking of learning to surf you won’t find better.” Gotta LOVE that! Thanks Steve, we know we’ll be seeing you again soon! 🙂
From Dale on TripAdvisor recently:
But wait, there’s more. We were not familiar with Puerto Escondido and Julio was not busy that day so he went to lunch with us and showed us his favorite authentic Mexican food (ordered stuff not even on the menu). We also were looking for some specific Mexican tapestries and he asked a few people then went by the two shops with us to help us find what we were looking for. Julio and Hector were two of the nicest and funnest guys to hang out with. We truly had a fantastic day in Puerto Escondido with the help of our new amigos Julio and Hector.
Thanks Dale and family! We had a great time helping you plan your trip to Puerto Escondido with your family and showing you around a bit. Hope you come back in the future 🙂
What better way to show our LOVE than to post a couple touching reviews from recent alumni 🙂
Our family spent five days in Puerto Escondido over winter break 2013. Our two boys, ages 11 and 13, both wanted to surf so we asked our hotel for a recommendation. They pointed us to Zicazteca Surf School, run by Julio Soto, and the experience exceeded our expectations.
What originally began as a one day, two hour activity turned into three days of solid beach fun. The boys just couldn’t get enough of Julio and Hector – they are just great guys who clearly love what they do. Both kids improved tremendously as a result of the lessons and consistent practice. Now they are both hooked on surfing and look forward to doing more on future family vacations and over the summer.
I had an amazing time surfing in Puerto Escondido.. I did 4 classes with Julio and Hector and really improved my surfing! They give very personal instructions and individual feedback – the best surf classes I’ve had so far. They are great guys and great teachers.
Thanks for the great reviews! We hope to see each of you back again soon. And to all who follow this little blog, COME SURF WITH US!!!!!!
I have already posted these to our facebook page, but thought I should share them here too. We have been getting some really special reviews lately from happy surf students and we want to celebrate that.
Tiene toda la paciencia, y no se rinde hasta que te levantas en la ola. Muy buena onda, respetuoso, amable, paciente… aparte de ser todo un artista!
I had Julio Soto and Hector as our instructors for surfing, Julio and Hector gave my daughter and me lots of patience and confidence taking the waves. Watching my kid standing up on the board taking the waves was priceless. Great instructors, time when flying hanging out with them.
My wife and I were in Puerto in November and had Julio and his friend Hector give us a surf lesson. I had been on boards a lot but my wife hadn’t ever. Julio went over everything on dry land first and I was impressed with the way he explained everything and had us feeling confident before we ever paddled out. I’ve had surf lessons before from various people and I have to say that Julio gave the best explanation ever, in a step by step way, about how to paddle out, how to catch a wave, and how to get from prone to standing up I ever heard. Out in the water, what he said on land still made sense and he gave feedback on how to improve after every wave. Moreover I found him honest in his love for the ocean and his dealings with people, both his students, his friends and all others on the beach and in the water. I’m still no surf god, but his lesson helped a lot. He also has a great shop in town with some really cool artwork. Kudos, Julio!
We love the reviews! There are a few more that I haven’t published yet and will post them soon.
Surf instructor Hector “MOTOR” Santiago giving a lesson today to student Simona at La Punta de Zicatela with Zicazteca Surf. Julio Soto taking photos of the session.
Julio and our brave puppy head out for a surf in this little video on our YouTube channel:
Julio’s artwork looks great on the wall! This print is from our online shop www.zicazteca.myshopify.com
The quality is amazing! Super luxe matte paper, vivid colors and exceptional detail. 18 x 24 inches.
These are a few snapshots I took while watching a recent surf lesson of Julio’s at La Punta in Puerto Escondido. The photos are not the best quality from our little point and shoot camera, but our students looked great (blue and red rash guards), and certainly had a fun day out there! Pulgas the Puppy helped coach from shore.