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.”
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.
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.
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.
We have been working with a partner to develop some awesome surf and adventure packages to offer our clients. After all that hard work planning them out and scouting out the right connections we have decided to also offer a modified package deal straight from our website. We are super excited to show people around this gorgeous location and share a few of our favorite spots. This package is set up for just the right amount of fun and relaxation to pack a week without feeling like you are absolutely tied to the schedule. Follow the link below to see what it includes and keep it in mind for your next trip to Puerto!
Ok, soy Canadiense (woot woot – it’s how I roll) and until today had only cold water surf experience (Tofino, BC). I am so blessed to have shared surf today with Julio – he has the same respect for the sea as I have found in friends at home. Today was about welcoming wisdom from Julio and improving my connection with the waves. I am very grateful for his easy way, his awesome sense of humour and his respect for all people. Did I yet note he is a great teacher? Techniques tweaked (ok self-cultivated bad habits overhauled lol) but not with “do this/do that” but rather “try this way and now try that way – and see and understand why one is much better than the other?” Great chats my friend between waves and I look forward to the next chance to share surf, side by side 🙂
“No lo dudes!!! Julio es EL MAESTRO que estás buscando. Un tipo con la mejor vibra, experimentado, hábil, noble, un ARTISTA excepcional & muy profesional. Desde el día 1 ya estaba montando olas con él. Un saludo afectuoso Julio”
This started out as a surf lesson for one, but before the surf lesson was over all of her girlfriends wanted to try as well!
Student Maria taking surf lesson in puerto escondido
Waiting for the right wave
Big smile from her friend
friend catching a wave
getting in on the fun
Student and Instructor
TripAdvisor review, Jan 4 2013:
I’m travelling and been in Puerto Escondido just few day, but surfing was one of my unreal dreams!
So, one day i saw how one man easily and masterfully catching every wave in the ocean! It was Julio, my first teacher of this sport! He show me how to keep the balance, how to safely fall, pointed out my mistakes and keep on fun mood for all time!
I so dreamed about this experience! Julio, thanks a lot for your lessons to me and my friends! I’ll back with surfboard for surfing! this is for sure 😀