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Learn How to Paddle like a Surf Pro

July 17, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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When in doubt, paddle out! We spent some time out of the water with Barefoot Surf Travel‘s expert surf guide, Franco Rivas (@pepes_world), so he could give us some tips on how to improve our paddling and become a better surfer. Check it out!

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1) Lay down on your board and make sure your body is centered. The nose of your board shouldn’t be too far out of the water or below the water either. Being in the right position on your board is important for paddling faster and more efficiently. 

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2) Keep your chest and head up while looking out towards the waves. You always want to be aware of what’s going on around you and keep an eye out for other surfers.

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3) Cup your hands like a spoon while you’re paddling, so you can really move through the water. 

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4) Starting from the nose of your board, pull one arm back towards your legs in a smooth, fluid motion through the water using your arm, shoulder and back muscles. Your arms should stay as close to the board as you possible to get the full range of motion and most power. Alternate this movement between each arm.

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Thanks to Franco Rivas(@pepes_world) and Barefoot Surf Travel for the photos and an unforgettable surf trip in Nicaragua.

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If you want learn more than just how to surf, but also how to read waves, get passed the break and to become an actual surfer, a week with Barefoot Surf Travel should be in your very near future!

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Destination: San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

July 12, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Cool breeze, palm trees and waves for days. If you ever wanted to visit a surfer’s paradise, then book your next trip to San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua.

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This laid back Central American town is full of vibrant culture, delicious local cuisine and tropical sunsets you’ll definitely want to share on Instagram. As a popular tourist spot, there’s always something to do: shop at the local markets, play beach volleyball under the sun, catch some waves at the nearby breaks OR just take a nap in a hammock all day.

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If you’re looking for a more relaxing evening, you can always watch the sunset over the bay as you sip on an ice cold Toña from one of the many restaurants that line the entire beach.

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Just outside San Juan Del Sur sit beautiful, almost deserted beaches with cute oceanside eateries where you can grab fresh fish tacos and papaya pineapple smoothies while you watch the waves. Don’t forget to roam the shore for beach treasures!

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Need some help planning your next Nica vacay?

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Spend a week with Barefoot Surf Travel surfing some of the best breaks with local guides. Their trips include accommodations, breakfast, surf theory classes, transportation to/from only the best beaches around Nicaragua and most importantly, daily instruction from the raddest surf guides EVER. If you want learn more than just how to surf, but also how to read waves, get passed the break and to become an actual surfer, a week with Barefoot Surf Travel should be in your very near future!

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