In today’s reality, advanced technology and good wifi has made it so that we can work from almost anywhere in the world. This work becomes more enjoyable working in the middle of paradise, like Costa Rica or Panama. But without all of the modern conveniences we’ve become used to, working abroad can feel like a slog and searching the internet becomes a painful chore.
We got fresh news for you! Our friends at Selina Hostels realized that enjoying work while traveling isn’t just a pipe dream….they’ve made it a reality by offering something fun and efficient for travelers work needs. They’ve created the perfect marriage of creativity, tranquility and productivity to form a community of Digital Nomads and traveling innovators.
We are very pleased to share the news that Selina and Goflow have now partnered to enhance your travel experience! Together they will offer you the best Surfing, Kitesurfing and SUP Experiences with Selina’s Local Experts.
We talked with Gigi Amir, one of the creators of Selina’s Surf Club, to tell us all about the unique experiences they offer:
– Can you tell a little bit about Selina’s Surf Club?
Selina Surf Club is our new new baby! We have decided to create something new, and different from everything that is offered by other competitors in this market.
We have surf schools and retail shops all around Costa Rica and Panama and we offer a big range of services, like no one did before in this market.
We try to understand all the natural conditions that we find in each of these locations and choose the best water sport activity that will fit in the best way. Our mission is to fulfil every traveler’s needs. For example:
Bocas Del Toro, in Panama is amazing for flat water and SUP activities. So, we provide SUP workshops, distance paddling & SUP Yoga. Very soon, we are planning to run an International SUP Challenge Event.
Tamarindo and Jaco, in Costa Rica, and Playa Venao, in Panama are the best places for beginner surfers. We are investing most of our efforts in surf camps (ranging from 5 to 14 days) for groups and individuals.
Pedasi is known as Kitesurfing Heaven! So, Kitesurfing is the main attraction there.
Soon, I can say that Selina Surf Club will have many different destinations with lots of water activities. We will be able to give every customer the perfect Experience, according to their level and passions. We will refer them to the right location that will answer their needs in the best, most efficient way possible.
Our main activities and goals are:
Surf lessons and surf camps; SUP lessons and camps; daily surf trips to secret spots; huge surf board and SUP boards inventory for rentals (travel lite we have everything here for you); support local surfers in every location we operate – and work to give back to the community and environment (for example: bring a bag full with garbage collected from the beach to get one hour board rental for free).
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Big water sports events!
We also offer co-work spaces in all of our locations: you don’t need to stop your work, you can combine it with amazing vacation. You can surf in the morning, work during the day, and then catch the last waves of the day.
All of the activities of the Surf Club are coming with the support of the best accommodations in these new Selina’s locations. We offer many different types of rooms, from shared dorms to private rooms, to double and suite rooms. Each one is well designed and nicely appointed.
The vibe in Selina is unique and young, creating a different experience than the normal accommodation you’re used to.
– Why did you choose Playa Venao, in Panama to open the first club?
Playa Venao is my home since 2009. The area of Venao is very unique, and within a very short distance from place to place you can do Kite surfing in side shore wind (Pedasi), and after you just move 20 minutes drive to Venao, where you can score perfect waves (one of my favorite surf breaks) with offshore wind in the centre of the bay.
If you have a group of people that want to have surf lessons, you can easily walk to the side of the bay (in front of Selina), where the waves are smaller and make teaching much easier.
– What can people expect to experience when they join you? What type of activities do you offer?
The best service is the first thing that we want to give to our customers and let them feel that we care about them. We want them to feel safe in and out of the water. This is extremely important to us, and our instructors and team are all pros, most of them have lifeguard certification.
We provide excellent new and safe gear – we will supply always what you, the customer, need and will not give gear that is in poor condition!
– Can you tell us a little bit about your background and experiences?
My name is Gigi and I’m 35 years old. I was born and raised in Israel, in a small village on the Mediterranean ocean named ‘Michmoret’, a place where everybody surf or sail from a very young age.
Since I can remember, I was around water sports like wind surfing, wave surfing, and later on in my life, came across kite surfing (in ‘99). I went to the army in 2000 till 2003, which was the longest time I didn’t surf. But when I ended my service in the army, I got back to surfing big time! I got my first kite, some boards and went to travel around the world: Australia , New Zealand, Seri Lanka and brazil, I have started working for Amit Inbar, my neighbour and one of the biggest surfers in israel, teaching kite-surfing in Sinai Desert, Egypt, and from there all around the country.
Managing the kite school activity, in 2009 I moved to Panama, traveled all around the region. With my girlfriend Eden and my partner Moshiko Levy, we opened our surf club in Playa Venao: Shokogi Surf School, which now is part of the Selina Surf Club.
We give full services of Surf, Kite and SUP lessons, rentals and a beautiful surf shop.
– Any inside tips?
Always smile and the waves will keep on coming to you. Be in love with the flow.
– Favourite Selina Club?
Selina Jaco! Jaco is the capital of surfing in Costa Rica. Playa Hermosa is only 5 minutes drive away and it’s one of the best waves you will surf in your life. Around Jaco, you can find more than 15 spots of surfing for all levels for different swell directions and different tides, which means you can surf all day.
– How many people can join the Experiences? What is the level of the sessions?
We have huge capacity, more than 300 boards and big team of instructors in each locations. We can host up to 20 people in a surf camp. With that, all of our hostels have 150 beds or more.
– How many other Selina Surf Clubs are already opened?
At the moment we have 8: Playa Venao, Pedasi, Bocas del Toro, Red Frog, Puerto Viejo, Tamarindo, Santa Teresa and Jaco.
– Favourite experts?
Yorgena Urania – the best ever – find her in Selina Jaco and on the Goflow app!
– Send a message to people who want to join the Clubs.
It’s time to do what you always dreamed and now it’s easy and more fun than ever. We are prepared to offer you an unforgettable Experience. Come to surf with us! Let’s do it!