Have a Baja Moment! If the Surf is Up, Class is in at Mario Surf School
Playa Los Cerritos, or Cerritos Beach, is located less than an hour north of Cabo San Lucas along the Pacific Coast of Baja California Sur, and is considered by many to be the best year round surf spot in the state. Certainly, the beach has long been a popular learning spot for would-be wave riders.
For first-time visitors or those new to the area, the best way to learn to surf in Baja Sur, or to learn the local waters at Cerritos, is by making arrangements through Mario Surf School.
Mario Surf School owner, Mario Becerril Zayas says: ”I’ve been here 12 years now. When I started giving lessons on the beach – and that was a long time ago – we worked out of a shack in the back. But since I obtained our new permit six years ago, things have definitely changed. We take appointments everyday for lessons with people at different levels of surfing ability. We also rent surf boards for the entire day. At any given moment, we can give lessons and take care of 20 people at the same time with our four instructors, and have a total of about 50 surf boards available.”
Private lessons and surfboard rentals are the primary services offered by Mario Surf School, although Mario also runs a company that offers round trip airport transportation. The private lessons, in particular, are a big draw. According to Mario, his is the only local company that doesn’t put newbie surfers together in groups with people they don’t know. Instead, individuals, family or friends learn to surf in a more comfortable environment, with training customized to their specific skill levels. “It makes a big difference,” he says. “People aren’t as self-conscious when they’re around people they know and trust.”
“We also do surfari tours to different beaches in San Jose del Cabo, on the East Cape and at Punta Conejo,” Mario added. ”In Baja, we have waves year round, so being here at Cerritos Beach means I never have to move the location of our school. This is actually one of the best beaches in Mexico to learn how to surf, because there are no rocks. For the more serious surfer, some of the best waves are right next door at San Pedrito, a place Americans refer to as Pescadero Beach.”
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