It's all about passion Kalon Surf
About Kalon Surf Costa Ricas #1 Luxury Surf Experience
Profound Beauty That is the meaning of Kalon. And when think of this little paradise we built, this awesome sport we love and coach, the amazing people we meet and the experience we continue to deliver, we believe it is a fitting name.
Dominical: Jungle & Sea Kalon Surf is based in Dominical in the south of Costa Rica. It is a beautiful area (perhaps even the most beautiful of Costa Rica) with a many different beaches and waves all within 15 minute drive, the people are wonderful, the jungle reaches right up to the beach, and there is a distinct lack of mass tourism. Plus it is close enough to San Jose to not exhaust our clients.
Our Experience We want to provide quality, service and comfort in everything that we do. We want you to experience exactly that vacation you are looking for, and even top it. We have travelled extensively while researching luxury and quality resorts, hotels, surf camps, surf schools and surf resorts to make sure we can offer you the absolute best.
Surf Better We know how to improve your surf sustainably -not only in the week while you are here, but also after you leave. This way you get to enjoy surf for the rest of your life! It is at the core of our operations: from the instructors we have selected, within the methods and tools that we use (e.g. video analysis), to the products we have chosen to provide:
Your Surf Coach Lifeguard Trained, Certified & English Speaking
Professionals We have handpicked our surf coaches to ensure you get the best coaching possible in a safe environment. They are all lifeguard trained and ISA or BSA (surf coach) certified and have worked as a surf coach for several years and have been praised by many. Most of them compete or have competed in national and international surf contests.
Passion for Coaching The surf coaches are not only highly capable and experienced, but will also make you feel comfortable, speak perfect english, and have a huge passion for surf and surf coaching. They want you to improve day after day.
You will get to meet the coaches even better, not only during the surf coaching sessions and video analysis - they will join the dinners!
When we started Kalon Surf, we wanted to be as eco-friendly as we could be, without sacrificing quality or making our clients pay more. By aligning ourselves with great companies (and the people behind them), we are able to offer exactly that: sustainable quality.
When you are here, you will be using Matunas wax (ecological) and you will see that they are better than the alternatives. We have created a great eco rashguard (yours to keep) with the Aussies of West Surfing Products. Then, together with UK-based Sutsu we looked into making a Kalon Eco t-shirt that would be 'cool' enough to wear when you would go back home, and we feel we succeeded! Again yours to keep. Finally, when we were thinking about how to get your surf photos to you, after a week of surf we thought it would be best to not only share them on facebook and flickr, but also to give you a USB with all the photos already on it - and of course the USB is made from recycled materials as well.
Our coaches have been supplied with shirts and rain jackets from Finisterre - who were, for me personally, the first example of and my inspiration for being able to come up with amazing sustainable products that are better than the alternative and can often actually cost less.
We will continue to seek possibilities to innovate with sustainable and quality initiatives - it is built in the core of what we do, just as much as quality, service and comfort are.
We are also proud to be a 1% for the Planet member - a great initiative with many more great companies and organizations behind it. At least 1% of every package you will take from us, will go to this great foundation. Helping to clean up the beaches, preserve the beautiful nature or any great cause. And you as our guest, can have input as well - if you know of a great foundation that we should included. We are very happy to make it happen. Sharing success has never felt this good!
Kjeld Schigt Owner/Director
"I lived in Paris, London, Zurich, Helsinki, Copenhagen and even in Africa, while working for multinationals such as BP, Heineken and Unilever.
Following my drive in life, passion and ambitions, I quit corporate life and started Kalon Surf in the South of Costa Rica, with the ultimate goal to make it the best surf school / resort out there that would give an amazing luxury surf experience to our guests.
I've travelled extensively, stayed at and researched a lot of luxury hotels, resorts and surf camps & schools in many places: from Brazil to Morocco, from Spain to Ecuador, from France to Costa Rica. Kalon is exactly based on those experiences: it is the kind of surf vacaction that I always wanted to have, but was unable to find. Now, Kalon is here to offer you exactly this: the best luxury surf experience home away from home."
Starting Kalon Surf has been the best decision in my life; I am working even harder but now driven by passion, ambitions and dreams and I was extremely lucky to meet (on my first day in Costa Rica) and eventually getting married to the most beautiful and amazing woman in the world: Silene.
Silene Vega Delgado Owner/Director
'I am from San Jose, Costa Rica, and worked in Finance (Central America) for HP and HSBC as investment banker. I have even lived and worked in Maine, US - it is so beautiful! After finishing my MBA at TEC, I knew I wanted to change my career into following my ambitions and passion; I wanted to have an impact (even if it were small), on peoples lives, make them happy and I wanted to be part of something exiting. With Kalon I have exactly that: the smile on the faces of our guests after they get their first wave or after a delicious dinner, is so rewarding. When you hear that it has been 'their best vacation in their lives', gives me litterally goosebumps!
The future of Kalon is exciting, adventurious and ambitious - just like surfing! Kjeld and the guys taught me to surf, (the kalon method) they helped me getting over my fear of water by being very patient and giving me the right methods and tools - surfing is now for me one of the best feelings ever! My experience as professional folklore dancer (e.g. official ceremony of the opening of the national stadium), helps me in balance and definitely in style & stance, while my familly's cooking secrets are now shared with you!"
Marcela Barrantes Bolanos Guest Experience Champion
From Kalon's hometown Dominical, she takes care of you from the moment you contact us. Always there to help, always there to take the surf videos and photos and always there to make sure you have the best possible experience. Loved by our guests, raved about in the reviews.
Sister of Roberto & Esmeralda, with Kalon from the start!
Roberto Barrantes Bolanos Surf Experience Champion
The youngest of the Barrantes Bolanos family, ISA (international surf association) certified and an excellent surfer. He will make sure that you progress your surf every day while feeling safe & secure. Competed on a national level and won many prizes, started surfing when young so knows all the ins and outs of the local beaches.
Esmeralda Barrantes Bolanos Food Experience Champion
She was the last of the family to join Kalon and brings a ton of experience in local and international cuisine. She loves to experiment, try new recipes and make improvements to our already beloved and rave about menu. Just like her Roberto and Marcela, she is extremely hard working and incredibly nice and humble. Having the family Barrantes Bolanos as the foundation of Kalon makes the 'home away from home' feeling complete.
Kala - Costa Rica - Professional Longboarder
Kala is our rebel, our mascotte, our favorite team member. Her father is a Husky and her mother a Labrador - she loves to chase all the amazing little animals in the beach and the forrest. When we are taking photos of our guest she usually decides to hang back and watch it all happen. Just at the end, when everybody is coming in, she might show off her surfing skills: walking on the board, cruising, or even hang ten.
And Kala seems to make her choice of board, solely based on which board the Go Pro Surf camera is on...she likes to watch herself surf in the evening video session!
Just like us, you will love, love, love Kala!