- What is the difference between Stand Up Paddling and Surfing?
Stand up Paddling involves standing on a surfboard and paddling yourself around. Stand Up Paddle surfboards are much longer and wider than ‘normal’ surfboards, enabling you to comfortably balance on them and propel yourself with the paddle. You can also catch waves that are way too small for conventional surfing – or too ‘messy’. The length of the board and the fact that it picks up waves earlier make it a real wave catching machine and, once caught, it’s much easier to stay on the wave, making surfing much more fun. It is this fact that is behind the increasing interest in SUP by regular surfers who can get on the waters much more often with a SUP in their quiver.
- Do I need to have a certain level to participate?
This tour is for all levels of experience in surfing and stand-up paddling. It doesn’t matter if you are a newbie or a professional already, with his vast experience Fernando is able to adapt and base the lesson on your knowledge level.
- Does the SUP lesson take place in all weather conditions?
The lesson will only take place if the weather conditions pose no threat to you while you are out on the ocean. Nevertheless the weather in Sayulita is perfect for surfing all year. There are only very rare occassions when weather is too bad to surf.
- What happens if a lesson is cancelled due to weather conditions?
If a lesson absolutely cannot take place due to the weather conditions you can either chosse to do this experience another day or choose to get your money back.
- Who is Fernando Stalla?
Fernando Stalla is a world famous SUP Champion. Due to the excellent conditions he lives and trains in Sayulita. In 2010 he began his professional career in SUP. Fernando quickly became part of the Mexican national SUP Surf team. He would soon become one of the world’s best athletes in the SUP Racing division racking up numerous titles, amongst them 7 times national Champion in Mexico and 3 times World Champion. He was named Surfer of the Year in 2012 by the Mexican Federation of Surfing and is among in the top 10 worldwide. Today, “Nando”, as known by close friends, spends his months between the Californian summer and the Mexican winter. He has one single goal: to become the best SUP athlete in the world.
- Are there any restrictions to participate?
For safety reasons you have to be at least 11 years of age to participate. Please keep in mind that you are on the open ocean – the ability to swim comfortably without a floating device is therefore crucial to participate. Please inform Fernando about possible health restrictions so that it can be kept in mind during the lesson. Surfing lessons are not recommended for pregnant women or guests with prior neck or back injuries.
- I have special dietary restrictions can you still accommodate me?
Yes, absolutely. Please let us know your restrictions and we can coordinate with the restaurants in order to make your day with us easy and pleasurable.
- Who is giving the SUP Lesson?
Fernando Stalla will conduct the Paddling lesson. Fernando Stalla is one of the world’s famous SUP Champions. He won several big competitions, i.e. 1st place US SUP Championship. Due to the excellent conditions in Sayulita he lives and trains there for the upcoming competitions. You can profit from his expertise during this lesson.
- What is included? What is not included?
This tour starts in Sayulita. A welcome drink, 2 hrs paddling lesson with surf board rental by Fernando Stalla and lunch is included in this tour. If you reside in Sayulita a hotel pick-up is possible (please contact email@example.com). If you wish a pick-up from Puerto Vallarta or Punta Mita please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for prices.
- Is the food included in this tour?
Upon arrival there is a first meet & greet with Fernando Stalla where you will enjoy a welcome drink (cocos or fresh juices). After your class, you will enjoy a lunch with an entrance and a main dish.
- Can I extend the time in the water?
The surfboard rental covers the class with Fernando Stalla. If you wish to extend that time and catch some waves after lunch, please contact email@example.com.
- How much free time do I have on this tour?
Enjoy some freetime between the class and the lunch in Fernando Stalla’s surfing school. You can either practice your newly acquired skills or relax at the pool of the surfing school and enjoy some drinks (alcoholic beverages not included) before it is time to go for lunch.
- How many people will be participating in this tour?
In order for all participants to benefit from the knowledge and skills of the professional, the maximum number of participants is 4. For more people, intensive supervision during the surfing hours cannot be guaranteed. If you want to use the offer with more than 4 persons in a group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org – our staff is looking forward to helping you.
- Are there any student or senior discounts?
Our prices are the same for everyone – there is no student or senior discount.
- Can I give this as a present to a friend?
Of course – there is nothing better than giving your friend a unique memory. At the time of the purchase we only need the data of the person that will receive the present. Of course we will not contact that person if you wish to make it a surprise.
- With which credit cards can I pay for the activities?
We accept all mayor credit cards as well as PayPal.
- How can I change my purchase?
You can cancel or change your purchase up to 48hrs before the activity itself. You can still change the name of the participant at the same day as the tour. If you wish to change the beneficiary please provide us with the reservation number, name, email adress and telephone number to make the change.
- How can I be sure the purchase was successful?
By giving our attentive customer service your reservation number and name and our staff will be happy to assist you and confirm your purchase.
- Can I request the return of a purchase after the expiry date?
Once a tour was already conducted you cannot request a refund of your purchase.
- How can I find out about the availability of the tour?
You can see the availability on our website when booking the requested date.
- When will you charge me for the purchase?
The charge for you purchase is made automatically. If you change your mind within the first 48hrs you will retrieve the amount.
- Is it necessary to bring a printed confirmation?
No – upon arrival of your car you only need to tell us your name and confirmation number.
- I do not have PayPal or a credit card, is there another method to book your tour?
Yes, you can transfer the money for the tour electronically to our account, contact our friendly staff to help you.
- I will participate with a companian. Where can I indicate their name?
If you go with a friend or in a group we only need one name to make the reservation. If the person indicated in the confirmation is not able to participate, let us know the name of the representative, the confirmation number and email to change your reservation.
- With what credit cards can I pay for the activities?
We accept all major credit cards (VISA, MASTERCARD and American Express) as well as PayPal to make your purchase.
- What happens if I arrive late for an activity?
We know how difficult it can be to be exactly on time in Mexico City. This is why you have 30 minutes of tolerance before we will consider a “No Show”. If these 30 minutes are up there will be no refunds.
- Where and when is the meeting point to start this tour?
We will be meeting at the Surfing School of Fernando Stalla at 10 am. If you wish for transportation directly from your hotel, please contact email@example.com and we will happily add transportation to your services.
28. What happens when Fernando Stalla cannot teach the lesson?
If Fernando is participating in international competitions and is not in Sayulita to conduct the lesson, you can choose to train with one of his staffmembers. They train daily with him and have the same level of expertise. If you do not want to change instructors you can choose to participate in another activity in the area or get a refund.