Coconut Steve


– Age n/a ☺
– Owner and ISA Certified Surf Coach

I grew up surfing in Long Beach, NY back in the 70’s. I learned to surf when I was 10 yrs old. My parents bought me my first board. It was a twin fin short board with a Mickey Mouse graphic on the bottom. It was a classic but at the time I was embarrassed by the design. Dumb kid.. We had fun beach breaks with rock jetties dividing the different spots. I surfed Lido, Lincoln, Monroe, and Laurelton It was a very cool vibe back then with MR twin fins and the intro of thrusters hitting the scene. Wow, talk about showing your age. We surfed all year round with wet suits and snow on the ground. It was hardcore and fun!!

I moved to So California in my 20’s and surfed mostly Orange county waves from Huntington-Trestles and really enjoyed the laid back lifestyle of the west coast. We would ski Big Bear and surf Huntington on the same weekend and then drive to Baja Mexico for great waves, cheap beer, Tequila and tacos. Good times!!

I started coming to Costa Rica in 1992 and fell in love with the place. The scenery reminded me of Hawaii with the lush mountains and jungle close to the ocean. The waves are consistent all year round with beautiful surf beaches up and down the coast. With water temps in the 80’s I said goodbye to my wetsuits and after several surf trips I knew I wanted to one day live here full time and surf as much as possible. The dream came true in 2005 when I left Corporate America and moved to Playas De Nosara. I met the original Coconut Harry playing poker and the story goes that he lost the shop to me in a big Texas Hold’em hand. It’s not the truth but it makes for a great story. The original Harry still comes down here to surf during the high season and is a great ambassador to the shop. He is a classic!!

Coconut Harry’s has taught thousands of people to surf for the first time. It’s a great feeling seeing the excitement people get when they catch and ride their first waves. I’m very proud of our surf instructors because they are enthusiastic, patient, and passionate about what they do. You can see by the pictures of them with their students how much fun they are all having. They are also great with intermediate surfers that want to get to the next level.
Thanks for your interest and taking the time to view the site. Myself and the Coconut Harry’s Instructors look forward to meeting you and giving you a great Costa Rica Surf experience. Pura Vida!!!