Meet The Team


Owner & Operations Manager | Switzerland

Corina is our fun-loving, do-it-all girl from Switzerland. She loves people and has a knack for planning mind-blowing events. She is an organizational master who has taken the operations of Rise Up Surf to a whole new level. Originally from the mountains, Corina has had the opportunity to surf in many amazing countries around the world.



Founder & Owner | Barbados

The inspiration for Rise Up Surf comes from Phillip’s love for surfing and desire to lead a healthy balanced lifestyle, surrounded by good vibes and positive people. After several years traveling in search of waves and adventure, Phillip made Nicaragua his home. After owning and selling one of Nicaragua’s largest hostels (Bigfoot Hostel in Leon), he decided to leave the bustling city behind and create Rise Up Surf Nicaragua.


Manager / Surf Coach | Spain

Francisco is the action man who moved to Nicaragua from Spain, and has called Rise Up home for the past few years. He is an all-round host and surf instructor; making sure guests are always happy whether it be in the bar, surf or simply around the camp. 


Surf Guide & Instructor | Nicaragua

Oscar is truly one of the most talented and fun human beings on the planet. He is an exceptionally passionate and motivated surf instructor and one of the best local surf guides around. When he isn’t surfing, he’s ensuring you are having the best time at the camp or on fun adventures in the region. Check out Oscar and some of the local crew in this Surf video.


Surf Instructor & Guide | Nicaragua

Norvin is a smooth and cool character that will ensure you are surfing the best waves possible while at Rise Up Surf.



Surf Guide & Instructor | United Kingdom

Matt grew up and learned to surf in England before moving to Australia in 2005. He is a high-performance coach who mainly focuses on coaching junior surfers and introducing them to the contest scene. This is Matt’s third season at Rise Up and will be at all the “On The Road” trips in 2019/2020.


Yoga Instructor | Norway

I’m dedicated to the journey towards a more conscious, vibrant life, filled with love. I teach Ashtanga, Rocket, vinyasa, restorative, meditation & pranayama. Every student I have is on their own magical journey, so I’m feeling very honoured to be able to share my knowledge and approach to yoga with them. And if you meet me while I am not teaching – you’ll probably find me in the ocean, dancing or just enjoying life!


Surf Guide & Instructor | Nicaragua

Melquing has an out-of-this-world charismatic energy. After only two years working with Rise Up Surf he now speaks perfect English and continually shows our guests a good time.


Head Chef | Argentina

As many Argentinians I grew up in a mix of Italian/Spanish family where the kitchen was always the center of the house and great flavours and smells were coming out! I love simple things in life, friends, traveling, sports and nature. I’m joining the Rise Up Familia as the head chef to provide healthy, fresh and nourishing food based on local products with my signature style based on 10 years of experience.


Surf Guide | Italy

Ciao! I grew up in Rome and moved to Cornwall at the age of 19 to chase my surfing dream. I’ve been coaching in the frigid Cornish waters for the past 7 years and the time has come to make a move for somewhere warm! Besides surfing I enjoy eating (a lot), volleyball and a good fiesta!


Surf Guide | Australia

Surfing, yoga, & ocean conservation are my world.

I grew up surfing on the east coast of Australia and love travelling to new places chasing waves & sunshine.

“The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever”
~Jacques Cousteau


Surf Guide | United Kingdom

Hey I am Guy, my friends call me Griff i’m 21 years old and have been teaching surfing around the world for the last 4 years. I am from Cornwall in the south west of the UK where I am A beach lifeguard in the summer at Godrevy, one of the UK’s most scenic beaches. I enjoy buying unreliable cars and am not shy of a Toña or 2! Looking forward to sharing some waves soon.

Our Story

Find out where it all began and how Philip, Corina and Kaya are sharing their dream with the amazing guests that go on Rise Up Surf Retreat.

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We do so much more than surfing and yoga. See more of what’s on offer

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Surf & Yoga Retreats

We have a whole range of locations all over Central America and in the Caribbean. Find out which one is the one for you!