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 Instructor | Kauai

Aloha, my name is Gerritt, and I hail from the island of Kauai. I like to think of myself as a jack of all trades but the master at none. I work as the manager, surf instructor, and previously as the permaculture gardener here at Riseup.



Surf Guide & Instructor | 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. 



Head Chef | USA

Charlotte combines the best of Nicaraguan cuisine and her background in plant-based cooking to create plates that are colorful, nourishing and delicious. With a degree in Sustainable Agriculture, Charlotte is deeply inspired by seasonal produce rhythms and is passionate about creating menus that cater to our guests energy levels for full days of surfing, yoga and adventure.



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.


Marvin (Chinto)

Surf Guide & Instructor | Nicaragua

Chinto is, hands down, one of the best barrel riders in Nicaragua, if not the world. He is also one of the friendliest guys on the planet. Whether it is in the water or on dry land, Chinto is the guy you always want to have around!



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 | 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.



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 second season at Rise Up and will be at all the “On The Road” trips in 2019.



Yoga Teacher | New Zealand

Emilie is a yoga teacher from New Zealand, dedicated to offering her students holistic practices based on the 8 limbed path of yoga. She teaches a combination of vinyasa, slow flow, hatha, yin, restorative and yoga therapy styles to suit the individual needs of students, and tailor to what they need on any given day. Classes combine asana (movement), pranayama (breath awareness), and meditation.



Bartender | Nicaragua

You’ll always find Vanessa with a smile on her face and she’s always happy to help you. She’s usually behind the bar and always makes sure the coffee pot topped up and the drinks fridge full.



Accountant & Administration | Nicaragua

Roger works behind scenes with accounting and administration, helping to make sure we are as organized as possible.



Assistant Chef | Nicaragua

Tina is the mama of the kitchen and loves to bake. She, along with the rest of the kitchen team, ensure our guests are well looked after.



Assistant Chef | Nicaragua

Arlan is one of the chefs who helps to make our amazing daily meals from breakfast all the way to dinner.



Head Of House Keeping | Nicaragua

Lesbia is in charge of organizing the daily house keeping for in and around the camp.



House Keeping | Nicaragua

Maura is part of the house keeping team that keep Rise Up Surf sparkling and clean.



Gardener | Nicaragua

Robinson is our quiet gardener who makes sure the camp looks beautiful and neat.



Gardener | Nicaragua

Pablo helps to maintain the beautiful surroundings we have here at Rise Up and also keeps watch over the grounds at night.

Bob, Marley, Alan

Alan, Bob, Marley

House Dogs | Nicaragua

It can’t get any better, than a morning walk on the beach.

Breakfast 3


Have a look at some of the meals you’ll enjoy while staying at Rise Up

Estuary SUP


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

New house balcony with view


You’ll need a comfortable place to rest after a fun filled day of activities

Costa Rica!

We still have spaces available for our Costa Rica trips!
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