Our Story

Phillip is from the island of Barbados and after studying in the UK and several years of traveling the world he chose Nicaragua to call home.  He chose Nicaragua because of its amazing waves, incredible nature and most importantly the great vibes of the people.  In the beginning Phillip was a volunteer on sea turtle project on the southern coast of Nicaragua and then after a couple of years he eventually took over a hostel in Leon called Bigfoot which he owned and managed for 4 years.

Rise was born in 2009 because of Phillips love and passion for surfing, nature and for sharing good times and adventures with people. The name came to him during a  morning surf session at the beach which would later become the first home of Rise Up.  Check out the short video below to get an idea of where it came from.

Creating Rise Up and seeing it evolve has been an incredible journey that includes so many amazing people and has truly been transforming for so many. Along the way Phil and the crew have been lucky enough to surf and explore all corners of Nicaragua building a local knowledge that is unparalleled.   The most important part of the journey of Rise Up to date was when Phillip met Corina in 2014. They met thanks to the first Swiss guest who came to Rise Up and who Phil and Corina in touch in the hope Corina would also come and stay as guests. At that time Rise Up was closed but luckily it was meant to be and their paths still crossed one morning in the surf. Today Corina, Phillip and their beautiful daughter Kaya run Rise Up with the mission to make sure everyone who comes has the most amazing experience possible. In many ways it is really just the beginning of Rise Up after 10 years of evolving with many ups and downs they are more motivated than ever to take Rise Up to new heights with amazing people.

Currently Rise Up offers specially tailored surf coaching retreats using their own style of coaching and combine it with yoga, healthy food, unique activities and true connection with others.   They have a hand picked team that is  an extended part of their family and are what make Rise Up so special . Rise Up was started in the magical country of Nicaragua and while this beautiful country is still home in 2018 Phil and Corina started retreats in handful of carefully select destinations that they feel a personal connection too, such as Barbados. These retreats offer the same Rise Up vibe but in a unique destination.

Our dream is to see Rise Up continue to be a place that helps the people around them and where people feel at home. Rise is where guests know they will always be treated like family but also are guaranteed a high level of care and service that is hard to find. Guests always know that they will enjoy one of the best well rounded vacations on the planet where they will learn, be inspired, connect with themselves, connect with others and connect with this amazing natural world in which we live and their amazing communities.

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