We are the Rise Up Surf Familia



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.



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. Check out our Blog to see Norvin and the other local boys surfing in our area.

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 Guide & Instructor | Spain

Francisco is the action man who, after coming to live in Nicaragua from Spain, for the last few years has joined the Rise Up familia as an all around 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 not surfing Oscar ensures you are having the best time at the camp or on fun adventures in the region. Check out Oscar and some of the crew in this Surf video shot in our region or read a little more about him on our Blog.



Surf Guide & Instructor | Nicaragua

Melquing has an out of this world charisma and energy. After only two years working with Rise Up Surf he now speaks perfect English and continually shows our guests a good time. Check our Blog to see a video of Melquing and the other local boys tearing it up.


Surf Guide & Instructor | USA

Laura is our fun loving surf instructor from California. She lights up Rise Up with an energy that brings a smile to everyone that has the pleasure to meet her. 



Videographer | Hawaii

Conner has joined the team from Hawaii and after several visits to Nicaragua he has come again to join us as our talented in house videographer, surf instructor and surf guide. 


Yoga Teacher | New Zealand

Georgie is our in-house yoga teacher. She is a teacher of ashtanga vinyasa, power flow, hatha and restorative yoga. Georgie is a 500hr RYT and obtained her qualifications in India and has also studied in Bali and America. Never too far from the ocean, before joining Rise Up Georgie was teaching Yoga onboard a Superyacht. Georgie loves to help you unwind after a big surf session and is always excited to teach you a new pose or assist you in strengthening your practice.

Georgina - Yoga Teacher


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.


Bartender | Nicaragua

This lovely Nicaraguan girl behind the bar is always there to help you. She is the one who makes your favorite smoothies and serves your ice-cold beer and/or cocktail during sunset.

Vanessa - Staff


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 help keep Rise Up Surf sparkling and clean.

Juan Carlos

Juan Carlos

Driver | Nicaragua

Juan is our local driver who pretty much helps with everything and has always a smile on his face. He will also be along on surf trips as a driver.


Accountant & Administration | Nicaragua

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



Gardener | Nicaragua

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

Marley, Bob, Alan

House Dogs | Nicaragua

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

Staff Dog


General Manager | Switzerland

Marcia brings a fresh outlook to Rise Up Surf this season. She has over ten years working in hospitality and we are excited to have her take over the general management.


Yoga teacher |  New Zealand

Originally a farm girl from New Zealand, Holly now lives in Malibu, CA with her husband. He is inspired by his career in surfing, and she by a love of meeting new people. She has practiced Yoga for many years and recently gained her 500 hour teaching certification. She believes that Yoga has the power to change your life. By way of stilling your mind, opening your heart, and cultivating peace in everything that you go, Yoga can heal you from the inside out.

yoga teacher holly