We are the Rise Up Surf Familia


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.

Gerritt - Surf Coach


 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, 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. 


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 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 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!


Marketing & Photography | USA

Taylor handles all of the marketing and photography here at Rise Up Surf. Coming to us from the state of Oregon he is in a constant state of stoke since he ditched his 5mm wetsuit for the warm waters of Central America.

Surf Instructor - Matt


Surf Guide & Instructor | United Kingdom

Matt grew up and learnt to surf in England before moving to Australia in 2005. Matt 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 Instructor | Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

My name is Tianna. I’m from Vancouver island, BC, but I love to travel all over the world. I am the yoga teacher here at rise up! I mainly teach Hatha, but I also love teaching vinyasa, and restorative yoga.

Vanessa - Staff


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.


Accountant & Administration | Nicaragua

Roger works in the behind scenes action 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.


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.



Gardener | Nicaragua

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

Staff Dog

Alan, Bob, Marley

House Dogs | Nicaragua

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