The Rise Up Familia

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 | 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.
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 Instructor & Guide | 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 | Portugal


I’m Bernardo, creative graphic designer and a ocean lover. Born and raised in Portugal. Love to travel the world, discover new music and surf till my arms fall. I don’t surf thruster and I’m addicted to peanuts.
Yoga Teacher


Surf Coach | New York


Tori is 20 years old from New York and now lives in Northern Nicaragua as a surf guide for Rise Up. She loves surfing but loves it even more to coach and help people to fall in love with the art of surfing! In and out of the water she will be there to help and have a fun time!
Surf Guide | Costa Rica


My name is Aaron garcia , I’m from Costa Rica, local of cabo matapalo península de osa, I’m 30 year old. I been working for rise up the last few years they been in Costa Rica. I love surfing and make me happy when I’m out there ,and this is what I like to convey to people when I am teaching them surfing, being happy in the water and enjoying. Pura vida
Photographer / Videographer


Mateo is a self-taught photographer who has spent the last few years roaming the coast of Central America with his van and 2 dogs. As a surfer and ocean enthusiast he loves taking photos in the water, getting up close to connect with other surfers and capture moments that will last a lifetime.

Our familia is always growing and we hope to add more soon. If you are interested in joining the Rise Up Familia, take a look at our current opportunities.

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