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Feliz Cumpleaños to the Happiest Guy We Know


If you’ve been to Rise Up before, then you can probably already guess who we are talking about. Yesterday we celebrated his 27th orbit around the sun and even though he has only been with the Rise Up Surf familia for one of them, it feels like we’ve known him a lifetime. Fran became part of our team when we were in much need of extra smiles and laughter around the place and he brought it with him in abundance.

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He’s an amazing surfer and surf guide and an even better friend and if you have the pleasure of meeting him, then you’ll know why we feel like we’ve already known him for years. There is a warmth and openness to his character that is so rare and because he has judgement for no one, you’ll always feel welcome in his presence. Wise beyond his 27 years, it’s been a pleasure to have him as part of our family and to watch him grow over the past year – he’s grown into an amazing dad to doggy Lucky, into an incredible uncle to baby Kaya, and into one of our head coaches at Rise Up.

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He encompasses all that we try to accomplish for you on your vacation with us at Rise Up and his acceptance of all types of people is inspiring. And although he loves his midday nap, we can always count on him to go above and beyond at work – whether he is interacting with guests, spending countless hours in the surf making sure you’re riding waves before the end of your stay, or entertaining you behind the bar – he’ll do it all without a complaint and with a smile on his face.

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We count ourselves lucky that he found his way to us all the way from Spain and we’re glad that he decided to call Rise Up home for now. And so, we want to wish him the happiest of birthday’s this year. The weekend is upon us and the celebrations are only just beginning Fran, so enjoy it and have a cheeky surf or drink for us all.

Arriba! Abajo! Al centro! Al dentro!

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