What’s Your Surf Level?

No idea what your surf level is? The idea behind separating skill levels and experience before you arrive at Rise Up Surf is to help us plan your week of surf instruction in a way that will maximize your progress. It is so hard to really define what an intermediate surfer is these days, so we came up with some simple criteria to help you choose your surf level. We have 4 simple levels for you to choose from so that you can let us know your surf level when booking your trip.

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Level 1 – Beginner

You’ve never seen a board before and you love the idea of surfing so you wanna give it a go! From level 1, we start at the basics of surfing and water safety. Learn how to catch waves and stand up on your own, with the correct technique.


Maybe you have surfed before, but not with any professional coaching, or it has been a long time and you’d like to start from scratch.

Level 2 – Novice/Refresher

Catching waves is becoming easier for you, but you need assistance every now and then . You’re standing up on every 1 in 3 waves, riding them all the way in towards the beach.


Have surfed a lot previously but haven’t surfed in the last year or longer.

Learning to Party Wave
Holly Surfing

Level 3 – Improver

You have an understanding of how to paddle out past the broken waves in 1-3 foot surf and you’re paddling into your own waves. Sometimes you still need assistance on catching waves, positioning in the line up and wave selection. You have a basic understanding of turning and trimming along the wave face but would like to improve in this area.

Level 4 – Intermediate or Higher

You’ve been surfing for a few years and can link turns and do basic maneuvers. Fully capable of surfing alone, but would like to build upon your current skill set.

More On Surfing

Video Tutorials

We have a collection of videos aimed at helping you improve your surf technique

Beach lesson

How We Coach Surfing

An inside look at methods we use at Rise Up Surf Nicaragua.


Rise Up Surf Destinations

Have a look at some of our beautiful destinations where we’re sure you’ll have an amazing time.