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“A Wonderful Experience”

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Rise Up Surf Tours Nicaragua
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
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“A Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed 21 November 2012

My girlfriend and I just got back from a week at Rise Up Surf Camp, and we both had an excellent time. Neither of us had surfed before, but they put in the time and effort needed to get us up and riding. The camp has a cozy and relaxed atmosphere. Since they focus on small groups, it was very easy to get to know everybody else staying there and make new friends. However, I have to say that it was the staff who made all the difference between it being an alright trip and being the awesome experience we both had. Hugh was an excellent surf instructor with the most chill laid back surfer attitude that goes with the job. He was the first one to cheer us on when we caught a good ride. Tara did a great job stretching us out with the yoga. Even though we were her first students, I can tell she's going to continue to be an excellent yoga instructor. Steve/Stigs is an amazing chef always cooking delicious and healthy meals. Oscar is great with a camera and knows how to get the party started. Phil runs the outfit with pride and does a great job making you feel comfortable and welcome the entire time you are there. My only advice to people attending this camp is to take care when you go volcano boarding. Rise Up does not currently run this excursion and our guide for this was not very professional. It was still a fun experience, but there were some minor injuries that were not taken very seriously by the outfit running this excursion. However, as far as Rise Up is concerned, they are very professional, take great care of you and you leave with great experiences and new friends.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 20 November 2012

We loved our vacation at Rise Up! Days of sun, sand, surf, fresh food, yoga and great company. Phil and his team were amazing hosts. They always made sure we were comfortable inside and outside the water. They were very friendly and always kept us entertained and relaxed with all the different activities. From surfing, to bon fires on the beach, watching the stars, fishing, dinners, tours and parties in Leon, turtle conservation, etc. etc. the list goes on. The trip was unique and very special. When we left we truly felt we were saying goodbye to family. We can't wait to go back and recommend Rise Up to everyone.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Clemente, California
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Reviewed 20 November 2012 via mobile

We were fortunate to find such a gem! The camp is clean, comfortable and located in front of some perfect waves for all levels including beginners. Phil is very welcoming, Hugh is an awesome surf instructor and Steve/Stigs made up some great meals!
Personally, I was prepared for a "typical surf camp", Rise Up took it to the next level with all they had to offer. We hope to be back soon and are truly thankful for the experience.

Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 22 September 2012

Myself and a group of 8 other surfers enjoyed a week with Phil and his crew in Nicaragua. Our main objective was to surf, with possible small surf days being filled with trips into Leon, etc. Unlike a lot of the other reviews for Rise Up, we are all surfers with over 10years of experience. However, at the same time we were at camp there were beginners and the crew at Rise Up were able to accomodate all experience levels.

We were very pleased to have our week with Phil, as he is a former professional body-boarder who now mostly stand up surfs. He knows the waves of Northern Nicaragua very well and consistently put us in the best spot at the best time of day for waves. Conveniently, this was often right in front of where we stayed, the week we were there we had 4-6foot faces every day. We did travel to a nice point break for the first two days of the trip and had some great head high plus waves while surfing the point.

When we were either surfed out or the winds had gotten to the surf, we were able to take a tour through the local mangroves and then into Leon. For everyone this was one of the highlights of the trip, as the scenery was amazing and the interaction with the Nicaraguan people was great.

Phil and his crew were always very accomodating, whether it be fixing a broken light bulb in the room to cooking special meals according to different tastes or dietery requirements of the guests. Phil and his guys always had warm smiles on their faces and were eager to help with anything we asked for. We are all planning a trip back as soon as we can get there, as Rise Up took care of us and we would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone and go back again ourselves.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed 13 August 2012

We stayed at Rise Up for a little more than a week and had an absolute blast. My girlfriend and I, both novice surfers, were truly impressed with the care Phil and everyone at the camp took to make us feel comfortable in the water. Typical day would be wake up early, surf, lounge, surf again, potentially take a day trip. My girlfriend probably had close to 25 hours of 1 on 1 surf instruction during the week we were there (again, really a testament to how much the staff is invested in your surfing and your stay). By the end of the week, I was getting up on waves and paddling out in some pretty decent-sized surf.
The house is about the most chill spot on planet earth. When the beer is flowing and sun shining, it doesn't seem like there could be a nicer place to sit out and read a book or listen to some music.
The whole trip has a pretty adventurous vibe to it and yet you live comfortably--borderline luxuriously. Also dollars and cents wise, Rise Up is pretty much a steal.
I can't rave enough about Rise Up, its superb owners and staff, and gorgeous, adventurous, relaxing Nicaragua.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Arkansas, United States
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Reviewed 27 June 2012

We stayed at Rise up in mid-May and had an amazing time. We booked the learn to surf package and really enjoyed our week there, even though we had only surfed for a few hours total before this trip. I'm not too well-versed on quality of waves, but as a beginner there plenty right in front of the property for us to grab. We found that early mornings were best for us, and my husband continued to surf throughout the day while I hung out and read/ate/drank. What is really unique about rise up is the staff; they make you feel like you're staying with friends that you've known forever. Each of the guys are so different that there's always someone doing something to keep it entertaining in such an isolated area. The town of Leon is a short ride away, so if you're missing civilization it's not too far. We had a great time meeting up with Gemma from Greenpathways and were able to go volcano boarding, on a city tour with cultural and art museum stops and on an estuary trip (which were all really fun and interesting). The food is good and plentiful; I gained a few pounds over the week. We would go back in a heartbeat and felt really lucky to be able to experience such a special place.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 25 October 2011

If you are on the fence about taking a surf vacation, jump off the fence now and go to Nicaragua!!! Five girlfriends and I did the Rise up Surf tour "learn to surf" package and each of us agreed it was a fantastically amazing experience. I have travelled all around the world to almost every contintent. I've done guided tours, self-guided and everything in between. This trip was definitely one of my top trips ever and I'm guessing will be hard to top . All of the positive reviews on this site are spot on....and the website delivers on everything they promise. To say they had great customer service almost devalues what they did for us. It felt like they invited us into their home and into their surfer world as friends, rather than as paying customers. They would do anything and everything to make us happy…their main goal was to ensure we had a good time, whether that be surfing, drinking, dancing, playing, resting, yoga, boating…whatever. Chef Steve's food was amazing, healthy and local and Hugh and Sebastian were fantastic surf/yoga instructors. Despite some initial bad luck we had with the weather (there was a hurricane off the coast), the entire team made sure we had a great time. The value you get for your money is unbelievable in Nicaragua, and as promised, practically everything you do, eat and drink is included....no surprises. We all came home with money in our pockets (despite our efforts to spend it). The hammocks were comfy, the beer was cold, the waves were amazing and all of that was topped only by the amazing friends we made while there. In addition, some of the money from the surf camp goes to fund greenpathway projects. We had the amazing opportunity to release 18 baby turtles one day, and the next day they released 300!! An amazing experience to say the least!

Amazing adventure, amazing place, amazing bargain, amazing people. No hesitation whatsoever to recommend this to anyone with an adventurous spirit!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Rise Up Surf Tours Nicaragua
Address: Punta Aposentillo, Chinandega, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Chinandega Department > Chinandega
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Chinandega
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Rise Up Surf camp accommodations consist of 7 comfortable rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms beautifully decorated with local Nicaraguan art and come with air conditioning. We cater to a maximum of 18 guests at one time which ensures each guest truly gets specialized attention in and out of the water. We are located on one of Nicaragua's most beautiful beaches, only a stones throw away from fun surf. As we have our own boat and two 4x4 off road trucks we also have access to numerous surf breaks close by. The camp also consists of great indoor and outdoor lounge areas, fully stocked guest kitchen, ocean view yoga deck, hammocks and a wide selection of surf boards. Our all inclusive packages are designed to suit surfers of all levels and we combine surfing with yoga, massages and some of the greatest adventure activities like volcano boarding, horse back riding, fishing, estuary boat trips and many more. ... more   less 

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