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.
- 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