Welcome back! This week we feature our favorite Surfer Girl!
Tinis Gomar heads up our very cool Womens Surf Adventures program as well being one of Safari Surfs illustrious surf instructors. I have always enjoyed talking to Tinis; she is super smart, super fit, super stoked, and a lot of fun to have around.
PL: Hi Tinis, well it’s your turn to be interviewed for the blog…
Tinis: Ok, let’s do it!
PL: About your name Tinis, it’s kind of unusual, does it have a meaning?
Tinis: It’s a nickname my sister called me as a kid, I think it had something to do with being a small kid, as in tiny!
PL: Where are you from?
Tinis: I was born in San Jose; I have been in Nosara for 7 years.
PL: How long have you been surfing?
Tinis: Seven years – I started the minute I got here, naturally!
PL: How long have you been teaching?
Tinis: Six years. It was a natural fit, I love helping people.
PL: Do you surf in contests?
Tinis: I did a couple of times but it’s not my thing, it felt too confining”
PL: Tell me about Womens Surf Adventures
Tinis: This is Safari Surfs customized surf adventure packages for women.
Safari sets up an all-inclusive experience which includes lodging, meals,
yoga, massage, a canopy tour zipline day in the rainforest, and lots of surfing.
PL: Do you feel there is an advantage for women students to work with a female instructor?
Tinis: Yes I do. Many women, especially Americans, are a little reserved coming here and they just feel more comfortable with a woman teacher/guide. It’s a psychological thing. I love it because it is very involved and intimate. I spend a lot of time with them and really get to know them, who they are inside. I miss them when they leave; we share a deep bond of friendship.
PL: You also like teaching the kids do you?
Tinis: Oh Yes, I love the kids and especially our Kids Camps, so much fun.
PL: You always seem very healthy and fit, what is your secret?
Tinis: I eat well; do yoga, and lots of workouts. My boyfriend Ricardo is a well-known personal trainer here and he helped me become a certified TRX trainer. I teach three classes a week at Guiones Wellness Center.
PL: Ricardo is a great guy and you two just look like you belong together!
PL: Do you like big surf?
Tinis: Well yes, up to a point. I like waves in the 4-6 foot range, just overhead!
TINIS RIPS BOTH WAYS!
PL: You are always wearing the latest styles in swimwear.
Tinis; I had a bikini shop at Kaya Sol 2 years ago. I like designing surfwear for women. Maybe I can open a shop in the Olas Verdes Resort!
PL: Importing figures in your life?
Tinis: My mom all kids!
PL: Dream surf trip?
Tinis: Indonesia and Australia
PL: If you could own any car in the world what would it be?
Tinis: A monster truck!
PL: Thank Tinis, nice talkin’ to ya!
TINIS CAPTION CONTEST!
*Safari t-shirt to the winner!*