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01 The Team

Family

About us

The Team

Safari Surf hires and trains local staff & surf instructors only.

Being a sustainably conscious business we feel not only is this the right policy for us to adhere to but also we have very low staff turnover. This is essential for building a consistent and high quality surf program!
Working together for so many years has created a tight-knit group that are like a second family, rather than just co-workers. It is a welcoming feeling that our guests pick up on right away. The feeling like you are amongst old friends who want nothing but the best for you on your trip. This is the “secret sauce” that sets our program and vacation experiences apart from others!

02 Our Staff

The Usual Suspects

About us

Our Staff

Cast of Characters

Jeffrey surf vacation manager for Safari Surf

Jeffrey Baltodano

General Manager
& Unofficial Mayor of Nosara

“I love my job and I love meeting all the amazing people that come from all over the world to visit us at Safari. People share their stories and their cultures with me and I learn new things everyday. I get to see so many guests come back year after year so I get to know their whole family and kids and watch them grow …it’s so cool!”
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Cristobal 'Trico' Rangel

General Manager

“Surfing to me is a way of life, a culture, a vibe, a passion. I love meeting new people everyday at my job. I don’t even really think it is a job because I enjoy myself so much. I love to making guests feel at home and happy both in and out of the water!”
Marsi Marsh COO

Marsi Marsh

COO
& Travel Agent Extraordinaire

“I’ll be honest, I’m not a big surfer girl in general but I do love the ocean and I do really love meeting and working with people from all over the world. Creating amazing surf vacation packages that our guests won’t soon forget is very rewarding for me. There is nothing better than getting an email from a guest who just got back from Safari Surf and they just rave about the people, the place, the vibe, the overall incredible experience they had. This is what gets me up in the morning!”
Tim Marsh

Tim Marsh

CEO
& Lucky SOB

“Running a surf program in foreign countries was never really an idea I had from the beginning. An opportunity plus fate plus connections plus the right time in the right place brought all the elements together for me to create an amazing surf program that is rooted in a high end customer service philosophy. You can take surf lessons anywhere in the world, why come to Costa Rica to do surf lessons… to immerse yourself in the people, the vibe, and the local culture. We have created an incredible “experience” that our guests love and keep coming back for. I am a lucky S.O.B!”
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Ericka Varela

Operations assistant manager
With Safari since 2009

“I can’t think of a better job where I get to meet nice people, have cool bosses, and be around the beach and ocean everyday. It’s pura vida!”
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Lou-Eva Mechin

Safari Surf Photographer / Videographer / Social Media

“Shooting photography and videos in one of the most gorgeous places in the world is such an amazing experience for me. But, to also be involved with such an incredible group of people sharing their passions for surfing, for the local community, and for the success of their guests… that is an added bonus to what I am blessed to call my job.”
Peter Lewis surf guru

Peter Lewis

Blog Writer Extraordinaire
SEO Guru

“Having lived in Nosara for over 15 years I’ve come to find that beauty lies in most everything we come in contact with. There are times we may struggle to see the beauty in certain things but looking at life through a myriad of different perspective lenses certainly helps to bring focus to one’s journey. I love Costa Rica and in particular Nosara and all the cast of characters in and around town that make this place so magical!”

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03 A Note From Tim

It's Personal

About us

A Note From Tim

Owning and running a surf school in Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador had never been a lifelong dream. It just kind of fell into my lap, so to speak. Growing up on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, I had long hoped to place roots in a peaceful, tropical environment, where I could share my love for surfing with my family and the community.

I have surfed around the world in places such as Australia, Bali, Baja, Maldives, Mentawai Islands, California, Fiji, Hawaii, Mexico, Tahiti, Panama, El Salvador, Ecuador and Jamaica, but it wasn’t until I bought land in Costa Rica in 1995, that I was able to fulfill the pursuit of my dream… to live in an area with uncrowded surf and a peaceful lifestyle and create a business where I could share all those things I feel in love with to others.
Safari Surf was established with 3 basic principles. One, “Experiences” …creating the ideal vacation experience for our guests. Two, employing sustainable surf travel principles and philosophies in all that we do and offer as a business. And three, dedication to a high-end high end customer service philosophy. Excellent customer service is what sets Safari Surf apart from the rest!

People come to Safari Surf to immerse themselves in culture… not just the Costa Rican Latin culture but more importantly the “Surf Culture!” Nosara is an amazing blend of surf culture and native Costa Rica vibe. I can say with certainty that there isn’t a better place in the world to experience this cool phenomenon! Our approach to teaching others to surf is simple: patience and a sense of humor mixed with a vast knowledge of the ocean environment. Our instructors truly enjoy what they are doing and it shows. They are all very accomplished surfers with years of experience and training. They enjoy meeting new friends and making lasting friendships with all who come through our “doors”. Each instructor is extremely well trained and educated in the art of teaching surfing, safety, lifeguard skills, first aid / first response , and most importantly the lost art of customer service!

From Olas Verdes Resort to our surf program, Safari Surf employs 99% all local people who live and have families in Nosara. We strive for a sustainable existence in the community that we live in by educating, employing, and giving back to the local people in our community. Come with an open mind and an open heart, and I will guarantee you will not only learn to surf and understand the ocean but your entire outlook on life may change as well.

Tim Marsh
Owner

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04 Reviews

What they're saying about Safari Surf?

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