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Team Costa Rica

The Costa Rica Staff

01 Introduction

Locals Only

Team Costa Rica

Costa Rica

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 Coaches & Guides

Professionals

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Surf Coaches & Guides

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Roger ..aka Pio, Surf coach Safari Surf

Roger aka “Pio”

With Safari since 1999
Surfing since 2010
ISA Level 2 Surf Coach & Lifeguard

Pio surf
“When I see guests surfing the real waves on the outside for the first time in their life…the smiles on their faces, it just changes everything for them. It’s like a light comes on for them. I love that aspect about teaching surfing!”
Alonso Surf Coach for Safari Surf

Alonso aka “Chumino”

With Safari since 2008
Surfing since 2010
ISA Level 2 Surf Coach & Lifeguard

Alonso
“I surf for glory! And of course I love what I do. I love meeting new people from all over the world and showing them the techniques of surfing. I also love to share my culture too with these guests.”
Erick Surf coach for Safari Surf

Erick aka “Salchi”

With Safari since 2008
Surfing since 2015
ISA Level 1 Surf Coach & Lifeguard

Erick Surf
“I love surfing because it is therapy. Regardless of my mood, or if I had a good or bad day, or if I only caught one wave; it will always make me feel better than before I jumped into the water. Sharing that kind of therapy with people is what it’s all about!”
Dani Surf Coach for Safari Surf

Daniela aka “Dani”

With Safari since 2017
ISA Level 2 Surf Coach & Lifeguard
Director of Safari Surf Women’s Program

womens surf guide costa rica
“Sharing my passion for the ocean and my home is so rewarding for me both spiritually and physically. Getting in the ocean and trying to tame her waves is a humbling experience. But at the same time such a rewarding experience for all who enter her grace and beauty. I love empowering women to conquer their fears and push forward with their best selves.”
Milton Surf Coach for Safari Surf

Milton aka “Pincho”

With Safari since 2020
Surfing since 2010
ISA Level 1 Surf Coach & Lifeguard

surf guide in costa rica
“I love surfing and teaching because every day I learn something new about myself, the ocean, or my guests. Sharing my love for surfing and my respect for the ocean to other people is the best job in the world.”
Eduardo Surf Coach for Safari Surf

Eduardo Jr. aka “Panita”

With Safari since 2020
ISA Level 2 Surf Coach
& Lifeguard

best surf instruction in Nosara

“I love surfing because it makes me forget about all of my problems and just enjoy the moment. It helps me disconnect from my concerns and I get to enjoy a gift from nature. When I surf, I feel free. I love sharing that feeling with guests. Helping them to understand not to take surfing… just like life too seriously. Just relax and breathe!”

Olivia Surf coach for Safari Surf

Olivia aka “Oli”

With Safari since 2020
ISA Level 2 Surf Coach & Lifeguard

best womens surf program in costa rica
I love surfing because it makes me feel GOOD. Being out there in the water connecting with nature and each wave makes me forget about everything else. I love the idea that there is always something new to learn and improve upon with surfing. And surfing connects you with the simple things like health, spirituality, connection, and freedom. I love seeing guests’ eyes get as big as saucers when they catch that magical moment on a great wave.”

03 Our Crew

Cast of Characters

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Our Crew

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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!”
Guillermo is the Safari Surf boat driver !

Guillermo

Safari Surf Boat
Captain

“I love being on the ocean and helping guests catch anything from big fish to big waves!”
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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04 Reviews

What they're saying about Safari Surf?

Team Costa Rica

*****
300+ Reviews on TripAdvisor

and counting ; )

2022

Trip Advisor Certificate Of Excellence

2021

Trip Advisor Certificate Of Excellence

2020

Trip Advisor Certificate Of Excellence

2019

Trip Advisor Certificate Of Excellence

2018

Trip Advisor Certificate Of Excellence

2017

Trip Advisor Certificate Of Excellence

2016

Trip Advisor Certificate Of Excellence

2015

Trip Advisor Certificate Of Excellence

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