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Team Ecuador

The Ecuador Staff

01 Introduction

Locals Only

Team Ecuador

Ecuador

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

Team Ecuador

Surf Coaches & Guides

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Marina

Marina Genga

Certified Yoga
Instructor

Nico

Nico Almeida

With Safari since 2008
ISA Level 2 Surf Coach & Lifeguard

“I’ve been surfing for the majority of my life…it’s a passion and a lifestyle I’ve embraced from my younger days. I absolutely love sharing my love and passion for the sport of surfing with others and working with Safari Surf all these years has afforded me the ability to do what I absolutely love for a living. Not too many people get to do what they love for a living!”

03 Our Crew

Cast of Characters

Team Ecuador

Our Crew

- Ecuador -

Nico & Marina Almeida

Our Crew

Meet Marina and Nico!
Nico grew up living in Florida and Massachusetts, but soon after he graduated he found his love for travel. He is also, as most anyone who has ever gotten on a surfboard, in love with surfing. He learned to surf as a young teen and unlike most, he has found a way to take this love to a new level by moving around the world to experience the surf in each new place. He would teach surf lessons in most places as he traveled and this is what led him to Costa Rica, where he became a part of the Safari Surf team for over 5 years.


Marina grew up in Connecticut, but once she got the taste for travel she was hooked. With many passions and the desire to always keep learning she was unsure of what direction she wanted to go in life. In her travels she did her yoga teacher training where she deepened her practice and became a passionate teacher. She loves being able to teach and share her practice with her students in all of her travels.


When Marina and Nico met their love for traveling was a huge commonality for them. They moved to Panama where Nico helped start the Safari Surf location, which is where Marina got the surfing bug. As they continued their travels and searched for the right place to call home, they found the coastal town of Ayampe in Ecuador. They fell in love with Ayampe and built their dream home. They are excited to share the beauty that Ecuador has to offer with Safari Surf guests.

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...live from the surf

04 Reviews

What they're saying about Safari Surf?

Team Ecuador

*****
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

Our TripAdvisor’s Certificates Of Excellence