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Team Ecuador

The Ecuador Staff

01 Introduction

Locals Only

Team Ecuador

Ecuador Surf School

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

As a sustainably conscious business, we feel reinvest in our local community. Additionally, it gives us a lower staff turnover rate. The result is a staff that truly cares about our business and our guests.

Working together for so many years, we’ve created a tight-knit group that has become like a second family. Safari Surf boasts a warm, welcoming feeling that our guests pick up on right away. When you visit, it feels like you’re amongst old friends who want nothing but the best for you. This is the “secret sauce” that sets our Ecuador surf program and vacation experiences apart from others!

02 Coaches & Guides


Team Ecuador

Ecuador Surf Coaches & Guides

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Cesar Zea

With Safari since 2023
ISA Level 2 Surf Coach & Lifeguard

Cesar is from the coastal city of Manta, Manabi in Ecuador. He began surfing at a young age, and his adventurous spirit took him up and down the coast of Ecuador searching for waves. At 17 he set off to California to attend University, but always found time for Surfing, Skating and developed a newfound love of Snowboarding. After he completed his schooling he went home to Ecuador to open a surf camp with his cousin, giving surf lessons and tours of the area.

Eventually, not quite ready to settle down and new waves to chase, he landed in Hawaii, where he resided for 15 years, eventually meeting his wife Trish.

Both desiring a different, more simple way of living, they decided to make the move to Ecuador and make this beautiful little beach town Ayampe their home.

They cannot wait to share the beauty that Ecuador has to offer with Safari Surf guests!


Trisha Zea

With Safari since 2023
ISA Level 2 Surf Coach & Lifeguard

Trisha was born In Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada. Haida Gwaii is a remote archipelago of Islands off the west coast of Canada. National Geographic called the islands “The Canadian Galapagos!” Her hometown is a small village of around 300 people. It is an isolated and wildly beautiful place. 

Whether it was growing up immersed in nature, coming from such a small town, or working in aviation, Trisha has had a passion for travel and adventure for as long as she can remember. This passion has taken her all over the world, and she has been fortunate to call several different countries home. But the place that always called her the loudest, was Hawaii. 

She moved to Maui in 2016 to attend University, and met Cesar shortly after. They were married on Maui in 2018. But, as much as they both loved Maui, they dreamed of a different life together. Simple, nature, and of course waves! So they decided to take a leap, and move to the place they knew they wanted to be …Ayampe.

03 Our Crew

Cast of Characters

Team Ecuador

Our Ecuador Surf School Crew

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Safari Surf School Team

Trish Zea & Cesar Zea

Our Crew

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04 Reviews

What they're saying about Safari Surf?

Team Ecuador

300+ Reviews on TripAdvisor

and counting ; )


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