I planned to stay one week at Rise Up Surf and ended up spending there almost one month. Punta Aposentillo in the north of Nicaragua is so close to paradise that it is definitely hard to leave. During my time there I improved my surfing skills a lot. So here are the 8 reasons why you too should learn to surf with Rise Up Surf.
📷 What a view. The beach front of Rise Up Surf.
1. ISA-certified surf instructors
In Playa Guanico I was surfing for the first time with an ISA-certified surf instructor. That was so qualitative. Read more about it in my other blog post. Therefore, it was important to me to surf again with certified instructors. Rise Up Surf offers that and they fulfilled all my expectations. The surf lessons were so well structured and I improved a lot. I also saw people who had never surfed before able to surf nice green waves already on day three. All because of the approach the surf instructors took from day to day and how well they explained what they were teaching.
📷 Daily program.
2. Empty beaches
Punto Aposentillo is surrounded by many lovely beaches. The famous surf spot „The Boom“ and the beach break at Aposentillo Bay are within walking distance. Rise Up Surf does also have a beach break right in front of their property. Jiquillio and Nahualapa are reachable within a short car ride. The camp also offers boat rides that bring you to The River Mouth and to The Tree which are great spots for intermediate surfers. Plenty of options; there are always waves somewhere. And the best: The beaches are mainly empty. Most of the time we were the only ones in the water. That was so relaxing and amazing!
📷 Only you and maybe a dog 😉
3. Theory and video coaching
The coaching goes even beyond water time. There are some theory lessons about surfer etiquette (really important!, especially when you surf more crowded places), reading wind and wave forecasts and the most valuable is probably the video coaching. Seeing your own mistakes really helps get you to the next level.
📷 Video coaching.
4. Awesome crew – your new familia in Nicaragua
You arrive and you are already part of the family. The staff is a mixture from all over the world. Also many locals work there. They are all super friendly and are always there for you.
📷 Only two of my favorite members of the Rise Up Surf Familia.
5. Delicious and healthy food
The kitchen crew is 100% local and so are the ingredients. Do you have allergies or are you on a special diet? No problem. They can handle it and will make a special plate for you. I liked the food a lot, but be prepared there is a lot of Gallo Pinto, the traditional Central American food with rice and beans.
6. Daily yoga sessions
Besides surfing there were daily yoga classes with Willow. She always created the program regarding our needs. Mainly we relaxed our muscles with some yoga balls. That felt so good after surfing. However, there were also active yoga sessions which made me sweat a lot. The yoga studio is located right at the beach. You hear the waves crashing and the birds singing while you try to hold a pose. So lovely.
📷 One of the most beautiful located Yoga studios I have ever seen.
7. Fun Activities
The Rise Up Crew takes care of you 24/7 and also makes sure you never get bored. There are so many activities besides surfing and yoga such as horse back riding, visiting the local community, volcano boarding, which must be on your list when you visit Nicaragua, beach games, salsa night, a city trip to Leon, Volcano hike and much more. All those things are already included in the package. You don’t have any extra costs. That’s just awesome! The cool thing is, if you have only one week off from work you are surfing as much as possible and still get to see some of Nicaragua.
📷 Wakesurfing Nica Style
8. Truly disconnected
There is no Wifi and that really makes the difference. For me it was like taking a holiday from my travels. You know that there is a difference between traveling and holiday right? Otherwise, send me a message and I explain it to you.
📷 Sunset with the best
The atmosphere is different. People talk and care much more for each other. On the table everyone enjoys the food and has nice conversations together. Here you can really hit the pause button on your daily grind.
📷 Enjoy the view.
These 8 reasons are not enough for you to visit this magical place? Then check out: www.riseupsurf.com or send me a message. I am always happy to give you some advice and more insights.