"BAD ROADS BRING GOOD PEOPLE"
Originally from England, Alex has been traveling since the age of 4 and has lived in Europe, Fiji, Canada, USA, NZ and Australia. After school he got a captains license and crewed on super yachts for several years in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Pacific. Alex has been surfing in Central America since 2002. In 2006 found himself back in Costa Rica where he started the Costa Rica Surf Institute. He and his wife, Larkin, took over as owners/operators of STN in June 2010.
Alex and Larkin are currently in the states putting their kids through school while Alex Kara runs the camp.
Larkin was born in Texas and raised in San Diego, California. Growing up in a border town sparked Larkin’s curiosity of different cultures. After Majoring in Anthropology in Portland Larkin booked her ticket to Costa Rica in 2006 in hopes of learning Spanish. She came home from her trip with love in her heart for both surfing and for Alex. Larkin is a Yoga Alliance Certified 200RYT yoga teacher, and specializes in Classical Hatha and power flow disciplines.
Larkin is currently working as a Waldorf teacher in the states.
Alex K was born and raised in the U.S., Spain and the UK. He spent most of his life surfing the cold waters off of Northern California. He has worked in journalism and humanitarian aid but more recently in hospitality which is where his passion lies. Alex has opened restaurants in San Francisco, New York, Spain and even a bar in Belgrade, Serbia. He speaks fluent Spanish, has many stories of his worldly travels and is the stand by cook at STN, make sure you try some of his BBQ ribs!
Dale is our main surf instructor, he’s been teaching surfing in Nicaragua for several years and knows just where to take you for easy and uncrowded waves!
Kelly is our yoga guru and general good vibes ambassador!
At 27 years old, Marvin already has 14 years of ocean fishing experience under his belt. Since he was a boy he was launching pangas from the beach at sunset and spending the entire night up to 15 miles out at sea, through wind and rain, hauling nets and long lining. He would return at dawn, to haul the panga, pull the motor, clean the fix, mend the nets and prepare for the next nights run. He has the amazing ability to navigate the panga through overhead shore break and he takes a huge amount of pride in his job. Always the first to greet you with a handsome smile, he’s also great at keeping the boat ship shape and ready for use at a moments notice. If you’ve got a ding, hit him up and he’ll have it fixed up in no time.
Jose was born in Leon, and met his wife Daisy in Miramar. They traveled together to work in Liberia, Costa Rica. His daughter Ashly was born in Costa Rica and they returned soon after to Nicaragua to be closer to family. Jose is in charge of the accommodations at Surf Tours Nicaragua and don’t be surprised to see his pretty face at the airport to pick you up. He is Greg’s right hand man. Anything you need, Jose is there. Maria, Jose’s aunt takes care of all our laundry, she is shy but she is quick with a smile if you catch her eye.
GISEL, MARIA AND MARTHA
Gisel grew up in Leon but moved to the coast when she started a family. She takes care of the food preparation and provide the Nicaraguan part of our menu. Maria and Martha also live in Miramar as well as contribute a whole lotta love into the food. Thanks to these ladies, we eat like Kings and Queens.
Zanito the cat, a reliable mouser and the sweetest kitty ever…. except when he’s stealing fish out of the pond. We have three turtles in the pond too, but as we can’t tell them apart, we call them all Pedro.
CRUZ AND ENLLA, a.k.a THE LOCALS
You will be sure to see these kids around in and out of the water. They are brothers and we often have them over to help out with daily chores in exchange for surfboards and school supplies. Their mother makes the BEST corn tortillas around.