About US


We are the Abate family. 8 years ago our sandy feet stepped onto Playa Colorado on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast for the first time. Think year-round offshore breezes, crystal clear water and white sand beaches. With our own family history built on surfing, surf schools and seeking out surf adventure from the shores of Brazil to the coastline of California’s USA, it didn’t take long for us to feel the draw of Playa Colorado in this undiscovered paradise.

Years later and barrels of fun down the waves of time, we’ve established our home here in Hacienda Iguana, a gated community that fronts onto Playa Colorado and every day, through Playa Colorado Surfing School, we’re proudly giving people the opportunity in life to become surfers they’ve always wanted to be.

Affiliated with our award-winning San Diego surf school, Pacific Surf, our dynamic team of certified surf instructors follow the surf seasons between California and Nicaragua offering private, semi-private and group lessons to all walks of life. Here at Playa Colorado Surfing School, we will help you bring out the confidence you have within, to not only ride the wave with skill, but become the surfer you want to be.

Learn to surf today, ride the wave, and feel the love of Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast from the best view possible- riding the board!


star rating  Outstanding Surf Experience - We had a great time surfing with Cole. He was extremely patient, easy-going and knowledgeable. He made our first time surfing excellent and we couldn’t have asked for a better... read more

February 24, 2023

star rating  Surf Lesson 10/10 (Group Lesson) - Did this activity for my bachelor party with a small group of childhood friends and it was absolutely my favorite aspect of my bachelor party. It was a humbling experience... read more

August 9, 2023

star rating  Learn to surf with Alex! - My daughter and I had a surf lesson with Alex, and it is hands-down our favorite experience visiting San Diego. Alex patient and clear and willing to answer questions. He... read more

February 20, 2023

star rating  Amazing surf lesson with Edwin - I had a great surf lesson with Edwin. First we talked about some basics and important safety tips. Then we spent the whole lesson in the water. Edwin was a... read more

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December 19, 2022