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  AMAZING EXPERIENCE! Russel was a phenomenal and kind instructor. He was patient and thorough throughout the whole session. I highly recommend!

avatar thumb Mary Kathryn M
November 18, 2023

star rating  10/10 - Great place. My instructor was Nick. Man had so much stoke, best place to learn how to surf. Had a lot of fun and this place made me exited for... read more

Preston E
August 3, 2023

star rating  Semi Private Surf lessons - I went with my mom and twin sister for a semi-private surf lesson and it was the best!! Our instructor Paul Gilmore was amazing! He taught us everything we needed... read more

Catherine W
August 5, 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