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Pato's Surf School, Playa Samara, Costa Rica +506.8373.2281 kate@patossurfingsamara.com

Meet our team of fun and experienced instructors, guides, massage therapist, and all around awesome people!! We look forward to meeting you! 

Meet The Team

Jane Doe

kate steffanich

manager, massage Therapist, surf instructor

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Nikola ruhlow

Surf instructor, Tour Guide

Pato started Pato's Surf School in 2010 with the hopes of introducing as many people as he could to the sport he loved. When he's not working, Pato enjoys fishing, constructing, and working in his garden with his animals at his side. 

Owner, Surf Instructor, Guide

Pato Suarez

Originally from Montana, Kate came to Samara to attend the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy. She balances her work as a massage therapist, teacher, and surf instructor with surf sessions, reading, and hanging out with her many animals.  

Manager, Massage Therapist, Surf Instructor, Guide

Kate steffanich

Native to Samara, Dorian is one of Costa Rica's top long boarders and has been giving surf lessons for 5 years. Some of his greatest achievements include Costa Rican national longboard champion in 2017, and most recently 2nd place in San Diego's Vans Open in 2018. 

Surf Instructor, Guide

dorian torres

Surf Instructor, Guide

johel rodriguez

Our newest instructor, Johel comes certified in first aid and from a guiding background. When he's not giving surf lessons, Johel is doing kayak, SUP, and turtle watching tours. Let him take you on a new adventure! 

Surf Instructor, Guide

Nelson juarez

Born and raised in Estrada, about 20 minutes from Samara, Nelson grew up surfing some of the best waves in the area. He is ISA and first aid certified, and enjoys surfing, skateboarding, and traveling.  

Surf Instructor, Guide

Nikola Ruhlow

Nicky been surfing for over 20 years and teaching people how to surf for 10 years. He is ISA, lifeguard, and first aid certified. He made Costa Rica's National Junior selection between 2006-2008, and was the 2nd place finisher in Central America's Junior Competition in 2007. Nicky also has a degree from the University of Costa Rica in trade and administration. 

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