Experience the lifestyle...


Welcome to Surf It Out! We're here because we want you to have the best surfing experience of your life!

Whether beginner, intermediate, or advanced, we have the expertise and skill to guide and take care of you as if you were a member of our own family.

‘Surf It Out’ provides a unique experience in truly living the all-around surf lifestyle. Fresh fish, sweet coconuts, seasonal fruits/vegetables and traditional Mexican recipes are all part of the experience. Not only do we take care of your surfing needs, we also offer insight on local dining, where to play and dabble, enabling you to enjoy your surroundings to the max!

Currently based in Sayulita, Mexico, ‘Surf It Out’ is a boutique service. We pride ourselves on creating customized surf retreats based on individual and/or group needs.

Surfing is the most blissful experience you can have on this planet, a taste of heaven

John McCarthy



Lifestyle Retreats

Starting from $2000 USD a week.
Retreats are a 4 person limit.

Included in the price:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Transportation to and from Puerto Vallarta airport
  • 5 days of surfing (2 sessions a day)
  • 3 meals
  • 1 massage
  • Optional yoga classes (privates available)



Specialized luxury retreats available upon request, including advanced and beginner options.


SUP Yoga Classes

Join us for a fun hour on the water with Standup Paddle yoga! 24hr notice needed for reservation.
    • Private: $65 USD
    • Group: $60 USD (per person)
    • Group: $75 USD (per person)
    *** Price includes transportation. ***
*** 2 person minimum and 5 person max for group lessons. ***

Surf trips


    Chacala is the perfect left. Trip is a 40 minute drive to town where you then take a 10 minute boat ride to access break. This trip is for advanced surfers.

    $100 USD (per person) - 2 person min 4 person max


    Platanitos is a river mouth with lefts and rights. Sandy bottom and kilometers of beach break. This is a great day trip! Platanitos is 1.5 hours North of Sayulita and good for all levels of surfing.

    $150 USD (per person) - 2 person min 5 person max

  • To SAN BLAS:

    San Blas has a variety of breaks. Advanced, intermediate, as well as beginner. Beach break, point break, lefts and rights. World Class experiences to be had for all levels!


    Santa Cruz is an amazing left. Point break and a river mouth, Santa Cruz is for advanced to intermediate surfers. Not for beginners.

    $125 USD (per person) - 2 person min 5 person max



*** All equipment is included for trips and lessons. ***


Surf lessons are 1,5 hours or until we know you have only one wave left in you.
    • Private: $60 USD
    • Group: $45 USD (per person)
    • Private: $120 USD
    • Private surf trip: $100 USD
    • Group: $85 USD (per person)
    *** Price includes transportation. ***

Stand Up Paddle (SUP)

Paddle board lessons are 1 hour.
    • Private: $65 USD
    • Group: $50 USD (per person)
    • Private: $120 USD
    • Group: $85 USD (per person)
    *** Price includes transportation. ***

Surf concierge

Help us help you enjoy your ideal surf experience! We are connected to the community and able to point you in any direction necessary so you are taken care of! Please inquire more for concierge services.

Some of the services we offer are:

  • Surf board/equipment delivery and pick up
  • Beach recommendations
  • Biking
  • Birdwatching
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Free Experiences (turtle release, snorkeling, group meetings, libraries, etc.)
  • Hiking (Monkey Mountain, Petroglyphs)
  • Visits to Historical Landmarks
  • Horseback Riding/ATV/Zipline
  • Kayaking
  • Live Music/Bars/Clubs
  • Restaurant Recommendations
  • Restaurant Recommendations
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Spas / Beauty / Yoga / Health & Wellness
  • Whale Watching/Island Tours

Tips & Tricks

The main break in Sayulita works at a medium tide. Low tide is better on the left but very shallow.

San Pancho is better at lower tide. This is an advanced wave that is not recommended for beginners!

Burros works best at low tide pushing in. Rocks, mostly mossy and lots of turtles. Intermediate to advanced surfing.

La Lancha works best at medium to high tide. Point, beach and reef breaks. All levels can have fun here. This is the best option for family surf and fun day. EVERYONE whom enters road access needs to have some type of surf device (boogie, skim, surf board) or else you will not be allowed in.

Remember to always:

  • Keep an eye on your stuff, particularly at La Lancha
  • Put extra sunblock on the backs of your legs
  • Drink lots of fluids. A coconut or two a day is a great hydrator!


BEWARE of time change: Iphones will automatically set to Nayarit time and Sayulita currently goes by Puerto Vallarta time.


Risa, Thanks for teaching my kids how to surf. Jake and Ellie loved it and can't wait to have you teach them again. You are an excellent instructor!

The Herons, Colorado, USA

Meet our team


Risa Mara Machuca Schlanger

Risa Mara is from San Blas, Nayarit as well as New York…yes, New York. Born to a fisherman and a beach lover, surfing is also in her blood. Raised as bilingual in English and Spanish between both Worlds of the US and Mexico, Risa Mara has been able to experience life through transcendent eyes and is extremely aware of what makes a great experience. She is a skilled long boarder who loves to salsa on her board while playing with her switch stance. Her dreams are full of positive surf experiences and making movies. Most recent accomplishments include participating in the 2013 ISA International SUP in Peru. Risa was part of the National Mexican SUP team and received two medals including a Bronze as a team and a Copper for 4th in women’s prone long distance. She has been guiding and instructing for four years and loves what she does.

Diego Ulises Bernal Lara

Diego is originally from Santa Cruz, Nayarit. A small fishing village about an hour and forty five minutes North of Sayulita. He is a seasoned guide to the area as well as an amazing surfer specializing in aerials and barrels ;) Diego has been surfing for more than 15 years…it’s in his blood. Most people would consider his skills at pro level. He has been instructing and guiding for three years. Diego projects patience and knowledge in and out of the water. It is his dream to be able to surf with people and live the lifestyle while being able to provide for himself and his family.

Risa and Diego attended Nationals this past September competing with the best talent in Mexico. They both won their divisions and currently hold National champ titles for 2015. Next up is Worlds in 2016.

I have personally had Risa as a surfing instructor and can't say enough about her knowledge, skill, and ability to teach.

Don Blackstone, Seattle, USA



Known for its consistent river-mouth surf break, roving surfers "discovered" Sayulita in the late 1960s with the construction of Mexican Highway 200.

Today, Sayulita is a prosperous growing village of approximately 4,000 residents. Hailed as a popular off-the-beaten-path travel destination, Sayulita offers a variety of activities such as horseback riding, hiking, jungle canopy tours, snorkeling and fishing. Still a mecca for surfers at every skill level and every age, this quaint town attracts the discriminating tourist with numerous art galleries and restaurants.

Sayulita has a curious eclectic quality, frequented by native Cora and Huichol peoples, traveling craftsmen as well as international tourists. This town breathes a cosmopolitan air. You'll hear a young woman speaking German, a young man waxing his board while chatting in English or a small child telling her father what she wants for breakfast in French.

When dusk falls on the beaches of Sayulita, you will see like floating spirits, silhouettes skim across the water; bodies dive and emerge awaiting the next wave, facing the sunset, painted in the dazzling tones of the sun’s descent into the sea. Surfers participate in the sport they love, which happens to be one of the main attractions of this traditional fishing village.

From all over the world, surfing enthusiasts flock to these beaches like a sacred site, with their boards on their backs, their golden skin glistening and hearts full with a passion for the sea.


Surfing is very much like making love. It always feels good, no matter how many times you’ve done it.

Paul Strauch



**Know we are a private service. Please contact us beforehand as you will not find us on the beach.**

If you have any questions about our services, or to make a booking, please get in touch using the form on the left. We look forward to hearing from you!

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