About us

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Hi there!

I’m Debbie Zec, owner, host and surf instructor of Dominical Surf School. I was born and raised in Dominical Beach, Costa Rica. I’m 29 years old and I have been in the ocean body-boarding and surfing for as long as I can remember.

I started working for other companies when I was 14 years old and since then I have taught over 5000 people. When I turned 17, I decided that by opening my own surf school would be the best way to extend my knowledge to anyone interested in learning about surfing.

In between then I competed nationally and internationally for about 5 years.

My best achievements:

  • National Sub-Champion Junior category: 2006-2007-2008.
  • Costa Rica’s top 3 Open Women category during 2007-2008-2009.
  • Central America’s top 2 at Playa Venao International, Panama – 2009.
  • Central America’s top 5 general ranking -Women Division – 2009.
  • World Surfing Games by the ISA (International Surfing Association): Ranked 30th in 2006 in Praia de Mata, Portugal and ranked 33rd in Hossegor, France 2007

2009 was the year that I had to leave surf competitions and dedicate some time to take important steps forward, not as a professional surfer but as a business owner. Since then I have been focused on my surf school and some world traveling during my off season.

Thanks to all your support and choosing my company, Dominical Surf School has been growing in the last years. It became impossible for me to teach everybody, so now I have a great team of surf instructors joining me! 

 They are highly qualified surfers and certified instructors by the ISA (International Surfing Association) as well as national Lifeguards certified by Asociación Nacional de Guardavidas.

The surf school is running mainly in Dominical beach and we offer our services around different areas of the country upon request.

When you choose Dominical Surf School you support the local business and you create a positive impact in our community. Thanks for helping all of us!

We are looking forward to see you soon. Pura vida!

Debbie Zec

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Rowan Geerdink – Dutch Longboard Champion 2019!


Jeudi Umana – Head surf instructor at Dominical beach

Jeudi is our Head Surf Coach, he is also a fitness coach and national champion in rafting, the kid is a multi talented person!

He has always a smile on his face and it’s always ready to show you a good time in and out of the water.

He was born and raised in Dominicalito. One of the beaches you will be surfing the most during your lessons.

Natalia Giacomini

An artist and a soul surfer!

Naty as we call her was born in Argentina and has lived in Dominical for 10 years, we think she will not go anywhere else, ever! She loves it here!

She has been teaching for 6 years and her specialty is teaching kids and  girls.

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Martina Galvez

This beautiful soul is our newest member and we could not be any happier to have her in our team!

Martina goes above and beyond as a host and surf instructor to provide the best experience for our customers. Martina is working with Debbie running the Women Surf Camp in Costa Rica. She is also is our favorite photographer!

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Eric Butler

Eric is one of our intermediate/advanced coaches. He is the description of a surfer in all his potential.

Always with a smile on his face and ready to help you in this surfing journey!

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