Witch’s Rock Industries has hired local surf champion Andrea Diaz as surf programs manager. Originally a competitive swimmer from San José, Ms. Diaz has lived and surfed in Tamarindo for more than 20 years. As Costa Rica’s current national surf champion, Ms. Diaz has the respect of the local community, a deep understanding of the sport of surfing and the local surf breaks, said the Tamarindo-based firm. Ms. Diaz’s leadership along with the fact that she is an International Surfing Association certified instructor will add to the professional quality of surf instruction and surf tours at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp, the firm added.
Ms. Diaz was a pioneer female surfer in Latin America in the early 1990s when she was not only competing but winning against her predominantly male competitors. In 1999 she became Costa Rica’s national women’s surf champion, and reclaimed the title in 2015. Ms. Diaz has competed and traveled as a lifestyle athlete for 10 years, and has recently represented Costa Rica in the International Surfing Association master’s division ranking No. 5 in the world in 2011 and 2012.
Ms. Diaz’s role at Witch’s Rock will include hiring and managing surf instructors and improving the overall professional quality of surf lessons. Importantly, Ms. Diaz is leading Witch’s Rock’s newly created all women surf program for 2016. “It is my dream to lead a program for all female surfers,” she said. “I know what it is like to be a female in the water, and I believe it is my instinct to be a teacher, mentor, and motivator. This is a program created for women, by women and managed with an all-female team. I thank Witch’s Rock for this opportunity.”
Witch’s Rock Surf Camp has been offering surf packages for beginner, intermediate, and advanced surfers since 2001. “In my fifteen years of running this surf camp, I never thought that I would develop a relationship with such an outstanding leader,” said Joe Walsh, founder of Witch’s Rock Industries. “At Witch’s Rock we have high standards of professionalism for our surf instructors, and we are passionate about helping people grow. Considering her shining accomplishments in the surf industry, we are confident that Andrea can rise to the challenge.”