Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
At Otra Ola we are more than just people we are a community. We all come from different places but are united by our love of the ocean, well being and happiness. Come and share this space with us.
Vanessa has been teaching yoga classes for over a decade and practicing yoga for more than 20 years. She studied under the guidance of Yogi Vishvketu in the style of Akhanda yoga in Canada. Akhanda yoga is intended to offer holistic, integrated yoga. It is balance in a sequencing of asana, pranayama, relaxation, and meditation. This integral approach is intended to give students access to more diverse teaching and techniques that yoga has to offer.
In 2012 she began teaching Yoga Teacher Trainings in the style of Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow and Hatha. She has her level 2 Reiki, she is a certified Thai Massage Therapist. Vanessa has been studying Ayurveda for 12 years she is a practitioner as well as teaches certified courses. More recently she has completed a Masters Program in Pranayama with over 200 hrs of study, Yoga Nidra and Meditation Faciliator. Her practise includes more than 10000 hours teaching students from around the world. An accomplished surfer, Vanessa incorporates many poses and pranayama for surfers that focus on improving balance and toning the body and lungs. She integrates philosophical teachings with a balanced asana and pranayama class allowing students to take their practice to a deeper level.
Owner/Go to Guy
Ryan grew up snowboarding and skateboarding; it was only natural for him to take to surfing. It has been said Ryan is more comfortable on a board then on the ground. He has taught snowboarding for years and found the transition to teaching surf a smooth one. He has a natural ability of understanding the technique of surfing and explaining it to others. As much as he loves to be out in the surf, he finds so much satisfaction is teaching others.
Ryan loves to be outside, whether surfing, skating, playing with his two children, fixing surf boards or working in the garden, if you pass by Otra Ola you will most likely see him. Ryan speaks both English and Spanish fluently. Whether you are looking for a surf class or just someone to surf with Ryan is always eager to get into the water.
I am proudly Ecuadorian. I have lived my whole life in Ayampe and for four years I have been working at Otra Ola in the cafeteria. I am the one who makes the most delicious and famous Cinnamon Buns. I love to play soccer and do cross fit, walk on the beach, be with my family and nephews and travel with my friends to know more about my country.
Hi I’m Camilo from Uruguay! I’ve been living and surfing in Ayampe for 6 years. I love the
lifestyle in this beautiful town. For me, the simplicity and nature are very important to be in
balance. When I’m not surfing, normally I’m playing guitar or cooking. I love to meet people
from all around the world and try to share my passion for surf and the experience to flow with the waves! I hope we can have fun together!!
Margarita was born and raised in the beautiful province of Manabi. She trained for her teaching degree at " Eugenio Espejo" Chone, Manabi Institute of Education. She originally taught education to children but soon realized it was not her calling. Once she began teaching Spanish Classes at Otra Ola in July of 2011, she realized the satisfaction of seeing the progression of her students she knew this is what she wanted to do.
Along with teaching her students Spanish she loves learning about different cultures and ways of life. Although she has never left Ecuador Margarita feels like she has traveled all over the world.
When Margarita is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She feels so blessed to call Ecuador her home. Every opportunity she has, Margarita is by the sea, she finds it so relaxing.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mateo has been surfing since the age of 16. Learning to surf in Miramar, a surf town south of the province, he has been in constant movement ever since, searching for waves in countries like Perú, Brasil, Costa Rica and Chile. This tracking of waves, made him arrive to Ecuador, where he found the perfect balance between nature, surfing, and quiet living.
Mateo is also a very talented musician. He has been playing in bands since age of 6, recording numerous albums with different bands in genres like funk, progressive rock, blues and electronic music. In 2014, he arrives to Ayampe where he would settle and meet Camilo, having unique chemestry together, developing a broderhood that would make them create a band called Flacoman, with which they play constantly in festivals and tours across the country. A couple of years later arriving Ayampe, Mateo joins the Otra Ola crew, and together with Camilo and Ryan they create The Surf Office, as the surfing headquarters for Otra Ola’s surf lessons. With 15+ years surfing, and 9 years living in Ayampe, Mateo is eager to share his knowledge with visitors that want to connect with the ocean, as well as being very experienced in understanding local conditions to provide a safe surf practice. Since 2021 Mateo forms part of Ayampe lifeguards team, participating in numerous rescues and beach preventions. Welcome to Ayampe, welcome to Otra Ola, let’s surf!
Vanessa was born in the big city of Guayaquil but grew up in the small coastal town of Salango, Manabi. She studied elementary, junior high and high school in Salango and then finished her degree in food technology in Jipijapa.
After finishing her degree she realized her love to teach and began teaching children the basic skills of reading and writing in the Salango area. As the years went on she continued to teach kids and heard about Otra Ola and to this day teaches tourists Spanish classes in the beautiful coastal town of Ayampe.
She loves teaching and working with tourists from all over the world, learning lots about her self and other cultures and languages to keep growing as a person.
I am from Argentina. I have been living in Ayampe for over 8 years. Here my life is divided between the jungle and the beach. In Ayampe I have learned to surf and I enjoy doing it every day. I also like to play the guitar, ride my bicycle, read, drink coffee and share my life with friends and with my two beautiful cats.
The most important in my life? To be able to go to sleep in peace every night.
Francisco is Ecuadorian but moved to Canada when he was 10 years old.
Ever since Ari was a little Boy, movement was his personal recipe to feel good.
Later he could satisfy his urge to move by his passions skateboarding, surfing, climbing and various other sports.
10 years ago he came across Yoga and instantly fell in love with this sutile but powerful practice.
After his first teacher training in Synergy Partner Yoga, he offered basic Acro and Partneryoga workshops.
His second teacher training in Vinyasa Astanga Yoga led him to dive deeper into his own practice and to teach strong, powerful and sweaty clases.
He also teaches the primary series of Budokon Yoga, a slow, marital arts inspired flow.
Ari is a fresh Ayampe resident and very happy to share his yoga-approaches in Otra Ola.
Kari is a teacher of vinyasa yoga that weaves her passion for breath, meditation, dance and tai chi into her classes.
Over the years her teaching style has been moulded by inspiration from Camino Rojo and her teachers of this lineage. Her elemental flow classes draw from this deep wisdom of the natural world, guiding students into inquiry of how to find balance with these forces both internally and externally.
Yartiza loves to share her passion of Spanish with people from all over the world.