THE SWELL TEAM
Meet the team
Let us introuduce you to the people who work at Swell, and who will make sure you get the surf holiday you are looking for.
My name is Haudy Prisila
I am 42 years old & Graduate of Tourism, Hospitality and Marketing
I am originally from Chile, my hometown is Valparaiso (one of the most beautiful cities of my country recognized in the whole world for its hills, streets of many colors, historic elevators that show the city in its fullness!
I arrived in the Dominican Republic in 2001 (I was really here for 1 year but … until today I found my home here … My home and my work … my little paradise !!
Arrive at Swell Surf Camp in 2012
I love Cabarete, to live here, I love to walk on the beach of cabarete,
I think it’s a gift every day … normally in my free time I go to the gym and also go out or cook with friends, I love listening to Latin music> my favorites without a doubt Sosa Stereo !!
What other say about Haudy:
” Awesome cook, will look after you very well when you are at Swell”
The Surf Instructors
My name is Juan Alberto Mejía, but everyone calls me Neno. I am 27 years old.
I was born in Nagua but I grew up in Cabarete. I have two younger brothers who currently live with my parents in Nagua and I really like to visit them and have a good time with them. It’s really pretty where I’m from, but there’s is not a lot to do in the countryside and the surf spot is far, so that’s why I prefer Cabarete.
My favorite song is Criminals by No Sleep & XUITCASECITY.
What others say about Neno:
“Epitomizes the Dominican spirit; Friendly , Helpfull and always up for a good time!”
My name is Lee from a little Village called Hemsby in the UK.
Im 27 years young and I’ve been here living in the D.R for around 9 months, still can’t get enough of the chilled vibes, waves, beaches and sunsets!
Besides surfing, i love adventure (especially on 2 wheels), drumming, football – British, and anything that involves good company of awesome people.
Fun fact- share a tequila shot with me and we will be friends for life!
What others say about Lee:
“Amazing surf instructor, calm, patient and full of knowledge”
My name is Jeffry Castillo and I’m 22 years old!
I was born in Boca Chica, Santo Domingo (that’s the capital city), but I moved to Cabarete 4 years ago to have a better surf lifestyle!
I love meeting people at Swell from different parts of the world.
Apart from surfing, my hobby is to play pool and sometimes play poker with friends and people at the camp.
I’m often winning surf competitions and my dream is to one day be a professional surfer and travel around the world!
But I love teaching surfing too; I like when someone feels proud of themself and does something they didn’t think they could.
I also love share and show around my country. If you are looking for fun, come find me here and let’s make some great memories in the Dominican Republic!
What others say about Jeffry:
“World class surfer that gives awesome surf lessons “
I’m from the south of England and I’m 54 years old. I’ve got two ‘boys’ who are now 21 and 18 and even though i’m tall, they both tower over me 6’5″ and 6’6″ – it’s like having your own personal minders!
With a musical family, I grew up playing guitar and worked as a professional singer for a few years before turning to property development. I was late to get involved in watersports and started kitesurfing at 39 years old and surfing at 52! (it’s never too late!). Jeroen and I met whilst kitesurfing in the Dominican Republic and have been together since 2006. We built Swell because Jeroen has taken me to some pretty dreadful surf camps / hotels and resorts over the years and I wanted to do something for the long-suffering surf wives! I’m a terrible dancer and I’m passionate about dogs and have to be preventing from rescuing more than we can handle. Favorite song; Don’t Give Up (Peter Gabriel/Kate Bush).
What others say about Clare:
“Meticulous about booking details, faster on the email than an F1 Pit stop “
I’m from Holland and I’m 44 years old. I’ve grown up with a passion for windsurfing and sailing at an early age since every holiday and weekend was spend on the sail boat with my parents and brother. Windsurfing brought me to Cabarete in 2004 and that’s also when I ‘swapped’ windsurfing for kitesurfing for a few years. I still love to Windsurf when the wind is over 20 knots and the waves are solid at Cabarete reef, but my main passion is surfing. Another passion of mine is photography, and most pictures on the Swell website are ‘mine’.
I divide my time between Holland, Bali and the Dominican Republic. I think I am a great dancer
What others say about Jeroen:
“Has great hair & is an awesome dancer”