Israel Preciado was born in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and started surfing at the age of 8 and has been giving surf instruction and guided surf tours since age 15. Israel has traveled extensively throughout Mexico, Central America, California, Canada and India. He calls Sayulita his home.
Israel Preciado has a dive master’s degree from the Technological Institute of the Ocean (Itmar). He has taught at the Four Seasons resort in Punta Mita, Mexico and regularly teaches private groups in conjunction with the World Wide Tribes and VIA Yoga Luxury Trips. He is a certified for both surf and standup paddle instruction by the ISA (International Surfing Association), certified for water safety and rescue by Life First and is currently training to be an advanced paramedic with The Paramedic School of Sayulita.
Horacio Garcia is an attorney in love with surfing and surfboards. He has been surfing for 26 years and has had the oportunity to represent Mexico in the World Masters Surfing Championship in Peru in 2008. He opened the first surf shop in Sayulita in 1996: Santa Crucecita Surf. He is an accomplished surfer and stand up paddler.
Horacio Garcia is an ISA (International Surfing Association), Level One Surf and SUP Instructor, ISA International Judge and Official, certified by Life First for Aquatic Rescue and a certified Level 1 SCT (Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes) Provider of Safety for Tourist Services.
We’ve been running surf trips all over the globe for many years and have had the chance to work with a variety of guides. Israel stands out as having the magic combo. A high level of safety, instructional ability from beginners to nose riding experts, a deep understanding of regional conditions on a day to day basis and most importantly a true love of surfing that he enjoys sharing with all that he works with.
Jeff Stein, Worldwide Tribes – Adventures in Snow and Surf Founder/Lead Guide Worldwide Tribes
I come from the professional ski and climbing industry, so I have high expectations of guides and instructors. Israel is not only an amazing guide and instructor, but he brings an incredible amount of professionalism, charisma and humor to the experience. If you’re looking to learn how to surf, shred local breaks or just want to have a good time, Israel is your man and Surf in Mexico is your guide service.
Jimmy Chin, Photographer / North Face Athlete Team Member Camp 4 Collective
We have operated a luxury yoga and surf retreat business in Sayulita for nearly nine seasons and rely heavily on the expert instruction, local knowledge and friendly encouragement Israel Preciado delivers for our guests. He is professional, reliable and patient, bringing a level of fun and safety to a sport that can be frustrating to learn. Israel has the unique ability to work with expert surfers at the level they need and at the same time, slow it way down and connect with beginners making them feel safe and relaxed in the water. Via Yoga highly recommends Israel Preciado for any surf instruction or tour needs.
Kelly Kemp, Owner Via Yoga
First time in Mexico, I’m a french surfer living in California since 10 years plus. My trip in Sayulita and around was even better than I can expect, because of this guy… Israel. Great and warm feeling, amazing surfer, he showed me all the surf spots around. But on top of it, Israel is a “all boards” surfer. He rides logs, longboards, shortboards, displacement hulls, basically anything you can ride. This makes your surf trip the way you want, like family oriented or wave warrior mode. Plus with him, you will meet the local scene and eat the best food in town without the tourist syndrome to carry with you. One of my best surf trip for sure.
Gil Le Bon Delapointe, Designer for over 25 years in the Action Sport Industry for Etnies, Es, Emerica, 32, Skate Study House Sole Technology