About Frijoles Locos Surf Shop & SpaPlaya Grande Surf Shop Staff, Owners and Experience
We are Frijoles Locos and are here to do our very best to ensure your vacation in Playa Grande is everything you want it to be, and more.
We offer products and services of the highest quality, to satisfy the needs and expectations of our clients at a local, national and global level. We have a passion for surfing, and wish to share our joy and happiness with those who share our philosophy
The Frijoles Locos team wishes to share with you our love of the ocean and our passion for the ocean lifestyle. To achieve our goals, we are fortunate to have the most amazing team at Frijoles Locos.
Meet the Team
Walking into the shop, you will most likely first encounter the friendly Omar Garcia, our Operations Manager. Omar, with his broad smile, pleasant demeanor and genuine nature is very helpful and tries his very best to please. Omar loves to learn, and is a fast learner- we are grateful that he joined our team in 2016.
Omar graduated from La Paz Community School in 2015 and wishes to attend university to achieve his degree in business. During his time at Frijoles Locos, Omar’s passion for surfing has blossomed, and it is likely you will see him out surfing before work, catching some waves.
Juan Carlos Rios
Jack of all Trades
Juan Carlos Rios our jack of all trades- JC is like WD-40 – he makes everything run smoothly. Constantly looking for things to do, JC tidies, organizes, categorizes and maintains our rental equipment and anything else he sees fit. JC is a patient, talented surf instructor and enjoys sharing his passion for surf with budding surf lesson clients.
JC really loves to cook, and is very good at it. If you are looking for a casual cooking experience at your rental home, let us know and we can line up JC for you on his days off.
Ding Repair and Maintenance
Jim Gomez started at Frijoles Locos in late 2015 after asking us over and over for the opportunity to be part of the team. Luckily for us, a position opened up for Jim in Ding Repair and Maintenance and we are so grateful for his persistence. Jim is an intelligent, and no-nonsense kind of guy, a self-proclaimed ‘realist’ who gets the job done and gets it done well.
Jim’s prior experience in tile work, landscaping and construction shows most recently for us, in our newly paved poolside area which our future apartment guests will appreciate.
Jim’s contagious passion for surfing is shared with our clients when he assists in surf lessons and has the opportunity to chat with guests about surf trips and local breaks.
Azucena Zapata keeps everything neat, tidy and clean. A fantastic organizer, Azucena makes our back-stock bearable and our shelves clean and visually appealing. Primarily fulfilling the role of cleaning lady for the shop and apartments, Azucena goes above and beyond, learning some simple merchandising tricks, to present our retail store in the best way possible.
Juan Jose Rodriguez
Juan Jose Rodriguez joined the Frijoles Locos staff team around April 2013. A passion for surf, he can talk to you forever about boards, surf spots, waves, anything that interests you about surfing! Moreover, JJ has a passion for his country, the wildlife, the birdlife, the trees and he loves to impart his knowledge on any willing ears.
Having a degree in journalism, and a knack for graphic design, you will see the fruits of JJ’s work in our printed promotional materials. JJ is our Head Surf Instructor andeager to share his passion for surfing with you.
An encounter with JJ in Frijoles Locos will surely make you smile, and leave you feeling like you learned something new!
Jeannette Berens has a zest for life and a surfer’s addiction like no other German yet! Starting at Frijoles Locos as our surf lesson client, Jeannette caught the bug for surfing and hasn’t looked back. Now firmly entrenched in the addicting world of surfing, Jeannette has found a way to balance work and fun. Jeannette now puts her university education to work (Tourism and Hospitality), creating seamless itineraries and reservations in her role as Concierge Manager. You are most likely to encounter Jeannette first online, when you inquire about tours, activities, transport or similar. Jeannette is also our Guest Liason and will be your first port of call for any issues that arise as a guest in one of our lovely apartments.
Manager of Day Spa
Arelys Fonseca (Now independent Owner/ Manager of Day Spa) began with the Beans back in 2009 when Finnegan was a baby. Starting out as a nanny, Arelys took the very best care of her young dependent, always making sure he was safe, happy and content. In ensuing years, with Finnegan attending school Arelys has become one of the most important team members to Frijoles Locos. Trying her best to learn and speak English, she interacted with customers, and made sure the shop was always looking neat, tidy and clean.
Having started her Physical Therapy studies, and currently studying at massage school, in 2013, Arelys joined the team at El Frijol Feliz Day Spa, offering massages, pedicures, manicures, facials and body scrubs. We were fortunate to have Arelys on our staff for so many years and now wish her the very best as she runs the spa independently, having gained good experience in both massage therapy and business skills.
Meet the Owners
Ian is an experienced surfer, surf judge and surf instructor, having grown up in Florida with two parents that surfed and were keen to show him early on what a great sport it is!
In 1994 Ian achieved 2nd place Longboard at the US Championships. In 1995 at the US Championships, Hawaii he placed 5th in the Longboard event. 1996 East Coast Championships, 1st place Masters Short-board (over 25 year olds). 1996 US Championships, 2nd place Masters Short-board, 4th place Masters Longboard. In 2001, 2002 and 2005, Ian was announced as Best Judge for the East coast. In 2003 Ian was Head Judge for the Costa Rican national surfing circuit.
Ian’s success as a surf judge, in the US at a professional surfing level makes him an ideal surf instructor. An eye for detail in his surfing lessons, makes sure that any bad habits are identified early on, ensuring a faster path to becoming a better surfer.
Corynne Bean is a Certified Massage Therapist and Naturopath who completed her training in Sydney, Australia. Her education in Naturopathy and passion for a healthy lifestyle is the impetus behind establishing El Frijol Feliz Spa, and relocating from the hectic pace of Sydney, to the tranquil setting of Playa Grande, Costa Rica.
Corynne has written articles for Sydney based publications, worked as a Naturopath in “The Modern Apothecary”, a visionary concept borne of the need to make natural therapies more accessible to the general public, as well as working as a Naturopath in Apotheke 20-20 in London, as well as pharmacies in Sydney.
Corynne is enthusiastic to share her knowledge of complementary medicine with anyone who is interested, in the hope of increasing health-related awareness of alternatives to people from all over the world.
Together, Corynne and Ian have lived in Playa Grande since 2003. The idea of Frijoles Locos was born around 2004 after seeing an unmet need for visitors to the area to have a go-to place for all their vacation requirements. With luck, a healthy dose of serendipity, and sheer determination, the perfect location and the means to make it happen became available. After a couple of years of experiencing the building and permitting process first hand in Costa rica, the fruits of their labor was finally born! They have been told that they inspire people to seek out a less stress filled lifestyle, which is certainly possible when you live what you love.
Located a short walk to the beach, next door to Playa Grande School, and just around the corner from the wonderful “Kike’s Place”, Frijoles Locos provides the local and tourist community alike with not only a full-service surf shop, but a professional massage and beauty center too. To complete the package deal, upstairs are two beautiful apartments where you can stay and enjoy everything that Playa Grande has to offer.
In the Community
Frijoles Locos Surf Shop is proud to support La Paz Community School, particularly their scholarship program so that today’s youth will have a bright future. In generations to come, local families will have more opportunity to create their own businesses, become leaders within the community, increase awareness of our environment and embrace sustainability.
La Paz Community School is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2007 in order to address fundamental socioeconomic and cultural gaps prevalent in a region struggling to cope with the balance of an agriculture and tourism based economy. By integrating talented youth from the underprivileged, middle class, and upper class sector of rural Latin America, the school transforms student differences into strengths that foment rich and meaningful dialogue and experiences at all grade levels, thus preparing students to effectively confront global challenges.
The scholarship program at La Paz Community School enables students who would never have been afforded the chance to receive such a quality education, to do so. While donations to the scholarship fund help cover costs of education, there are so many other needs to be met, which is where you can really help (Pack for a Purpose). Thank you for your time and effort in giving back to the community you are visiting. In this way, you are truly helping to change the future of these wonderful children and consequently, their own families.
Frijoles Locos also supports CEPIA, founded by the wonderful, talented and visionary Laeticia DeWeer. CEPIA is an organization that helps improve the quality of life of youth and families in the local area, by supporting and training to assist the poor in job placement, teaching new skills, attending to physical and mental health of those in need, and promoting cultural development.