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Our Story

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As Encinitas natives, we grew up in one of California’s unparalleled surfing meccas with incredible local breaks right in our backyard. Our vision while creating Surfhouse was to deliver a surf-inspired boutique hotel which combines all of our favorite things: the beach lifestyle and local surf community, good vibes, traveling, and stewardship of our town. Our mission is to immerse our guests in the authentic California experience. At Surfhouse, you might check-in as a guest, but you’ll leave feeling like a local.

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Meet Our Team

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After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Nikki spent 7 months traveling South America gaining inspiration to one day open his own surf hotel. With a degree in tourism and hotel management, Nikki brings years of hospitality experience to Surfhouse. Nikki lives just 3 blocks away, so hotel guests will see him around Surfhouse doing everything from taking bookings and checking in on guests to setting people up with surf equipment or taking them on surf guided trips. When not at Surfhouse, Nikki can be found in the water surfing at Beacons, or taking his dog Nora on a bike ride through the neighborhood.

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Sander brings nearly a decade of entrepreneurial experience to the Surfhouse team. A graduate of USD, Sander has founded a handful of successful local businesses and is particularly excited about Surfhouse since it blends two of his favorite things, travel and surfing. As a full time local Realtor in Encinitas, Sander is also a great resource for any guests who may be looking to make a move to San Diego. Sander lives in Leucadia with his wife, Karolina, who handles the accounting for Surfhouse along with their dog, “Leu” (which is short for Leucadia of course) !

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In our beach community of Leucadia, we’re all about sharing our good vibes, constant positivity, and zest for a life outdoors as we enjoy all that our beautiful hometown has to offer. So, we invite you to #ShareTheStoke while you’re staying at Surfhouse, cruisin’ around town, and even beyond your visit with us.

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