Frank Bauer

Co-owner of Shaka since its inception in 2008, Frank grew up in Florida and began surfing at the age of 12. “Surfing is not just a sport to me. Rather, it's a lifestyle”.

He is passionate about helping families with children in wheelchairs and does this through the OHG adaptive surf camps held several times a year at Shaka.

When not in Costa Rica, Frank lives in Aspen, Colorado with his wife and two daughters. He describes building and opening Shaka as his "dream come true".

Frank takes care of the online booking system. He's your first 'port-of-call' for your vacation, availability, and travel enquiries. But don't forget, we've answered most of your questions on our Q&A page.

Mike Bienz


Mike became co-owner of Shaka with Frank in 2013. Having previously lived in Costa Rica for many years and also volunteering at Shaka, when the opportunity came up to buy into the business Mike said, 'of course!' with little hesitation.

As the onsite manager of Shaka, Mike is a fountain of knowledge about everything you might need to know to make your stay here quite simply, awesome. From surfing, to touring, to dining out and socialising, there isn't much Mike can't tell you about. And if he doesn't know it, he'll go out of his way to find out about it for you.

Originally from Montreal, Canada, Mike worked as a stonemason for many years before quitting his job to go travelling and surf the world. He found his way to Costa Rica, then to Shaka, and the rest is history.

Both Mike and Frank are passionate about surfing, about surfing in Playa Hermosa, and about ensuring that during your stay at Shaka you experience the lifestyle they love - warm water, great waves, fresh local produce, breathtaking sunsets, and the perfect balance between relaxation and adventure.

And they're just waiting to share all this with you!

The rest of the shaka Team

José - Head Chef

Carlos - Grounds-keeper, maintenance worker, & expert coconut-tree climber

Maria - housekeeper and villa-beautifier. Don't miss her towel art in your room!


Danny - Head Surf Coach

Ciccio - Surf Coach

Erick - Surf Coach


Michelle - Website Designer, Surf Coach, & Volunteer. You'll also find her running mindfulness and surf retreats at Surf Your Mind.

Yoga Steve - self-explanatory

Vida - Security Manager and Cat Controller