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Central America and Mainland Mexico Short-Range Surf Forecast (below published on 5/3):


SSW-SW (195-215) leftover from the weekend is settling right now, with leftovers slowly easing through midweek. Reinforcements are here though to help maintain fun moderate sized surf that should hold through the week. The new SW (215-225) will gradually build blending with leftovers of the SSW, peaking Friday. Overlapping SW (215-220) arrives Sunday. This one looks a little bigger and should boost wave heights through the first half of next week.

Despite the new SW (210-220) arriving over the next couple of days to take over for the SSW in the water, the surf isn’t going to pick up this week. On the other hand, it still looks pretty fun with moderate sized waves through the week. We should see deepwater heights build to around 2-4 feet with periods ranging from 11 to 15 seconds. This will maintain waist to head high range along the exposed coast with better sets going overhead to overhead+ at standouts. Looks pretty fun! This trend pretty much continues through Saturday.

As we start to look a little further out the storm track is shaping up pretty nicely right now, pushing storms from the ice just SE of New Zealand, NE up towards the Pitcairn Islands. The storm above did exactly that and is going to bring us our next round of swell. After producing 30-35 foot seas SE of New Zealand the storm weakened as it moved northeast. As you can see below though, it has maintained a fetch of 20-35 knot winds over the swell as it has pushed northward. That has helped make the swell a little more robust, and in the end should make it a fairly solid (not as large as the last one, but consistent) SW (215-220).

Anyways the details are… The 19 to 20-second forerunners should be arriving late Saturday/early Sunday. The swell will steadily build to a peak Monday the 9th, with deepwater heights around 5 feet with 15-second periods. That will mean plus sized surf for a lot of the exposed coast. Average spots will likely be running chest to head high, with standouts seeing bigger waves in the head high to well overhead range. A few deepwater magnets could double the swell up on itself and generate bigger double overhead surf. So, overall a pretty good lucking swell. Size will start backing down next Tuesday.

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** NEWS and EVENTS **

3/6 - Endless Olas Surf Camp and Manuel Antonio Surf School have decided to host their first contest for Endless Olas Surf Camp! It’s a SURF PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST and the prizes are unbeatable. Get Details here

2/19 - The Line-Up for Envision 2016 has been published! Wahoo! Get in the Know here

2/18 - Envision Festival Special Announcement - The 2017 Festival Tickets and Dates are available! Read more

2/16 - ENVISION 2016 FESTIVAL starts in just a few more days. Learn more about the area the festival will be hosted to make the most of your time here.

12/2 - Bluetrailz SurfCamp Special: The perfect time to get away from it all and to learn to surf. With our 5 night Package at only $249, there is no reason not to go. With lessons to get you started and board rental to keep you going this package includes everything you need to ride your first waves. Book now! (link Book now! Valid until December 12, 2015.

11/14 - Real Surf Trips just announced an amazing retreat for all those who would like to become a Standup Paddle Yoga instructors. Learn more here

11/3 - "Playa Esterillos Photo Contest 2015" – 6° Edition - Hotel La Dolce Vita is a photo award competition open to photographers anywhere in the world who love Esterillos and Costa Rica. Application period: From the 17th of September to 15th of November 2015. Get details here

10/23 - Witch's Rock Surf Camp has put together an amazing Girl's Surf Retreat. Find out the details here. YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS OUT!

10/22 - CONTEST ends Oct 22nd. 4 Days stay at their new location near Tamarindo beach. Click here to Enter

9/28 - Costa Rican Surf Brand Acquires Landmark Hotel in Tamarindo - Witch’s Rock Industries S.A. recently acquired Tamarindo’s historic Hotel Pueblo Dorado.

8/22 - Leilani MacGonagle will be in Dominical on August 29th as an invited guest of Chicas con Proposito to speak to underserved Costa Rican girls about the opportunities available to surfers and the life of pro-surfing. This is an another great cause. Contact them if you wish to get involved or to learn more about it. Read more about this Dominical event here.

8/20 - Global Wave Conference October 2015 - The most ambitious and impactful enviro-surf conference to date.
Learn more about the conference, speakers & attendees - and act quickly to register. Tickets are going fast!! Buy Here

8/16 - Bodhi Surf School, located in Uvita Costa Rica, just announced their 3rd Annual "2015 MY OCEAN DEFENDER CONTEST" to celebrate innovative Ocean Guardian actions (and they are offering some seriously awesome prizes) - Get details of Bodhi's Uvita Surf School here

8/14 - 5 Reasons Costa Rica is a Great Destination for your Family Vacation Read more

8/13 - Lifeguard Charity Party to raise money for Costa Ballena Life Guards - Read more

8/13 - Surf Camp in Costa Rica Announces Annual Conservation Contest Read more

8/08 - It's here: San Jose Jazz Summer Fest! Read more

--> Debbie Zec, owner of Dominical Surf Lessons, has created a new, fun, challenge called SURF FITNESS CHALLENGE  which is a tropical surf vacation for active people who want to keep up with their workouts and stick to healthy habits while learning how to surf and explore Costa Rica's beautiful Pacific Coast.

-->Unadvertised SURF TRIP SPECIAL by Real Surf Trips - 40% off of all-inclusive trips by Real Surf Trips till June 4th of this year.

-->The 2nd annual Nandamojo Festival has been scheduled for Saturday, July 11, co-hosted by the Nandamojo Valley Chamber of Commerce at Pura Aventura. This year there will also be a course for runners - distance will be between 5 and 10 km. Tell your friends, and remember: participants in last year's event can join this year's event for free if you get three friends to sign up! Sign-up Here!


-->From Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa: Mark your calendars for Jungle Jam in the Central Pacific Coast March 19th - March 22nd being held out at Doce Lunas.

-->The 5th annual Robert August Surf and Turf Fundraiser for the non-profit kids group CEPIA in Tamarindo, April 17th-19th. Find out more here.

-->Safari Surf School is offering a summer discount on their standard Tortuga package in Nosara, Costa Rica! Flight costs are at an all time low and the summer months in Nosara are peaceful. with lush green jungle, waterfalls and the always fabulous surf! This sale will end August 15th. This summer rates will be discounted up to 40% so contact us to set up a trip.

12/4 - Spirit Airlines to fly San José-Houston four times per week starting May 28th, 2015. Southwest to begin flights to San Jose on March 7th.

10/23 - The Puntarenas-Paquera ferry, TB 3, will be undergoing repairs starting October 29th, leaving only one ferry running. Be sure to get in line early to secure a space! See all times on the Mal Pais page.

We are now working with two of the most luxurious surf retreats in the country! Premier Surf Club operates out of Playa Langosta, taking you by 4x4 or boat to the best breaks along the Guanacaste Coast. And Kalon Surf Camp offers to pamper you with 5-star cuisine in their oceanview mansion, while providing private surf instruction at a number of empty beaches from Dominical to the Rio Terraba.


Specialty Camp: CRsurf has partnered with Fishing Nosara to organize a surf boat charter for advanced surfers coming to Playa Guiones in 2015. This package includes seven nights in a quality rental home with laundry, breakfast, and house cleaning. Boards you can rent (or bring for a discounted rate), plus you get a deluxe four passenger golf cart, and TWO boat tours to remote big wave points or reefs that are not accessible by land. Send us a note if you are interested.

Specialty Camp: How about an exclusive Family Surf Retreat with Del Mar Surf Camp? Private accommodations for four, roundtrip transfers, daily breakfast and lunch, daily surf lessons and equipment, professional photographer, and a custom gift. Plus choose from additional activities like hiking, yoga, or horse back riding. Only $5500 for the whole family for six nights and seven days. Email us to sign up.

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Ten Ways to NOT get your stuff stolen on a surf trip - LINK

Rip Currents and how to Avoid them

Do you need a surf photographer or videographer for your trip? Check out our list of top pros in all corners of the country.

Costa Rica Travel Health Tips for Surf Trips. 10 Ways to not get sick from Montezuma's revenge, traveller's diarrhea, and other related ailments while traveling. Find out more.

Surf Travel Checklist - print and go!

The exit fee for tourists is now $29 if you pay with cash, plus a $10 transaction fee for credit cards. The amount goes for different nationwide projects in Costa Rica.


The best printable Costa Rica travel map I've yet to find on the web, from our friends at

Bus Schedules for ALL Central America. And here is a PDF showing all of the times for buses in Costa Rica.

Flights from the U.S. and Canada to Costa Rica, showing airport hubs.

Hotel Reviews for Surfers

Check out these surfer health and training tips from Amanda Mason from Del Mar Extreme in Playa Hermosa

Here's a Spanish-language link to check the status of all roads in Costa Rica.

Check out a cool aerial view of the Southwest and Northwest Pacific coastline at

Driving Directions from the airport to the San Jose/Caldera Highway. It's about time..

If you're wondering, where is that POLL?
Check here..


If you are a surf traveler, then you'll love this group of surfer girls who made a movie of their worldwide adventures. Check out - Three Killas y un Kiwi

Buena Vista Villas and Casa Buena Vista Video Tour in Nosara

Del Mar Surf Camp trains women how to surf in Jaco and Nosara on YouTube.

Bikini Show by Camelo Bikinis during the 2009 World Surfing Games

Marisa Miller in Costa Rica

3/11 - Great News: Controversial shrimp trawl bill withdrawn from Costa Rican Congress Read more

2/16 -
Victory for Threatened Sharks and Rays at Memordum of Undestanding (MoU) of Migratory Sharks! Read more


- Costa Rican NGOs denounce Government’s irresponsible attitude towards marine conservation. Read more

8/24 - Conservationists want you to help crowd-patrol illegal fishing around Cocos Island - Now you can REMOTELY FROM HOME! Read more

7/30 - Costa Rica Luxury Resort Helps Orphaned Sloths. Read more

7/29 - PBS and BBC Production Features Baby Sloths in Costa Rica. Read more

7/22 - Swimming with Sharks - Malibu foundation seeks volunteers to save our seas and fish, especially sharks. Read more

7/21 - Costa Rica Government Launches Sea Turtle Conservation Workshop. Read more

7/22 - Police in Costa Rica Prevent Butchering of Five Sea Turtles. Read more

7/19 - Coast Guard Rescues 165 Sea Turtle Eggs in Costa Rica. Read more

7/7 - Drones & Submarines Assist Scientists At Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica Read more


Please join the facebook group END WILDLIFE ELECTROCUTIONS IN COSTA RICA, and sign the petition here.

Top Eco-Videos

Check out the trailer for this video showing the benefits of sustainable tourism and the pitfalls of large scale tourism in Costa Rica on YouTube - The Goose that lays the Golden Eggs

Sylvia Earle talks about protecting the oceans in Central America on YouTube.

New! Find out more about Las Tortugas and the role ecotourism plays in the conservation struggle on YouTube.

Watch and learn about how shark finning in Costa Rica and around the world are killing off shark populations..

See the Hacienda Baru Olive Ridley Turtles hatchery. Read the article about the kids' experience.

NO TUNA FARMS! - This documentary is part of Pretoma's "No Tuna Farms" campaign.





2016 Costa Rica Tide Charts

Here's the NOAA Central America Wave Model for the next 5 days (click the globe)

Central America and Caribbean Wave Model

Daily Surf Videos
from all over Costa Rica


Witches Rock Surf Camp Video
Witchs Rock now has a HD streaming webcam right in front of their surf camp in Tamarindo. Now you can check the waves 24/7 here.

Hermosa Surf Videos

Hermosa Surf Videos

This table shows when the coasts are best to surf throughout the year on a 1 to 10 scale. (10 is the best) The chart does not factor in "El Niño", just general wind conditions, swell direction, crowds, and wave size. For more info, check on the FAQs and Research pages.
NW Pacific
Central Pacific
South Pacific



Top Surf Videos

Witchs Rock Surf Tours surfing Ollie's Point, starring Luis Castro

Check out Ronald Brown and Carlos Munoz in Hawaii with Volcom's Go Surf video.

Coco Ho and Claire Bevilacqua visiting Santa Teresa to catch a few, from our friends at

Tony Roberts' newest surf/lifestyle vid of the Guanacaste Coast on YouTube - It's Wide Open

YouTube Vid of Jefferson Tacson (CRSURF rider) and friends at Playa Hermosa. Surfeando en La Chanchera con: - Hnos tascon - Lizbeth Vindas - Jeremy Segura - video por Ezequiel Avaro

Skimboarding in Costa Rica - by Justin Gillis

If you are looking for a reason to surf in Costa Rica - check out this video!

Tide Charts for Costa Rica

Tide charts for Costa Rica for 2016!

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4/26 - Alvaro Solano Defended his Championship and Returned to Victory. Read more

4/23 - Nosara Receives Tour Masters & SUP & Longboard This Weekend. Read more

4/18 - Anthony Fillingim Wins Bejuco and is the Favorite for the National Title. Read more

- PAPIOLAS SURFING CHALLENGE II could have incredible waves this weekend. Read more

4/8 -
Costa Rica will be hosting the ISA World Surfing 2016 Read more

- National Circuit Kölbi 2016, presented byAdrenaline Rush CR. Location: Playa Bejuco Parita - Date- 16 and 17 April, in front of the Hotel Playa Bejuco. Read more

3/23 - 6th Annual Semana Santa Classic Surf Contest 2016 in Dominical, Costa Rica this Friday. Read more

3/2 - The 1st Masters & SUP & Longboard closed with waves to remember in Santa Teresa. Read more

2/26 - Santa Teresa will host the 1st National Circuit Masters & Longboard & SUP. Read more

2/22 - Champion Jason Torres Wins the Arenas-Marley Cup. Read more

2/19 -
Jaco to Host the Arena-Marley Cup 2nd Annual 2016 National Circuit Kölbi Surf Contest on 2/20 to 2/21st. Read more

2/2 - Costa Rica Surfers earn "Award for Excellence" & 21 athletes received the Hummingbird Trophy. Read more

1/26 - Anthony Fillingim Wins the First of Seven Surf Contest in the Kölbi National Tour Circuit. Read more

- The National Surf Circuit starts today in Puerto Viejo, Limón. This circuit will crown the best surfer at year end in Costa Rica. This circuit consists of seven rounds on contest throughout Costa Rica testing surfers on a varity of different waves. Get Detailed Map and Schedule (en Español)

1/17 - The 16th Year of the National Circuit Kölbi 2016 is Ready Start (2016 Contest Schedule)

1/9 - 2016 Ericeira World Junior Championships 1/4th to 1/13th - As of today, Costa Rica's Noe Mar McGonagle has advanced to Round 3. Watch Live

12/28 - Upcoming Surf Contest: Ericeira World Championships in Portugal - January 4-13. 2016 - Noe Mar McGonagle will be competeing. Read more

12/18 - Noe Mar's "Pavone's Grom Pro" Tercera Edision - Dec 19th to 20th - Rio Claro De Pavones - Read more

12/7 - The Tico Surfing Team is Unbeatable in Central America for the 10th Consecutive Year! Read more

12/2 - Costa Rica Surf Team Expects Victory at the 10th Central American Surfing Competition. Event starts 12/4. Read more

11/14 - The first ever i20 Hyundai Surf Championships, starts today. Read more

11/14 - Sprite Soup Bowl Pro Junior is on (Nov 12th-15th)! As of today, Leilani McGonagle made it to the Quarterfinals. Watch Live

11/7 - Leilani McGonagle made it to the Quarterfinals in the Pichilemu Woman's Pro - Read more

11/7 - Sprite Soup Bowl Pro Junior is on (Nov 12th-15th)! Leilani McGonagle and Emily Gussoni will be competing. Read more

11/6 - Noe Mar McGonagle and Carlos Munoz only made it to Round two of the Sao Paulo Open 2015 - the event is still going on. Watch live

11/7 - Leilani McGonagle made it to the Quarterfinals in the Pichilemu Woman's Pro - Read more

11/7 - Sprite Soup Bowl Pro Junior is on (Nov 12th-15th)! Leilani McGonagle and Emily Gussoni will be competing. Read more

11/6 - Noe Mar McGonagle and Carlos Munoz only made it to Round two of the Sao Paulo Open 2015 - the event is still going on. Watch live

11/3 - Oi HD São Paulo Open 2015- Carlos in Heat 11 and Noe Mar McGonagle in Heat 22 - Next Call @ Nov 4, 2015 7:30am BRST - Watch Live Footage

11/3 - Skim Fest 2015 in Punta Leona November 28-29th. Get details here

10/27 - Billibong Fest 2015 - Jaco Surf Contest. Nov 20th to Nov 22nd. Find details on Jaco bullentin board here

10/26 - Third round of Grom ACOS Surfing Championship will be held in Playa Avellanas ! Great waves and a good atmosphere for the whole family ! SURF LESSONS FREE ! Get details here

10/19 - COSTA RICA comes in at an unprecedented eighth place in WORLD JUNIOR SURFING!

10/19 - The i20 Hyndai SURF Contest is on Nov. 14th - Location is Playa Esterillos. The surfers who will be competing must be voted in. So please find your favorite surfer here so you can vote for her/him. Voting is closed on Nov 6th.

10/18 - Leilani McGonagle Costa Rica qualified for the final day! Read More

10/3 - The Junior National Team Chosen to Represent Costa Rica on Oct. 11th in Califoria in the ISA Junior World Championship Surf Contest. Read more

9/28 - Ismael Araya has the distinction of being the First Costa Rican to Compete in the First ISA World Adaptive Surf Contest. Read more


Top Contest Videos

Isaac Vega's 10 point tube ride in Playa Hermosa

Noe Mar makes the favorites again with a 9.57 ride at World Juniors Surfing event in Portugal on Youtube

Surfos Magazine created an awesome video of Noe Mar and Leilani (CRsurf team riders) in Barbados - LINK

Check out Carlos' PERFECT 10 at PIPELINE here!! and Carton Surfboards Team Rider Leilani McGonagle on You Tube






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