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Gabriel Medina wins the second match with Carlos Muñoz at the Hurley Pro. Read more.
Visit our Hotels page to see which businesses are certified as sustainable by the ICT (Costa Rican Tourism Institute).

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Oct 19 - 25






knee to waist
knee high
knee high
knee high
knee high
knee high

knee to waist

North Pacific
waist to chest
chest to head
head high
head high
chest to head
chest high
South Pacific
chest to head

1 foot overhead

1 foot overhead
chest to head
head high

1 foot overhead


Caribbean Coast - Nada for the right coast, best for snorkel and scuba this week.

Pacific Coast - South swell with a 16 second period gives the southern beaches some overhead waves through Tuesday. Then it bottoms out to waist to chest for most beaches until late Friday when a WSW swell brings a few overhead sets.

The Long Shot - A SSW arrives by the 26th with more overhead surf, but nothing big on the horizon as the South Pacific swell season nears its end.

* The forecast is made using 15 years of wave model and report analysis, but can't be accurate 100% of the time. To do your own, use our links.




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** NEWS and EVENTS **

Upcoming Event: "Circus of Horrors" Halloween Party at the Backyard Bar - October 31st at 8 p.m. NO COVER before 9:30 p.m. Los Chupacabras from 8-10 p.m. Costume Contest with $500 cash prizes.

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.

Hotel La Doce Vita in Esterillos is holding their 5th Annual Photo Contest. Find details on our Jaco page.

9/12 - Costa Rica recorded 1,391,617 tourist arrivals in the first six months of this year, an increase of 5.4% compared to the same period last year, according to data analyzed by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute. Almost 70% of arrivals were by air, an increase of 7.6% compared to the same period last year. Arrivals to the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) saw a 6.4% increase in arrivals, while the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia (LIR) saw an increase of 12.7%.

9/4 - United Airlines will be offering more direct flights from Houston and New York during the holiday season. This will accommodate the growing number of travelers from both areas.

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.

8/8 - Bodhi Surf School has started a Travelers' Philanthropy Program donating funds to three community service organizations in the Bahia Ballena region.

8/1 - To get a good background on the prospects of ecotourism in Costa Rica, read "Ecotourism comes to the rescue of Costa Rica’s people," by Paul Belz, in the UK's Travel Spirit Magazine.

6/21 - For International Surf Day, Bodhi Surf School sent in this post - What Kind of Surfer Are You? Take the quiz to find out.


Specialty Camp: Real Surf Trips will be having special discounts on their camps running in October. There are still a few spots remaining, so sign up here.

Specialty Camp: ISLS is offering a one to eight week Spanish and Adventure Camp for Families on their tropical campus, with swimming, surfing, arts and crafts, and adventure tours. See the flyer here.

Specialty Camp: Vista Guapa is offering the next YOLO (You Only Live Once) camps in December 2014. It includes daily surf sessions, flat-water paddling sessions, fitness training, photography instruction, sightseeing excursions, homemade local cuisine and much more. Plus they have SUP tours across the Gulf of Nicoya for $120. Let us know when you are ready to paddle.

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NOW Fully Customizable Surf Trips to meet every budget and skill level !!

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

Rip Currents and how to Avoid them

Thornton Cohen, surf photographer from Tamarindo has created a cool app to find out more about what's happening in Tamarindo. The app has descriptions of the local beaches and surf breaks, hotels and rentals, restaurant options, local emergency information with a quick call button, and more features are being added weekly. It's called Local Knowledge Tamarindo and you can find it in the I-tunes shop - LINK

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

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

10/11 - The Surfrider Foundation hires Chad Nelson as the new CEO. Learn more about him and his plans to help protect our oceans, waves, and beaches. Surfrider link.

10/4 - Urge Costa Rica to support silky shark conservation. Read more and sign the petition here.

7/8 - Odyssey 2050 Climate Change film features Costa Rican astronaut Franklin Chang raising awareness of global issues and highlighting what is important to kids around the world. Watch the video on YouTube.

6/20 - First Scientific Proof of Migration Paths & Connection Between Marine Protected Areas in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. Read more.

6/9 - Check out the photos from the Community Carbon Trees workshop on Trees and Bees on Facebook. There are some diagrams explaining how bees help our environment through pollenation. Special thanks to Harold Mena Ramirez of Abejas Feliz Apicultura.

5/24 - Here is a new map of Costa Rica showing the variety of its rainforests - LINK.

CR Surf Travel Company is offering to plant a tree for each trip purchased by a B-Corps member or anyone! Book a hotel or rental vehicle for a week or more in Costa Rica by the end of 2014 and they will donate $25 to Community Carbon Trees, a non-profit group that empowers women by teaching them about the environment and planting native species of trees for reforesting projects in Costa Rica. The money goes to purchase the tree, having the women plant it, and maintain it until it reaches maturity. This helps offset the carbon burned on the travelers' flight. Just mention 'Plant a Tree' when making your reservations. You can now reserve vehicles online through U-Save and Adobe here.

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.





2014 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

Rovercam - Daily Videos from Playa Hermosa Costa Rica


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

Wipeout Films

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

2014 Costa Rica Tide Charts & now we have tide tables for 2015!

Click for the latest surf report, forecast, news, and events!!
Post your flyer for only $5/week

9/11 - Check out the photos from the recent surf contest held in Montezuma, hosted by Young Visions Surf School on Facebook. From TUANIX magazine: "Las condiciones de la ola izquierda de Cedros permitieron un buen desempeño de los participantes. A pesar de la lluvia los surfistas alegraron un fin de semana en la Península de Nicoya."

9/11 - Felicidades to CRsurf team rider Leilani McGonagle for her top showing in the recent ACOS contest in Pavones. She won Junior Womens, Womens, AND the Mens division!

9/11 - More great news from the McGonale family as Noe Mar took 2nd in the ALAS Latin Tour contest held last week in Peru. Go team CRsurf!

9/5 - Gabriel Medina will be the first opponent Carlos Muñoz on the Hurley Pro. Read more. Follow the event live here - LINK

Isaac Vega's 10 point tube ride in Playa Hermosa

8/1 - Gilbert Brown wins the final event on the CNS in Playa Hermosa and the Open Title. Lisbeth Vindas takes the crown for the Open Women's Division. Read more.

7/1 - The 'Stand Up Paddle' Finals define its second generation of national champions. Geovanny Espinoza takes the overall crown. Read more.

Upcoming Event: The next Puerto Viejo Open Pro takes place in Puerto Viejo on August 23rd. Visit their Facebook page to see the poster and sign up.

5/26 - Maykol Torres wins the Copa Fox in Jaco! Nataly Bernold takes 1st in the Women's Division. Read more.

Carton Surfboards Costa Rica has been giving boards to their team riders, who did great on the tour (Nataly Bernold, Noe Mar and Leilani McGonagle, and Anthony Fillingim to name a few) Thanks to Carton for supporting Costa Rica's surfing talent.

Top Contest Videos

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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