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NATIONAL FORECAST

Feb 23 - Mar 1

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Caribbean
3-5 feet overhead
1-2 feet overhead
head high
chest to head
1-2 feet overhead
2 feet overhead

3-4 feet overhead

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

waist to chest

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

chest high

Breakdown:

Caribbean Coast - Not much of a lull between strong ENE swells (10 second period) pushing in surf in the 2-3 feet overhead range. Biggest Monday and then next Sunday.

Pacific Coast - Minimal SSW and South swells (14 second period) giving the Pacific coast waist to chest high surf throughout the week. The Southwest coming has some blockage from the Galapagos, but should produce some overhead surf by 4th.

The Long Shot - A good run of overhead surf starts on the 4th and should continue through March 12th, first from the Southwest, and then the SSW.

* The forecast is made using 16 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: 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.

Upcoming Event: Envision Festival 2015 returns to Uvita from February 26th to March 1st. Four day of live music, yoga, art, cultural shows, and all around good times.

Upcoming Event: 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.

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.

** UNIQUE SURF CAMPS **

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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** RESOURCES **

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

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.

~ LATEST SURFBOARD BAG FEES ~

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

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 www.vrskytour.com

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..

** TRAVEL VIDEOS **

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

2/21 - Real Surf Trips Gives back to their local community by offering first aid classes in April. Read more.

11/25 - Exportation of shark fin cargo halted in Costa Rica. Read more.

11/18 - The My Ocean Guardian Journey Contest is your chance to showcase what you are already doing for the ocean and environment, or share a new and original idea. The contest runs through December 31st and the prizes awarded (including a week's stay at Bodhi Surf School) on January 26, 2015. The two categories are Best Actions and Best Ideas.

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.

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

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
Caribe

January

8
5
5
9
February
8
6
5
10
March
9
6
7
9
April
8
7
8
6
May
8
6
7
4
June
7
7
7
3
July
7
7
8
2
August
7
8
8
3
September
7
8
8
4
October
7
9
9
5
November
6
6
5
7
December
7
5
5
8

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 MalPaiSurfCam.com.

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 SurfMag.com video!

Tide Charts for Costa Rica

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

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2/20 - Tamarindo to host the Kölbi National Circuit this weekend with waves of 2 meters. Read more (Spanish and English)

1/26 - Anthony Fillingim wins the Copa Unit in Playa Cocles, the first stop on the Costa Rica national surf circuit. Read more.

The winners of the 2014 Costa Rica Surfing Awards are:
Mejor foto Amateur: Alvaro Jimenez
Mejor foto Profesional: Martín Laborde
Mejor maniobra Metropolitana: Felipe Pozuelo
Mejor maniobra Bodyboard: Edwin Offer
Mejor maniobra Junior: Noe Mar McGonagle
Mejor maniobra Femenino: Nataly Bernold
Mejor Aéreo: Noe Mar McGonagle
Ola mas Grande: Isaac Vega
Power Surfing: Carlos Muñoz
Mejor Tubo: Isaac Vega
Wipeout: Danny Bishko
Surfeador del Año: Carlos Muñoz

Noe Mar McGonagle wins both the Open and Junior categories of the Costa Rica Open; Lisbeth Vindas takes the Women's crown. Read more.

Upcoming Event: The Circuito Guanacasteco begins this weekend in Tamarindo, hosted by Witchs Rock Surf Camp. Check the poster here for all of the dates and locations.

12/4 - Josymar Fuentes and Danny Bishko are the newest team riders for SUPERbrand in Costa Rica. 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

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!!

CRSurf.com and Carton Surfboards Team Rider Leilani McGonagle on You Tube

 

 
   

 

 

 

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