Surf Forecast for Envision Festival Feb 22nd - 27th 2018 Plus Surfing, Safety & Area Travel Tips
By: Greg Gordon - CRsurf.com, an avid surfer and world traveler
Playa Hermosa Surf Forecast
From Thursday February 22nd to Tuesday the 27th there will be a fairly big swell coming (3.6 feet at 16 seconds by Saturday afternoon) and that means large waves and heavy rip currents. Luckily Playa Hermosa is protected somewhat by the ‘Whale’s Tail’ in Uvita but it may be a challenge for those just learning to surf.
The best time to surf is Thursday, one hour before high tide, so either 6 a.m. or around sunset. Then the best time is about an hour later each day, as the tides change. There are other great spots to surf which pick up this swell nicely, and other protected beaches closeby that are great for learning to surf.
Safety and Advice
For everyone - bring your rashguard and sunscreen!
Some surfers like long sleeve rash guards, but I prefer a short sleeve one for easier paddling.
Sunscreen that has Zinc Oxide or Titanium Oxide are better for your skin and the ocean. Check out Badger’s SPF 35 Zinc Sunscreen. Don’t forget to apply it even if it is cloudy as the tropical sun can still burn your skin.
Stay hydrated. When I’m surfing and in the sun all day I will drink about 2-3 liters of water each day, so be prepared.
For beginners :
If you can, only go out where there are lifeguards. Costa Rica is notorious for heavy rip currents and drownings. Don’t be a statistic! The lifeguards here are well trained and should be respected when they advise you where and when to go.
If you get a lesson, make sure the teacher is legit. The board they use to teach you should be in good condition and they should have you learn to stand up and how to spot and escape rip tides, before taking you into the water.
They should also teach you surfing etiquette - #1 - Don’t drop in on other surfers - which means standing up in front of them while they are already riding the wave. #2 - Be careful with your surfboard and look around you if you need to let go of it.
For advanced surfers :
Be sure to check the tides. About an hour after high tide, the waves can really start to suck out at the beach breaks which can snap boards and leashes. And if you are surfing around lower tides, many of the rocks on the point breaks become exposed.
After Envision, how about a surf trip? This run of SSW swell is expected to continue through March 7th. From the Envision Festival it is only a 3 hour drive to Pavones or Matapalo. In the same time, you can also drive north to surf Boca Barranca (one of the best longboard waves on the planet) and surf empty beaches or point breaks in between.
CR Surf Travel Company works with the best surf camps in Costa Rica on both coasts. Whatever your level of surfing is, we can find a place that fits your budget. Or maybe you just need a quality, affordable SUV rental.
About Surf Lessons
Costa Rica Surf and Paddle is hosting lessons on site at the Envision Festival. But should they be full, or you want to explore a different beach with less people, then we can help you find a certified surf instructor. Prices for group lessons are usually between US $40-60 per person, and a little more for a private lesson and if you need transportation. Surfboard rentals are included for the lesson, and the best options include rashguards, fruit, and coconut water.
To get more information and set up a lesson or surf trip, just send a message through our FB page - www.facebook.com/crsurf - or Instagram - @crsurf. We work with all of the certified surf camps and instructors in the area and can assure a great experience. We can also arrange for a surf photographer to capture some once in a lifetime moments.