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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report
Volume 17, Issue #817
May 27th, 2016

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National Forecast

May 27th - June 2nd

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

2 to 3 feet
1 to 2 feet
1 to 2 feet
1 to 2 feet
1 to 2 feet
1+ feet
2 to 4 feet
3 to 4 feet
3 to 5 feet
3 to 5 feet
5 to7 feet
5 to7 feet
5 to7 feet
4 to 5 feet
3 to 4 feet
2 to 4 feet
2 to 3 feet
3 to 5 feet
3 to 4 feet
3 to 5 feet
2 to 3 feet

Central America and Mainland Mexico Short-Range Surf Forecast (below published on 5/24):

S-SSW PICKS UP LATER THIS WEEK, WITH BETTER SSW-SW PULSES DUE EARLY TO MID-NEXT WEEK

There’s a little bit of SW (215-220) energy in the water right now helping to maintain some playful small to moderate sized surf through the middle of the week. New S-SSW (175-195) arrives Thursday and will bring some more moderate sized surf for a few areas through the end of the week. A couple of better looking SSW-SW (210-220) swells are due for next week. The first arriving Sunday; the second Monday. This should help bring back some solid moderate to plus sized surf through early next week.

Basically not too much excitement right now with mostly a mix of leftover SSW and background SW (215-220) maintaining waist to chest-head high surf at standouts through Wednesday. Thursday is expected to see a little boost from a system that came together over the past weekend. It was a weaker system south of Easter Island, only generating 20-25 foot seas, but with a good trajectory to the N-NE and it was in the mid latitudes, so relatively close (~3000) miles away.

The moderate sized pulse of S-SSW (175-195) will arrive 16-17 second forerunners arrive late Wednesday build more through Thursday peaking around 3-5 feet with 13-14 second periods on Friday. So wave heights will increase from knee to chest high to waist to head high along the exposed coast. Standouts could see a few head high to overhead-overhead+ set waves. Keep in mind it’s not going to be super strong because of the shorter periods, but it should be consistent. Size will linger through Saturday with a little extra pulse of SW from a Tasman Sea system in the background.

The models have been looking a bit more active over the past day or so with a couple of stronger systems south of the Pitcairn Islands move NE. The first one was able to produce 30-25 foot seas on Monday, the second as you can see above will follow suit over the next 6-12 hours. The two are going to produce a couple of more consistent and solid SSW-SW (200-220) swells for early next week.

Pulse 1 (210-220)arrives with 19 to 20 second forerunners early Sunday, and will steadily build to a peak mid to late Monday at around 4-6 feet of deepwater swell with 15-second periods. Also Monday pulse #2 (200-215) arrives early to mid Monday also with 19 to 20-second periods and will build to a peak Tuesday, piling another 4-5 feet of deepwater swell on top of the SW already in the water. Essentially Surf could jump back up into the chest to overhead+ range by the end of the weekend with head high to well overhead+ surf at standouts through the first half of next week.

These forecasts are from Solspot

TIDES for May 28th, 2016
Month View

High Tide: 7.16 feet at: 8:14 a.m.
LowTide: 1.33 feet at: 1:17 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

New Moon - June 5th
Full Moon -
June 20th

 

 

Northern Nicoya Peninsula

LOCATION
(click for area description)
AREA WAVE HEIGHTS AND CONDITIONS BEST PLACE TO SURF THIS WEEK NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
Playa Guiones-Nosara


Solspot

- 5/27

Wave - 3 to 4 feet

Summary:
Small Southwest med-period swell picking upand a secondary  South windswell picking up.

Weather: Low:80 High:88
Light rain shower in the morning with moderate winds from the NE. Patchy rain nearby in the afternoon with moderate winds from the SSE.

- 5/28

Wave - 2 to 4 feet

Summary:
Southwest short-period swell fading and Southwest medium period swell steady.

Weather: Low:80 High:86
Patchy rain nearby in the morning with moderate winds from the E. Torrential rain shower in the afternoon with moderate winds from the SW.

 

Tamarindo

Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

- 5/27

Ahhhh, we had a nice afternoon rain this week, it remain cloudy, everyone here have high hopes on more rain to come, to refresh the ground and clean the waves.


 

Tamarindo is very protected from this SW mini swell, great conditions fro beginners, long boarders and SUPs, glassy smooth conditions in the early morning sessions, humid mornings with no wind, very good amount of people in the line up and the inside.
Avellanas is more exposed to this mini swell, we been riding some 2-3ft solid but not very consistent, like crystal clear with no wind until 11am. Did no feel very crowded and that's where the Magic comes when surfing in Avellanas.



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South Nicoya Peninsula

 
LOCATION AREA WAVE HEIGHTS AND CONDITIONS BEST PLACE TO SURF THIS WEEKEND NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Malpais/Santa Teresa


Solspot

 

 

- 5/27

Waves - 2+ feet

Summary:
Small Southwest long-period swell steady and South windswell on the rise.

Weather: Low:80 High:88
Light rain shower in the morning with moderate winds from the E. Patchy rain nearby in the afternoon with moderate winds from the SSE.

 


- 5/28

Waves - 2 to 3 feet

Summary:
Small Southwest short-period swell on the way out with background  Southwest medium period swell steady.

Weather: Low:80 High:85
Patchy rain nearby in the morning with moderate winds from the E. Torrential rain shower in the afternoon with moderate winds from the SW.

 

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

LOCATION AREA WAVE HEIGHTS AND CONDITIONS BEST PLACE TO SURF THIS WEEK NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Playa Hermosa

Solspot.com

- 5/27

Waves - 2 to 3 feet

Summary:
Small Southwest long-period swell on the way outand a secondary  South windswell picking up.

Weather: Low:80 High:87
Patchy rain nearby in the morning with light winds from the ESE. Clear in the afternoon with moderate winds from the SE.

 

- 5/28

Waves - 3 to 4 feet

Summary:
Southwest short-period swell holding plus Southwest medium period swell slowly fading.

Weather: Low:80 High:86
Patchy rain nearby in the morning with light winds from the ESE. Light rain shower in the afternoon with moderate winds from the SE.



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Jaco

Solspot.com



- 5/27

Waves - 2+ feet

Summary:
Small Southwest long-period swell decreasingand  South windswell building.

Weather: Low:80 High:87
Patchy rain nearby in the morning with light winds from the ESE. Clear in the afternoon with moderate winds from the SE.

 

- 5/28

Waves - 2 to 4 feet

Summary:
Small Southwest short-period swell on the riseplus  Southwest medium period swell on the way out.

Weather: Low:80 High:86
Patchy rain nearby in the morning with light winds from the ESE. Light rain shower in the afternoon with moderate winds from the SE.

 

 

Quepos

LOCATION AREA WAVE HEIGHTS AND CONDITIONS BEST PLACE TO SURF THIS WEEK NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Manuel Antonio



Luis Gattgens at Manuel Antonio Surf School

- 5/27

The waves this week are beginning to improve, this morning here in Manuel Antonio waves were both right and left with an approximate size 4-5 feet. The wind was very quiet which helps to maneuver much the waves.

 

 



Dominicalito definitely our best place to surf.



(Surf Report written by Edwin Castillo)

Contact Here: Manuel Antonio Surf School

Dominical

LOCATION AREA WAVE HEIGHTS AND CONDITIONS BEST PLACE TO SURF THIS WEEK NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
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Dominical

Jazzys River House - Dominical

Steve Fergus at Jazzys River House

- 5/27

Solid 6' - 7' high tide morning session today. A little rough due to heavy rain and wind last night and mostly closed out but there were lots of steep, thick, shoulders.

Surprisingly clean after such a stormy night. Mid-day lower tides were subject to continuous weather change. Wind, rain, calm; a little bit of everything leaving only occasional windows of clean but crunchy surf.





Hermosa South and Dominicalito were smaller but just as heavily affected from the current stormy weather. Dominicalito had some brief fun moments with a few overhead waves at high tide. 

 



Tonight is live music night at Hotel Roca Verde with Ben Jammin' and the Howlers and electric fiddle wonder Nancy Buchan. Music starts around 7:30. Great food, great music, great atmosphere. Come dance the night away.

Check jazzysriverhouse.com for rainy season discounts. Visit Ruby-Kim's art studio and gallery and get inspired to take a 'Plant Part Art' class. See Steve for East/West massage therapy or Taoist oriented yoga instruction. Or rent a board and try a surf lesson.

Southern Zone / Osa Peninsula

LOCATION AREA WAVE HEIGHTS AND CONDITIONS BEST PLACE TO SURF THIS WEEK NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Pavones

Solspots

- 5/27

Waves - 3 to 4 feet

Summary:
Small Southwest med-period swell on the riseand a secondary  South windswell on the rise.

Weather: Low:77 High:82
Partly Cloudy in the morning with light winds from the E. Light rain shower in the afternoon with light winds from the SSW..

- 5/28

Waves - 2 to 4 feet

Summary:
Small Southwest short-period swell on the riseplus  Southwest medium period swell on the way out.

Weather: Low:75 High:74
Partly Cloudy in the morning with light winds from the ESE. Moderate rain at times in the afternoon with light winds from the WNW.

 

The Caribbean

LOCATION AREA WAVE HEIGHTS AND CONDITIONS BEST PLACE TO SURF THIS WEEKEND NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Playa Cocles

Solspot

- 5/27

Waves - 2 to 3 feet

Summary:
Small East-Northeast short-period swell on the way out.

Weather: Low:80 High:87
Sunny in the morning with moderate winds from the NW. Patchy rain nearby in the afternoon with moderate winds from the N..

 



- 5/28

Waves - 1 to 2 feet

Summary:
Small East-Northeast short-period swell steady.

Weather: Low:83 High:85
Sunny in the morning with moderate winds from the NW. Patchy rain nearby in the afternoon with moderate winds from the NNE.


 

 

 


 

 

 

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WAVE FORECASTING LINKS

WW3 wave models for 00-120 hrs. for the North and South Pacific, and the Caribbean too. (animations, too!) Click on "weather" then "waves" on the left side and then choose the WW3 models by the NOAA.

Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center publishes wave models up to 144 hours later. Go to Oceanography and WW3 on the side menu to select other oceans and wave periods.

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  Wind velocity and pressure line movements for Central America and the world, along with short range wave models.

Swell Info has a host of details, including what time of day it will be choppy or glassy.

Buoyweather.com has four virtual buoys for Costa Rica that show sea and surf heights, wind directions, and forecasts to 96 hours

Windfinder.com for wind direction and forecast for Puntarenas

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