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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report
Volume 17, Issue #830
Aug 27th, 2016

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National Forecast

Aug 26th- Sep 1st

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

1+ feet
1 to 2 feet
1+ feet
1 to 2 feet
4 to 5 feet
5 to 7 feet
5 to 6 feet
3 to 4 feet
3 to 4 feet
4 to 7 feet
4 to 5 feet
3 to 4 feet
2 to 3 feet
3 to 4 feet
2 to 3 feet
2+ feet
3 to 4 feet
2 to 3 feet
2 to 3 feet
2+ feet
2 to 3 feet

Central America and Mainland Mexico Short-Range Surf Forecast (below published on 8/26th):

SMALL TO MODERATE SURF THROUGH THE NEXT WEEK. LONG-RANGE LOOKS BETTER

SSW (205-215) maintain small to moderate surf Friday with a little bit better SSW (200-215) arriving from a system that moved off the ice south of French Polynesia over the weekend. Reinforcements show up early next week to help maintain surfable waves through mid-next week. Long-range models show more potential further out.

SW (215-225) energy keeps waist to head high surf in the water Friday. New SSW (200-215) energy arrives Saturday and will peak Sunday with around 3-4 feet of deepwater swell. That means chest to overhead+ surf for standouts, with a few magnets seeing bigger set waves. Swell should start to ease through the first half of next week.

Size wont drop off too much though as more SSW (200-210) shows up to maintain 3 feet of deepwater swell. Standouts will maintain waist to head high surf through mid-next week, with a few bigger sets late Wednesday and Thursday as the extra energy peaks.

Tropical Outlook

TS Lester is currently spinning several hundred miles SSW of Baja. The storm isnít going to be much of a swell makerÖ no it wont be a swell maker. Itís on a westward track and expected to speed up over the weekend as it intensifies. Thatís going to spread most of its energy westward towards Hawaii instead of at Mainland Mexico and Central America. Baja may see some SW swell working its way up the coast over the weekend and early next week, but its going to mostly be smaller and weaker energy due to the trajectory of the storm.

These forecasts are from Solspot

TIDES for Aug 28th, 2016
Month View

High Tide: 8.34 feet at: 11:13 a.m.
Low Tide: 1.07 feet at: 5:32 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

New Moon -
Sep 1st
Full Moon - Sep 17th

 

 

Northern Nicoya Peninsula

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

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas

8/25 - This past week has shown some of the best surfing conditions we have had, maybe ever, at this time of the year. The stiff off- shore winds fanned the consistent swell even in the afternoon. Today, Thursday, there were some overhead sets and nice shape. The morning sessions will continue through the weekend into next week, and if the weather does’t get stormy, should bring some fun uncrowded surf sessions. Expect some rain in between the sunny patches.


  Use the boat service to cross the Tamarindo Estuary and get out of the water if you see lightning.

Tamarindo

Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

 

- 8/26

Swell is picking up, although Tamarindo is very Seafari Costa Rica is operating in Long Island, surf coaching current students that had been with us along spring break and Easter week, just by request we are ready to get into cold water and enjoy the new breaks.

In Tamarindo, SW swell is on, with a short period of time, water remain warm and waves range 2-3 ft in the best sets within the incoming tide, crowd comes mostly from the local surf schools, season is almost over, so there are less tourists now.

 

Langosta has become the spot for locals with more experience, since the road has been fixed, more people are biking or driving there, waves 2-3ft with more power than Tamarindo. Weather is looking more like a rainy season, we are all happy about it.

 

Joe Hrbek plays his sax for you at Langosta Beachclub 6:30-8:30..Enjoy some of Costa Rica's finest cuisine and music---with your gracious host Arnaud Vignon

Every Wednesday night at Longboards BBQ in Tamarindo! Come jam with Kimi Tortuga from 9pm to 11pm

August and September are great months to go out and down to spear some fish, join us in the adventure, the only previous experience you need is to know how to use the snorkel gear,we teach you the rest, the plus is the fresh scallop ceviche we make on board. Contact Seafari Costa Rica

South Nicoya Peninsula

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

Mal Pais


Malpaisurfcam.com

- 8/26

This morning at 7 am waves were waist to chest high with some head high sets. Light off shore wind and sunny clear skies. Raising tide with plenty of waves. It looked a bit bigger and more consistent than yesterday.

 

Tides for today:
Low 2:26AM 0.89ft - High 8:54AM 8.76ft
Low 3:11PM 0.92ft - High 9:32PM 7.87ft
Sunrise and Sunset in Santa Teresa | Mal Pais
First Light 5:07AM - Sunrise 5:29AM
Sunset 5:52PM - Last Light 6:13PM

Swell hitting Santa Teresa and Mal Pais
Primary Swell: 1.9 ft at 16 secs SW 221'
Sec Swell: 3.5 ft at 7 secs SSW 201'



Jaco / Playa Hermosa

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

Playa Hermosa

Surf Inn Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa

- 8/21

SUPER FUN FUN FADING SSW - 3-4ft  and GOOD CONDITIONS

-  Outlook is for a mixed SSW swell to fill in at the beginning of the week  Warm waters, no winds and sun out strong this morning here in Playa Hermosa -  Low Tide 10:44AM -0.52 ft  High Tide 4:57PM 9.75 ft 

 

 



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Local's Corner:  Every Weekend:  In front of the Backyard:   It is the Master's Surf Series at 4PM on Fridays and the Saturday Surf Series on Saturdays at 4PM.

Mark your calendars for October 5th -9th For The 2016 Costa Rica Open WSL QS 3,000 Event To Be Held in Esterillos Este October 5th -9th. 

Jaco

Solspot.com



- 8/26

Waves - 3 to 4 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell on the way out and a secondary Southwest medium period swell holding.

Weather: Low:78 High:86
Patchy rain nearby in the morning with moderate winds from the NNE. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with moderate winds from the SW.

 

- 8/27

Waves - 2 to 3 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell on the rise plus Southwest windswell slowly fading

Weather: Low:78 High:85
Light rain shower in the morning with moderate winds from the ESE. Light rain shower in the afternoon with moderate winds from the SSW.

 

 

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

- 8/25


Conditions here in Manuel Antonio are normal, good waves during the high tide, crowded beach and choppy conditions in the afternoons.

 

 




Dominical and Dominicalito great places to surf right now!




(Surf Report written by Luis Gattgen)

Contact Here: Manuel Antonio Surf School

Dominical

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

Dominical

 

Solspot

- 8/26

Waves - 2 to 3 feet

Summary:
Small Southwest long-period swell steady with background  West-Southwest windswell picking up 

Weather: Low:62 High:76
Patchy rain nearby in the morning with light winds from the W. Heavy rain in the afternoon with light winds from the SSW..

 

 



- 8/27

Waves - 3 to 4 feet

Summary:
Small Southwest long-period swell building and Southwest windswell fading .

Weather: Low:60 High:71
Patchy light drizzle in the morning with light winds from the SSE. Heavy rain in the afternoon with light winds from the SW..

 

Southern Zone / Osa Peninsula

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

Pavones

Solspots

- 8/26

Waves - 2 to 3 feet

Summary:
Small South med-period swell holding and Southwest long-period swell steady.

Weather: Low:72 High:85
Cloudy in the morning with moderate winds from the NW. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with moderate winds from the W.

- 8/27

Waves - 2+ feet

Summary:
Small Southwest long-period swell picking up with background  South windswell steady.

Weather: Low:73 High:81
Patchy rain nearby in the morning with moderate winds from the NNW. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with moderate winds from the WSW.

 

The Caribbean

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

Playa Cocles

Solspot

- 8/26

Waves - 1+ feet

Summary:
Small East-Northeast wind swell steady†and Northeast windswell steady.

Weather: Low:77 High:86
Sunny in the morning with moderate winds from the WNW.†Clear in the afternoon with moderate winds from the NNE.

 



- 8/27

Waves - 1 to 2 feet

Summary:
Small East-Northeast med-period swell fading†and Northeast windswell slowly fading.

Weather: Low:78 High:89
Sunny in the morning with moderate winds from the WSW.†Partly Cloudy in the afternoon with moderate winds from the NE.


 

 

 


 

 

 

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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.

NOAA wave model for up to 180 hours

  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

StormSurf.com has links to buoys, satellite views, wave models with period length, wind maps all on one page for 24-72 hour forecasts

Tropical Underground Hurricane Tracking Site

 

 

 

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