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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report
Volume 18, Issue #849
Jan 14th, 2016

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National Forecast

Jan 13th - Jan 19th

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

6 to 8 feet
5 to 7 feet
5 to 7 feet
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4 to 6 feet
2 to 3 feet
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2+ feet
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1 to 2 feet
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Central America and Mainland Mexico Short-Range Surf Forecast (Report Date: 1/13/2017)

SURF BACKS OFF THROUGH THE WEEKEND. NPAC DELIVERS NEXT WEEK

Not really much of an update for you today. The current run of SW (210-220) eases through Friday through the weekend. Leftovers will blend with some background S/SW due early next week. Early next week long-period NW (305-315) energy will start to make its way down the Mainland Mexico coast, reaching Central America mid week.

Waist to head high SW (210-220) lingers Friday before easing more Saturday and Sunday. Some small combo from the S/SW will help maintain around 2 feet of deepwater swell, and knee to chest high surf through the weekend/early next week for southerly exposures. For spots that can’t pick up any swell from the North Pacific, size is likely to trail off through the middle of next week, with knee to waist high waves at standouts if you’re lucky….

Tropical Outlook

No tropical cyclones at this time.

Sol spot

TIDES for Jan 15th, 2017
Month View

Low Tide: .85 feet at: 10:48 a.m.
High Tide: 9.74 feet at: 5:08 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

New Moon - Jan 28th

 

 

Northern Nicoya Peninsula

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

Playa Negra

Playa Negra Realty

Larry at Playa Negra Realty


- 1/14

Overall, waves have been hit or miss. There has been some swell. At this writing, Friday, there is a nice SW bump in the water putting standouts slightly overhead. At the end of the week we are looking at a small NW'er that should keep things in the chest high range and better for the north facing beaches and secret spots.​

 

Wind, wind, wind. It has been offshore non-stop. Wind should continue offshore until Thursday and we will be in an offshore morning/onshore afternoon pattern after that.​

 

Check out Salvemonos.org. Buy a souvenir T, sticker or mug at Luna Llena hotel or Azul Profundo Boutique. All proceeds go directly to our beloved monkeys. Thanks and be safe!

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas

- 1/12

The waves have been mostly small in the waist to shoulder size but the wind has been strong off-shore in the afternoon for some well shaped, fun surf.

 



The tides will begin to be rideable in the morning this week and conditions look good, especially if the swell budges a little bit.


If you want to help protect the turtles and don’t come by motor boat to Grande and avoid the motor boat tours in the estuary to conserve the salt water forest in the park.

Bring insect repellant, sun screen, and rain gear - a girlfriend or boyfriend wouldn’t hurt. (-;

Take the ferry boat to Tamarindo and avoid the toothy wildlife.

Tamarindo

Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

- 1/11


Its been an epic week in Tamarindo with the very first decent swell, has not been huge but this 2-3ft waves are making a lot of people happy, off shore winds showing up around 10 am within the incoming tides gives some juice and power to the river mouth, mostly the advanced surfers are getting the most of the shallow water there riding some A frames up to the waist high. Higher tide gets to break closer to the shore so beginners can reap the white waters easily.



 

 




Avellanas got hit by the combo swell (any direction you could think) is there, but is a good thing, first days we rode 3-4ft solid, fast and hollow waves after waves after waves, you get the idea; currents however where as consistent as the waves. Did not feel too crowded, I guess because it took like 5 minutes to get back out in the line up.

 





Playing at Longboards BBQ every Wednesday from 7-9PM, Kimi Tortuga, come along and enjoy a cold beer with good music.

Join us in the Spear Fishing 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

Kina Surf Shop Santa Teresa

Malpaisurfcam.com

- 1/11

Wave Rating - 3 out of 5

This morning at 7 am waves were waist to chest high with some head high sets showing. Off shore wind and sunny clear skies. Good conditions this morning at dead low tide, lots of peaks all over the beach break and just a few in the water catching.



Tides for today:
High 2:06AM 9.74ft - Low 8:23AM -0.56ft
High 2:41PM 9.28ft - Low 8:42PM -0.07ft

Sunrise and Sunset:
First Light 5:36AM - Sunrise 5:59AM
Sunset 5:37PM - Last Light 5:59PM

Primary Swell:
1.5 ft at 18 secs Direction: SW 216'

Secondary Swell:
1.4 ft at 9 secs Direction: S 182'

 

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

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

Jaco

Solspot

- 1/13

Waves - 2 to 3 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell on the way out with background  Southwest windswell steady.

Weather: Low:74 High:79
Sunny in the morning with moderate winds from the NW. Patchy rain possible in the afternoon with moderate winds from the SW.

- 1/14

Waves - 1 to 2 feet

Summary:
Small Southwest long-period swell steady and Southwest medium period swell steady.

Weather: Low:75 High:79
Sunny in the morning with moderate winds from the NW. Patchy rain possible in the afternoon with moderate winds from the SSW.

 

Dominical

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

Dominical

Jazzys River House - Dominical

Steve Fergus at Jazzys River House

- 1/13


Mini surf continues. Three to four foot summer style waves are the rule lately with the occasional head high wave pulling through to wake everyone up. Decent shape in the mornings thanks to offshore breezes but mid-day conditions decline with the switch to on-shore winds. Late afternoon sessions improve but the crowds grow bigger too.




Dominical while small is still the best surf around. Playa Hermosa South is smaller than Dominical but has had fun mid-tide session and Dominicalito has come through with some mellow but okay days as well.

 


Hotel Roca Verde has the live music action with the G-String Cowboys holding court every Thursday evening and Ben Jammin' & the Howlers featuring Nancy Buchan on Electric Violin put on their rock and roll show every Friday night. So come early and stay late for the great food, music, dance and good vibes.

See jazzy'sriverhouse.com to keep tabs on Ruby's latest creations. Come by and visit her studio/gallery and consider a try at her one day class in 'Plant Part Arte'.

Check with Steve if you're interested in surf lessons, board rental or sales or if you're in need of body repair. Steve offers 'East/West massage therapy' and yoga instruction.

Check www.jazzysriverhouse.com for Ruby's offering of 'Palm Part Art' classes and Steve's offers of surf lessons, yoga sessions and 'East/West massage therapy. 



Southern Zone

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

Pavones

Solspots

- 1/13

Waves - 1 to 2 feet

Summary:
Small Southwest long-period swell steady plus South windswell steady.

Weather: Low:69 High:78
Sunny in the morning with light winds from the NW. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with moderate winds from the W.

- 1/14

Waves - 1 to 2 feet

Summary:
Small Southwest long-period swell steady plus Southwest medium period swell steady.

Weather: Low:69 High:80
Partly cloudy in the morning with light winds from the WNW. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with light winds from the SW.

 

The Caribbean

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

Playa Cocles

Solspot

- 1/13

Waves - 6 to 8 feet

Summary:
East-Northeast med-period swell slowly fading.

Weather: Low:77 High:78
Overcast in the morning with moderate winds from the WSW. Light rain shower in the afternoon with moderate winds from the WNW.

- 1/14

Waves - 5 to 7 feet

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

Weather: Low:74 High:81
Light rain shower in the morning with moderate winds from the W. Light rain shower in the afternoon with moderate winds from the W.

 

 

 


 

 

 

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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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