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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report
Volume 16, Issue #766
February 22, 2014

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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.

TIDES for February 23rd, 2014
Month View

Low Tide: (-1.07) feet at 11:58 a.m.
High Tide: 10.06 feet at 6:20 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - March 5th

 

Northern Nicoya Peninsula

LOCATION
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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

2/19 - The high tides for surfing in Playa Grande are in the afternoon now for a few days, and yesterday the wind came on shore before the peak tidal conditions. The water immediately warmed up and the break from weeks of great waves almost felt good. Thursday looks better for afternoon off shores and the swell still has some push. Expect plenty of surfers and be prepared to spread out with the small wave conditions and the endless parade of surf schools. I’m still trying to figure out what they are teaching them other than “pop ups” and white water balancing. Courtesy may not be too high on true curriculum. In a few days we should be able to do day break and start the morning cycle over again.

Tamarindo

Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

2/24 - Double sessions days are the best days, Tamarindo show off for the surf contest last weekend 3-4ft waves at river mouth, competitors demonstrate their best tricks in the water and in the air; due the event the whole beach was packed. Avellanas was the place for simple humans to play, with 3-4ft waves very consistent sets and struggling the North winds that reached up to 25 knots speed, did not feel too crowded, everybody got good amount of waves along the weekend. February 28th to March 1st, is the 4th date of the Beach Volleyball Nationals in Tamarindo, the event starts at 7:30am both days. Come and support the local teams and enjoy the good plays.

Playa Negra

Playa Negra Realty

Larry at Playa Negra Realty


2/18 - ​Great swell we had this weekend in Negra. There were plenty of overhead barreling waves! Looks like more of the same for this coming weekend and early week. Couple this Sw'er that is on the way with a fun NW'er and you get some sick combo waves at the reefs. Should be extra peaky.​ Offshores should be nothing less than solid. They will be so strong at times that you will need a 1mm neoprene rash guard for the combination of the upwelling and wind.​ 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!

Nosara

James at SurfingNosara.com

2/21 - Best day this week so far with super good waves in the overhead range, tubes and offshore winds! Surf was good all through out the morning with maybe the best time around 10:00am. I have some really good photos today it was hard to stop shooting.

Southern Nicoya Peninsula

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

Santa Teresa

Kina Surf Shop Santa Teresa

Eric from Kina Surf

2/19 - Fun swell this last week, nw/sw combo with good offshore conditions. Southern hemi is getting cranked up. Looks like more swell coming this week. All beachies have been fun, a few of the reefs have had a few waves as well.  

Santa Teresa

Mal Pais Surf Cam

2/19 - This morning at 7 am waves were waist to chest high with some head high sets. Off shore wind and sunny clear skies. A bit smaller than yesterday but with excellent shape. Constant sets, just a few catching.  


Jaco / Playa Hermosa

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

Jaco

WOW surf shop

Chuck at Walking on Water Surf Shop

2/19 - Today was kind of funky with a strong north ripping it up a bit but there were still some waves to be had. Weather is great cool nights and sunny days ! Surfs been pretty good all season so far, way better than last year! Joseph “PALITO” Mendez [WOW surf team rider] just picked up Cobian Sandals as a new sponsor at the exhibition they did in Puntarenas yesterday. He's killing it right now even won another event at Hermosa last weekend. Wants the Championship bad this year for Boys division and he almost won last year but this year hes even more on it! No special business news, shop always has some nice deals on new surfboards and of course we carry only A-GRADE PRODUCT HERE! Thanks again , Chuck and the CREW at WOW SURF!

Playa Hermosa

Surf Inn Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa

2/21 - Slightly overcast with smaller waves today. Really strong tides today as it is a new moon. Still some surf, in the 2-3 foot range and should improve as the tide starts to fill and and be decent for the afternoon session well. Mark your calendars for Jungle Jam in the Central Pacific Coast March 19th - March 22nd being held out at Doce Lunas - Going to be a FUN time here in the Central Pacific zone!

Quepos

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

Manuel Antonio

Oscar at Manuel Antonio Surf School

12/8 - Manuel antonio was like knee to chest high waves kinda choppy. Best spots to surf Playitas and Isla Damas. SUP contest in Manuel Antonio this weekend.


Dominical

LOCATION AREA WAVE HEIGHTS AND CONDITIONS BEST PLACE TO SURF THIS WEEK NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
Support the Dominical Lifeguards here - www.dominicallifeguards.org

Dominical

Steve at Jazzys River House

Jazzys River House - Dominical

2/19 - Exceptionally good surf lately. Bigger than usual for this time of year with some classy, clean, overhead peaks and lots of low tide sessions with smaller but perfect tubes. Today not a cloud in the sky, the size has dropped - chest to waist high but well formed and the morning low tide session offered plenty of little barrels to a small crowd. Higher tide mid-day picked up a little wind but the shape held and the summer fun continued. Dominical's been the biggest but a couple of days recently the Point picked up some size and held some shape. Mostly the Point has been too small to work but next door at Dominicalito we've had some fun high tide sessions lately. Playa Hermosa South has been smaller but clean and fun and mostly un-crowded.
Live music has bumped up locally with Hotel Roca Verde holding down regular Friday nights; Tortilla Flats, Rum Bar and Patron's adding to the live music scene as well. Check our website: www.jazzysriverhouse.com or come by and say hi.


Southern Zone / Osa Peninsula

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

Pavones

Pavones Riviera

Jamie at Pavones Riviera

1/7 - Waves are in the 1-3' range with sunny weather and light crowds.
Point and south beaches  



The Caribbean

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

Puerto Viejo

Beto at Puerto Viejo Open Pro

9/26 - Sun and 3 feet waves are hitting the Caribbean.

  The next Puerto Viejo Open Pro is in November 15th in Playa Hermosa behind the Backyard Bar.



 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

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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

Weather Channel Central America Satellite

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