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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report
Volume 17, Issue #843
Dec 2nd, 2016

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National Forecast

Dec 2th - Dec 8th

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

1 to 2 feet
1 to 2 feet
3 to 4 feet
2 to 3 feet
2 to 4 feet
3 to 5 feet
3 to 4 feet
5 to 7 feet
6 to 8 feet
4 to 6 feet
3 to 4 feet
2 to 4 feet
3 to 4 feet
1 to 2 feet
2 to 3 feet
3 to 4 feet
2 to 3 feet
2 to 3 feet
1 to 2 feet
1 to 2 feet
1+ feet

BUILDING SSW-SW SWELL THROUGH THE WEEK

Central America and Mainland Mexico Short-Range Surf Forecast (11.28.16)

SW (210-220) builds through the start of the week, with more with another round of SW (210-220) blending in Thursday/Friday bringing moderate sized surf for the upcoming weekend.

SSW-SW (205-215) energy that arrived Sunday/Monday will continue to build to a peak Tuesday with around 2-3 feet of deepwater swell. It should be enough to help maintain waist to head high surf at standouts through the first half of the week. As that swell energy eases, we’re going to see more SW (210-220) starting to blend in midweek building through Thursday and Friday. This new energy will continue to build to a peak with around 2-4 feet Saturday. Surf is likely to continue running waist to head high along the exposed coast. Standouts could be seeing set waves running head high to overhead+. The energy will have periods around 14 to 15 seconds, so it wont be super powerful, but enough to produce at least some fun surf along the exposed coast and some better size for standouts. Size will start to slowly ease Sunday, backing off through the first half of next week.

Tropical Outlook

No tropical cyclones at this time.

Solspot

TIDES for Dec 3rd, 2016
Month View

High Tide: 8.75 feet at: 5:00 a.m.
Low Tide: .38 feet at: 11:10 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - Dec 14th

 

 

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

12/1 -

The swell jumped on Thursday but the wind is switching in the afternoon for high tide and not holding up the speedy sections. Even so, there was a occasional makable overhead wave. Now that the swell has come up and other breaks in our area are working, the lineup has thinned out.


The weekend should be better with the high tides at daybreak and a better chance for off-shores to clean it up.



The hotel has plenty of space right now with economy doubles beginning at $35/night.

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/boyfriend wouldn’t hurt.

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

Tamarindo

Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

- 12/1

Its been a long transition to the dry season, waves remain small 1-2 ft in Tamarindo, winds shifting along the day breaking the surface and pushing down the waves, lots of beginners just don't care and go out to enjoy the learning process, SUPs go out for long distances and improve their paddle techniques, weather mostly over cast, thankfully Tamarindo was not affected by Hurricane Otto, unfortunately other communities are, so its a good time to help with donations of food, clothes and medicines, please refer to the Red Cross or CNE to send your donations.

 

 



Avellanas and Langosta are great for the incoming swell, 2-3ft some solid 4ft waves in the best sets, its crowded since the tourist season started.

 




This Saturday, 12/3, after sunset, Tamarindo Street Food we have only the greatest food vendors coming and serving you some awesome food this Saturday from 5pm to 10pm!

The Street Food Fiesta will be the first Saturday of every month - starting December 03, bringing more delicious food and more music to Tamarindo! Come anytime from 5pm to 10pm and enjoy the Fiesta!

If you are a master chef and would like become a vendor, please get in touch HERE!


The next Beachnuts production is here! Shows tomorrow (Thursday) thru Sunday. The most colorful production ever with amazing sets, costumes, acting, singing, etc. Fun for the whole family! Support local theater and have a fun night out. Buy tickets in Tamarindo at Jaime Peligro's Bookstore. Or in Brasilito at La Oliva. $12 or 6500 ahead of time or $15/8000 colones at the door.

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

Santa Teresa

Kina Surf Shop Santa Teresa

Eric from Kina Surf

- 12/3


Waves - Chest to head high sw swell. clean fun peaks, light offshore in the morning




Best spot - Fun waves all up and down the beachie



News - We have a new delivery of JS surfboards arriving soon!! Get your orders in today! Check us out at our website

Mal Pais


Malpaisurfcam.com

- 12/2

Wave Rating: 3.5 out of 5

This morning at 7 am waves were waist to chest high. Light off shore wind and sunny clear skies. Nice and open waves as the tide was dropping. Lots of peaks, closing out a bit but still some nice ones.

 

 

Tides for today:

High 4:22AM 8.92ft - Low 10:33AM 0.26ft
High 4:53PM 8.43ft - Low 10:45PM 1.08ft

First Light 5:18AM - Sunrise 5:40AM
Sunset 5:17PM - Last Light 5:40PM

Primary Swell:
2.5 ft at 14 secs Direction: SW 223'

Secondary Swell:
2 ft at 9 secs Direction: SSW 203'



Jaco / Playa Hermosa

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

Jaco

Solspot

- 12/3

Waves - 4 to 6 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell building and Southwest long-period swell steady .
*biggest in the afternoon: 6 foot-(long-period swell).

Weather: Low:73 High:80
Sunny in the morning with moderate winds from the NE. Clear in the afternoon with moderate winds from the SE.

- 12/4

Waves -4 to 6 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell slowly fading and South windswell holding.

Weather: Low:75 High:83
Partly cloudy in the morning with moderate winds from the E. Clear in the afternoon with moderate winds from the SE.

 

Playa Hermosa

Surf Inn Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa

- 12/1

New SW filling in with fair conditions due to rain in the area. 4ft+ Waist high and building thru out the end of the week

 



- Overcast with rains in Playa Hermosa

- High Tide 4:15PM 8.46ft Low Tide 9:57AM 0.22ft



Local's Corner: - Monday thru Friday at 7AM at the Backyard - Genevieve will be teaching morning Yoga class $10 per person - For more information - call 8842-7176

- Every Weekend don't miss the Master's Surf Series at 4PM on Fridays and the Saturday Surf Series on Saturdays at 4PM in front of the Backyard Bar.

- December 10th & 11th - it is the ONEILL CROWN SURF CONTEST AT THE BACKYARD.

Hermosa Beach Surf Cam


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

- 12/1


We are having good waves due the rainy conditions, beach is not crowded and the weather conditions are cloudy and raining all day long, our best spot for surf is Dominical. 

 

 




Our best spot for surf is Dominical. 




(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

Jazzys River House - Dominical

Steve Fergus at Jazzys River House

- 12/2

Hurricane Otto has hovered around Dominical with mostly light rains and moderate winds and grey skies. Surf conditions have run from very good to stormy. No big waves lately. Modest size, 3'-4', but winter power and rugged rips. Some nice peaky, glassy sessions with or without rain. Strange. Latest seasonal storm ever around here. Hey Otto, wrong time wrong place dude.



 

Playa Hermosa has been first choice when Dominical is blown out. As usual, a little smaller than Dominical and more manageable. Dominicalito has had some fun clean windows lately and has gained a bigger crowd.

 

Hotel Roca Verde is live music central with the G-String Cowboys enlivening the dinner scene on Thursday evenings then Ben Jammin' and the Howlers rock the Friday night crowd with the help of Nancy Buchan and her magic fiddle.

Check with www.jazzysriverhouse.com for special deals on special items. Visit Ruby's 'Palm Part Art' gallery and studio and ask Ruby about her 'Palm Part Art' classes. And check with Steve for surf instruction and board rental, yoga classes and East/West massage therapy. All under one roof, just a short walk from the beach.

Southern Zone

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

Pavones

Solspots

- 12/3

Waves - 3 to 4 feet

Summary:
Small Southwest long-period swell picking up and South windswell picking up.

Weather: Low:71 High:79
Mist in the morning with light winds from the ESE. Patchy rain possible in the afternoon with light winds from the SSE.

- 12/4

Waves - 2 to 3 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell slowly fading and a secondary  South windswell holding.

Weather: Low:69 High:82
Mist in the morning with light winds from the ESE. Mist in the afternoon with light winds from the SSE.

 

The Caribbean

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

Playa Cocles

Solspot

- 12/3

Waves - 1 to 2 feet

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

Weather: Low:72 High:87
Sunny in the morning with moderate winds from the WSW. Clear in the afternoon with moderate winds from the SW.

- 12/4

Waves - 2 to 3 feet

Summary:
Small East-Northeast med-period swell holding.

Weather: Low:71 High:87
Sunny in the morning with moderate winds from the S. Clear 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.

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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