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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report
Volume 17, Issue #825
July 22nd, 2016

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National Forecast

July 22nd- July 28th

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

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

Central America and Mainland Mexico Short-Range Surf Forecast (below published on 7/19th):

SOLID SURF CONTINUES THROUGH MOST OF THIS WEEK, BACKS OFF OVER THE WEEKEND

Moderate to plus sized surf continues along the exposed coast through most of the week. The current SSW-SW (210-220) will be overlapped by another pulse of SSW (195-210) energy arriving Wednesday and more on Friday. Despite the new reinforcements surf is expected to drop through the weekend. We are looking at a few slower days after that, possibly lasting through the middle of next week. Read more for details.

The blend of leftover SSW-SW (200-215) and incoming SSW (195-210) on Wednesday and Friday will help maintain chest to overhead+ surf along the exposed coast, with a few magnets and standouts seeing bigger set waves going a couple feet-several feet overhead or a little bigger through the end of the work week. Size should start to ease on Friday though. Take note that the more S-SSW shift in the swell will mean a shift in the Galapagos shadow.

It doesn’t look like much but those few places affected it could mean a little increase or a little decrease in surf through the end of the week. For most other places surf should hold through Thursday though, and begin backing down Friday through the weekend. Then we go into a lully period.

The models show the South Pacific taking a little siesta on the job the past few days. So we’re likely to see only smaller background swell through the first half of next week.

These forecasts are from Solspot

TIDES for July 23rd, 2016
Month View

High Tide: 9.51 feet at: 5:03 a.m.
Low Tide: .21 feet at: 11:06 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

New Moon - Aug 3rd
Full Moon -
Aug 18th

 

 

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

- 7/20

Even though the high tides for surf are in the afternoon now, the overcast glass offs are allowing some decent just overhead waves to pour through. Some of the peaks are not as good as others so pick your spot and tide.



The crowd is surprisingly light and some of the good peaks are going unridden. This weekend is a giant Costa Rican beach holiday, so bring your cooler. Be safe and avoid the beach if there is lightning.
 

Playa Negra

Playa Negra Realty

Larry at Playa Negra Realty

- 7/20

​Solid run of good morning conditions and fun waves this past week. Could here the waves pumping in Negra all night from my house. New swell and new energy will keep us in the way overhead range here. Reefs and the Avellanas Rivermouth will be the standouts because of the SW swell. It is and will be well overhead the next couple of days.​

 

Expect light off shores in the mornings with sometimes morning sickness conditions. Onshores will fill in daily with scattered showers that may affect conditions.​

 
Playa Guiones-Nosara


Solspot

- 7/22

Wave - 4 to 6 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell decreasing and  West windswell on the way out.

Weather: Low:74 High:89
Partly Cloudy in the morning with moderate winds from the NNE. Patchy rain nearby in the afternoon with moderate winds from the SSW.

- 7/23

Wave - 3 to 4 feet

Summary:
Southwest med-period swell decreasing with background  Southwest long-period swell holding .

Weather: Low:75 High:83

Patchy rain nearby in the morning with moderate winds from the NE. Patchy rain nearby in the afternoon with moderate winds from the SW..

 

Tamarindo

Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

 

- 7/20

Waves arrived into Tamarindo and everybody is really pleased with this SSW swell, waves range 2-3ft, consistent sets with up to 4-5 waves every 5 minutes, those are great numbers!








 


 

Crowd is all over, unless the lightning storm reaches the coast, then everybody is out of the water. Be cautious and follow the instruction from the lifeguards, you do not want to be the highest point sticking out in the sea when the lightning hits the ocean.

River mouth in lower tides its been awesome, solid 3 ft, hollow and really fast, grab your truster and ride some barrels!

 

 


 

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

Guanacastecan experience, Festival El Sabor de Guanacaste 2016 organized by Asosiacion Cultural de Flamingo, July 24th and 25th.

This year is going to be held in Villareal, with music, artists, typical shows and great traditional food.

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.


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

- 7/19

Waves - Head High with occasional larger sets, crossed up peaks with some tubes. lots of water moving around at times. good ones if you were in the right spot.



 

Best spot - Fun waves at all the beaches



News-Local contest at banana beach this weekend. come and check it out!

Malpais/Santa Teresa


Solspot

 

 

- 7/22

Waves - 3 to 4 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell on the way out and West windswell decreasing.

Weather: Low:79 High:87
Patchy rain nearby in the morning with moderate winds from the N. Partly Cloudy in the afternoon with moderate winds from the SSW..

 


- 7/23

Waves - 2 to 3 feet

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

Weather: Low:78 High:87
Patchy rain nearby in the morning with moderate winds from the NNW. Patchy rain nearby in the afternoon with moderate winds from the WSW.

 

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

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

Playa Hermosa

Solspot.com

- 7/22

Waves - 3 to 4 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell holding and  South windswell on the way out.

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

 

- 7/23

Waves - 2 to 3 feet

Summary:
Small Southwest med-period swell picking up and Southwest long-period swell steady. *biggest in the afternoon: 5 foot-(med-period swell)

Weather: Low:79 High:86
Patchy rain nearby in the morning with moderate winds from the WSW. Light rain shower in the afternoon with light winds from the SW.



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LIVE CAM AT PLAYA HERMOSA
Live Hermosa Surf Cam

Jaco

Solspot.com



- 7/22

Waves - 3 to 4 feet

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

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

 

- 7/23

Waves - 2 to 3 feet

Summary:
Small Southwest med-period swell on the rise with background Southwest long-period swell steady. *biggest in the afternoon: 5 foot-(med-period swell)

Weather: Low:79 High:86
Patchy rain nearby in the morning with moderate winds from the WSW. Light rain shower in the afternoon with light winds from the SW.

 

 

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

- 6/30


We have good rolling waves now at Manuel Antonio beach usually when is low tide or when is just starting to go up, about 2 ft waves, weather conditions are extreme now there is to much wind and choppy ocean, there are so many surfers and beach is crowded so we have to be careful with the people.

 

 

 

 

 




Dominicalito always our best spot for surf!




(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

- 7/20

Well overhead peaks with lot's of barrels this morning. Sunny, clean, peaky, thick and fast at low tide. It got mellower as the tide came up but still fun. Small crowds, offshore breeze with blue sky - fine day at Dominical.

 

 



 

Playa Hermosa South is clean and fun - smaller than Dominical and same for Dominicalito.



Hotel Roca Verde will be the live music spot this Friday night with Ben Jammin' and the Howlers featuring Nancy Buchan on electric fiddle! Great music, great food, come dance the night away!

Check www.jazzysriverhouse.com or come visit Ruby-Kim's Art Studio and gallery and ask about her arts & crafts classes and see her work. Also see Steve for East/West therapeutic massage, yoga and surf lessons.

Southern Zone / Osa Peninsula

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

Pavones

Solspots

- 7/22

Waves - 4 to 6 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell on the way out and South windswell fading. *biggest in the morning: 7 foot-(long-period swell)

Weather: Low:74 High:85
Partly Cloudy in the morning with light winds from the NW. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with light winds from the SW.

- 7/23

Waves - 3 to 5 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell steady and a secondary  Southwest long-period swell steady.

Weather: Low:74 High:78
Partly Cloudy in the morning with light winds from the NNW. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with light 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

- 7/22

Waves - 4 to 6 feet

Summary:
East-Northeast short-period swell holding.

Weather: Low:78 High:91
Sunny in the morning with moderate winds from the WSW. Clear in the afternoon with light winds from the N.

 



- 7/23

Waves - 5 to 6 feet

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

Weather: Low:81 High:84
Partly Cloudy in the morning with moderate winds from the WSW. Light rain shower in the afternoon with light winds from the NNW.


 

 

 


 

 

 

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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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