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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report
Volume 15, Issue #760
December 18th, 2014

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NATIONAL FORECAST

Dec 19 - 25

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Caribbean
knee to waist
1 foot overhead
head high
1 foot overhead
3-4 feet overhead
3 feet overhead

1-2 feet overhead

North Pacific
head high
chest to head
chest high
waist to chest
waist to chest
chest high

head high

South Pacific
head high

head high

chest to head
waist to chest
waist to chest
chest to head

head high

Breakdown:

Caribbean Coast - Friday is the only small day in this forecast as the first ENE swell arrives Saturday and that is backed up by a BIGGER ENE arriving late Monday, pushing in surf up to double overhead at the premier reef passes. The swell stays around through Wednesday and drops only couple of feet by next Friday, but still overhead for the weekend.

Pacific Coast - WNW swell holds up for Friday, but then fades for the weekend leaving chest high surf by Monday. Tuesday through Thursday look small, and then some more South mixed with WNW pushes it back up to head high starting Friday and extending into next weekend.

The Long Shot - With major storms heading off the coast of the U.S., expect them to push in major waves to the Caribbean. On the Pacific, more WNW swell arrives by the 28th, mixing with leftover South swell which means overhead A-frames for the last few days of the year.

* The forecast is made using 15 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 December 19th, 2014
Month View

Low Tide: 1.26 feet at 6:24 a.m.
High Tide: 7.48 feet at 12:42 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - December 21st

 

Northern Nicoya Peninsula

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

Witchs Rock

Walter at H2OGoSouth - Boat Trips to Witchs Rock and Ollies Point

12/15 - Offshore winds and chest-head high barrels! This is what we have been enjoying at Witches Rock these past days, and the swell is just starting. Ollie’s Point is also seeing epic conditions, but the WNW swell is not getting in there. Witches Rock will go off this whole week! Offshore winds, uncrowded peaks, and hollow barrels await you at Witches Rock. Ollie’s will be firing only Wednesday and Thursday, don’t miss out! Barrel fest at Witches! Don’t miss out!

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas

12/16 - The morning high tides have brought us some great waves this week and should continue at least to the weekend. The bump in the swell on Saturday was a nice break in the consistent head/shoulder high swells we’ve had for so long, even though there were a high percentage of close outs in the slightly overhead surf probably due to the swell direction. Look for more of the same and watch the wind reports as we move into the afternoon high tides for surfing over the weekend. This is a great time for surfing in Playa Grande with the often cloudy overhead conditions, moderate off-shores, and smaller swells which are magnified here and quite often clean.

Tamarindo

Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

12/16 - Having a lot of fun in our backyard, this swell direction is hitting Tamarindo at its best, Henrry’s Point, Pico Grande and River mouth are working great with the incoming tides, early birds are getting the bigger bombs. Beach breaks have been more crowded than the rocky bottom spots. We kept it local since the swell is working so good here, however got report of similar conditions in Marbella and Negra. Tamarindo Growing Together, the Association for Integral development of Playa Tamarindo and the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism of Tamarindo invite to the big fund raising for lifeguards, security, recycling, Oneida park and many more projects of interest for our community. Pangas restaurant, Saturday 20th, from 4:30pm to 12pm, entrance $10 adults, $5 kids under 10y/o. Raffles, activities for kids, exhibition of sports, cooking and dancing, surf, SUP, skate, reiki, jiujitsu, live music and much more.

Playa Negra

Playa Negra Realty

Larry at Playa Negra Realty

12/15 - Big props to Playa Negra's Aldo Chirinos who won the Gold for under 16 at the Central American Surfing Games!!!​We had a great north swell this past weekend. Standouts were overhead and clean. this week we are looking towards having plenty of surf as well. The north facing points will be pumping all week. At the end of this week we will see a nice SSW which will combo the peaks with the norths.​ Overall we are looking at another week of of shores. It may turn late on Wed/Thursday late but may come back around by the end of the day​. Don't forget to pick up a souvenir T, sticker or mug to support the non-profit helping the local howler monkeys. SalveMonos.org. Find them at Azul Profundo Boutiqe or Luna Llena Hotel in Tamarindo. Thanks and be safe!​

Nosara

Nosara Shack

Graham at NosaraShack.com

12/17 - Surf has been really fun mid morning with the tide dropping out a little. Today was no different. Head high on the sets and really hollow. Look for a small increase in size into tomorrow. Enjoy the photos and the rest of the week.

Nosara

Eric at

SurfingNosara.com

 

12/18 - Great beach day today! Waves in the head to a few feat overhead range and good conditions with offshore winds. Looks to be fun for the entire day and afternoon. Stop by our office to browse all of our daily photos. If you don't see your photo you can book a private photo session at the office.

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

12/8 - Small 2-3 ft sw swell. nice clean conditions Fun little peaks all up and down the beachies on the right tide. Local contest in santa teresa at the lora this weekend!


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

12/15 - Fun smallish surf but still shoulder high and clean, some rain still but keeping it glassy. Nights are chilly for here and its still pretty fresh by the time you get in the water! What's the Carib like? Havent heard anything but it should be on FIRE! Yeah looks like the SELE did good in El Sal! Nice work . Support your local surfers and buy boards from the guys that are sponsoring the seleccion, watch for gray market surfboards and sunglasses Costa Rica is full of them right now! Want a nice local built board built with pride check out either Carton or Luis Vindas both good dudes building their own labels with pride built right here in Jaco, CR .Anyways we have the goods just come on by and check out the best quality surf product you can find , right here at WOW SURF! The Crew is here!

Playa Hermosa

Surf Inn Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa

12/18 - PEAKY FUN -NEW MIX S / SW with some West in it - 3-5ft+ and real fun. Coming out of rainy season with the sun coming out strong today in Playa Hermosa. Outlook is good for the next few days with waist to head high waves. For Great Vacation Packages: Check out Surf Inn Hermosa's Surf Vacation Pacakges - Surfing, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), yoga, fitness, healthy food & plenty of good times included!

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

Costa Rica Surf Realty

Trevor at Costa Rica Surf Realty

12/16 - Currently set waves are chest high at best. However it looks like there is a small mix of swells coming in this week. The size should remain small with set waves between knee and head high all week. The conditions have been cleaning up as we move into our summer months but it is still idea at sunrise until about 9am and from 4:30pm-dark. The entire beach is surfing well with peaks from the river mouth to Roca Verde. Get out there and find your own peak. Playa Dominical and Playa Hermosa are the only waves breaking this week. Dominical is your best bet for the most size and power. Live music at Tortilla Flats on Wednesday and a disco on Saturday. Laddies night on Wednesday night at Maracatu. Friday night music at the Rum Bar and at Roca Verde.

Dominical

Steve at Jazzys River House

Jazzys River House - Dominical

12/8 - We slipped back into the rainy season this past week with three days of wind and rain. The waves have been small - head high or less but remain peaky and well formed. The sandbars are holding and the conditions clean up nicely between rain storms. Plenty of fun waves at all tides. Crowd levels still sparce for the most part. Playa Dominical has had the most to offer lately but Playa Hermosa has had some fun sessions on the small side and Dominicalito has been it's usual small and mellow self. Another packed house for Roca Verde last Friday night so make plans to come early next Friday for great food and live music with Ben Jammin' and the Howlers and Nancy Buchan on electric fiddle! Check www.jazzysriverhouse.com or stop by and inquire about our specials and discounts on lodging, arts & crafts, therapeutic body work, yoga classes and surf lessons.


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

6/30 - Choppy conditions with afternoon showers, waves in the 3-5 foot range, light crowd.
Point and corner.  



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.

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  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

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