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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report
Volume 16, Issue #766
April 3, 2014

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NATIONAL FORECAST

Apr 22 - 28

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Caribbean
chest to head
1 foot overhead
head high
chest high
waist to chest
waist high

waist high

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

chest to head

South Pacific
waist to chest
chest high
chest high
chest high
chest high
chest to head

head high

Breakdown:

Caribbean Coast - Minor ENE swell maxing on Thursday with a few overhead sets Thursday but dropping quickly by Friday morning leaving waist to chest high surf for the weekend and weaker waves for early next week.

Pacific Coast - Not much expected for the rest of the week with chest high waves at most breaks and a few head high sets at the best spots and at the right tides.

The Long Shot - A major SSW swell arrives early May 3rd with sets a foot overhead and then grows two feet on the 4th and another two feet on the 5th, for nearly double overhead sets by the 6th. Time for a strategic strike.

* 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 April 4th, 2014
Month View

Low Tide: .39 feet at 11:11 a.m.
High Tide: 8.72 feet at 3:09 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - April 4th
New Moon - April 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

3/20 - The surf has been good for this round of morning surf tides. Everybody comes here when it is small everywhere else. The cloud coverage is a much appreciated change for those of us who are worn out by the sun after months of blazing conditions and constant off-shores. There were heavy crowds at times although some of us surfed almost alone at different tides on some days. We are now moving into the afternoon sessions and the wind is coming on-shore in the late morning and blowing out the afternoon high tide waves. The water has warmed considerably and should be back to normal in a few days. If you visit now, you should probably expect some down time even though we have had some pretty good conditions with the light on-shores in the afternoon and constant swell now that the south swells are cranking up. The water has warmed up and will stay warm from now on.

Tamarindo

Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

4/13 - Its a promising week with good waves 4-5ft at river mouth of Tamarindo, not so crowded spots due the mid-low season and sunny days, even the North winds came back to hold the walls of water. Langosta has been very consistent with up to 6ft waves in the best sets within the incoming tide, not very crowded, mostly locals and neighbors catching good lefts and steep rights at Sapo. Enjoy sunsets at Pangas Beach Club, happy hour until 6:30 p.m. And live music with Tall & Small at 7 p.m.

Playa Negra

Playa Negra Realty

Larry at Playa Negra Realty


3/23 - There have been a ton of fun waves this past week. This coming week looks to have another round of huge waves starting on Thursday. Solid and long period SW groundswell will be lighting up the area. Initial reports have the swell at triple overhead at the peak. However, I'm sure, like always, it will be slightly downgraded during it's final approach.​ We've had months of heavy offshore winds. They are finally dying down.​ You'll need to get out early if you want clean conditions this week. Onshore winds will be a certainty every day.​ SalveMonos is having a ten year anniversary party at Reserva Conchal on 4/11. Check in to SalveMonos.org for ticket information. Thanks and be safe.​

Nosara

James at SurfingNosara.com

3/23 - Big surf today! Surf was a few feet overhead with good conditions and light offshore winds for most of the morning turning onshore lightly around 9:30.   For Surf Photos stop by the office between noon and 4pm each day to buy our daily surf photos.

Southern Nicoya Peninsula

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

Santa Teresa

Mal Pais Surf Cam

3/23 - This morning at 7 am waves were head high with some over head sets. Off shore wind and sunny clear skies. Epic waves as the tide was dropping, lots barreling peaks all over the beach break, just got better as the tide dropped.  


Jaco / Playa Hermosa

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

Playa Hermosa

Surf Inn Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa

3/23 - Surf season is starting. Good sized S-SSW swell coming in. Sun coming out in Playa Hermosa. Overhead with more swell to fill in tomorrow. 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
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Dominical

Steve at Jazzys River House

Jazzys River House - Dominical

3/23 - We've had a wide range of conditions lately, from small, sloppy windblown junk to some classic overhead crunchers. Low tide sessions have been occasionally very hollow and clean with good size and some low tide sessions have been messy and small. Higher tides have seen some well overhead muscle waves, often thick and dumping. Not much for peaks but plenty of big fast shoulders to pick off. Dominical leads the way as usual but Hermosa South has had some head high fairly clean session at higher tides and Dominicalito has had some especially nice days with fun high tide sessions. The Point has had a few special days but not many. The big event locally is the Dr. Jane Goodall talk today at 10:30am.  She is the featured speaker for the grand opening of the Osa Field Institute. 


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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Surfline shows daily photos of Playa Hermosa and
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The Sandpiper Inn has camera out back of Playa Hermosa
www.sandpipercostarica.com

Papa-G-Surf does a daily video, has a "Backyard" cam, and gets photos from Casa Siempre Domingo in Pavones
www.papagsurf.com

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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

Tropical Underground Hurricane Tracking Site

 

 

 

 

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