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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report
Volume 15, Issue 727
April 21st, 2014

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NATIONAL FORECAST

Apr 21 - 27

Monday

Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Caribbean
waist to chest
waist to chest
knee to waist
knee to waist
knee to waist
knee to waist

knee to waist

North Pacific
1 foot overhead
1 foot overhead
head high
head high
chest high
1-2 feet overhead
1-2 feet overhead
South Pacific
2-3 feet overhead

2 feet overhead

overhead
overhead
head high
2-3 feet overhead

2-4 feet overhead

Breakdown:

Caribbean Coast - A quiet week on the Caribbean, with waves maxing at chest high Tuesday and dropping to mostly knee high for the rest of the week through the weekend.

Pacific Coast - Continued SSW swell keeps it a couple of feet overhead through Tuesday, but drops down to headhigh by Friday. Then a new SSW arrives pushing it up to 2-3 feet overhead for Saturday and Sunday. There is a little blockage from the Galapagos but expect plenty of big sets this weekend.

The Long Shot - No big swells expected for the following week, so it will drop to chest to head high for the northern beaches and be a foot bigger for the central and south Pacific zones with south facing beaches.

* 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 April 22nd, 2014
Month View

High Tide: 8.07 feet at 8:05 a.m.
Low Tide: .91 feet at 2:09 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

New Moon - April 29th

 

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

4/19 - The tides are right and the wind is holding for the morning sessions. The afternoon sessions have been mostly rideable and often good. The Easter scene will evaporate by Monday and conditions look good for at least the first part of the week. We are finally seeing some transitional weather but don't expect rain yet.

Tamarindo

Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

4/21 - Buenas condiciones de oleaje para esta semana, 2-3 pies con la marea bajando en las mananas, sets cada 3-5 minutos con hasta 5 olas por set, vientos del Norte desde temprano y varias personas y escuelas en el agua. Marbella has been the most consistent break for advanced surfers with 3-4 ft waves with the outgoing tides early mornings, 3 different spots in one beach spreads the people around so it does not feel so busy, always good to have lunch at Tiki Hut before drive back home. Revive wellness center at Langosta Beach Club open in Tamarindo check out the new enhanced class schedule. Now 2 morning classes and 1 afternoon class every day, except Sunday, For more information call 8533 8797.

Playa Negra

Larry at Playa Negra Realty

Playa Negra Realty
4/19 - Fun, fun, fun swell! The south of the couple days has given us a great run of waves. A new small long period south is moving in and should give us a great easter weekend. Another and bigger south will start filling in on Sunday. It will start with 20 second periods!​ The beach breaks will be firing. Take advantage of the good early morning offshore and high tide conditions and get yourself some tube time!​ Don't forget to pick up a souvenir T, sticker, or mug to help support the local Howler Monkeys. You can find them in Azul Profundo Boutique or Luna Llena hotel in Tamarindo. Thanks and be safe!​

Nosara

Buena Vista Villas

Penny at Buena Vista Nosara

4/23 - A bit cooler weather, and a little bit of rain. Green season is almost here! The crowds might be gone, but the waves are not! Now that Semana Santa is over and the crowds are gone....this is definitely a good time to come to Nosara! Prices for accomodations are down a little bit from the busy high season, the crowds are gone, and you will just see a few people in the water.

Nosara

Nosara Shack

NosaraShack.com

4/17 - Fun chest high surf for the last couple of days. See the photos here - LINK Should start to get big into Monday. Pick up a hat, shirt, magazine if you are in town at Mini Super Guiones next to Robins!

Southern Nicoya Peninsula

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

Santa Teresa

Funky Monkey Lodge - Santa Teresa

Gabi at Funky Monkey Lodge

4/24 - We are having a nice swell with overhead peaks for advanced surfers. Best place Brunets entrance and passing La Lora entrance. No rain yet..

Santa Teresa

Mal Pais Surf Cam

4/23 - This morning waves were chest to head high. Light off shore wind and overcast skies. Nice peaks as the tide was filling in, just a few in the water. Barrels for the lucky ones. Check our daily surf report videos on YouTube.


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

4/20 - HOLDING SSW with a little more joining in -- 4-6ft+ and good conditions down the beach in Hermosa. Sun out strong here in Playa Hermosa. Outlook GOOD the next few days. On its tenth anniversary, Reef Costa Rica confirmed the completion of the surf in our largest event. The Reef Classic Costa Rica 2014 Pepsi introduced by KÖLBI that also holds the coveted Miss Reef, goes to the most important surf scene in Costa Rica: Playa Hermosa de Jacó 1 to 4 May.

Quepos

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

Manuel Antonio

Luis at Manuel Antonio Surf School

12/11 - Estamos haciendo surf en isla damas Manuel Antonio. Isla damas sin dudas. Esta totalmente plano Isla damas Fin de año con mas ganas que nunca para hacer el surf.


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

Dominical Lifeguards

 

4/19 - There was a large crowd on the beach yesterday to watch the contest and hundreds of people in the water. The lifeguards did an amazing job keeping the beach safe. Lifeguarding in one of the heaviest beach breaks in Costa Rica is not for everyone, THANK YOU Gonzalez Ariel Luciano and William Ortiz Morales for your hard work!


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

3/19 - Small waves in the 2-3 foot range, waist to shoulder high, clean conditions with light crowd.
Point and river mouth.  



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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 -

Swellwatch.com has a reliable surf forecast for Costa Rica with a 6-day NW and SW swell chart.

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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