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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report
Volume 17, Issue #803
Feb 13th, 2016

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National Forecast

Feb 13th - Feb 19th

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 
Caribean
5 to 7 feet
6 to 7 feet
6 to 8 feet
5 to 7 feet
5 to 7 feet
5 to 6 feet
5 to 6 feet
 
North Pacific
2 to 3 feet
2 to 3 feet
3 to 4 feet
2 to 3 feet
2 to 3 feet
1 to 2 feet
2+ feet
 
South Pacific
1 to 2 feet
1 to 2 feet
2 to 3 feet
2 to 3 feet
2+ feet
1 to 2 feet
2+ feet
 

Central America and Mainland Mexico Short-Range Surf Forecast (below published on 2/12th):

SMALL TO MODERATE SURF EASES THROUGH THE WEEKEND. ANOTHER PULSE DUE NEXT WEEK

SSW-SW (200-215) should be peaking today, doesnít look quite as strong as expected, but still bringing a few moderate sized waves to standouts. Size will back off a little bit over the weekend, then another small SSW-SW (205-220) swell arrives early next week and should help pick things up again. The North Pacific is going to send the next long-period NW (300+) down the coast over the weekend and into early next week as well. Long-range forecast models showing potential for more S-SSW energy around the 23rd.

Not too much new in for the short range forecast. SSW-SW is currently running waist to chest high+ at , with standouts in the range of chest high to overhead. Size will slowly ease through the weekend.

The trend of waist to head high+ surf is supposed to continue again next week, as a new combination of NPac and SPac swells arrive. A very long-period (22-24 second forerunners) NW (300+) is due to arrive along the Mainland Mexico coast on Saturday, working its way down into Central America on Monday. This is a bit steeper than some of the other long-period swells weíve seen from up north, and although it may bring some solid moderate sized waves to the Mainland Coast, its looking closer to waist to head high+ for Central America. It will get some help from a slightly inconsistent and relatively small SSW-SW (205-220) arriving next Tuesday. This pulse is from a system that looked good south of New Zealand, but quickly fell apart as it made its way into the South Pacific.

The models show the same swell maker now off the Chilean coast generating a little more S-SSW energy as the swell starts to subside through the second half of next week. During the peak itís not expected to generate much more than waist to chest high+ surf along the exposed coast. There may be a few standouts, and combo spots seeing head high to overhead sets when the tide is right, but for the most part on the smaller side of moderate through early next week. The extra S which will arrive next Friday, isnít expected to do much more than introduce a few southerly waves in the knee to chest high range during the peak.

These forecasts are from Solspot

TIDES for Feb 14th, 2016
Month View

High Tide: 8.94 feet at: 7:00 a.m.
Low Tide:
.31 feet at: 1:03 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - Feb 22nd

 

 

Northern Nicoya Peninsula

LOCATION
(click for area description)
AREA WAVE HEIGHTS AND CONDITIONS BEST PLACE TO SURF THIS WEEK NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Playa Negra

 

Solspot.com

2/6 -

Wave Height - 2-3 feet

Summary:
Small Southwest med-period swell steady plus South windswell steady

Weather: Low:76 High: 84
Clear in the morning with brisk winds from the ENE. Clear in the afternoon with brisk winds from the ENE.

 

Tomorrow's Forecast:

Wave Height - 2+ feet

Summary:
Small Southwest med-period swell steady plus South long-period swell steady .

Weather: Low:75 High: 89
Clear in the morning with brisk winds from the NE. Clear in the afternoon with brisk winds from the NE.


Great pancake breakfast on February 7th at the Hotel Playa Negra in benefit of the watershed restoration project. For more info click here: Hotel Playa Negra

Tamarindo

Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

2/5 -

Tamarindo is a play ground, waves range 2-3 feet and every single spot is working really good, Henrry's with the incoming tides, Pico Grande within the high tides, River mouth almost all day long, average winds are back from 17 to 25 knots and gusts up to 29 knots, therefore watch your heads, life guards reported a least 5 accidents in and out of the water related to surf boards blown by the wind.

Avellanas is been similar but with out the beginners crowd, best pots river mouth, long, clean and glassy waves within the incoming tides.

Coconut restaurant offers good music start at 7pm and specials in their menu every night.

Explore our local farmers markets/ferias and support our local vendors! Lots of high quality and unique products to check out - New ones every week! From fresh veggies, fish and eggs to fabulous baked goods and gluten-free items to delicious homemade ice cream! Pick up supper today at the La Paz School market form 3-5pm.

Spring break is closer every time we post the surf report, its time to book the Kids and Juniors Surf Camp with Seafari Costa Rica.

Seafari Costa Rica opened registrations for Kids and Junior surf camps 4 to 7 days programs along the spring break, contact us info.seafaricr@gmail.com

Every Wednesday enjoy the amazing musical performance of Tony & Roy from 7-9 PM. For reservations contact us via email at dragonflybarandgrill@gmail.com or by call or text to 8554-2723 (as our landline is still down) We hope to see you.

Contact us if planing to visit Tamarindo and "try out surfing" the 2 hour surf lesson that introduces you into the basic points of surfing, we also offer surf programs for the people who are committed to learn the sport, with professional and ISA certified instructors. info.seafaricr@gmail.com or Follow us on www.facebook.com/Seafari.CR

South Nicoya Peninsula

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

Malpais

malpaisurfcam.com

2/5 -

This morning at 6:30 am waves were chest high with constant head high set. Light off shore wind and clear skies. Long rides as the tide was just starting to raise.

 

 






Just a few in the water, just another morning in paradise.

Low 6:06AM 1.51ft
High 12:28PM 7.05ft
Low 6:19PM 1.8ft

 


 

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

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

Playa Hermosa

Solspot.com



2/6 -

Wave Height: 2-3 feet

Summary:
Small Southwest med-period swell holding with background South windswell steady .

Weather: Low:77 High: 82
Clear in the morning with light winds from the N. Clear in the afternoon with moderate winds from the SW.

Tomorrow's Forecast:

Wave Height: 2+ feet

Small Southwest med-period swell on the way out and a secondary South long-period swell steady .

Weather: Low:77 High: 87
Clear in the morning with light winds from the NNE. Clear in the afternoon with moderate winds from the S.

 

 

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

2/5 -

Good of shore wind in the morning choppy at noon waves are shoulder to head high.

 

 

 

 


 


Best Spot: Playitas Bajo and Quepos River Mouth in Low Ttide,

We are offering. FEBRUARY SPECIAL: 15% Off for Booking of 2 People.

Contact Us Here: Manuel Antonio Surf School

 

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

Jazzys River House - Dominical

Steve Fergus at Jazzys River House

2/4 -

A few overhead waves, plenty of speed and crunch but quite closed out. Shoulders only for the most part. Bright, hot, summer weather and crowds inconsistent with mornings less crowded than afternoons. Plenty of fun waves but lots of work to get them.

 

Playa Hermosa South has been small and fun and Dominicalito smaller yet some fun high tide sessions have popped up now and again. 

Hotel Roca Verde is the hot spot on Friday nights with live music, great food and good times. Ben Jammin' and the Howlers with Nancy Buchan and her electric fiddle provide the dance bounce.

See Jazzy's River House to rent our cabina (sleeps 6) for special deals on Ruby's Palm Part Art and classes. Also check with Steve for East/West body work, private yoga sessions and surf lessons. We also have board rentals - Contact Us with any questions.

Southern Zone / Osa Peninsula

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

Pavones

Solspots

2/6 -

Waves: 2+ Feet

Summary:
Small Southwest med-period swell steady and a secondary South windswell steady .

Weather: Low:71 High: 84
Sunny in the morning with light winds from the NNW. Partly Cloudy in the afternoon with moderate winds from the W.








Tomorrow's Forecast:

Wave Height: 1-2 Feet

Summary:
Small Southwest med-period swell fading and South long-period swell holding .

Weather: Low:69 High: 85
Sunny in the morning with light winds from the NNE. Partly Cloudy in the afternoon with moderate winds from the WSW.



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The Caribbean

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

Playa Cocles

Solspot

2/6 -

Wave Height: 2-4 Feet

Summary:
East-Northeast short-period swell fading

Weather: Low:75 High: 78
Partly Cloudy in the morning with moderate winds from the WSW. Clear in the afternoon with moderate winds from the WNW.

 



Tomorrow's Forecast:

Wave Height: 2-4 feet

Summary:
East-Northeast short-period swell slowly fading .

Weather: Low:74 High: 78
Partly Cloudy in the morning with moderate winds from the WSW. Patchy rain nearby in the afternoon with moderate winds from the W.


 

 

 


 

 

 

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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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