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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report
Volume 16, Issue #764
January 26th, 2014

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NATIONAL FORECAST

Jan 27 - Feb 2

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Caribbean
chest high
head high
1 foot overhead
head high
1 foot overhead
1 foot overhead

2-4 feet overhead

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

waist to chest

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

waist to chest

Breakdown:

Caribbean Coast - Fun chest to head high surf through Thursday and then more ENE swell bring overhead waves for the weekend. Expect it to grow to 3-4 feet overhead by next Monday when the swell maxes.

Pacific Coast - The WNW swell with a 20 second period brings some nice sized surf Tuesday and Wednesday morning but fades out by Thursday. There's no real swell to back it up so the rest of the week will be chest high or smaller through to next Tuesday. Bring a vest or springsuit to handle the cooler water temps up north due to upwelling.

The Long Shot - For size, head to the Caribbean. For fun, small surf the Pacific will be clean with sometimes too heavy offshores. The next swell to hit the Pacific side comes from the Southwest around 2/6 with some head high to overhead sets.

* 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 January 27th, 2014
Month View

High Tide: 8.48 feet at 8:03 a.m.
Low Tide: .34 feet at 2:05 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - February 3rd

 

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

1/23 - Sábado 24 - Roca Bruja: Offshore todo el dia. Oleaje entre el pecho y la cabeza con mejores sets durante las mejores mareas ( “el Burro”) - Swell 300 grados - periodo 15-16 segundos - tamaño 1-2 pies Ollie’s: Offshore todo el dia. Oleaje entre el rodilla y la cintura con mejores sets - Swell 220 grados - periodo 12-14 segundos - tamaño 1-2 pies Oleaje entre el tobillo y la cintura con mejores sets - Swell 220 grados - periodo 12 segundos - tamaño 1-2 pies Martes 27 Roca Bruja: Offshore todo el dia. Oleaje arriba de la cabeza hasta el doble overhead con mejores sets durante las mejores mareas ( “el Burro”) - Swell 300 grados - periodo 20 segundos - tamaño 4-5 pies Ollie’s: Offshore todo el dia. Hay que ver si este oleaje ONO tiene tanta energía como para lograr entrar a la bahía de potrero. Ya en domingo en la tarde nos daríamos cuenta.

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas

1/26 - We are enjoying perfect size, just overhead, surf here this week and are expecting more of the same with the high tides in the morning and the tidal movement slacking off for the next few days. The sand bars are not terrific so you have to pick 'em, and even then, only some are makable. There are lots of barrel rides and spitting waves. Saturday was a zoo with the small waves, probably because Playa Grande was the only break with any power. The water got a little colder this morning as it usually does this time of the year. A vest is handy.

Tamarindo

Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

1/27 - It’s been a double session week, glass conditions in the mornings, long rides at the river mouth and within higher tides at Pico pequeno (1-2ft. Crowded mornings with the kids that enjoy couple of hours before going to school. Avellanas its been pretty consistent in the mornings with 2-3 ft waves, best breaks in front of the restaurant and all the way to the river mouth. La Pachanga, best Italian food in Tamarindo, are open again hope to see you from Tuesday thru Sunday

Nosara

James at SurfingNosara.com

1/26 - Fun fair conditions today with waves in the waist to chest range and a little soft. Wind was super offshore then super onshore and changing direction all morning. Buy your surf photos in the office between noon and 4pm daily. For the best deal come in daily and get an 8 gig flash drive then come any day after and the photos are half price.

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

1/23 - 2 ft SW/NW swell mix. Pretty small but still nice shape on set. Very clean conditions. Some cloudy days with a few rain showers in the last week, pretty weird for this time of year. Better swell for next week! Da beachies. Good luck to all the kids at the contest in Cocles!

Santa Teresa

Mal Pais Surf Cam

1/26 - This morning at 7 am waves were knee to waist high, occasionally a chest high set. Light off shore wind and sunny clear skies. Classic summer waves as the tide was high. Small but some nice peaks breaking at the beach break.  


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

1/26 - Small SW Swell 2-3ft++ holding - FUN with good shape early before the winds move in. Sun out strong here in Playa Hermosa. A longer period swell is on the horizon for mid week bringing chest high waves. Mark your calendars for Jungle Jam in the Central Pacific Coast March 19th - March 22nd being held out at Doce Lunas - Going to be a FUN time here in the Central Pacific zone!

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

Costa Rica Surf Realty

Trevor at Costa Rica Surf Realty

1/23 - Currently the waves are tiny shin to hip high waves. None the less, there are tide phases that are still fun to surf. The conditions have been glassy all day so keep your eye on the surf for those magical windows of fun. There are peaks up and down the entire beach now so walk around and find some open waves. This weekend we might see a bump in size but nothing to froth about. Next week we could also see a mix of small surf. Playa Hermosa might have some waves at select tide phases, but Dominical has more size. Bring out your long board and fun summer boards. Lots of live music in town. Week nights at Tortilla Flats, friday nights at Roca Verde with Ben Jammin with Rum Bar having the afterparty with more live music. Del Mar Taco Shop is new and serving some epic fish tacos. Mono Congo near the river has insane coffee. Its summertime and town is fun!! For surf side rentals contact me.

Dominical

Steve at Jazzys River House

Jazzys River House - Dominical

1/23 - Playa Dominical so far today has the smallest waves I've seen in 18 years. It's technically not 'flat' but it's close. The biggest set waves are maybe knee high. We've had mixed summer weather lately, some rain, some sun, plenty of cloud action. Even a couple of electrical storms recently. Not much for waves anywhere locally. Playa Hermosa South is smaller even than Dominical and Dominicalito is, well, it's flat. So is the Point. Time to go fishing folks.
Hotel Roca Verde still drawing a good crowd every Friday night with live music and good food and a lively atmosphere. Jazzy's River House has great deals to offer on lodging, surf lessons, board sales and rentals, arts and craft sales and classes, yoga sessions and therapeutic body work. Check our website: www.jazzysriverhouse.com or come by and say hi.


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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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.

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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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