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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report
Volume 17, Issue #814
Apr 29th, 2016

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National Forecast

Apr 29th - May 6th

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

1+ feet
1+ feet
1+ feet
1 to 2 feet
1 to 2 feet
1+ feet
1+ feet
4 to 6feet
8 to 11 feet
6 to 8 feet
4 to 6 feet
3 to 4 feet
4 to 6 feet
4 to 6 feet
3 to 4 feet
5 to 7 feet
3 to 5 feet
3 to 4 feet
2+ feet
3 to 5 feet
3 to 4 feet

Central America and Mainland Mexico Short-Range Surf Forecast (below published on 4/19th):

GRADUAL INCREASE IN SWELL THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK, THEN A BIG ONE!

SW (210-220) will gradually build through the work week blending with leftovers in the water already. This swell should come to a peak Thursday/Friday. As that swell peaks a larger SSW-SW (195-215) arrives and is expected to bring some large surf to the regions exposed coast through the weekend. Surf will gradually ease through early next week.

The blend of SW (210-220) leftover from the weekend and new energy slowly building over the next few days will bring some fun moderate sized surf through the week. The majority of the energy though will be showing up Wednesday and Thursday and we should see deepwater heights build to around 3-4 feet. This will bump up the surf a little bit more, with consistency in the chest to head high range at standouts with better sets going overhead to overhead+. Looks pretty fun! Friday another swell arrives… this one a little bigger.

The large system that has been spinning around south of the Pitcairns and Easter Island the past few days pretty much will be a direct hit. The SSW (195-215) swell is due to arrive with 20-22 second forerunners on Friday, and will build to a fairly large peak on Saturday with deepwater heights around 5 to 7 feet with 16 to 17 second periods. That means wave heights are going to jump up a bit. The exposed coast is likely to see head high to well overhead+ surf building through the day Friday. Saturday during the peak overhead to double overhead for most of the exposed coast. A few standouts will see set waves going double overhead-double overhead+, and deepwater spots like Puerto are expected to be seeing set waves going triple overhead or bigger. So although there will be a lot of variation in size, there should at least be some good surf for most areas. Wave heights will start to ease up on Sunday, and continue to back off through the middle of next week.

These forecasts are from Solspot

TIDES for Apr 30th, 2016
Month View

High Tide: 7.36 feet at: 8:31 a.m.
Low Tide: 1.66 feet at: 2:33 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)


Full Moon - May 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 Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas

- 4/27

The daybreak sessions have been OK (sometimes outstanding) in the head high, to just overhead range almost every day. The wind is a little disorganised now and the afternoon sessions are a gamble as we head toward the rainy period before the middle of June when the off-shores come back for a while. We actually had a few minutes of rain last night so prepare for some Florida like weather if you come in the first weeks of May.



There’s lots of room at the various peaks often working at different tides.
 
Playa Guiones-Nosara


Solspot

- 4/29

Wave - 4 to 6 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell picking up and a secondary  Southwest long-period swell on the rise.

Weather: Low:81 High:86
Light rain shower in the morning with moderate winds from the ESE. Patchy rain nearby in the afternoon with moderate winds from the SW.

- 4/30

Wave - 8 to 11 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell steady and  South windswell steady.

Weather: Low:80 High:88
Light rain shower in the morning with moderate winds from the NNW. Patchy rain nearby in the afternoon with moderate winds from the WSW.

 

Tamarindo

Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

- 4/26

Fairly small waves 1-2 ft, every other hours a 3ft set has shown by the River Mouth in Tamarindo, partially crowded, since its not so frequent every body get to talk and have fun out there.

 











 

Langosta has been a bit better with 3ft solid with the out going tides in the mid morning, taking the chance of wind trades from South around 10-11AM. The crowd out there is basically locals only, so it does not feels so busy, but it is.

Weather is on transition to the rainy season, is more humid and hotter at this time of the year, some clouds are visiting in the early afternoons making the sunsets gorgeous.



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South Nicoya Peninsula

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

Malpais/Santa Teresa


Solspot

 

 

- 4/29

Waves - 4 to 6 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell on the rise with background  Southwest long-period swell picking up.

Weather: Low:80 High: 85
Light rain shower in the morning with moderate winds from the ESE. Clear in the afternoon with moderate winds from the WSW.

 


- 4/30

Waves - 7 to 10 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell holding plus  South windswell holding. 

Weather: Low:80 High:87
Light rain shower in the morning with moderate winds from the NW. Patchy rain nearby in the afternoon with moderate winds from the WSW.

 

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

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

Playa Hermosa

Solspot.com

- 4/29

Waves - 5 to 7 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell steady and  South medium period swell steady.

Weather: Low:80 High:86
Partly Cloudy in the morning with moderate winds from the ESE. Patchy rain nearby in the afternoon with moderate winds from the WSW.

 

- 4/30

Waves - 5 to 8 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell holding and a secondary  South windswell holding.

Weather: Low:80 High:86
Patchy rain nearby in the morning with moderate winds from the NW. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with moderate winds from the WSW.



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LIVE CAM AT PLAYA HERMOSA
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Jaco

Solspot.com



- 4/29

Waves - 4 to 6 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell steady and  South medium period swell holding.

Weather: Low:80 High:86
Partly Cloudy in the morning with moderate winds from the ESE. Patchy rain nearby in the afternoon with moderate winds from the WSW.

 

- 4/30

Waves - 5 to 7 feet

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

Weather: Low:80 High:86
Patchy rain nearby in the morning with moderate winds from the NW. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with moderate winds from the WSW.

 

 

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

- 4/26

Conditions in Manuel Antonio are with 4-6 ft waves, choppy waves at afternoons when there is a lot of wind, the beach now is not so crowd so you have plenty room to surf.

 

 

 



 

 






Best Spot now for surf is Dominical.



(Surf Report written by Edwin Castillo)

Contact Us Here: Manuel Antonio Surf School

Dominical

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

Jazzys River House - Dominical

Steve Fergus at Jazzys River House

- 4/27th

Head high with occasional overhead set waves and not the best conditions.  We've had unsettled weather for days now and we've been missing our usual morning offshore just as we are rotating back to morning high tides.  With light rains, cloudy skies and no offshore breeze morning sessions have been messy.  Not much shape or form.  Pretty well closed out.  Mid-day dropping tide has been inconsistent and late sessions have been mixed as well but with some fun windows.

Dominical still the best surf around but Hermosa South has been 3' - 4' with some fun windows and Dominicalito has been lot's of fun with it's smaller waves.. 

 

Hotel Roca Verde is still bringing in the crowds thanks to their great food, comfortable atmosphere and Friday night live music.  Ben Jammin' and the Howlers with Electric Fiddle Lady Nancy Buchan providing energetic rock and roll music to get the dinner crowd up and dancing. 

See www.jazzysriverhouse.com for late season specials:  Come visit Ruby's art and craft gallery filled with her original creations and see about taking her weaving class to learn to make your own art.  See Steve for relief from aches and pains with his East/West Traditional Taoist massage therapy and join him for his Yoga and Internal Exercise sessions.  Or take a surflesson and learn the ancient Hawaiian Sport of Kings.  Board rentals and sales available.  

Check www.jazzysriverhouse.com for Ruby's offering of 'Palm Part Art' classes and Steve's offers of surf lessons, yoga sessions and 'East/West massage therapy. 

Dominical


Solspot

- 4/29

Wave - 4 to 6 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell building with background  Southwest long-period swell steady.

Weather: Low:62 High:75
Partly Cloudy in the morning with light winds from the S. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with light winds from the WSW.

- 4/30

Wave - 5 to 8 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell steady plus  South windswell holding.

Weather: Low:62 High:89
Partly Cloudy in the morning with light winds from the S. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with light winds from the SW.

 

Southern Zone / Osa Peninsula

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

Pavones

Solspots

- 4/29

Waves - 3 to 4 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell on the rise and South medium period swell steady.

Weather: Low:75 High:85
Partly Cloudy in the morning with light winds from the ESE. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with light winds from the WSW.








- 4/30

Waves - 5 to 7 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell holding and  South windswell steady.

Weather: Low:76 High:87
Partly Cloudy in the morning with light winds from the NNW. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with light 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

- 4/29

Waves - 1+ feet

Summary:
Small East-Northeast short-period swell steadywith background  Northeast windswell steady.

Weather: Low:81 High:85
Sunny in the morning with light winds from the WNW. Partly Cloudy in the afternoon with light winds from the NNE.

 



- 4/30

Waves - 1+ feet

Summary:
Small East-Northeast short-period swell steadyand a secondary Northeast windswell steady.

Weather: Low:78 High:89
Sunny in the morning with light winds from the WNW. Clear in the afternoon with light winds from the NE.


 

 

 


 

 

 

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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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