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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report ~ Volume 17, Issue #816 ~ May 21st 2016

CONTENTS
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National Forecast
Tides
Travel - Contests - Environment - Specials
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Best Places to Surf this Weekend

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TIDES for May 22nd, 2016
Month View

Low Tide: .96 feet at: 9:06 a.m.
HighTide: 8.90 feet at: 3:22 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)


Full Moon - May 22nd

National Forecast

May 20th - May 26th

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

5 to 7 feet
5 to 6 feet
4 to 5 feet
2 to 3 feet
2 to 3 feet
3 to 4 feet
3 to 4 feet
4 to 6 feet
3 to 5 feet
3 to 5 feet
4 to 5 feet
3 to 4 feet
3 to 5 feet
3 to 5 feet
3 to 4 feet
2 to 3 feet
2+ feet
2+ feet
2+ feet
2 to 3 feet
2 to 3 feet

Central America and Mainland Mexico Short-Range Surf Forecast (below published on 5/17):

SSW HOLDS THROUGH THURSDAY AND THEN BACKS OFF FOR SMALLER SURF NEXT WEEK

The run of SSW (205-215) continues for a few more days with new energy arriving today to help maintain if not boost wave heights a little bit over the next couple of days. Wave heights will start to relax on Friday and continue to ease through the middle of next week. There’s a little bit of SW (215-220) on the way for early next week to help maintain surfable waves. Looks like smaller surf through the end of next week, but could see another S-SSW arriving by the end of the month.

The SSW (205-215) currently in the water is bringing head high to overhead+ surf to standouts today. A few bigger set waves in the range of a couple feet overhead to several feet overhead are possible at magnets. Size will ease a little bit this afternoon, but not much, because the next pulse should be filling in with 18-second forerunners by this evening.

A little weaker than the previous swell, this one should still build to a 4 to 6 foot peak with 15-16 second periods late Wednesday/Thursday. So wave heights will build back into the chest to overhead range along the exposed coast, with standouts seeing set waves going overhead to several feet overhead. A few deepwater breaks could see bigger set waves going double overhead or even a little bigger at the top magnets in the region. Wave heights start to ease slowly Friday, backing off more over the weekend. Next week is supposed to start off a bit smaller. There will be a small background pulse SW (215-220) arriving late Sunday building to a 2-3 foot peak Monday helping maintain waist to head high surf at standouts through early next week.

These forecasts are from Solspot

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FEATURED STORIES

5/21 - Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano spews ash into neighboring communities. Read more

5/17 - Guanacaste Surf Circuit crowns winners. Read more

5/12 - Costa Rica: How the Migrant Crisis Affects Visa Runs. Read more

 

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EVENTS AND TRAVEL NEWS

5/20 - Flight delays, cancellations after latest Turrialba eruptions. Read more

5/17 - Ten yoga events to welcome the full moon. Read more

5/16 - The Tico Times event gives inside look at — and taste of — local craft beer scene. Read more

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CONTESTS and SURFING NEWS

5/21 - Copa Beach Club Opens The Final Stretch of the Kölbi National Circuit. Read more

5/20 - Named are the Pre-Selected Surfers to Represent Costa Rica in the World Games in August. Read more

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ENVIRONMENT / COMMUNITY


5/20 - Sales of Surgical Masks Soar in Costa Rica Due to Volcanic Ash. Read more

5/12 - New map shows importance of Central America indigenous communities to forest conservation. Read more


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AREA REPORTS

Northern Nicoya Peninsula

Rip Jack Inn - Playa Grande
Harbor Reef Resort - Nosara
WB Surf Camp in Tamarindo
WAYRA - Surf and Spanish School - Tamarindo
CR Surf Adventures - Tamarindo and Nosara
Cabinas Las Olas - Avellanas
Playa Negra Realty
Real Surf Trips
Tamarindo Vista Villas
Safari Surf School - Playa Nosara
Buena Vista Villas - Nosara
Costa Rica Surf Institute - Tamarindo

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

Playa Negra

Playa Negra Realty

Larry at Playa Negra Realty

- 5/20

- ​Unreal waves this past week(s) nonstop overhead action and the Pacific just keeps on cranking! Looks like it is going to drop down to head high this weekend (boo hoo), next week it will be back to our normal overhead splendor.​



Been plenty of on shores and rain this past week. The early bird gets the barrels.​

 

Check out Salvemonos.org. Buy a souvenir T, sticker or mug at Luna Llena hotel or Azul Profundo Boutique. All proceeds go directly to our beloved monkeys. Thanks and be safe!

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas

- 5/19

The surfing high tides are in the afternoon now and the wind has been mostly light on-shore. With the little bit of rain we are enjoying, there have been some surprising glass offs and decent surf in the head high range which is perfect size for our beach break.

 

The weekend crowd was uncharacteristically thick for this time of the year.

We are hoping for more rain to save our plants from the drought and expect some Florida style afternoon sessions this following week.

 

Please keep Costa Rica's turtles in mind when you plan your visit to this area. We do our best to protect them, but we need your support too. Together we can keep them safe. Thank you.

Playa Guiones-Nosara


Solspot

- 5/20

Wave - 4 to 6 feet

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

Weather: Low:79 High:82
Sunny in the morning with moderate winds from the N. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with moderate winds from the WSW.

- 5/21

Wave - 3 to 5 feet

Summary:
Southwest med-period swell fading with background  Southwest long-period swell holding .

Weather: Low:80 High:89
Partly Cloudy in the morning with moderate winds from the NE. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with moderate winds from the WSW.

 

Tamarindo

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Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

- 5/18

Tamarindo has good waves for beginners 1-2ft, incoming tides offer fast a hollow small ride for the kids that are surfing before going to School, then within the high tide the waves get better up to 3ft in the best sets, crowd is now a days something normal in Tamarindo, therefore use your skills and experience to avoid being hit by a beginner's board or to drop on some one and perhaps both getting hurt very bad.

 

 


 

If you have more experience and ride better waves, the options near by are La Casita, just across the river in Playa Grande or walk South to Langosta beach, the second place has some rocks in the bottom that you must to be aware on to how to dive in case of a wipe out. Both spots are working great with this swell, 3-4ft in the best sets, not so crowded and wind is very consistent along the week.



Join us next time at the Drangon Fly Restaurant for live entertainment. Our Tequila Mockingbird cocktail is one fiery drink and would certainly pair well while enjoying the incredible performances by local talent!

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.

Summer camps are open for all, register now at info.seafaricr@gmail.com or

Follow Us: www.facebook.com/Seafari.CR


Southern Nicoya Peninsula

Atrapasuenos Dreamcatcher Hotel - Santa Teresa
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Don Jons Cabinas and Restaurant in Santa Teresa
Blue Surf Sanctuary - Santa Teresa
Rancho Itauna - Mal Pais
Hotel Esencia - Santa Teresa
Surf Vista Villas - Santa Teresa
Vista de Olas Hotel and Spa - Mal Pais
       

 
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

- 5/11

Waves - Head-High to slightly Overhead SW Swell. fairly clean, glassy conditions. sneaky cleanup sets every now and then

 

Best Spots: All the beach breaks have been fun on their more favorable tides.

 

Malpais/Santa Teresa


Solspot

 

 

- 5/20

Waves - 4 to 6 feet

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

Weather: Low:80 High:88
Patchy rain nearby in the morning with light winds from the NW. Partly Cloudy in the afternoon with moderate winds from the WSW.

 


- 5/21

Waves - 3 to 4 feet

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

Weather: Low:80 High:88
Light rain shower in the morning with light winds from the N. Partly Cloudy in the afternoon with moderate winds from the WSW.

 

Central Pacific

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School of the World - Jaco
Vista Guapa Surf Camp - Jaco
Hotel La Dolce Vita - Esterillos

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

Playa Hermosa

Solspot.com

- 5/20

Waves - 4 to 6 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell on the way out and South windswell steady.

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

 

- 5/21

Waves - 3 to 5 feet

Summary:
Southwest med-period swell fading with background  Southwest long-period swell steady.

Weather: Low:80 High:87
Patchy rain nearby in the morning with light winds from the NW. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with light winds from the SW.



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- 5/20

Waves - 5 to 7 feet

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

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

 

- 5/21

Waves - 4 to 5 feet

Summary:
Southwest med-period swell on the way out and Southwest long-period swell steady.

Weather: Low:80 High:87
Patchy rain nearby in the morning with light winds from the NW. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with light winds from the SW..

 

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

- 5/18

The waves this week have been normal at low tide and quite large when the tide begins to fill, windy weather in the afternoon due to weather conditions, sunny mornings and cloudy afternoons.. beach isn't crowded at this time of the year.

 

 



The best place for surfing is definitely Dominicalito.



(Surf Report written by Edwin Castillo)

Contact Here: Manuel Antonio Surf School



South Pacific

Villas Rio Mar - Dominical
Bodhi Surf School - Uvita
Costa Paraiso - Dominical
Costa Paraiso - Dominical
Cabinas La Ponderosa - Pavones
ISLS Teen Spanish Surf Camp - Dominical and Tamarindo
La Palapa Resort in Playa Matapalo de Quepos
Monkey Ride Shuttle Transportation
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

- 5/19

We've picked up some size - well overhead yesterday and today with some windows of good conditions. Some good sized barrels got made at lower tides yesterday and higher tide sessions have been inconsistent because of our stormy weather.





Dominical the best local spot as usual but both Hermosa South and Dominicalito have had some great sessions and even the point has had a few short windows of clean fun surf. 

 



Hotel Roca Verde continues with it's expanded lineup of live music. Ruby's piano lounge starts around 7pm on Wednesdays, the G-String Cowboys offer their country flavor to the mix on Thursday night while Ben Jammin' and the Howlers featuring Nancy Buchan on electric fiddle light up the Friday night spot. Great food and great music so come join the fun.

Check our website for low season specials including Ruby's 'Plant Part Art' classes. Pop in to visit her studio/gallery and see what's new. Also check with Steve for East/West massage therapy, yoga and surf instruction and surfboard sales and rentals.

Dominical


Solspot

- 5/20

Wave - 3 to 4 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell on the way out and a secondary  South windswell steady.

Weather: Low:60 High:78
Patchy rain nearby in the morning with light winds from the NNE. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with light winds from the SSE.

- 5/21

Wave - 2 to 3 feet

Summary:
Small Southwest long-period swell holding and Southwest long-period swell steady.

Weather: Low:60 High:78
Sunny in the morning with light winds from the NNE. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with light winds from the SSW.

 

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

Pavones

Solspots

- 5/20

Waves - 3 to 4 feet

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

Weather: Low:76 High:85
Partly Cloudy in the morning with light winds from the NW. Torrential rain shower in the afternoon with light winds from the SSW.

- 5/21

Waves - 3 to 4 feet

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

Weather: Low:76 High:85
Partly Cloudy in the morning with light winds from the WNW. Torrential rain shower in the afternoon with light winds from the WSW.

 


Caribbean

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

Playa Cocles

Solspot

- 5/20

Waves - 5 to 6 feet

Summary:
East-Northeast med-period swell fading.

Weather: Low:82 High:89
Sunny in the morning with moderate winds from the W. Patchy rain nearby in the afternoon with light winds from the N.

 



- 5/21

Waves - 4 to 6 feet

Summary:
East-Northeast med-period swell on the way out.

Weather: Low:84 High:89
Patchy rain nearby in the morning with moderate winds from the WNW. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with light winds from the N.


 

 


 

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