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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report ~ Volume 15, Issue 739 ~ July 16th, 2014

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National Forecast
Travel - Contests - Environment - Specials
MySpace/YouTube Favs
Best Places to Surf this Weekend

Featured Surf Photographer

Avellanas Surf Photos

Avellanas Surf Photos

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Final Circuito Nacional event poster featuring Jair Perez - photo: Dan Jenkins
Final Circuito Nacional event poster featuring Jair Perez - photo: Dan Jenkins

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TIDES for July 17th, 2013

(add ~50 min. each day) Month View

Low Tide: (-.21) feet at 12:30 p.m.
High Tide: 9.50 feet at 6:43 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

New Moon - July 26th


July 16 - 22






chest to head
waist high
waist high
chest high
chest to head


North Pacific
chest to head
chest to head
chest to head
waist high
chest to head
waist to chest
knee to waist
South Pacific


chest to head
chest high
head high
waist to chest

waist high


Caribbean Coast - The next decent ENE swell arrives late Saturday pushing in overhead sets and stays around head high through Tuesday. The Caribbean has been very consistent this summer so expect more swell for next week, too.

Pacific Coast - Minor SSW and Southwest swells keep the flatness away until Monday, but don't expect anything over head high past Friday.

The Long Shot - The next South swell arrives on the 26th with 1-2 foot overhead surf but nothing massive. Then it's another small wave week while waiting for more storms to cross the South Pacific.

* 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.

Support Our LOCAL Surf Community
Kevins Transfers - Private Service
Adventure Inn
Adventure Inn
Premiere Surf Club in Tamarindo

Facebook Likes and YouTube Favorites

The Facebook page of one of my favorite surfers on the CNS and a friend - Jair Perez - who recently volunteered to plant trees in Playa Hermosa with Costas Verdes.

Maykol Torres and the Puerto Viejo Open Pro are featured in this week's episode of Surfing Republica on Vimeo

Send in your favorite links to see it posted on the surf report!
View past links to our top lists of YouTube videos and Facebook sites


CRsurf team rider Noe Mar McGonagle earns a 2nd place finish at the WQS event in Acapulco, Mexico. Felicidades Noe Mar!


--> Bodhi Surf School has started a Travelers' Philanthropy Program donating funds to three community service organizations in the Bahia Ballena region.

--> Upcoming Events: Fiesta de La Virgen del Mar (The Fiesta of the Virgin of the Sea) - This celebration is held on Saturday July 19th. The event is held in Puntarenas by a procession of decorated fishing boats carrying a statue of La Virgen del Monte Carmelo (the city's patron saint) and a special mass.

--> We want your reviews on our Facebook page. If you've booked a trip or worked with us, let others know about it!

--> United Airlines has flights from LAX to Liberia for $584 per person round trip. Jet Blue has flights from Fort Lauderdale to San Jose for $344.00. Contact us to help you find out when other sales are taking place.

--> Don't forget that CRsurf is working with Community Carbon Trees to plant one tree for each car rental with a time period of a week or more. Check out our online reservation page here - LINK.

--> Exchange Rate (7-July-2014): BUY = 532 colones for $1 : SELL = 543 colones for $1

Upcoming Specialty Camps

--> In collaboration with International Surf Services, Real Surf Trips will be holding consecutive week-long surf camps from July 19 – August 2 of 2014 at our Wavehouse here in Playa Negra. This program will be available only to advanced levels of male and female surfers from ages 11-18 years old. Dates: July 19 – 26 – All Girls Surf Training Camp… July 26 – August 2 – Surf Training Camp (Tentative). Sign up here.

--> Vista Guapa is offering two YOLO (You Only Live Once) camps in July and December 2014. It includes daily surf sessions, flat-water paddling sessions, fitness training, photography instruction, sightseeing excursions, homemade local cuisine and much more. Plus they have SUP tours across the Gulf of Nicoya for $120. Let us know when you are ready to paddle.


--> The final event on the Circuito Nacional will be held in Playa Hermosa from July 25th-27th. Catch it live on www.SurfingCR.net.

--> The 2nd Torneo de Surf Ecologico takes place at Playa Cieneguita on the Caribe coast on August 2nd. Check their flyer for the event on Facebook.

--> Saturday Surf Series at the Backyard Bar held every Saturday at 4PM.


--> Community Carbon Trees is hosting a Kids' Nature Day on July 20th at their nursery in Platanillo. Join the event on Facebook.

--> Odyssey 2050 Climate Change film features Costa Rican astronaut Franklin Chang raising awareness of global issues and highlighting what is important to kids around the world. Watch the video on YouTube.

--> From Carl Kish, Sustainability Director at Safari Surf School in Nosara - "We have started the 2nd floor on our LEED Certified resort! Construction is moving steadily along and I could not be more excited about its progress. We installed our two 7,000 liter rainwater collection tanks a few weeks ago and we will be installing our state-of-the-art wastewater treatment system end of this month. This system will recycle treated greywater and irrigate our native vegetation around the property and will be used in our toilets to cut down on water use! Water conservation is our greatest priority as it is the most serious issue affecting the future of Nosara's growth."

--> Help keep the almendros trees from being bulldozed in Dominical by signing this petition.

--> Pick up your Dominical lifeguard t-shirts and stickers at Tortilla Flats right across from the beach in Dominical. You can help keep their program going by donating here - LINK.


--> Real Surf Trips is offering the following specials when you book a surf trip with them in September or October: 1-2 people: 10% off, 3-4 people: 15% off, 5 or more: 20% off!

--> Safari Surf School is offering $500 off of their single occupancy rates and for double occupancy a $250 discount per person! ACT NOW to secure your Summer fun with Safari Surf in gorgeous Costa Rica. This sale will end August 15th.

--> School of the World has a VIP offer for booking your next trip this summer - Apply and pay your deposit by July 15, 2014 and save $100 off of any 2014 program*. Use discount code: SURFANDSUN. They also have a 20% discount for returning alumni if you use the code: BACK4MORE.

--> If you mention CRSURF at least 20% off on all new surfboards [even Hayden HYPTO KRYPTO] at WOW Surf Shop. Bring cash and say you saw it on CR SURF or our WOW SURF website!

--> Buena Vista VIllas has Green Season specials, stay 3 nights, get your 4th for no charge!

--> Harbor Reef in Playa Guiones is offering 30% off their rates between June 22nd and August 9th.

--> Witchs Rock Surf Camp is giving away a surf trip! Find out how to win on our Tamarindo page.

--> Las Tortugas Hotel in Playa Grande is offering doubles for as low as $25 per night

--> Mention CRSURF at these local businesses and get:
10% off at Adventure Inn near the airport in San Jose
10 % off at Costa Rica Surf Institute in Tamarindo
15% discount at Pavones Riviera
10% discount at Vamos4x4.com car rentals (put 'CRSURF' in the comments section and copy your confirmation number to us to provide service during and after your trip)

For more top news stories, check here.


Northern Nicoya Peninsula

Rip Jack Inn - Playa Grande
Costa Rica Surf Club - Tamarindo
WB Surf Camp in Tamarindo
WAYRA - Surf and Spanish School - Tamarindo
Avellanas Surf Photos
Cabinas Las Olas - Avellanas
Truck for Sale
Real Surf Trips
Del Mar Surf Camp
Safari Surf School - Playa Nosara
Buena Vista Villas - Nosara
List your business here
Tamarindo Vista Villas
CR Surf Adventures - Tamarindo and Nosara
Villas Las Tecas - Playa Pelada, Nosara
Costa Rica Surf Institute - Tamarindo
Sunset Inn in Playa Langosta
Playa Negra Realty
Surf Bikini Retreat - Nosara
Harbor Reef Resort - Nosara
(click for area description)

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas

7/14 - The waves have been tiny for the last couple of days. Today, Monday, it nudged a little bit and there were some chest high sets until the tide got too high. The conditions have been perfect with many off shore days. This week should be excellent with the tides mellowing out and swinging into the morning window with twin sessions into the weekend. The water is warm and clear and the crowds have been light with soccer fever keeping the party going inland.


Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

7/15 - We had small conditions in Tamarindo, the swell was pushed away by the strong Northern winds during the past weekend, did not stop visitors to try surfing for the first time, they just had to be more cautious about flying boards. Marbella and further South along the coast winds were more mellow giving 2-3 ft waves for the more experienced and adventurous travelers. This Friday at Pangas Beach Club, 20% discount on our FISH MARKET. Live music Covertronics starts at 7:30 pm.

Playa Negra

Larry at Playa Negra Realty

Playa Negra Realty
7/14 - Although, these past days have been on the small side there has been plenty of fun surf. Today will likely be the smallest and then we will have a few medium southwest swells to play with for the upcoming week. Surf should stay in the fun to fun + size.​ ​The winds are the big news. We will continue to have unseasonably great winds for the coming week just like last week! ​Pick up a SalveMonos T, sticker, or mug and help those loveable Howler Monkey's in out area. You can find them at Azul Profundo Boutique or Luna Llena Hotel in Tamarindo. Thanks and be safe!​


Brayan at SurfingNosara.com

7/15 - The waves were really fun this morning, off shore winds, with a good size: shoulder high and some head high sets. Really clean and many people in the water and in town enjoying their vacation. If you are in the area and have any questions about the area or real estate, stop by our office! Pura Vida.

Southern Nicoya Peninsula

Atrapasuenos Dreamcatcher Hotel - Santa Teresa
List your business here
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

Central Pacific

Hotel Poseidon - Jaco
School of the World - Jaco
Vista Guapa Surf Camp - Jaco
Del Mar Surf Camp - Nosara and Playa Hermosa
Hotel La Dolce Vita - Esterillos
Hermosa Beach House


WOW surf shop

Chuck at Walking on Water Surf Shop

7/15 - Glassy smallish, shoulder high waves but tons of fun right now, great tides and its not crazy sunny but its not raining either. its kind of like the best of both, summer and winter mixed. Hermosa was sooooo fun this a.m. it was a like one of the dream days on the east coast of the U.S. but way better even!

We are still doing that 20% off all new boards [except Hayden] sale here (just mention CRsurf), have sold out of a few models but have some sweeties here still, if you need a nice high tech HIGH quality shortboard or longboard now is the time! Pura Vida and Happy Surfing, Chuck and the CREW at WOW SURF!

Playa Hermosa

Surf Inn Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa

7/15 - MIX SSW holding 4-6ft+. FAIR CONDITIONS TODAY WITH STORMS IN THE AREA. Swell set to ease tomorrow with more on the way for the end of the week. Every Friday and Saturday- there are grassroots local surf contests being held in front of the Backyard around 4PM followed by live music. MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE FINALS OF THE NATIONAL SURF CIRCUIT TO BE HELD IN PLAYA HERMOSA JULY 25th, 26th & 27th!

South Pacific

Villas Rio Mar - Dominical
Bodhi Surf School - Uvita
Costa Paraiso - Dominical
Pavones Rental home
Cabinas La Ponderosa - Pavones
ISLS Teen Spanish Surf Camp - Dominical and Tamarindo
La Palapa Resort in Playa Matapalo de Quepos
Monkey Ride Shuttle Transportation
Support the Dominical Lifeguards here - www.dominicallifeguards.org


Costa Rica Surf Realty

Trevor at Costa Rica Surf Realty

7/15 - Tuesday, Currently the swell is small with chest high waves during the high tides. The week to come looks pretty similar. We might see overhead conditions on Wednesday and Thursday but most of the week will be chest high surf. Best conditions have been in the morning or late in the afternoon. Mid day tends to have more onshore wind. Check the surf just after a hard rain for glassy conditions. The entire beach is breaking well with peaks from the rivermouth down past "Cool Vibes" hotel. Check Dominical, Playa Hermosa, and perhaps Achote on Wednesday. Friday night live concert at Tortilla Flats. Town is somewhat slow and there are plenty of rooms and houses for rent. Contact me for details.


Cashew Hill Jungle Lodge - Puerto Viejo
Hotel Totem - Playa Cocles
Hotel Sibu - Playa Chiquita

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