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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report ~ Volume 15, Issue 727 ~ April 21st, 2014

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National Forecast
Travel - Contests - Environment - Specials
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Leilani McGonagle - Pavones - photo: ISA
Leilani McGonagle - CRsurf team rider and Silver Medalist in the ISA World Junior Surfing Games in Ecuador - WE ARE SO PROUD of you and the Costa Rica team - photo: ISA


TIDES for April 22nd, 2013

(add ~50 min. each day) Month View

High Tide: 8.07 feet at 8:05 a.m.
Low Tide: .91 feet at 2:09 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

New Moon - April 29th


Apr 21 - 27






waist to chest
waist to chest
knee to waist
knee to waist
knee to waist
knee to waist

knee to waist

North Pacific
1 foot overhead
1 foot overhead
head high
head high
chest high
1-2 feet overhead
1-2 feet overhead
South Pacific
2-3 feet overhead

2 feet overhead

head high
2-3 feet overhead

2-4 feet overhead


Caribbean Coast - A quiet week on the Caribbean, with waves maxing at chest high Tuesday and dropping to mostly knee high for the rest of the week through the weekend.

Pacific Coast - Continued SSW swell keeps it a couple of feet overhead through Tuesday, but drops down to headhigh by Friday. Then a new SSW arrives pushing it up to 2-3 feet overhead for Saturday and Sunday. There is a little blockage from the Galapagos but expect plenty of big sets this weekend.

The Long Shot - No big swells expected for the following week, so it will drop to chest to head high for the northern beaches and be a foot bigger for the central and south Pacific zones with south facing beaches.

* 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 InnHot Lava Surfboards - Costa Rica
Adventure Inn
Premiere Surf Club in Tamarindo

Facebook Likes and YouTube Favorites

If you have a PINTEREST account, we are now selecting our favorite surf photos to post. Check them out HERE

My new favorite Latina singer, Danay Suarez, on Facebook (she is like the Lauryn Hill of Cuba)

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


Sign this petition to save the Almendros in Playa Dominical - LINK


--> Check out the trailer for this video showing the benefits of sustainable tourism and the pitfalls of large scale tourism in Costa Rica on YouTube - The Goose that lays the Golden Eggs

--> Thornton Cohen, surf photographer from Tamarindo has created a cool app to find out more about what's happening in Tamarindo. The app has descriptions of the local beaches and surf breaks, hotels and rentals, restaurant options, local emergency information with a quick call button, and more features are being added weekly. It's called Local Knowledge Tamarindo and you can find it in the I-tunes shop - LINK

--> Upcoming Concert: Paul McCartney to perform at the National Stadium on May 1st.

--> ISLS is offering a one to eight week Spanish and Adventure Camp for Families on their tropical campus, with swimming, surfing, arts and crafts, and adventure tours. See the flyer here.

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 (28-Mar-2014): BUY = 5352 colones for $1 : SELL = 551 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 12 – 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 12 – 19 – All Boys Surf Training Camp… July 19 – 26 – All Girls Surf Training Camp… July 26 – August 2 – Surf Training Camp (Tentative). Sign up here.

--> Lanzas De Fuego in Pavones is offering an all inclusive surf camp, including two boats, transportation from Golfito, and all meals, starting at $825 pp for four people. Email us to sign us.

--> Real Surf Trips Announces the JARED MELL experience, May 31st to June 7th. More details here.

--> Vista Guapa is offering three 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.

--> At La Ponderosa Pavones Resort hosts Kristy Murphy's Siren Surf Adventures during April 20-27, May 5-12, May 19-26, and June 6-13. Learn to surf or improve your surfing with premier surf instructors and have some awesome tropical adventures.

--> Del Mar Surf Camp is hosting 2014 get fit camps with Four-Time World Champion, Five-Time Surfer Poll Winner & Certified Instructor - FRIEDA ZAMBA! The Sea Escape Surf Camp takes place in Playa Hermosa (north of Santa Teresa) at Casa Kalafken, a beachfront villa with six rooms, swimming pool, private chef and more. There are 7 day retreats planned through March. Find out more.


--> Here are the results and photos from the Camelo Bikinis All Womens Surf and Bodyboard Contest on April 19th in Playa Hermosa. Lisbeth Vindas won the Womens Pro Surf and Megwyn Saunders took 1st in Womens Bodyboarding.

--> The next contest on the National Surf Tour, the Copa Unit, will be held in Santa Teresa on April 26th and 27th. See their flyer for more information - LINK.

--> From Surf Inn Hermosa - The ACOS is looking to hold the first ever BIG WAVE contest at ROCA LOCA with the waiting period being between April 14th and May 30th.

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


--> Check out the summary of the Impact of Tourism Related Development on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast on the CREST website - PDF document

--> Sign this petition to help protect Costa Rica's Marine Resources. Organized by Por Nuestro Atun, they want President Chinchilla to require that no tuna are allowed to be caught within 100 miles of the coast.

--> From Steve at Jazzys River House: Huge thanks to Justin at El Tubo and his entire crew for another classic Semana Santa Surf Classic! An epic day! Great surf, great crowd, good weather and conditions, great surfing in all divisions and in the end a major success. $762.85 USD just from entry fees for starters.

--> 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.

--> CLICK HERE to sign the petition to ban the importation of shark fins into Costa Rica!


--> Witchs Rock Surf Camp is offering Honeymoon, Anniversary, and Birthday discounts that include some specials treats. Find out more on the 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
20% discount at Cafe Playa Negra
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
Waves Costa Rica - Tamarindo
Real Surf Trips
Del Mar Surf Camp
Safari Surf School - Playa Nosara
Buena Vista Villas - Nosara
Marbella Surf Inn
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

4/19 - The tides are right and the wind is holding for the morning sessions. The afternoon sessions have been mostly rideable and often good. The Easter scene will evaporate by Monday and conditions look good for at least the first part of the week. We are finally seeing some transitional weather but don't expect rain yet.


Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

4/21 - Buenas condiciones de oleaje para esta semana, 2-3 pies con la marea bajando en las mananas, sets cada 3-5 minutos con hasta 5 olas por set, vientos del Norte desde temprano y varias personas y escuelas en el agua. Marbella has been the most consistent break for advanced surfers with 3-4 ft waves with the outgoing tides early mornings, 3 different spots in one beach spreads the people around so it does not feel so busy, always good to have lunch at Tiki Hut before drive back home. Revive wellness center at Langosta Beach Club open in Tamarindo check out the new enhanced class schedule. Now 2 morning classes and 1 afternoon class every day, except Sunday, For more information call 8533 8797.

Playa Negra

Larry at Playa Negra Realty

Playa Negra Realty
4/19 - Fun, fun, fun swell! The south of the couple days has given us a great run of waves. A new small long period south is moving in and should give us a great easter weekend. Another and bigger south will start filling in on Sunday. It will start with 20 second periods!​ The beach breaks will be firing. Take advantage of the good early morning offshore and high tide conditions and get yourself some tube time!​ Don't forget to pick up a souvenir T, sticker, or mug to help support the local Howler Monkeys. You can find them in Azul Profundo Boutique or Luna Llena hotel in Tamarindo. Thanks and be safe!​


Nosara Shack


4/17 - Fun chest high surf for the last couple of days. See the photos here - LINK Should start to get big into Monday. Pick up a hat, shirt, magazine if you are in town at Mini Super Guiones next to Robins!

Southern Nicoya Peninsula

Atrapasuenos Dreamcatcher Hotel - Santa Teresa
Beach Break Hotel in Santa Teresa
Don Jons Cabinas and Restaurant in Santa Teresa
Blue Surf Sanctuary - Santa Teresa
Rancho Itauna - Mal Pais
List your business here
Vista de Olas Hotel and Spa - Mal Pais
Playa Carmen Hotel - Mal Pais
Casa Cecilia - Santa Teresa
Hotel Esencia - Santa Teresa
List your business here
Surf Vista Villas - Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa

Mal Pais Surf Cam

4/16 - This morning waves were waist to shoulder high with few bigger sets. Light on shore wind and overcast skies. Ok waves today for the 2nd Local Contest at Playa Carmen, locals ripping, nice waves, nice people, join us tomorrow to enjoy the finals. Check our daily surf report videos on YouTube.

Central Pacific

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

Playa Hermosa

Surf Inn Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa

4/20 - HOLDING SSW with a little more joining in -- 4-6ft+ and good conditions down the beach in Hermosa. Sun out strong here in Playa Hermosa. Outlook GOOD the next few days. On its tenth anniversary, Reef Costa Rica confirmed the completion of the surf in our largest event. The Reef Classic Costa Rica 2014 Pepsi introduced by KÖLBI that also holds the coveted Miss Reef, goes to the most important surf scene in Costa Rica: Playa Hermosa de Jacó 1 to 4 May.

South Pacific

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


Dominical Lifeguards


4/19 - There was a large crowd on the beach yesterday to watch the contest and hundreds of people in the water. The lifeguards did an amazing job keeping the beach safe. Lifeguarding in one of the heaviest beach breaks in Costa Rica is not for everyone, THANK YOU Gonzalez Ariel Luciano and William Ortiz Morales for your hard work!


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Hotel Totem - Playa Cocles
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