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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report ~ Volume 15, Issue 740 ~ July 24th, 2014

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Amazing sunsets are a daily part of the Costa Rica experience - photo: Avellanas Surf Photos
Amazing sunsets are a daily part of the Costa Rica experience - photo: Avellanas Surf Photos


TIDES for July 24th, 2013

(add ~50 min. each day) Month View

Low Tide: 1.87 feet at 6:50 a.m.
High Tide: 8.36 feet at 1:06 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

New Moon - July 26th


July 24 - 30






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

chest to head

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


1-2 feet overhead
1 foot overhead
head high

waist to chest


Caribbean Coast - Continued ENE wind swell drops off in size from overhead today down to waist to chest over the weekend. A slight bump on Tuesday with more chest high surf for the beachbreaks and a foot bigger on the reefs.

Pacific Coast - Decent South swell arriving Saturday morning bringing 1-2 feet overhead sets for the south facing beaches. It fades a foot on Sunday and another Monday, leaving small surf for the rest of next week.

The Long Shot - Next SSW swell arriving August 4th with overhead surf and building to 2 feet overhead by the 6th.

* 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
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Check out the winning video made by the Fortney family for Witchs Rock Surf Camp Community Contest. They won a free week's stay at WRSC.

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


--> Upcoming Events: Dia de Guanacaste (Guanacaste Day) - This event, held on July 25th, celebrates the annexation of Guanacaste from Nicaragua in 1824. Street fiestas, folk dancing, horse shows/parades, traditional bullfights and rodeos are just some of the events available. This is an official government and bank holiday and most businesses are closed.

--> Spirit Air is offering roundtrip flights from Orlando to San Jose for $279 per person and from Los Angeles for $489 per traveler. (Don't forget to add on the baggage fees - from $20-40 each way) 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 until August 2nd of 2014 at their Wavehouse 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 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 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.


--> Read this interesting article from Crazu.net on the advantages and disadvantages of recycling in Costa Rica. LINK

--> 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.

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

--> 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

7/23 - This has been a dream week in Playa Grande. Perfect conditions and head high to just overhead waves - the perfect size for excellent surf here without current and with well defined peaks. The surfing high tides are moving to the afternoon this week, but with non stop off shores it might not be a factor, except for the afternoon glare. The swell rested on Wed but should be strong enough on Thurs. as it comes back up for the week end. The crowds have been light except for the occasional surf schools which are not so much of a problem when you learn how to go around a prone beginner going straight on the shoulder and ignore the hyped surf guide pushing you from behind on his long board. The water is warm and clear in spite of the steady off shores.


Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

7/23 - It has been a fun mid size swell 4-5ft in South facing spots, Tamarindo did not get the best of it, perhaps 2-3ft in the best sets, lots of people at the River mouth and Piko pequeno, on the bright side its been clear sky and off shore winds every day. Avellanas and Junquillal reported 3-5ft in the best days with up to 5 waves per set, not so crowded in the point breaks, nice lefts at La Purruja on Friday with the out going tides. At Pasatiempo Hotel, enjoy and play at the Acoustic Open Mike Jam Session at Pasatiempo it wouldn't be the same without you! Every Saturday, starts at 7:30pm.

Playa Negra

Larry at Playa Negra Realty

Playa Negra Realty
7/23 - Lots of fun surf to be had this past week. This coming week looks the same. Boohooo! We have a couple south swell bumps this week followed by a nice little long period SW'er. The beach breaks will be barreling through the weekend and the reefs by early next week!​ ​Winds will be consistently offshore for the next week. This is not normal but we'll take it! Keep in mind that we are in drought conditions here and do your best to conserve water while hanging around here.​ ​Big golf tournament in Reserva Conchal August 2nd and 3rd. Proceeds to benefit Surf for Youth and some cool senior citizens. Click on my logo if you want more information. Pura Vida and stay safe!​


Brayan at SurfingNosara.com

7/22 - Another sunny morning in Playa Guiones, off shore winds, chest to shoulder high range waves. Not many people in the water, the season is starting to slow down so, if you want to score some waves with little crowds, this is your time to come to Nosara! If you want to book a house or have any area questions, send us an email.

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

7/22 -Hermosa was quite fun today some 3-4ft and glassy a.m. with not too many people about! Fun surf for sure, great morning tides and you can surf just about anywhere between here and there right now!

Got some great deals going on in the shop right now and if you are surf school /surf shop operator and need boards it’s a great time to get some new NSPs, a fresh arrival of 2014 on the books for Wednesday the 23rd! We will be offering some great buy here pay here deals out of our warehouse! Thanks for letting us help you do good business!

Playa Hermosa

Surf Inn Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa

7/23 - New SSW showing for FUN waves this morning 3-5ft+ Overcast here in Playa Hermosa makes for a great day of surfing. Outlook is good the next few days as more swell fills in. 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


Steve at Jazzys River House

Jazzys River House - Dominical

7/23 - Indian Summer weather and surf conditions lately. Head high and clean at higher tides but mid-day winds and afternoon rain storms have been spoiling the fun some days. No Punta Dominical action in a while but Hermosa has had some especially good days this past week - higher tides especially. Dominicalito has had some fun high tide sessions with an occasional head high wave but summer style conditions prevail: even the biggest waves are soft as always. Friday night live music at Hotel Roca Verde. Good food, a great band and plenty of dance floor.


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Hotel Totem - Playa Cocles
Hotel Sibu - Playa Chiquita

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