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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report ~ Volume 15, Issue #756 ~ November 18th, 2014

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TIDES for November 19th, 2014

(add ~50 min. each day) Month View

Low Tide: 1.47 feet at 6:20 a.m.
High Tide: 7.44 feet at 12:34 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - November 22nd


Nov 18 - 24








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

waist to chest

North Pacific
waist high
waist to chest
chest high
head high
1 foot overhead

chest to head

South Pacific
chest high

chest to head

head high
1-2 feet overhead
1 foot overhead

head high


Caribbean Coast - The surf season has started with a ENE swell keeping it head high or better through midday Thursday, then dropping to mostly waist to chest high waves for the weekend. A new ENE arrives Tuesday with more head high surf and will increase in size later next week.

Pacific Coast - Continued minimal surf until Friday when a SSW arrives late in the day with some overhead sets. Size increases to 2 feet overhead Saturday and then drops a foot Sunday. The swell fades out Monday leaving small conditions for next week.

The Long Shot - Nothing over head high expected for the Pacific coast through next Saturday. As the South Pacific season winds down the Caribbean is starting to fire up.

* 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
Premiere Surf Club in Tamarindo

Facebook Likes and YouTube Favorites

Check the results and photos from the 3rd stop of the Puerto Viejo Open Pro on the Facebook page.

Don't forget the Costa Rica Surfing Awards taking place on December 17th. Check their event page on Facebook.

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


21 Day Yoga Teacher Training Certfication Program with Angelica Govaert from Sin City Yoga out of Las Vegas Nevada. Surf Inn Hermosa Janaury 18th - February 8th. Contact us for more info. 


--> Spirit Airlines to fly San José-Houston four times per week starting May 28th, 2015.

--> Nature Air is offering flights from San Jose to Tamarindo for $59 each way. They also are starting service to Limon on December 1st for only $45 each way for the month of December. Contact us to book your trip.

--> Spirit Air has flights from Fort Lauderdale to San Jose for as low as $212 roundtrip. Contact us to help you find out when other sales are taking place.

--> Exchange Rate (9-November-2014): BUY = 534 colones for $1 : SELL = 545 colones for $1


--> Josymar Fuentes and Danny Bishko are the newest team riders for SUPERbrand in Costa Rica. Read more.

--> The ACOS junior contest in Avellanas was a great success. Congrats to Zulay Martinez for her 1st place finish for the girls and Dean Vandewalle for the boys. See all the results and photos on the ACOS Facebook page.

--> Costa Rica Open of Surfing to take place in Playa Hermosa on December 6th-7th with $15000 cash prizes. Follow the event on their Facebook event page.

--> Playitas in Manuel Antonio will be hosting a contest on November 28-29th with $2000 for the Open category. Find out more on the ASUQUE Facebook page.

--> Yes, there is a surf contest for DOGS coming up in Jaco on December 5th, organized by ACOS. Check the flyer here.

--> Gran final del circuito local de surf 2014 presentada por Denga Surf Shop los dias Sabado 13 y Domingo 14 de Diciembre en la Lora Surf Spot. Inscripciones abiertas apartir del 1ero de Diciembre en Ticasurfbikinis Costa Rica. 6000 colones categorias: open, mujeres, junior, boys, minigromets mujeres y hombres, estrellitas, master y longboard. Ademàs contaremos con la animaciòn de Cesar Vargas Coto, musica en vivo, ventas de comida, y jueces certificados de la I.S.A Se estaràn obsequiando dos tablas custom made para dos ganadores del circuito patrocindadas por denga surf board todos invitadisimos a dos dias llenos de buen surf y ambiente familiar los esperamos.

--> The Costa Rica Surfing Awards take place December 17th at the Belle Lounge and Gallery in Paseo Colon. Sign up to go and get more details on their Facebook event page.

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


--> The My Ocean Guardian Journey Contest is your chance to showcase what you are already doing for the ocean and environment, or share a new and original idea. The contest runs through December 31st and the prizes awarded (including a week's stay at Bodhi Surf School) on January 26, 2015. The two categories are Best Actions and Best Ideas.

--> PRETOMA describes 'historic' day for international shark conservation as hammerheads, thresher, and silky sharks added to protected list. LINK

--> 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 and International Surf Services would like to invite you to their upcoming international training camps. This is for elite surfers from 11-18 years old, taking place in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Contact us for details.

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

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas

11/15 - The morning high tides have brought traditional clean November surf to Playa Grande. The morning wind has been off-shore all week and should continue. The good surf is head high plus on the sets and the sky is surf friendly overcast. EVERYBODY is surfing at the best tides. Since Playa Grande sticks so far out in the Pacific, it can break when everybody else is coasting on longboards or recovering in bed from hangovers. On the other hand, the windows are 5 hours long and there are times when it doesn’t seem crowded. Saturday should be a big surf party here - bring a date.


Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

11/12 - A new tourist season is about to begin, we are all now getting ready and hoping for good waves to all. Small 1-2 ft waves in Tamarindo, been great for SUPers and beginners to practice and ride the clean sets that hit the beach break, felt more crowded during the weekends, rain seems to move away. Playa Grande, been more exposed to the swell enjoyed some 2-3ft solid and long waves at the main break. Despites the crowd there were waves for everyone.

Monday the 17th to Friday the 21st Asociacion Nacional de Guardavidas will be instructing the Open Water lifeguard course. Cost of program is US$ 150 per person, certification is regcognized by International Life Saving (ILS). Registration is still open, contact info.seafaricr@gmail.com for further information or to register.

Playa Negra

Playa Negra Realty

Larry at Playa Negra Realty

11/14 - There have been a few fun waves this past week. At the time of this writing the swell is dropping. Break out the fun shapes and long boards because it looks a bit lackluster for the first time in ten months. South swell standouts like Langosta and Grande are the best bets this week.​ The wind looks solidly offshore for most of the next week. Yes, dry season has arrived.​ Don't forget to pick up a souvenir T, sticker or mug to support the monkey non-profit SalveMonos. All proceeds go towards hanging bridges over power lines. Pura vida, thanks, and be safe!


Buena Vista Villas

Penny at Buena Vista Nosara

11/14 - Surf looks fun today, high tide and slow rolling waves coming through. Tomorrow should be more of the same. Bring some big equipment and enjoy the glide.


Eric at



11/17 - Buenas Tardes amigos. Friday and Saturday had us feeling some good offshore winds, but it slowly crept back around the other way, and the rains also came back yesterday. The surf this morning was in the chest high range, a bit mixed up with several run-outs pumping through the lineup. The rights seemed better than the lefts for sure. We'll expect the swell to slowly fade over the week. I thought we were switching over into the summer mode, but apparently we aren't quite there yet.

Southern Nicoya Peninsula

Atrapasuenos Dreamcatcher Hotel - Santa Teresa
Pura Vida Adventures - Surf Camp and Yoga Retreat in Santa Teresa
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

Santa Teresa

Kina Surf Shop Santa Teresa

Eric from Kina Surf

11/15 - small, 1-2 ft swell. nice clean conditions but not much energy in the water this weekend. still a wave on the right tide Beachbreaks Good luck to Anthony, Ramon and Olman at the ALAS contest in El Salvador next week!

Santa Teresa

Mal Pais Surf Cam

11/15 - This morning at 6:30am waves were knee to waist high with an occasionally bigger set, off shore wind and mostly clear skies. Smaller than the last days, perfect for a longboard session.  

Central Pacific

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

Playa Hermosa

Surf Inn Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa

11/16 - Superfun in the morning, 3-5 feet with some occasionally larger sets coming thru. SSW swell. New SSW on the horizon for Monday. Every Friday - it is the MASTERS Surf Series at the BACKYARD BAR  and Saturday- it is the SATURDAY SURF SERIES - Both are grassroots local surf contests being held in front of the Backyard around 4PM followed by live music and always a good time!

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

11/15 - The morning high tide sessions have been excellent. A little overhead, peaky and clean and un-crowded. Tending to close out despite being peaky but otherwise lots of fine waves continuing throughout the day at all tides depending on the daily weather. It's still the green season and the afternoons are mostly rainy. Playa Hermosa has been smaller than Dominical but fairly clean and also not crowded. Dominicalito has been inconsistent at best lately - mostly too small and mellow. No serious Point action. Join Ben Jammin' & the Howlers including fiddler extraordinaire Nancy Buchan each Friday for a lively night of great food, music and fun. Check with Jazzy's RiverHouse for low-season discounts on lodging, therapeutic body work, yoga and surf lessons. See www.jazzysriverhouse.com


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