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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report ~ Volume 15, Issue #752 ~ October 18th, 2014

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

Featured Surf Camp

Bodhi Surf School in Uvita

Bodhi Surf School in Uvita

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Noe Mar McGonagle - foto: Rossi

CRsurf Team Rider at home in Pavones. Photo: KC Rossi


TIDES for Ocotber 19th, 2014

(add ~50 min. each day) Month View

High Tide: 7.13 feet at 11:38 a.m.
Low Tide: 1.84 feet at 5:43 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

New Moon - October 23rd



Oct 19 - 25






knee to waist
knee high
knee high
knee high
knee high
knee high

knee to waist

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

1 foot overhead

1 foot overhead
chest to head
head high

1 foot overhead


Caribbean Coast - Nada for the right coast, best for snorkel and scuba this week.

Pacific Coast - South swell with a 16 second period gives the southern beaches some overhead waves through Tuesday. Then it bottoms out to waist to chest for most beaches until late Friday when a WSW swell brings a few overhead sets.

The Long Shot - A SSW arrives by the 26th with more overhead surf, but nothing big on the horizon as the South Pacific swell season nears its end.

* 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

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Check out CRsurf team rider Leilani's new video on VIMEO

.. and her brother Noe Mar also has a new video out on YouTube by KC Rossi

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CR Surf Travel Company has donated $400 to Community Carbon Trees to help plant trees in Costa Rica!
Thank you to those clients who reserved a vehicle through us for longer than a week.


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--> Prepare to party this weekend in downtown Limón, as parades, live music, and Afro-Caribbean cuisine liven up Costa Rica’s largest port city.

--> Upcoming Event: "Circus of Horrors" Halloween Party at the Backyard Bar - October 31st at 8 p.m. NO COVER before 9:30 p.m. Los Chupacabras from 8-10 p.m. Costume Contest with $500 cash prizes.

--> Hotel La Doce Vita in Esterillos is holding their 5th Annual Photo Contest. Find details on our Jaco page.

--> 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.

--> Marbella Surf Inn has new owners and will be opening the hotel/bar/restaurant on November 5th. On November 7th they are having a big party, so more details to come.

--> Many hotels and surf camps are already sold out for Christmas and New Years so if you are planning a holiday trip the time to make reservations is NOW!

--> Spirit Air has flights from Fort Lauderdale to San Jose for as low as $205 roundtrip. Contact us to help you find out when other sales are taking place.

--> Exchange Rate (28-August-2014): BUY = 534 colones for $1 : SELL = 545 colones for $1


--> ACOS is hosting a contest at Boca Barranca on October 25-26th - the Pioneers of Surf - in memory of Oswaldo Trejos Correia, the 1st Costa Rica National Champion. Categories are Surf, SUP, and bodyboard. Visit their Facebook page for details.

--> 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.

--> The next Puerto Viejo Open Pro is in November 15th in Playa Hermosa behind the Backyard Bar. Check out their Facebook page for details.

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

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


--> Seafari Costa Rica and Hang10 Distribution are organizing Lifeguarding classes certified by ILS (International Life Saving) association in Tamarindo. Contact Alejandro Aguilar to get involved or give support.

--> Urge Costa Rica to support silky shark conservation. Read more and sign the petition here.

--> October is Rise Above Plastics month, so get involved with your local Surfrider Foundation Chapter. One BIG way to help is to ask your local bar/restaurant to ask their guests if they want a straw in their drink.

--> 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.


--> Ranchos Itauna in Santa Teresa is offering rooms for $60 with kitchen and $50 without, for 2 people.

--> Harbor Reef in Playa Guiones is offering 25% off their rooms until the end of October.

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

--> 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
(click for area description)

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas

10/17 - The surf Wednesday and Thursday morning were in the head high range and good form for glassy conditions at the main peak. Just a hand full of surfers out. It is still raining here but less than normal and it wouldn’t be surprising to see some off-shore days soon if the hurricanes keep their distance. Watch the weather reports for off-shores and get ready.


Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

10/21 - Swell conditions were minimum plus the stormy days kept is blown by the on shore winds, now looking forward for clean small conditions.

Tamarindo’s River Mouth is sharing some 2-3 ft sets. Playa Grande gets most of this small swell with some 3-4ft by Thursday, clean conditions in the mornings with a friendly crowd.

Bingo and raffle, October 21st, from 7 to 9pm, at Doña Lee’s Restaurant. Proceeds to “Homeless and Helpless” animal shelter.

Playa Negra

Playa Negra Realty

Larry at Playa Negra Realty

10/17 - Nice rainy season here in Negra. Not too nice for clean waves but we'll have water to drink and shower when you visit. This weekend looks like it will have some unseasonably nice morning conditions with 3 - 4' waves at the area reefs. That size will continue through most of the week.​ Once the weekend ends, we will likely see some normal and heavy consistent on shores for the rest of the week. This will bring is some W windswell to make the beach breaks fun, albeit sloppy.​ Pick up a souvenir T, sticker, or mug from the Non-profit SalveMonos. All proceeds go to the area monkey's. You can find them at Azul Profundo Boutique or Luna Llena Hotel in Tamarindo. Thanks and be safe.​


Brayan at



10/16 - We continue with good waves and a beautiful Sun, we had a rainy season full of days with very good waves, in the morning and in the afternoon the waves do not stop we can take our surfboard and go surfing for 3 hours or more because the conditions are best. Chest high. We don't right now have many people in the water may be point with a maximum of 3 people taking many waves. Welcome to paradise where there are many more activities that you can enjoy to the fullest if you need information we can write to info@surfingnosara.com

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

10/17 - 2-3 ft windswell peaks. very small and very clean southwest windswell. glassy, light offshore conditions at 2 pm. Little bumps all up and down the beach  

Santa Teresa

Mal Pais Surf Cam

10/15 - This morning at 7am waves were waist to chest high, light off shore wind and cloudy rainy skies. High tide session with few peaks breaking at the beach break, not much people surfing as it rained all night. Should get better as the tide drops.  

Central Pacific

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


WOW surf shop

Chuck at Walking on Water Surf Shop

10/17 - After all the stormy conditions of late well we've really had a fun week here now with better weather and cleaned up conditions. Nice fun surf in the AM. 2-4 ft and clean as all get out. Hermosa was a bit bigger too! SUNNY day to day, cant beat it for “rainy season”! hahahaha! Come Surfing PLEASE! Don’t wait, tickets are cheap and you can plan your trip right here at CR SURF too! Pura Vida Chuck and the CREW at WOW SURF!

Playa Hermosa

Surf Inn Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa

10/16 - Easing short period Mix swell with a little SW showing for some fun waves 3-4ft+ with fair conditions and sun out strong here in Playa Hermosa. Outlook is GOOD for the weekend! 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! Mark your calendars for Backyard's Halloween Party - "THE PARTY OF THE YEAR" HALLOWEEN AT THE BACKYARD BAR. 8 TIL10 PM "LOS CHUPACABRAS LIVE" NO COVER BEFORE 9:30 $500 CASH PRIZES COSTUME CONTEST 1AM. DON'T WAIT IN LINE- PRE VENTAS CALL 8827-2722 . VIP TABLE SERVICE. ENTER THE CIRCUS OF HORRORS FRIDAY OCT 31, 2014

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

10/18 - Olitas pequenas. Shoulder high peaks, ultra clean, some spitting barrels early this morning and a clear blue sky. Overall excellent conditions the past few days. The swell has been dropping but the sandbars are working and when it's not storming it's rocking and rolling at Playa Dominical. Not many surfers in the water lately, not many bathers on the beach. Morning sessions best as usual but afternoon post-storm glass-off is common. It's been too small lately for the other local breaks to work although Playa Hermosa South has been mellow fun at mid-tides and Dominicalito has been small but clean at higher tides. Despite some hard rain a good crowd turned out - mostly locals for a change - for the usual Friday Night Festivities at Hotel Roca Verde. Ben Jammin' and the Howlers with Nancy Buchan on electric fiddle were wound up and charging and the second set of the evening found the dance floor full. Great food, great music as always. Check in with Jazzy's RiverHouse for the best in low season discounts: www.jazzysriverhouse.com


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