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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report ~ Volume 16, Issue #765 ~ February 3rd, 2014

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Leilani McGonagle - photo: Fabian Sanchez
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TIDES for February 4th, 2014

(add ~50 min. each day) Month View

Low Tide: (-1.07) feet at 11:58 a.m.
High Tide: 10.06 feet at 6:20 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - March 5th


Feb 23 - Mar 1








3-5 feet overhead
1-2 feet overhead
head high
chest to head
1-2 feet overhead
2 feet overhead

3-4 feet overhead

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

waist to chest

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

chest high


Caribbean Coast - Not much of a lull between strong ENE swells (10 second period) pushing in surf in the 2-3 feet overhead range. Biggest Monday and then next Sunday.

Pacific Coast - Minimal SSW and South swells (14 second period) giving the Pacific coast waist to chest high surf throughout the week. The Southwest coming has some blockage from the Galapagos, but should produce some overhead surf by 4th.

The Long Shot - A good run of overhead surf starts on the 4th and should continue through March 12th, first from the Southwest, and then the SSW.

* The forecast is made using 16 years of wave model and report analysis, but can't be accurate 100% of the time. To do your own, use our links.

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Photos from the first day of the Circuito Creatures Pro in Tamarindo by Surfing Nation Magazine on Facebook

The Robert August Surf and Turf Charity Challenge has their Facebook event page live here.

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Envision Festival 2015 returns to Uvita from February 26th to March 1st. Four day of live music, yoga, art, cultural shows, and all around good times.


--> From Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa: Mark your calendars for Jungle Jam in the Central Pacific Coast March 19th - March 22nd being held out at Doce Lunas.

--> Robert August Surf and Turf Fundraiser for the non-profit kids group CEPIA in Tamarindo, April 17th-19th. Find out more here.

--> Exchange Rate (26-Jan-2015): BUY = 531 colones for $1 : SELL = 543 colones for $1


--> Federico Pilurzo wins the second date on the Circuito Guanacaste de Surf, the Copa Tiki Hut, held on February 14th and 15th in Playa Marbella. The next event is the Copa Kina Surf on March 7th and 8th in Santa Teresa. For details, photos, and signup info visit the SURF CGS Facebook page.

--> Tamarindo to host the Kölbi National Circuit this weekend with waves of 2 meters. Read more (Spanish and English)

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


--> Real Surf Trips Gives back to their local community by offering first aid classes in April. Read more.

--> 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.


--> How about an exclusive Family Surf Retreat with Del Mar Surf Camp? Private accommodations for four, roundtrip transfers, daily breakfast and lunch, daily surf lessons and equipment, professional photographer, and a custom gift. Plus choose from additional activities like hiking, yoga, or horse back riding. Only $5500 for the whole family for six nights and seven days. Email us to sign up.

--> CRsurf has partnered with Fishing Nosara to organize a surf boat charter for advanced surfers coming to Playa Guiones in 2015. This package includes seven nights in a quality rental home with laundry, breakfast, and house cleaning. Boards you can rent (or bring for a discounted rate), plus you get a deluxe four passenger golf cart, and TWO boat tours to remote big wave points or reefs that are not accessible by land. Send us a note if you are interested.

--> 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

2/19 - The high tides for surfing in Playa Grande are in the afternoon now for a few days, and yesterday the wind came on shore before the peak tidal conditions. The water immediately warmed up and the break from weeks of great waves almost felt good. Thursday looks better for afternoon off shores and the swell still has some push. Expect plenty of surfers and be prepared to spread out with the small wave conditions and the endless parade of surf schools. I’m still trying to figure out what they are teaching them other than “pop ups” and white water balancing. Courtesy may not be too high on true curriculum. In a few days we should be able to do day break and start the morning cycle over again.


Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

2/17 - Tamarindo has been small but clean and super fun, 1-2ft waves and crowded every day, water temperature make us (locals) look fun wearing the full wetsuits. Avellanas, Marbella, Langosta had been a lot more consistent and exposed to these North swells, 2-4ft windy and crowded days as usual at this time of the year. Copa Creatures, will be held in Tamarindo this 21st – 22nd of Feb. another date of Circuito Nacional de Surf; Friday 20th live music and Reef girls at Crazy Monkey, 8pm.

Playa Negra

Playa Negra Realty

Larry at Playa Negra Realty

2/18 - ​Great swell we had this weekend in Negra. There were plenty of overhead barreling waves! Looks like more of the same for this coming weekend and early week. Couple this Sw'er that is on the way with a fun NW'er and you get some sick combo waves at the reefs. Should be extra peaky.​ Offshores should be nothing less than solid. They will be so strong at times that you will need a 1mm neoprene rash guard for the combination of the upwelling and wind.​ Check out Salvemonos.org. Buy a souvenir T, sticker or mug at Luna Llena hotel or Azul Profundo Boutique. All proceeds go directly to our beloved monkeys. Thanks and be safe!


James at SurfingNosara.com

2/21 - Best day this week so far with super good waves in the overhead range, tubes and offshore winds! Surf was good all through out the morning with maybe the best time around 10:00am. I have some really good photos today it was hard to stop shooting.

Southern Nicoya Peninsula

Atrapasuenos Dreamcatcher Hotel - Santa Teresa
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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

2/19 - Fun swell this last week, nw/sw combo with good offshore conditions. Southern hemi is getting cranked up. Looks like more swell coming this week. All beachies have been fun, a few of the reefs have had a few waves as well.  

Santa Teresa

Mal Pais Surf Cam

2/19 - This morning at 7 am waves were waist to chest high with some head high sets. Off shore wind and sunny clear skies. A bit smaller than yesterday but with excellent shape. Constant sets, just a few catching.  

Central Pacific

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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

2/19 - Today was kind of funky with a strong north ripping it up a bit but there were still some waves to be had. Weather is great cool nights and sunny days ! Surfs been pretty good all season so far, way better than last year! Joseph “PALITO” Mendez [WOW surf team rider] just picked up Cobian Sandals as a new sponsor at the exhibition they did in Puntarenas yesterday. He's killing it right now even won another event at Hermosa last weekend. Wants the Championship bad this year for Boys division and he almost won last year but this year hes even more on it! No special business news, shop always has some nice deals on new surfboards and of course we carry only A-GRADE PRODUCT HERE! Thanks again , Chuck and the CREW at WOW SURF!

Playa Hermosa

Surf Inn Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa

2/21 - Slightly overcast with smaller waves today. Really strong tides today as it is a new moon. Still some surf, in the 2-3 foot range and should improve as the tide starts to fill and and be decent for the afternoon session well. Mark your calendars for Jungle Jam in the Central Pacific Coast March 19th - March 22nd being held out at Doce Lunas - Going to be a FUN time here in the Central Pacific zone!

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

2/19 - Exceptionally good surf lately. Bigger than usual for this time of year with some classy, clean, overhead peaks and lots of low tide sessions with smaller but perfect tubes. Today not a cloud in the sky, the size has dropped - chest to waist high but well formed and the morning low tide session offered plenty of little barrels to a small crowd. Higher tide mid-day picked up a little wind but the shape held and the summer fun continued. Dominical's been the biggest but a couple of days recently the Point picked up some size and held some shape. Mostly the Point has been too small to work but next door at Dominicalito we've had some fun high tide sessions lately. Playa Hermosa South has been smaller but clean and fun and mostly un-crowded.
Live music has bumped up locally with Hotel Roca Verde holding down regular Friday nights; Tortilla Flats, Rum Bar and Patron's adding to the live music scene as well. Check our website: www.jazzysriverhouse.com or come by and say hi.


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