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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report ~ Volume 15, Issue 726 ~ April 13th, 2014

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Leilani McGongale - photo: Alfred Barquero
Leilani McGongale - - ISA World Junior Surfing Games Finalist - photo: Alfred Barquero


TIDES for April 13th, 2013

(add ~50 min. each day) Month View

Low Tide: .92 feet at 7:27 a.m.
High Tide: 8.30 feet at 1:46 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon (and LUNAR ECLIPSE) - April 15th
New Moon - April 29th


Apr 14 - 20






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

waist to chest

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

1-2 feet overhead

head high
head high
2 feet overhead

1-2 feet overhead


Caribbean Coast - Fading ENE swell starts the week with waves dropping from head high sets to almost nada. Mostly knee to waist through Saturday with a foot bump Sunday from the next building ENE swell.

Pacific Coast - As predicted, the SSW swell is bringing 1-2 foot overhead surf with a few bigger sets for the better south facing beaches. This swell drops to chest to head high by Wednesday, but a new one from the same direction pushes it back to 2 feet overhead by Saturday and staying overhead for the weekend.

The Long Shot - Nothing powerful around through the 26th, but on the 27th a new Southwest brings some 1-2 foot overhead waves through to the end of month.

* 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
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If you like Reggae Music, check out these downloads from Malfred (from Tanzania!) on Reverb Nation.

A favorite Costa Rica surf photographer, check out Esteban Delgado's latest videos on his Facebook page.

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Leilani McGonagle earns medals in BOTH under 16 and under 18 divisions of the ISA World Jr. Surfing Games April 5-13th. See all the results on http://isawjsc.com/


--> From Steve at Jazzys River House: 4th annual Dominical Lifeguards Semana Santa Surf Classic contest on April 18th. This event is organized and hosted by Justin Hague at El Tubo Surf Shop and is an important ingredient in the support of the beach safety program. Visit DominicalLifeguards.org for more details.

--> 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 = 542 colones for $1 : SELL = 557 colones for $1

Upcoming Specialty Camps

--> 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.


--> The next event on the CREATURES Circuito Guanacasteco de Surf by Reserva Conchal to benefit the Surf for Youth program will be in Tamarindo this weekend. Check the flyer here.

-->CRsurf is now a media partner for the upcoming Camelo Bikinis All Womens Surf and Bodyboard Contest on April 19th in Playa Hermosa. Visit their Facebook page for details.

--> 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.


--> 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 the Tico Times: Ocean conservation group MarViva filed a lawsuit with the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (Sala IV) on Thursday, alleging that the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (Incopesca) illegally renewed three shrimp trawling licenses following a court order not to do so. 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.

--> 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
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Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas

4/11 - The surf has been small (head high sets for the most part) and good. The off shore wind blew too hard at times for great surf and a few people got popped in the face by wind propelled boards, but overall there wee some great sessions. The surfing tides are headed for the afternoon now and the Easter vacation crowd is filling in. Come join the party or find somewhere else to hide.


Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

4/9 - Minimum conditions along the week, waves range 1-2 ft in Tamarindo, as usual for April it gets really hot and winds calm, double session days with glassy conditions in the morning and on shore winds in the early afternoon, this have not stopped the crowds to jump in the water and catch some waves. Playa Grande has been a bit more consistent, 2-3 ft waves within the incoming tides in the afternoon, sort of crowded but still waves for everyone. Pacifico Bar organize the Sunday Party in Tamarindo with Dj Bismark and great deals on drinks, pretty much 2x1 in cocktails and beers, it all starts around 9-10pm.

Playa Negra

Larry at Playa Negra Realty

Playa Negra Realty
4/11 - Non stop fun waves! This coming week will be more of the same. A nice little SW bump will continue to produce head high waves at the standouts. Follow that up with a good sized SSW which will also produce some overhead sets starting on Monday through Wednesday. BOOOOHOOO, there will be a third SSW at the end of the week. Keep your board waxed and ready! The winds will hold steady in the mornings every day for the next week. If you only like onshore ramps than you should wait until after lunch! Pick up a souvenir T, sticker or mug that supports the local Howler Monkeys via SalveMonos.org. You can find them at Azul Profundo Boutique or Luna Llena Hotel in Tamarindo. Pura Vida. Thank you and be safe!


Nosara Shack


4/11 - Guiones was great morning and evening sessions. Want proof? See the photos here - LINK Look for a slight increase in size but nothin spectacuIar in the makes. Lots of earthquakes the last few days. Always keep that in the back of your mind whiIe you are here. It was no fun the 7.6 we had a year and 1/2 ago. We feIt thousands of after shocks for 6 months afterwards. I am sure Nica is going through the same thing now, but problem is their aftershock was bigger than the earthquake yesterday meaning it wasn't an after shock it was a quake or a foreshock. Not saying anythng Doomy but trying to keep it in people's head. Pura Vida!

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
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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

4/11 - This morning at 7 am waves were waist to shoulder high with few bigger sets. On/Cross shore wind sunny clear skies. A little messy, wind was changing a lot, a few ok waves now and then. As the tide raised howling off shore wind hit and got so much better. 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


WOW surf shop

Chuck at Walking on Water Surf Shop

4/11 - Well its waist to chest at best, Jaco has had its first raindrops fall but it hasn’t helped the surf YET, looks like next week we get some swell and it should get better! I wonder about the BOCA but its vacation time so not in my possibilities for next week but if your free grab a long smooth left for me please! Still doing our select board specials in the shop with some new boards as low as $395 and the HaydenShapes are killing it right now! Come on by and say hello, Happy Surfing, Chuck and the CREW from WOW SURF

Playa Hermosa

Surf Inn Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa

4/12 - Currently, 3-4ft+ with low tide in the morning and high tide mid day. Sun out STRONG here in Playa Hermosa Small SW holding thru the weekend with a new SSW moving in Sunday bringing head high waves and good conditions here in the Central Pacific zone. MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR CAMELO BIKINIS 2014 SURF FESTIVAL "TORNEO DE CHICAS SURFISTAS" TO BE HELD AT BACKYARD ON APRIL 19th: AND THEN FOR BIG WAVE SURFING -INVITATIONAL ONLY- AT ROCA LOCA to be held between April 14th and May 30th BY ACOS -for more info: contact 8569 9706

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


Steve at Jazzys River House

Jazzys River House - Dominical

4/12 - A string of overhead and extra clean morning offshore sessions has slipped into a lower gear and yesterday some unsettled weather arrived giving us a brisk side-shore breeze and often messy conditions throughout the day. Plenty of good surf here the past few days including some shining barrel sessions. Hermosa South reports have all been good lately and Dominicalito has been it's usual mellow self but with a bump up in size. The Point has had some decent mid sized surf but not much for crowds. Surfer numbers are down at all area beaches. Friday the 18th - Good Friday is the 4th annual 'Dominical Lifeguards Semana Santa Surf Classic' surf contest featuring big waves and big prizes. Dominical Lifeguards go back on the Tower tomorrow for the first time since December 30th, 2013. Thanks to the generous donors who made it possible.


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