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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report ~ Volume 15, Issue #760 ~ December 18th, 2014

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National Forecast
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Best Places to Surf this Weekend

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School of the World in Jaco

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Witchs Rock - photo: Alfredo Barquero
Witchs Rock on fire during the latest WNW swell - photo: Alfredo Barquero


TIDES for December 19th, 2014

(add ~50 min. each day) Month View

Low Tide: 1.26 feet at 6:24 a.m.
High Tide: 7.48 feet at 12:42 p.m
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - December 21st


Dec 19 - 25








knee to waist
1 foot overhead
head high
1 foot overhead
3-4 feet overhead
3 feet overhead

1-2 feet overhead

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

head high

South Pacific
head high

head high

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

head high


Caribbean Coast - Friday is the only small day in this forecast as the first ENE swell arrives Saturday and that is backed up by a BIGGER ENE arriving late Monday, pushing in surf up to double overhead at the premier reef passes. The swell stays around through Wednesday and drops only couple of feet by next Friday, but still overhead for the weekend.

Pacific Coast - WNW swell holds up for Friday, but then fades for the weekend leaving chest high surf by Monday. Tuesday through Thursday look small, and then some more South mixed with WNW pushes it back up to head high starting Friday and extending into next weekend.

The Long Shot - With major storms heading off the coast of the U.S., expect them to push in major waves to the Caribbean. On the Pacific, more WNW swell arrives by the 28th, mixing with leftover South swell which means overhead A-frames for the last few days of the year.

* 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.


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Trip a Guana con Tomas King, Jair Perez, Flaco Naranjo, Luis Castro y Doryan Viquez - Surfing Republica.

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The winners of the 2014 Costa Rica Surfing Awards are:
Mejor foto Amateur: Alvaro Jimenez
Mejor foto Profesional: Martín Laborde
Mejor maniobra Metropolitana: Felipe Pozuelo
Mejor maniobra Bodyboard: Edwin Offer
Mejor maniobra Junior: Noe Mar McGonagle
Mejor maniobra Femenino: Nataly Bernold
Mejor Aéreo: Noe Mar McGonagle
Ola mas Grande: Isaac Vega
Power Surfing: Carlos Muñoz
Mejor Tubo: Isaac Vega
Wipeout: Danny Bishko
Surfeador del Año: Carlos Muñoz


--> LAST MINUTE Christmas and New Years openings at Hermosa Surf Inn in Playa Hermosa. Contact us for details for a great place to spend the holidays.

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

--> 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 (11-December-2014): BUY = 528 colones for $1 : SELL = 540 colones for $1


--> Pavones Grom contest hosted by CRsurf team rider Noe Mar McGonagle, December 20th. Categories are Boys, <10, <12, and <15, plus Girls <16. Sign up at his house and meet on the beach.

--> Noe Mar McGonagle wins both the Open and Junior categories of the Costa Rica Open; Lisbeth takes the Women's crown. Read more.

--> The first date of the Circuito Nacional Olympus 2015 will be January 24th-25th in Puerto Viejo.

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


--> From Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica: Tamarindo Growing Together, the Association for Integral development of Playa Tamarindo and the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism of Tamarindo invite to the big fund raising for lifeguards, security, recycling, Oneida park and many more projects of interest for our community. Pangas restaurant, Saturday 20th, from 4:30pm to 12pm, entrance $10 adults, $5 kids under 10y/o. Raffles, activities for kids, exhibition of sports, cooking and dancing, surf, SUP, skate, reiki, jiujitsu, live music and much more.

--> APM Terminals set to begin construction in 2015 on $1 billion Costa Rica port after environmental study approved. From the Tico Times.

--> 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.

--> Rather thann cutting down a tree, how about planting one? In case you want a tax deduction for all your Holiday GIVING! Cool trees for cool people! See how much your loved ones enjoy receiving a real tree for Christmas cared for long time by committed community members with help from Community Carbon Trees - Costa Rica.

--> 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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Witchs Rock

Walter at H2OGoSouth - Boat Trips to Witchs Rock and Ollies Point

12/15 - Offshore winds and chest-head high barrels! This is what we have been enjoying at Witches Rock these past days, and the swell is just starting. Ollie’s Point is also seeing epic conditions, but the WNW swell is not getting in there. Witches Rock will go off this whole week! Offshore winds, uncrowded peaks, and hollow barrels await you at Witches Rock. Ollie’s will be firing only Wednesday and Thursday, don’t miss out! Barrel fest at Witches! Don’t miss out!

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas

12/16 - The morning high tides have brought us some great waves this week and should continue at least to the weekend. The bump in the swell on Saturday was a nice break in the consistent head/shoulder high swells we’ve had for so long, even though there were a high percentage of close outs in the slightly overhead surf probably due to the swell direction. Look for more of the same and watch the wind reports as we move into the afternoon high tides for surfing over the weekend. This is a great time for surfing in Playa Grande with the often cloudy overhead conditions, moderate off-shores, and smaller swells which are magnified here and quite often clean.


Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

12/16 - Having a lot of fun in our backyard, this swell direction is hitting Tamarindo at its best, Henrry’s Point, Pico Grande and River mouth are working great with the incoming tides, early birds are getting the bigger bombs. Beach breaks have been more crowded than the rocky bottom spots. We kept it local since the swell is working so good here, however got report of similar conditions in Marbella and Negra. Tamarindo Growing Together, the Association for Integral development of Playa Tamarindo and the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism of Tamarindo invite to the big fund raising for lifeguards, security, recycling, Oneida park and many more projects of interest for our community. Pangas restaurant, Saturday 20th, from 4:30pm to 12pm, entrance $10 adults, $5 kids under 10y/o. Raffles, activities for kids, exhibition of sports, cooking and dancing, surf, SUP, skate, reiki, jiujitsu, live music and much more.

Playa Negra

Playa Negra Realty

Larry at Playa Negra Realty

12/15 - Big props to Playa Negra's Aldo Chirinos who won the Gold for under 16 at the Central American Surfing Games!!!​We had a great north swell this past weekend. Standouts were overhead and clean. this week we are looking towards having plenty of surf as well. The north facing points will be pumping all week. At the end of this week we will see a nice SSW which will combo the peaks with the norths.​ Overall we are looking at another week of of shores. It may turn late on Wed/Thursday late but may come back around by the end of the day​. Don't forget to pick up a souvenir T, sticker or mug to support the non-profit helping the local howler monkeys. SalveMonos.org. Find them at Azul Profundo Boutiqe or Luna Llena Hotel in Tamarindo. Thanks and be safe!​


Nosara Shack

Graham at NosaraShack.com

12/17 - Surf has been really fun mid morning with the tide dropping out a little. Today was no different. Head high on the sets and really hollow. Look for a small increase in size into tomorrow. Enjoy the photos and the rest of the week.


Eric at



12/18 - Great beach day today! Waves in the head to a few feat overhead range and good conditions with offshore winds. Looks to be fun for the entire day and afternoon. Stop by our office to browse all of our daily photos. If you don't see your photo you can book a private photo session at the office.

Southern Nicoya Peninsula

Atrapasuenos Dreamcatcher Hotel - Santa Teresa
Costa Rica advertising
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

Costa Rica advertising
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

12/15 - Fun smallish surf but still shoulder high and clean, some rain still but keeping it glassy. Nights are chilly for here and its still pretty fresh by the time you get in the water! What's the Carib like? Havent heard anything but it should be on FIRE! Yeah looks like the SELE did good in El Sal! Nice work . Support your local surfers and buy boards from the guys that are sponsoring the seleccion, watch for gray market surfboards and sunglasses Costa Rica is full of them right now! Want a nice local built board built with pride check out either Carton or Luis Vindas both good dudes building their own labels with pride built right here in Jaco, CR .Anyways we have the goods just come on by and check out the best quality surf product you can find , right here at WOW SURF! The Crew is here!

Playa Hermosa

Surf Inn Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa

12/18 - PEAKY FUN -NEW MIX S / SW with some West in it - 3-5ft+ and real fun. Coming out of rainy season with the sun coming out strong today in Playa Hermosa. Outlook is good for the next few days with waist to head high waves. For Great Vacation Packages: Check out Surf Inn Hermosa's Surf Vacation Pacakges - Surfing, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), yoga, fitness, healthy food & plenty of good times included!

Manuel Antonio

Oscar at Manuel Antonio Surf School

12/8 - Manuel antonio was like knee to chest high waves kinda choppy. Best spots to surf Playitas and Isla Damas. SUP contest in Manuel Antonio this weekend.

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


Costa Rica Surf Realty

Trevor at Costa Rica Surf Realty

12/16 - Currently set waves are chest high at best. However it looks like there is a small mix of swells coming in this week. The size should remain small with set waves between knee and head high all week. The conditions have been cleaning up as we move into our summer months but it is still idea at sunrise until about 9am and from 4:30pm-dark. The entire beach is surfing well with peaks from the river mouth to Roca Verde. Get out there and find your own peak. Playa Dominical and Playa Hermosa are the only waves breaking this week. Dominical is your best bet for the most size and power. Live music at Tortilla Flats on Wednesday and a disco on Saturday. Laddies night on Wednesday night at Maracatu. Friday night music at the Rum Bar and at Roca Verde.


Steve at Jazzys River House

Jazzys River House - Dominical

12/8 - We slipped back into the rainy season this past week with three days of wind and rain. The waves have been small - head high or less but remain peaky and well formed. The sandbars are holding and the conditions clean up nicely between rain storms. Plenty of fun waves at all tides. Crowd levels still sparce for the most part. Playa Dominical has had the most to offer lately but Playa Hermosa has had some fun sessions on the small side and Dominicalito has been it's usual small and mellow self. Another packed house for Roca Verde last Friday night so make plans to come early next Friday for great food and live music with Ben Jammin' and the Howlers and Nancy Buchan on electric fiddle! Check www.jazzysriverhouse.com or stop by and inquire about our specials and discounts on lodging, arts & crafts, therapeutic body work, yoga classes and surf lessons.


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