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Dominical Lifeguard surf contest

Reef Classic Pepsi Surf Contest

Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica

Semana Santa Classic April 18th to be held in Dominical to raise funds for the lifeguard program. See the poster here.

The ALAS tour's Reef Classic by Pepsi comes to Playa Hermosa on May 2nd. See the poster and details here.
Visit our Hotels page to see which businesses are certified as sustainable by the ICT (Costa Rican Tourism Institute).

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Apr 21 - 27






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

knee to waist

North Pacific
1 foot overhead
1 foot overhead
head high
head high
chest high
1-2 feet overhead
1-2 feet overhead
South Pacific
2-3 feet overhead

2 feet overhead

head high
2-3 feet overhead

2-4 feet overhead


Caribbean Coast - A quiet week on the Caribbean, with waves maxing at chest high Tuesday and dropping to mostly knee high for the rest of the week through the weekend.

Pacific Coast - Continued SSW swell keeps it a couple of feet overhead through Tuesday, but drops down to headhigh by Friday. Then a new SSW arrives pushing it up to 2-3 feet overhead for Saturday and Sunday. There is a little blockage from the Galapagos but expect plenty of big sets this weekend.

The Long Shot - No big swells expected for the following week, so it will drop to chest to head high for the northern beaches and be a foot bigger for the central and south Pacific zones with south facing beaches.

* 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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** NEWS **

Upcoming Event: In its 8th year, the Costa Rica International Film Festival (CRIFF) will be held in Montezuma this coming June with events beginning the 5th and running through the 22nd. With three components to the festival, including independent, documentary and short films, there are plenty of options to entertain any viewer.

3/28 - Kalon Surf to Open New Luxury Hotel in Dominical, Costa Rica. See their press release.

Specialty Camp: Real Surf Trips Announces the JARED MELL experience, May 31st to June 7th. More details here. Also, In collaboration with International Surf Services, Real Surf Trips will be holding consecutive week-long surf camps from July 12 – August 2 of 2014 at our Wavehouse here in Playa Negra. This program will be available only to advanced levels of male and female surfers from ages 11-18 years old. Dates: July 12 – 19 – All Boys Surf Training Camp… July 19 – 26 – All Girls Surf Training Camp… July 26 – August 2 – Surf Training Camp (Tentative). Sign up here.

Specialty Camp: 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.

Specialty Camp: At La Ponderosa Pavones Resort, they host Kristy Murphy's Siren Surf Adventures during months of April, May and June for Family and Woman's surf Adventures.  They keep the groups small no 'cattle' surf lessons, the groups are two to five people, rooms are single or double.

Specialty Camp: 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.

Nature Air is offering a new flight from Tortuguero to Arenal that leaves at 6:35 a.m. and arrives at 7:05 a.m. Ask us to book your flight!

just mention CRsurf !

* 15% off Safari Surf School packages for August, book by June 1st
* 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 car rentals (put 'CRSURF' in the comments section)

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NOW Fully Customizable Surf Trips to meet every budget and skill level !!

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

Do you need a surf photographer or videographer for your trip? Check out our list of top pros in all corners of the country.

Thanks to a larger terminal now in Liberia, many U.S. airlines are offering some fantastic deals from all over the country! Contact us for help with your flights, a SUV rental and a place to stay, plus get the latest surf reports for your trip.

Costa Rica Travel Health Tips for Surf Trips. 10 Ways to not get sick from Montezuma's revenge, traveller's diarrhea, and other related ailments while travelling. Find out more.

Surf Travel Checklist - print and go!

The exit fee for tourists is now $29 if you pay with cash, plus a $10 transaction fee for credit cards. The amount goes for different nationwide projects in Costa Rica.


The best printable Costa Rica travel map I've yet to find on the web, from our friends at

Bus Schedules for ALL Central America

Flights from the U.S. and Canada to Costa Rica, showing airport hubs.

Hotel Reviews for Surfers

Check out these surfer health and training tips from Amanda Mason from Del Mar Extreme in Playa Hermosa

Do you want to learn Spanish before you go? Click here for introductory lessons..

Kids surfing lessons in Jaco - Del Mar Surf Camp

Here's a Spanish-language link to check the status of all roads in Costa Rica.

Check out a cool aerial view of the Southwest and Northwest Pacific coastline at

Driving Directions from the airport to the San Jose/Caldera Highway. It's about time..

Roundtrip Airfare Specials to SJO!!

LGA to SJO on American Airlines for $356.00 roundtrip on Spirit Air, for travel in May.

San Francisco to San Jose on American also for only $586.00 on Delta.

LAX to SJO on Spirit Air for $450 roundtrip for select June travel.

Fort Lauderdale to San Jose, Costa Rica non-stop on Spirit Airlines from $221 roundtrip

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Sign the Petition to stop airlines from charging for surfoards!

If you're wondering, where is that POLL?
Check here..

** Top Travel Videos **

Rip Currents and how to Avoid them

Two of the best longboarders in the world, Kassia Meador and Mikey Detemple, in The End of Summer.

If you are a surf traveler, then you'll love this group of surfer girls who made a movie of their worldwide adventures. Check out - Three Killas y un Kiwi

Buena Vista Villas and Casa Buena Vista Video Tour in Nosara

Del Mar Surf Camp trains women how to surf in Jaco and Nosara on YouTube.

Bikini Show by Camelo Bikinis during the 2009 World Surfing Games

Marisa Miller in Costa Rica

4/4 -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.

3/28 - Help L.A.S.T. (Latin American Sea Turtles), a non-profit group protecting the Leatherback and Green turtles on Pacuare Beach, by voting for them on the European Outdoor Conservation Association website. The winner gets $35,000 in funding. Click to vote.

3/13 - Shark finning trial continues this Wednesday. Read more.

2/24 - Legislative Assembly´s Puntarenas Commission approves sustainable shrimp trawl bill. Read more.

CR Surf Travel Company is offering to plant a tree for each trip purchased by a B-Corps member or anyone! Book a hotel or rental vehicle for a week or more in Costa Rica by the end of 2014 and they will donate $25 to Community Carbon Trees, a non-profit group that empowers women by teaching them about the environment and planting native species of trees for reforesting projects in Costa Rica. The money goes to purchase the tree, having the women plant it, and maintain it until it reaches maturity. This helps offset the carbon burned on the travelers' flight. Just mention 'Plant a Tree' when making your reservations. You can now reserve vehicles online through U-Save and Adobe here.

Please join the facebook group END WILDLIFE ELECTROCUTIONS IN COSTA RICA, and sign the petition here.

Top Eco-Videos

Sylvia Earle talks about protecting the oceans in Central America on YouTube.

New! Find out more about Las Tortugas and the role ecotourism plays in the conservation struggle on YouTube.

Watch and learn about how shark finning in Costa Rica and around the world are killing off shark populations..

See the Hacienda Baru Olive Ridley Turtles hatchery. Read the article about the kids' experience.

Frank Paladino talks about the plight of the Leatherback Turtles in Playa Grande

NO TUNA FARMS! - This documentary is part of Pretoma's "No Tuna Farms" campaign.





2014 Costa Rica Tide Charts

Here's the NOAA Central America Wave Model for the next 5 days:

Central America and Caribbean Wave Model

Daily Surf Videos
from all over Costa Rica


Witches Rock Surf Camp Video
Witchs Rock now has a HD streaming webcam right in front of their surf camp in Tamarindo. Now you can check the waves 24/7 here.


Hermosa Surf Videos

Mal Pais Surf Cam


This table shows when the coasts are best to surf throughout the year on a 1 to 10 scale. (10 is the best) The chart does not factor in "El Niño", just general wind conditions, swell direction, crowds, and wave size. For more info, check on the FAQs and Research pages.
NW Pacific
Central Pacific
South Pacific



Top Surf Videos

Wipeout Films

Witchs Rock Surf Tours surfing Ollie's Point, starring Luis Castro

Check out Ronald Brown and Carlos Munoz in Hawaii with Volcom's Go Surf video.

Coco Ho and Claire Bevilacqua visiting Santa Teresa to catch a few, from our friends at

Tony Roberts' newest surf/lifestyle vid of the Guanacaste Coast on YouTube - It's Wide Open

YouTube Vid of Jefferson Tacson (CRSURF rider) and friends at Playa Hermosa. Surfeando en La Chanchera con: - Hnos tascon - Lizbeth Vindas - Jeremy Segura - video por Ezequiel Avaro

Skimboarding in Costa Rica - by Justin Gillis

If you are looking for a reason to surf in Costa Rica - check out this video!

Tide Charts for Costa Rica

2014 Costa Rica Tide Charts

Click for the latest surf report, forecast, news, and events!!
Donate a Dollar to save a life! We are raising funds to purchase an A.E.D. for the Dominical Lifeguard Program. Read more and contribute here..
Post your flyer for only $5/week

Camelo Bikinis Womens Surf Contest

Here are the results and photos from the Camelo Bikinis All Womens Surf and Bodyboard Contest on April 19th in Playa Hermosa. Lisbeth Vindas won the Womens Pro Surf and Megwyn Saunders took 1st in Womens Bodyboarding.

Upcoming Contests: 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.

3/21 - Carlos Muñoz wins the Copa House of Marley in Playa Dominical. See the results here.

3/13 - Isaac Vega Wins the Copa Lolas in Avellanas, part of the CREATURES Circuito Guanacasteco de Surf by Reserva Conchal to benefit the Surf for Youth program. See results here. The next event will be in Tamarindo on April 12th-13th.

2/23 - Felicidades to Geovanny Espinoza who won both the 9km and the 4km races during the second date of the Circuito Nacional de Stand Up Paddle SURFTECH 2014 in Tamarindo. He will be representing Costa Rica at the ISA World SUP Games in Nicaragua this May.

2/13 - Maikol Torres wins the third stop on the Circuito Guanacasteco Creatures Presentado por Reserva Conchal in Playa Marbella - the Copa Tiki Hut y Lomas del Sol. Read more.

1/26 - Danny Bishko wins the Lime Coral Caribbean Classic in Playa Cocles. Nataly Bernold takes the women's top honor. Read more (English y espanol)

1/1/14 - CRsurf re-signs Leilani and Noe Mar to the team for 2014! Check out the contest results for Noe Mar and Leilani, plus see photos and videos.

Upcoming Event: Waves Costa Rica will be hosting a Guanacaste Surf Circuit this fall with events taking place outside of the national surf tour. Contact Andrea Diaz for more details or if you wish to sponsor a contest. Here is their NEW schedule:

Apr 12th-13th in Tamarindo - *****
May 10th-11th in Playa Negra - *****

Carton Surfboards Costa Rica has been giving boards to their team riders, who did great on the tour (Nataly Bernold, Noe Mar and Leilani McGonagle, and Anthony Fillingim to name a few) Thanks to Carton for supporting Costa Rica's surfing talent.

Top Contest Videos

Surfos Magazine created an awesome video of Noe Mar and Leilani (CRsurf team riders) in Barbados - LINK

Check out Carlos' PERFECT 10 at PIPELINE here!! and Carton Surfboards Team Rider Leilani McGonagle on You Tube






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