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Costa Rica Surf Report: October 2011

By Greg Gordon


Caribbean Coast: Although occasional afternoon showers arrive from the tropics, this coast actually has more sunshine this month than the Pacific. Expect mostly tiny surf with a rare one- to two-day swell pushing in chest- to head-high waves.

Pacific Coast: The rainy season is here in full force. Occasional morning showers will mess up the dawn patrol, but leave the rest of the day with calm or even offshore winds. Wave size varies greatly, from knee to waist to some of the biggest Southwest swells of the year (double overhead plus). Best days will be the 6th, 7th, and then later on the 16th and 17th.

Full moon: October 11 New moon: October 26 Get all the tide charts for 2012 at


Donavon Frankenreiter will host a concert in Nosara on November 18, as part of the “Surf With a Pro” Camp set up by Safari Surf School and Billabong. Del Mar Surf Camp is holding their Surf, Yoga, and Detox Retreat December 2-9. Check out our selection of over 80 Costa Rica surf camps, each offering a different approach to getting you into the best waves for your skill level. There are still some fantastic flight deals from Miami and Orlando to Liberia airport, only a 45-minute drive from Tamarindo. Look for dates in October and early November.

And if you are planning your holiday trip, book your flights and SUV rentals now. The cheaper seats sell out quickly and rental inventory disappears if you wait past November 1. Visit to see our selection from the three rental agencies we work with — EuropCar, Adobe, and U-Save.


Right now CRsurf team rider Noe Mar McGonagle and his coach Diego Naranjo are in France for the King of The Groms World Finals. This is the first time a Tico has made the finals. Also, SoCosta will be hosting a surf contest on October 29 in Playa Hermosa de Uvita (south of Dominical). CRsurf will be donating prizes to the contestants and money to help with beach cleanup supplies.


The Programa Restauracion de Tortugas Marinas (PRETOMA) is asking residents and tourists to sign their petition asking Costa Rica to stop importing shark fins. Shark finning involves slicing off the fins of the shark and then dumping it back into the sea while still alive. This barbaric practice is only followed due to many in China who will pay premium for shark fin soup. Sadly, many species are shark are being hunted to the brink of extinction, which upsets the entire food chain since they are a top predator. Here is the petition if you wish to help:


CR Surf Travel Company is trying to raise $1,095 to purchase a Automated External Defibrillator (AED) device that would help victims of drowning when their heart stops. In Costa Rica there are dozens of drownings each year, and many times the victim is brought to shore unconscious and cannot be resuscitated using CPR. With this device in the hands of a trained lifeguard, it can be used to save lives. The first AED will be given to the Dominical Lifeguards group. The second to the Cocles lifeguards, and the third to the Tamarindo lifeguards if they are still active. Ideally, we would like to raise enough to purchase a trainer AED ($379) and extra batteries ($39) and supplies ($40), but this is a start. Visit if you wish to donate.

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