Costa Rica Surf Report and Forecast for March 2014
By: Greg Gordon – www.crsurf.com
Caribbean Coast – The ENE swells will be less frequent but when they come will stick pack a punch, pushing in surf that reaches double overhead. In between expect mellow waist to chest high waves for the beachbreaks and head high surf on the reefs.
Pacific Coast – March starts the South swell season and the first round should arrive by the 3rd. Nothing big is coming, but it is joined by a WNW swell and that should push in plenty of overhead surf through the 8th. Then expect a short drought, but following should be consistent chest to head high waves from background South swells and a larger one due by the end of the month.
New Moon – March 1st Full Moon – March 16th
Get ALL the tide charts for 2014 on CRsurf.com!
Upcoming Specialty Camps – email us to sign up!
Real Surf Trips announces the JARED MELL experience, May 31st to June 7th. This week long retreat with Jared is all about riding waves. When you're not in the water, you will be discussing board design and what boards to ride in certain conditions provided, the history of surfing, watching influential surf movies, fishing, bodysurfing, skateboarding, yoga, and going to rodeos, experiencing the local culture of Costa Rica.
At La Ponderosa Pavones Resort, they are hosting 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.
Vista Guapa is offering three YOLO (You Only Live Once) camps in March, 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. The first camp is set for March 1st to March 7th. Plus they have SUP tours across the Gulf of Nicoya for $120. Let us know when you are ready to paddle.
Reboot Retreats at Hermosa Surf Inn with Amanda Mason, March 8th-14th and March 22nd-28th. Packages start at $1250 for six days, seven nights. Designed to help you Recharge, Revitalize, Restore, and Reboot!
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.
Best flights: If you are traveling light, then Spirit Air has flights from Fort Lauderdae to San Jose for as low as $221 roundtrip (+$30 each for checked bags, +$20 each way for carry on). JetBlue is still priced around $400 (with one checked bag free = better deal) Seats will sell out fast for the end of the month due to Spring Break.
Gilbert Brown won the third stop on the Circuito Nacional in Nosara, with Lisbeth Vindas taking the women’s title for this event. The next contest is set for March 15th-16th in Playa Dominical.
ACOS (Association of Costa Rican Surfers) is looking to hold the first ever BIG WAVE contest at ROCA LOCA with the waiting period being between April 14th and May 30th.
CRsurf resigned Noe Mar and Leilani McGonagle to the team for another year, and added Jossue Venegas from Dominical who is a lifeguard and free surfer. The goal is to elevate the surf talent of the country, and allow the youth to travel to international contests.
ENVIRONMENT & COMMUNITY
The Robert August Surf and Turf Charity event, raising money for the non-profit kids group CEPIA, takes place March 21st-23rd. You can book your trip and enter the event by sending us a note.
For their 3rd year, CR Surf Travel Company has donated $250.00 to the Costa Rica environmental group – PRETOMA, to help them protect sea turtles and the beaches they nest on. This was only part of our 1% For The Planet.
Book a hotel or rental through us for a week or more in Costa Rica before the end of 2014 and CRsurf 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 donation pays for planting a tree and maintaining through its growth cycle.