CR Surf Travel Report for June 2009
The month of June is known for the consistent south and southwest swells that sweep the Pacific Coast. The average size of the surf is head high to overhead, with a few stronger swells producing waves up to double overhead. The key is to surf early since winds turn onshore at about 10 a.m. on most days. On the Caribbean side there are rare days with a little size, but it ’s mostly a serene sea - perfect for snorkeling or scuba, or just soaking in the sun.
*The next Tamarindo Beach Fair will be on Saturday, June 6th. For those interested in joining us to show off your company, ideas or wares, email email@example.com or simply call them direct (Andrea 8398-8705, Holly 2653-1238). And don't forget to check out the organic marketplace every Saturday from 9 to 2 p.m. in front of Witchs Rock Surf Camp.
*Taca Airlines now has flights from $280 from Los Angeles to San Jose! And flights from New York to SJO for $351. (+$95 each way to travel w/2 boards) This price is for many dates throughout summer so contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get your next vacation started.
*On Maya 15th, TACA changed its surfboard bag fees to $95 each way ($80 to/from Miami to SJO). To petition the high cost of surfboard charges on airlines, click here.. www-surfers-against-airline-fees.com
*3 Day Music Festival on The Osa with Costa Rica’s Best Rock, Blues, Classical, Reggae and World Musicians all donating their performances to play at RainforestAid09 this June 19-21st. Don’t Miss; Evolucion, Akasha, Gary Hoey, Kingo Lovers, Nancy Buchan, MudCat, Igni Ferroque and Manuel Obregon Performing Simbiosis on Sunday June 21st. RFA09 is raising awareness and funds in support of the Osa. Join us at Camp Rugged Seahorse on Leila’s farm in the small village of Amapola (25 min North of Puerto Jimenez). Camp on site or stay at one of the areas hotels, or eco-lodges in Puerto Jiminez or Uvita. Saturday is family and kids day with fun activities planned and local job fair. Don’t Forget - Fly on Nature Air for ½ price between June 15 - 25 th. Promo Code (rainforestaid09). Book your Costa Rican Vacation Today for this June and enjoy music , art and nature in the Rainforest .
3 Day RFA Festival Passes On-Line and On Sale Now! – $ 139.00
*Carlos Muñoz is Costa Rica’s New National Surf Champion! The 16-year-old made history by Winning the Open, Junior, and Boys at the final contest of the Circuito Nacional de Surf Daystar 2008-2009, Presented by Coca-Cola Zero at Playa Hermosa. Lisbeth Vindas earned her 7th National Women’s title as well. Both will be representing their country proudly at the “Mundial” this July.
*The Billabong ISA World Surfing Games will be held from July 31st to August 8th behind Terraza del Pacifico in Playa Hermosa. There will be over 40 countries competing and if you are staying in Jaco, buses will be running to/from the contest site. Check out a list of our favorite accommodations on the CRSURF.com website, with a satellite view of their location in relation to the contest. Also visit www.surfingcr.net and www.isasurf.org to get the latest information on the teams participating.
*GoodMorningPavones.com (or BuenosDiasPavones.com en espanol) is a new website dedicated to the community of Pavones and Punta Banco. They have been covering the Tuna Farm issue, and they give you an opportunity to buy a t-shirt to support the environmental group PRETOMA, who are leading the effort to oppose the tuna farms. Unfortunately these farms are to be built right off the coast of Punta Banco and although there is a lot of evidence that they would cause a lot of damage to the marine ecosystem, the Costa Rican environmental ministry has approved them anyway.
*The US Department of State's Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science imposed a trade embargo on all Costa Rican shrimp exports to the US, effective May 1. The embargo is due to Costa Rica's failure to enforce its laws that require commercial shrimp fishers to protect sea turtles from capture and death in trawl nets by using Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs). According to a report issued by the State Department, the decision to embargo Costa Rica was the result of a multi-year investigation that involved certification visits and data compiled from credible third-party sources. The evidence points out how Costa Rica's Fishery Institute (Incopesca), didn't "provide sanctions for TED violations that served as an effective deterrent against the failure to use TEDs".
*Coconut Harrys Surf Shop in Nosara is offering 20% off your weekly board rental or Surf Lesson if you mention the CR Surf Report!
*Waves Costa Rica in Playa Hermoa is offering a 10% discount on their all inclusive surf packages.
*Our partners at Tico Travel are offering this special: Tropical Volcano & Manuel Antonio - 8 Days/7 Nights. Includes: Arrival meet & greet service 7 nts lodging at selected Hotels. 7 Breakfasts. Guided tour - Arenal Hanging Bridges. Guided Tour - Manuel Antonio National Park All in country land transportation to selected areas - Price $765 double occupancy (All offers valid from May 1 to November 14, 2009) Just send an email to email@example.com to book your trip.
*Check out the limited-time specials for up to 30% discounts at Costa Rica Surf Charters. Their boat, the Aquadesiac, offers overnight surf trips to Witchs Rock and Ollies Point. They also take multiday tours up to Nicaragua. Visit www.crsurfcharters.com to find out more.
*Hotem Totem in Playa Cocles has an online reservation special - stay 3 nights and pay for only 2. Visit www.totemsite.com for more details.