Costa Rica Surf Report and Forecast for July 2009
By: Greg Gordon – www.crsurf.com
Caribbean Coast – July is generally a quiet month for waves, but as the hurricane season gets into gear, there may be a swell or two. The actual storms don’t hit the coast, but instead move north toward Cuba and the Yucatan. If it’s powerful enough it can send overhead surf for 2-3 days at a time.
Pacific Coast – The last week of June has seen overhead surf just about every day from the South and Southwest, and this pattern continues for July. A stream of Southern Hemi systems plow towards Central America sending head high to double overhead plus surf. The key is getting to the beach early when winds are offshore, and being there at the right tide – generally lower tides for points and reefs, and higher tides for beachbreaks.
Full moon – July 7th New Moon – July 21st
TRAVEL (email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in taking a surf trip to Costa Rica)
Joe Walsh from Witchs Rock Surf Camp in Tamarindo is taking the WRSC bus on a Pacific Coast surf tour August 15th to the 29th. It includes daily surf instruction, surfboards, photos and video of you surfing, and all meals for only $700 per person per week.
David McNeil is offering to take photos of you surfing while visiting Jaco and Playa Hermosa. He charges from $40 pp for a two hour session and also can help arrange boat trips to lesser known point breaks.
For July the cheapest flights I’ve found are on Taca for $211.42 from Miami to San Jose. ($80 for 2 boards in one bag each way) American Airlines has flights from MIA to SJO for $235.42. ($100 per board each way). And Jet Blue has a few seats left from Orlando to San Jose for $315.42 ($50 per board each way).
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The Billabong ISA World Surfing Games will be held from July 31st to August 8th behind Terraza del Pacifico in Playa Hermosa. So far 35 countries have signed up to compete and if you are staying in Jaco, buses will be running to/from the contest site. Check out the CRSURF website for a list of our favorite accommodations with a satellite view of their location in relation to the contest. http://crsurf.com/ISA09-hotels.html
The top qualifiers for the Costa Rican team have been chosen for ISA World Surfing Games. Open: Jason Torres, Luis Vindas, Carlos Muñoz, Diego Naranjo, Juan Carlos Naranjo, Jairo Pérez y Gilbert Brown. Mujeres: Lisbeth Vindas, Nataly Bernold y Mariana Samudio. Longboard: Cristian Santamaría y Anthony Flores. Of these twelve, eight will make the final cut.
CRSURF is raising money to donate books to kids. All the Way to the Ocean, by Joel Harper, follows two boys learning about how litter affects the marine life and coastal ecosystem. Laird Hamilton explains in the beginning why it is so important for surfers to keep their beaches clean. To purchase a copy, visit the travel shop at www.crsurf.com. For every two copies sold we can donate a copy in Spanish to kids in Central America.
If you want to help the communities of Pavones and Punta Banco stop the construction of eight experimental yellow fin tuna cages, then use this link set up by PRETOMA and sign the petition. http://www.pretoma.org/petitionpeticion/
An International Surf Day event was held on the beach at Hacienda Pinilla on June 21st to raise funds for the Tamarindo Lifeguards and future beach cleanups. There was a great turnout for the event. Also, the Soulstice Pro took place the same weekend behind Cabinas Las Olas in Playa Hermosa. Their efforts were focused on cleaning the beach at Playa Guacalillo and supporting the Friends of Playa Hermosa in their environmental efforts. And Safari Surf School organized a contest in Nosara the same day to raise funds for the local schools.
The Christian Surfers group from Daytona Beach sent two groups to Dominical to help with local community projects and put together a free contest for the kids on June 20th.
SPECIALS (you only have to mention you found out about them from CRSURF)
30% discounts at Costa Rica Surf Charters! www.crsurfcharters.com
Get a FREE surfboard for your stay at Witchs Rock Surf Camp on selected dates in July and August. www.WitchsRockSurfCamp.com
Coconut Harrys Surf Shop in Nosara is offering 20% off your weekly board rental or Surf Lesson. www.coconutharrys.com
Two weeks in a two bedroom luxury poolside condo in Jaco for only $2300. It’s a great place for up to six people to stay for the World Surfing Games, less than 5 minutes drive to the contest site. www.clubdelsol.com