COSTA RICA SURF REPORT
By Greg Gordon www.crsurf.com
Caribbean Coast: Some tropical storms will push in wind-driven swell up to overhead waves and even bigger sets. The hard part is predicting when they will appear and how long until they fizzle out. Still the Caribe is always a tropical paradise to visit, and you will always score some “pura vida” there. The best days are later in the month since it’s later into hurricane season.
Pacific Coast: This month produces some of the biggest southwest swells of the year and combines with near-shore tropical systems that can give the summertime crowds plenty of overhead sets. But it does go flat in between and the winds turn onshore by 10 a.m. on most days, if not earlier. That’s when you want to stay on the spot, and not have to drive far to get there. Looking ahead, July starts with a nice south swell which doesn’t fizzle until the 7th. Then it’s small for about a week, and around the 13 the southwest arrives with two-foot overhead surf. That swell lasts about four days, and then it gets small for another week. Then another south swell shapes up for the end of the month with the coming of the new moon.
New moon: July 1 Full moon: July 15
In July, many of the larger SUVs are already sold out. If you’re thinking about renting a four-wheel drive vehicle, then make your reservations about a month out if possible. For two to three people, the Daihatsu Bego is a comfortable option. For four people, the Suzuki Vitara or Toyota Rav4 is what you should choose if you don’t have too much luggage. If you have a lot of gear or five in your group, then the best option is the Toyota Prado or the Mistubishi Montero. These SUVs have the best road clearance, strong engines for passing when needed, and often run cleaner using diesel fuel with better MPG and costing less per liter. Be sure with any rental that you double check for scratches, dents, tire tread, all engine fluids and cables, all lights and switches, the radio and CD, the GPS (if you opt for one), and ask how to open the gas tank since the latch is never where you think it should be.
Best flights: The secret to finding cheap flights is using Kayak.com and AirFareWatchDog.com. They have flights from Fort Lauderdale to San Jose on Spirit Air for $220 RT and flights from Orlando on JetBlue for $323 RT. You’ll find a few for $268 in September and October, too. So get online, buy those tickets, and then contact us to help find the best waves for your level of surfing at any budget: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 877-SURF-007 (877-787-3007).
CRSurf Team rider Noe Mar McGonagle from Pavones won the “Quiksilver King of the Groms” in Mexico and now gets a free ticket to France to compete in the World Finals and hang out with the ASP top 32 surfers in the world. His sister Leilani (also a CRSurf Team rider) is now the youngest competitor in the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games and made it to the 3rd round! The Costa Rica team made it to the top 10, with Anthony Fillingim from Santa Teresa leading the charge.
Also in June, Cabinas Las Olas in Playa Hermosa hosted the “Soulstice Pro,” an event that raises money for community projects and included two beach cleanups. With waves reaching double overhead, Gilbert Brown from Jaco took home 1st Place. In July, Olympus presents “The Quiksilver Classic” July 15-17, hosted by the Luz de Vida Resort. There will be $20,000 in prizes and it’s open to both local and international competitors. Word is that Clay Marzo will be coming over from Maui to compete, so expect a show.
We report with sadness that Kevin Moraga, a 15-year-old surfer from Playa de Coco died a few days after being bit by a shark while surfing at Playa Grande. This follows another local surfer, Alvaro Duran Rivas, who drowned while surfing Playa Nosara. A lesson to be learned is to surf with a buddy and know how to apply first aid when needed. We are currently trying to raise $1,095 to purchase a Automated External Defibrillator (AED) device that would help victims of drowning when their heart stops.
The first one would go to the lifeguard program in Dominical. That’s only 220 people making a $5 donation each. Visit this page to read more and make a donation: www.crsurf.com/news/community/donate-AED.html
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