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Costa Rica Surf Report and Forecast for September 2010

By: Greg Gordon –


Caribbean Coast – Expect small waves for the majority of the month, but not quite flat. Consistent tropical systems send in surf knee to waist high, and it occasionally will be bigger if a storm brushes closer to the coast.

Pacific Coast – Due to La Niña, this year everyone is predicting a lot more rain, up to 50% more along the Guanacaste coast. This means a greater chance for onshore winds and localized wind swells mixing with continued south swells. The wave size will drop for the first three weeks of the month, from a foot overhead the first week to chest high. The best days look to be the 19th and 20th, when a nice Southwest arrives with some needed relief, and then the waves should stay consistently overhead through the end of the month.
New moon – September 8th   Full Moon – September 23rd


Have you ever wanted to own a surf camp in Costa Rica? Well, now you CAN be a part of a great investment. Both Blue Surf Sanctuary in Santa Teresa and Safari Surf School in Nosara are looking for partners to help them expand their offerings of surfing in paradise. Just email to find out more on how you can get involved.
Best flights: Spirit Airlines $9 fare club members can fly from Fort Lauderdale to San Jose from $159.00, Jet Blue has flights from Orlando to San Jose for $236.55. The cheaper flights are on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Frontier Airlines announced it will be start flying into Liberia on February 13, 2011, with weekly nonstop flights to/from its hub at Denver International Airport (DEN). Flights beginning on February 13 will leave Denver at 8:35am and arrive at the Daniel Oduber International airport in Guanacaste at 2:35pm and turning around at 3:25 pm and arriving back in Denver at 8:10pm. The airline has introductory fares of us $164 each way.
Best deals: Book now for OCTOBER and NOVEMBER and get a 25% discount at Cabinas La Ponderosa in Pavones, stay three nights and get one FREE! Green Iguana Surf Camp is offering a 10% discount for single travelers and now offering shared accommodations starting every Saturday. Plus they have a 10% off special for camps during September and October. Witchs Rock Surf Camp is offering 25% off their trips in September and October. Just fill out a request form at:

Gilbert Brown won the Puerto Viejo Open and pocketed $500 plus a new surfboard for his skills. What was cool about this event is that it was broadcast live, courtesy of Wipeout Films and you can see it posted here –
Eight surfers were chosen to represent Costa Rica at the ISA Master World Championships held in Santa Catalina, Panama, from August 27th to September 1st. The team was treated to perfect 6 to 10 foot faces and did well in their heat. The team members are: Cristian Jimenez, Giancarlo Loria, Craig Schieber, Alejandro Monge, Mario Rodríguez, Oscar Sánchez,  and Marta Schieber. Check for results and videos of the contest.
The Second Annual Sea Turtle and Dolphin Festival will be held around Marina Ballena National Park on two weekends, the 1st-3rd and the 8-10th of September. Here is the calendar of events:
The Tamarindo Beach Marathon returns Sept. 11, beginning at 5 a.m. The marathon is 42.2 kilometers and also features 21.1 km and 10 km events and a 400-meter children’s race called Tamarindo Kids. The big race, however, starts and finishes in Tamarindo and runs through Villarreal, Matapalo, Huacas and Brasilito. For more information, visit
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