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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report
Volume 19, Issue #900
Jan 19th, 2018

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National Forecast

Jan 19th - Jan 26th

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

3 to 5 feet
5 to 7 feet
6 to 8 feet
6 to 7 feet
5 to 7 feet
5 to 7 feet
6 to 8 feet
3 to 5 feet
3 to 5 feet
2 to 3 feet
2 to 3 feet
2 to 4 feet
3+ feet
2 to 3 feet
2+ feet
1 to 2 feet
1+ feet
1 to 2 feet
1 to 2 feet
1 to 2 feet
2+ feet

NW SWELL COULD BRING SOME DECENT SURF THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK

Central America and Mainland Mexico Short-Range Surf Forecast (Report Date 1/16th)

Fun SSW-SW (200-215) peaks Wednesday before easing through the remainder of the week.  We’re expecting some smaller background pulses from the SSW-SW (210-220) to overlap and help maintain at least some surfable size at standout southerly exposures.  The big news could be coming from the north though as new NW (300+) works its way down the coast through the end of the week.

Fun SSW (205-215) should peak at around 2-2.5 feet through Tuesday with periods around 13-14 seconds.  It’s not all that powerful, but should still mean some fun waist to chest high+ waves along the exposed coast, with standouts possibly seeing some head high-head high+ sets.  Size will ease through the end of the week at southerly exposures.

In addition to the southern hemi, there could be a couple feet of long period NW (300+) adding up 2-3 feet of deepwater combo swell.  For most areas that wont mean much, but WNW-NW exposures its could bring some bigger waist to head high+ surf, possibly even bigger at magnets.  The swell is going to peak at different times depending on where you’re at.  Mainland Mex should see the swell peaking on Thursday, and it could be a little bigger, while Central America sees the swell peaking Friday/Saturday with moderate size at standout/magnets.

Not a whole lot to report through the weekend for southerly exposures.  The small SSW-SW (210-220) mix in the water should continue to bring mostly knee to waist high+ range surf, maybe some chest-chest high+ sets at magnets and combo spots that can pick up the leftover NW energy.

Tropical Outlook

Tropics looking quiet for the time being.

 

Sol spot by Austin Gendron

TIDES for Jan 20th 2018
Month View

High Tide: 8.70 feet at: 4:53 a.m.
Low Tide: .17 feet at: 11:00 a.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - Jan 31st

 

 

Northern Nicoya Peninsula

LOCATION
(click for area description)
AREA WAVE HEIGHTS AND CONDITIONS- BEST PLACE TO SURF THIS WEEK NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas

- 1/19


The very unusual variable weather has been nice for the small afternoon surf by providing some cloud cover in the middle of the day. On somedays the wind is shifting and blowing out the afternoon sessions.

 




The crowds have been on the light side with a good vibe and lots of peaks working. The water is clear and warm.



If you want to help protect the turtles and don’t come by motor boat to Grande and avoid the motor boat tours in the estuary to conserve the salt water forest in the park.

Bring insect repellant, sun screen, and rain gear - a girlfriend/boyfriend wouldn’t hurt.

Take the ferry boat to Tamarindo and avoid the toothy wildlife.

Tamarindo

Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica


- 1/16

Fun lil waves 1-2 ft in Tamarindo, early morning sessions sun shines and wind blows, then within the incoming tide in the afternoons on shore winds, crowded inside break, packed with beginners and surf instructors.

 

Langosta has been fun within the incoming tides, up to 3 ft waves near the rocks, however the off shore winds hold the wave long enough to pass without getting slammed against it.

 

Have you tasted the gluten free pasta or pizza in Tamarindo? go over Antichi Sapori at Tamarindo Plaza, open Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 9pm, real Italian experience.

Joins us in the adventure of snorkeling from the beach, Seafari Costa Rica picked a secluded white sand beach with a very gentle surge and progressive depth as we all swim out plunging and watching the juvenile tropical fish of the Northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, 4 hours of fun and learning interesting environmental facts of the local wildlife both underwater and out of it. PADI certified instructor, safety line attached to a buoy if you need to rest and keep seeing the fish; round trip transportation, top quality gear, beach towels and soft drinks are part of the full service we are known for.

New restaurant in Brasilito, Il Forno, good food , wide selection of menu items , large portions , nice setup , reasonable prices and friendly staff. Call for reservations: 2654 4125

Contact Seafari Costa Rica - info.seafaricr@gmail.com

South Nicoya Peninsula

 
LOCATION AREA WAVE HEIGHTS AND CONDITIONS BEST PLACE TO SURF THIS WEEKEND NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Santa Teresa

Kina Surf Shop Santa Teresa

Eric from Kina Surf

- 1/18

Waves - Chest to head high WNW/SW swell mix, north wind putting a bit of texture on it early. still some fun peaks coming in on some of the sandbars. should start seeing an increase in NW swell for friday into the weekend.

 

Best spot- The beach breaks.

 

 

Mal Pais

Mal Pais Surf Cam

Mal Pais Surf Cam

- 1/19

Wave Rating - 5 out of 5

This morning at 7 am waves were chest to head high with constant overheadhead sets showing. Off shore wind and mostly cloudy skies. Pumping waves as the tide was still dropping. Good conditions and nice and open waves. Nice start fo the weekend yeeewww.

 

Tides for today
High 4:16AM 8.76ft - Low 10:25AM 0.16ft
High 4:45PM 8.63ft - Low 10:41PM 0.82ft

Sunrise and Sunset
First Light 5:37AM - Sunrise 6:00AM
Sunset 5:40PM - Last Light 6:02PM

Swell hitting area beaches
Primary: 1.9 ft at 12 secs-SSW 199'
Secondary: 1.3 ft at 11 secs-WNW 301'

 

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

LOCATION AREA WAVE HEIGHTS AND CONDITIONS BEST PLACE TO SURF THIS WEEK NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Jaco

Solspot

- 1/20

Waves - 1 to 2 feet

Summary:
Small Southwest long-period swell holding with background Southwest windswell steady

Weather: Low:76 High:78
Partly cloudy in the morning with light winds from the NE. Light rain shower in the afternoon with moderate winds from the SW.from the SW.

- 1/21

Waves - 2+ feet

Summary:
Small Southwest med-period swell fading andSouthwest long-period swell steady.

Weather: Low:76 High:78
Partly cloudy in the morning with light winds from the W. Light rain shower in the afternoon with moderate winds from the SW.

 

Quepos

LOCATION AREA WAVE HEIGHTS AND CONDITIONS BEST PLACE TO SURF THIS WEEK NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Manuel Antonio



Luis Gattgens at Manuel Antonio Surf School

- 1/16


This week waves have been small around 2 to 4 feet the set , our beach is less crowded this week also the sea conditions have been glassy and the winds  are  perfect in the early mornings or late afternoons.




The best spot to surf in Manuel Antonio i recomend playitas . .




If you get to know some beginners willing of surfing in Manuel Antonio beach let us know and we will be more than happy to help them thancks.

(Surf Report written by Luis Gattgen)

Contact Here: Manuel Antonio Surf School

Dominical

LOCATION AREA WAVE HEIGHTS AND CONDITIONS BEST PLACE TO SURF THIS WEEK NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Dominical

Jazzys River House - Dominical

Steve Fergus at Jazzys River House

- 1/19

Up and down.  Wave size has gone up then back down the past few days with some overhead sessions (even at lower tides) and quite clean conditions.  We've had peaks and dumping walls and everything in between.  Along with daily rains and clearings and dark cloudy mornings which are odd for any time of year especially the middle of our summer.  



Strangely the Point has worked a few times lately (also a rarity for summer) and Playa Hermosa South and Dominicalito have had some fun waves with clean conditions and scattered crowds. 

 

Hotel Roca Verde has held it's holiday crowd level and Thursday and Friday nights still feature live music starting with the G-String Cowboys each Thursday night followed by Ben Jammin' and the Howlers with Nancy Buchan on Electric Fiddle. Also appearing as a seasonal guest artist is Kim Carson with her strong vocals and rhythm guitar. Bring the family for great food, great music and a lively upbeat atmosphere.

Check www.jazzysriverhouse.com for deals and discounts or come by and visit Ruby's art studio/gallery and ask about her 'Plant Part Art Class'; learn the ancient crafts of weaving, plaiting, twining and sewing using local plant parts. And for relief from aches and pains check with Steve about his East/West massage therapy or his private lessons in 'Traditional Taoist Medicine'. Steve also teaches surfing and rents and sells boards.

 

Southern Zone

LOCATION AREA WAVE HEIGHTS AND CONDITIONS BEST PLACE TO SURF THIS WEEK NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Pavones

Solspots

- 1/20

Waves - 1 to 2 feet

Summary:
Small Southwest long-period swell steady and Southwest windswell steady.

Weather: Low:70 High: 74

Mist in the morning with light winds from the NW. Torrential rain shower in the afternoon with light winds from the WSW.



- 1/21

Waves - 1+ feet

Summary:
Small Southwest med-period swell decreasing andSouth windswell holding. 

Weather: Low:70 High: 74

Mist in the morning with light winds from the N. Torrential rain shower in the afternoon with light winds from the WSW.

 

The Caribbean

LOCATION AREA WAVE HEIGHTS AND CONDITIONS BEST PLACE TO SURF THIS WEEKEND NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Playa Cocles

Solspot

- 1/20

Waves - 5 to 7 feet

Summary:
East-Northeast med-period swell on the way out .

Weather: Low:70 High:76

Moderate or heavy rain shower in the morning with moderate winds from the WSW. Light rain shower in the afternoon with moderate winds from the W.



- 1/21

Waves - 6 to 8 feet

Summary:
East-Northeast med-period swell decreasing.

Weather: Low:73 High:76

Moderate or heavy rain shower in the morning with moderate winds from the W. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with moderate winds from the W.


 

 


 

 

 

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WAVE FORECASTING LINKS

WW3 wave models for 00-120 hrs. for the North and South Pacific, and the Caribbean too. (animations, too!) Click on "weather" then "waves" on the left side and then choose the WW3 models by the NOAA.

Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center publishes wave models up to 144 hours later. Go to Oceanography and WW3 on the side menu to select other oceans and wave periods.

NOAA wave model for up to 180 hours

  Wind velocity and pressure line movements for Central America and the world, along with short range wave models.

Swell Info has a host of details, including what time of day it will be choppy or glassy.

Buoyweather.com has four virtual buoys for Costa Rica that show sea and surf heights, wind directions, and forecasts to 96 hours

Windfinder.com for wind direction and forecast for Puntarenas

StormSurf.com has links to buoys, satellite views, wave models with period length, wind maps all on one page for 24-72 hour forecasts

Tropical Underground Hurricane Tracking Site

 

 

 

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