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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report
Volume 18, Issue #880
Aug 19th, 2017

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National Forecast

Aug 18th -
Aug 24th

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Central America and Mainland Mexico Short-Range Surf Forecast (Report Date: 8/18/2017)

EASING SWELL THROUGH THE FIRST HALF OF NEXT WEEK

Central America and Mainland Mexico Short-Range Surf Forecast

S (180-195) continues to ease through the start of the weekend as smaller/moderate sized SW (210-220) peaks and another small S (180-190) fills in. The blend of swells should help maintain at least some surfable size through the weekend and early next week, although the trend is definitely down. Late next week we’re expecting a smaller SW (210-220) arriving Thursday/Friday followed by a slightly better S-SSW (180-200) for next weekend.

Not much new to report in the short term. Leftover S blends together with peaking SW (210-220) and a smaller S (180-190) filling in over the weekend. It’s likely that wave heights are going to back off into the knee to chest high+ range for typical spots Saturday and Sunday. Some models are showing increased winds over the outer waters, potentially driving some added local wind swell out of the S-SW, but you’ll have to keep an eye on local conditions for that feature. Again nothing new really to add through the middle of next week.

Tropical Outlook

Low pressure about 600 miles SSW of Manzanillo, Mx is on a mostly WNW-NW track over the next few days. It doesn’t look like this system is going to develop into a swell maker though for Mainland Mexico. If it does, I will have updates early next week.

Sol spot by Austin Gendron

TIDES for Aug 20th 2017
Month View

Low Tide: .69 feet at: 7:05 a.m.
High Tide: 9.26 feet at: 1:24 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Solar Eclipse - Aug 21st
Full Moon - Sep 6th

 

 

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

- 8/17

This is the surf that our transition season surfers come here for. Consistent, empty, head high peaks and daily variation in the form. It’s rarely the thin, perfectly sculpted, surf Playa Grande is famous for during the off-shore months, but there are long slides on glassy faces and an occasional barrel. There are plenty of rain storms and intermittent unsurfable days to try the impatient, but overall the wait can be rewarding. Dawn patrol is the call.


Surfers are finding decent peaks all up and down our 2 mile beach at different tides, and surfing mostly with just their friends. The folly of why the surf camps dump their beginners on top of the powerful main peaks which are already maxed out with accomplished surfers is a mystery. Is it because the camp guides want expert waves at the expense of their beginners and the other advanced surfers? If you visit Playa Grande and use a local surf school like “Frijoles”, “ Matos", or “ Taco Star", they will take you to a more mellow, uncrowded surf peak where you can really learn instead being a hazard for yourselves and the other surfers.


You can stay in Playa Grande and be free for a fraction of the price. Check out Las Tortugas apartments or "Ranchos” prices, you’ll be surprised.
Bring bug repellant and sun screen.

Tamarindo

Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

- 8/16

Swell is back to Tamarindo and all the CR Pacific Coast, Pico Grande 3-4ft waves in the best sets, got to be patient to get the bigger ones but is totally worth it. Rainy season is ON and the lightning storm as well, so be preventive and get out of the water when the storm is on sight, this time of the year the air gets charged with electricity and You do not want to be the higher point on the ocean.


 

 

Avellanas and other places further south are getting better waves, more crowd and shifty winds earlier; 4ft solid within the incoming and out going tides, mid morning on shore wind and afternoons with cloudy sky.



On August 27th, get the pets fixed, starts at 8am: More Info

La Oveja Negra Hostel every Wednesday live instrumentals with Tony & Johan 8 to 11PM... 2x1 drinks and mexican food.

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August and September are great months to go out and down to spear some fish, join us in the adventure, the only previous experience you need is to know how to use the snorkel gear,we teach you the rest, the plus is the fresh scallop ceviche we make on board. Contact Seafari Costa Rica

Playa Avellanas

Tamarindo Shuttle Transfer and Tours Playa Avellanas Surf Report

Tamarindo Shuttle Transfers And Tours

Eddie, Owner

- 8/18

Playa Avenellas Surf Report on Facebook

Click on Image above to get current CAM of surf.

 

   

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

- 8/16

Waves- dropping south swell, still overhead sets but on the decline.

 

Best Spot- Slight wobble in the ocean. becoming a little more manageable at the beach breaks after the large swell that we had over the last few days

 

Mal Pais

Solspot

- 8/19

Waves - 2 to 4 feet

Summary:
Southwest med-period swell slowly fading and a secondary  Southwest medium period swell holding .

Weather: Low:78 High:85
Patchy rain possible in the morning with light winds from the WNW. Torrential rain shower in the afternoon with brisk winds from the W.

- 8/20

Waves - 2 to 3 feet

Summary:
Small South med-period swell steady plus  South medium period swell holding .

Weather: Low:79 High:84
Patchy rain possible in the morning with light winds from the NE. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with brisk winds from the SE.

 

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

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

Playa Hermosa

Surf Inn Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa

- 8/17


- SLOW EASING SSW 4-6ft+ with good conditions - outlook good the next few days with fun waves.

 

 




- Overcast skies, warm waters and nice day at the beach here in Playa Hermosa High Tide 10:04 AM Low Tide 4:27 PM

 


Local's Corner: - Monday thru Friday at 7AM at the Backyard - Genevieve will be teaching morning Yoga class $10 per person - For more information - call 8842-7176 - Every Weekend don't miss the Master's Surf Series at 4PM on Fridays and the Saturday Surf Series on Saturdays at 4PM in front of the Backyard Bar. Mark your calendars for BOMBERFEST BEACH BASH September 15th -17th.


Dominical

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

Dominical

 

Solspot

- 8/19

Waves - 3 to 4 feet

Summary:

Southwest med-period swell slowly fading with background West-Southwest windswell picking up .
*biggest in the morning: 5 foot-(med-period swell)

Weather: Low:62 High:71
Patchy rain possible in the morning with light winds from the NNE. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with light winds from the SW.


 



- 8/20

Waves - 2 to 3 feet

Summary:

Small South med-period swell holding and a secondary  West-Southwest windswell slowly fading.

Weather: Low:64 High:71
Sunny in the morning with light winds from the NE. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with light winds from the SE.



 

Southern Zone

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

Pavones

Solspots

- 8/19

Waves - 3 to 4 feet

Summary:
Southwest med-period swell fading and Southwest medium period swell steady .
*biggest in the morning: 5 foot-(med-period swell)

Weather: Low:73 High:80
Mist in the morning with light winds from the NW. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with light winds from the W.



- 8/20

Waves - 2 to 3 feet

Summary:
South med-period swell fading and  South medium period swell holding .

Weather: Low:72 High:72
Mist in the morning with light winds from the NW. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with moderate winds from the E.

 

The Caribbean

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

Playa Cocles

Solspot

- 8/19

Waves - 2 to 4 feet

Summary:
Small East-Northeast short-period swell steady and  Northeast windswell on the way out .

Weather: Low:81 High:91
Partly cloudy in the morning with moderate winds from the W. Clear in the afternoon with moderate winds from the SW.

- 8/20

Waves - 1 to 2 feet

Summary:
Small East-Northeast med-period swell on the rise .
*biggest in the afternoon: 4 foot-(med-period swell)

Weather: Low:80 High:89
Sunny in the morning with moderate winds from the W. Partly cloudy in the afternoon with moderate winds from the NNE.

 

 

 


 

 

 

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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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