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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report
Volume 18, Issue #867
May 20th, 2017

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National Forecast

May 19th -
May 25th

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

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

Central America and Mainland Mexico Short-Range Surf Forecast (Report Date: 5/16/2017)

NEW S-SSW SWELL MIX FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE WEEK.

The small to moderate mix of SW (215-225) already in the water and newly arriving SSW-SW (210-220) should help increase wave heights a little bit on Wednesday. Additional SSW (190-210) will blend in for Thursday. As those swells start to ease into the weekend we’re expecting another round of S-SSW (185-200) to arrive and help maintain moderate sized surf Saturday and Sunday before easing into mid-next week.

Wave heights should be running waist to chest high+ at standouts currently, but will pick up over the next couple days as the new mix of SSW (190-210) starts building with longer periods Wednesday. Wave heights are likely to increase at standouts into the chest high to overhead+ range along the exposed coast. Standouts could be seeing sets going head high to well overhead as the swell peaks in the 4-4.5 foot range with 15 second periods Thursday.

Friday a more southerly pulse from the S-SSW (185-200) arrives with long periods. This new energy is going to mix in with the leftover SSW-SW and help boost wave heights a little more through the weekend, peaking on Sunday with around 4.5 to 5 feet of deepwater energy at 15 to 16 second intervals. That means standouts should continue running head high to well overhead, while the exposed coast sees chest to overhead surf. It looks like a few magnets and deepwater spots could see larger sets in the double overhead to double overhead+ range even. Size is expected to max out Sunday before easing more Monday through mid-next week.

Tropical Outlook

No new tropical cyclones are expected during the next five days.

Sol spot by Austin Gendron

TIDES for May 13th, 2017
Month View

Low Tide: .83 feet at: 10:20 a.m.
HighTide: 8.79 feet at: 4:35 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - June 9th

 

 

Northern Nicoya Peninsula

LOCATION
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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

- 5/19


Looking forward to the up coming swell, in Tamarindo we are all enjoying our time off the rain and glassy 2ft waves, perfect and endless long board rides, sharing among the crowd on the inside. Wind shifts in the mid mornings and stays til 3pm, then sunset session!

 




There are good waves here and there and almost nobody out. The swell remains consistent in the just overhead range.



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.

Playa Negra

Playa Negra Realty

Larry at Playa Negra Realty

- 5/19


Great overhead waves most of this past week and that trend not only continues but spirals upwards. The beginnings of a large and long period South swell start to fill in on Saturday in combination with a waning SW'er. The south will easily peak in the double overhead range for standout locations like Avellanas, Playa Grande, Ollies Point, and Witches Rock. This one will easily produce waves through mid week and will only drop down to overhead based on other swells in the water.​


As usual, the winds early in the weekend will likely be onshore with only soft offshore early morning on Sunday. Than the wind changes to the south for much of the rest of the week. Local rain squalls will change conditions by mid to late afternoon.




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.

Thanks and be safe!​

Tamarindo

Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

- 5/19

Avellanas remain in similar conditions, some days 3ft within the best sets, not so crowded and more influenced by the early winds from South.

 



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South Nicoya Peninsula

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

Mal Pais

Mal Pais Surf Cam

- 5/18

Wave Rating - 3 out of 5
This morning at 6:30 am waves were waist to chest high with some head high sets. Off shore wind and mostly cloudy skies. Tide was almost full, there was a fun peak breaking now and then. Not many people out there. Waiting for that swell to build up.

 

 

Tides for today:
Low 1:28AM 1.28ft - High 7:56AM 7.45ft
Low 1:54PM 1.9ft - High 8:10PM 7.28ft

Sunrise and Sunset
First Light 4:54AM - Sunrise 5:16AM
Sunset 5:55PM - Last Light 6:17PM

Swell hitting Santa Teresa and Mal Pais
Primary: 4ft at 16 secs | SSW 201'
Secondary: 2.5 ft at 6 secs | SSW 191'

 

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

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

Jaco

WOW surf shop

Chuck at Walking on Water Surf Shop

- 5/16

- Fun 2/3 ft faces. no wind right now, its going to be a great session this evening !

 

- Hermosa could be real fun early am session .

 

Got time swing in the store and hang out with me for a while , never know what we might dream up ! Pura Vida , Chuck and the CREW at WOW SURF !

Playa Hermosa

Surf Inn Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa

- 5/19


- Fading SW mixing in with new SSW swell for some size - 4-6ft+ Look to local area standout breaks -Outlook is good for the weekend - Sunny skies and warm waters makes for a nice morning in the water - High Tide 8:48PM LOW TIDE 2:51PM




- RAINS IN THE AREA THIS EVENING - HOPEFULLY WILL CLEAN UP FOR MORNING SESSION THURSDAY High Tide 2:40PM LOW TIDE 8:29AM

 


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..


Dominical

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

Dominical

 

Solspot

- 5/20

Waves - 4 to 6 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell on the way out and Southwest medium period swell steady.

Weather: Low:61 High:71
Patchy rain possible in the morning with light winds from the SSE. Heavy rain at times in the afternoon with light winds from the SSW.

- 5/21

Waves - 4 to 5 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell decreasing plus Southwest medium period swell on the rise.

Weather: Low:62 High:71
Patchy light rain in the morning with light winds from the ESE. Heavy rain in the afternoon with light winds from the WSW.

 

Southern Zone

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

Pavones

Solspots

- 5/20

Waves - 4 to 6 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell fading plus  Southwest medium period swell steady.

Weather: Low:75 High:83
Sunny in the morning with light winds from the NW. Light rain shower in the afternoon with light winds from the WSW.



- 5/21

Waves - 4 to 5 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell slowly fading and a secondary  South windswell building.

Weather: Low:76 High:78
Partly cloudy in the morning with light winds from the NE. Moderate or heavy rain shower in the afternoon with light winds from the NNW.

 

The Caribbean

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

Playa Cocles

Solspot

- 5/20

Waves - 5 to 7 feet

Summary:
East-Northeast med-period swell slowly fading.

Weather: Low:81 High:90
Partly cloudy in the morning with light winds from the NW. Patchy rain possible in the afternoon with moderate winds from the SW.

- 5/21

Waves - 4 to 5 feet

Summary:
East-Northeast med-period swell slowly fading.

Weather: Low:81 High:89
Sunny in the morning with light winds from the NW. Patchy rain possible in the afternoon with light winds from the ENE.

 

 

 


 

 

 

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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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