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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report
Volume 18, Issue #850
Jan 20th, 2016

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National Forecast

Jan 20th - Jan 26th

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Central America and Mainland Mexico Short-Range Surf Forecast (Report Date: 1/20/2017)

COMBO SWELL IN THE WATER RIGHT NOW, WITH MORE DUE NEXT WEEK

Kind of a funky week we’re in right now, with a continuation of unusual swell mix through the weekend. The gist of it is that there’s a mix of swells from both hemispheres, with Northern Pacific swells dominant at west-northwest exposures. More SW (210-220) and NW (300+) arrives early to mid-next week.

Basically we’ve got a small mix of southerly hemi in the water right now bringing mostly knee to chest high surf to standouts southerly exposures. W-NW exposures are seeing occasionally bigger set waves with some decent shape in the waist to head high range thanks to a pulse of long-period NW that’s delivering an additional 2+ feet of deepwater swell. The NW energy will ease through the weekend.

This isn’t a great graphic, but it does show the approach of our next round of combo swell for next week. NW (300-320) swell working its way down from a series of large storms off the West Coast will start to hit Mainland Mexico on Monday. The Southern Baja forecast buoy is suggesting 16 feet during the peak, but that seems a bit overzealous. It’s more likely to be around 4 to 6 feet of deepwater swell, bringing chest high to a couple feet overhead or bigger wave heights to standouts exposures Monday and Tuesday. The swell will work its way down into Central America hitting more westerly exposures like Northern Costa Rica Tuesday and Wednesday with around 3 feet of deepwater swell. In addition we’re expecting around 2+ feet of deepwater energy from the SW (210-220) to arrive Monday and build to a peak Tuesday/Wednesday as well. Alone the SW should mean inconsistent surf in the waist to head high range at standouts. For westerly exposures that can pick up the combo there could be average waves in the waist to head high range, with set waves going head high to overhead. I’m being a little optimistic about this one because of the amount of energy coming down from the north, but it could still mean at least some fun peaky surf for parts of the region mid to late next week.

Tropical Outlook

No tropical cyclones at this time.

Sol spot

TIDES for Jan 21st, 2017
Month View

High Tide: 6.86 feet at: 9:38 a.m.
Low Tide: 2.02 feet at: 3:32 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

New Moon - Jan 28th

 

 

Northern Nicoya Peninsula

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

Playa Negra

Playa Negra Realty

Larry at Playa Negra Realty


- 1/20

Small and mostly bacround swell has been in the water here over the last days. This trend will continue. We will have a nice NW'er filling in that should bring those breaks into the chest to head high range. The place to really be will be Tamarindo as winds will be mostly, and unseasonably, light onshore. ​

 

As mentioned, the light SW onshore will create an offshore effect in Tamarindo bay just as the direct north swell hits. Conditions should be clean and glassy. This is your best bet this week.​

 

if you are in Tamarindo stop by Azul Profundo Boutique and pick up a shirt to support the non-profit organization that helps howler Monkey's. Salvemonos.org. They make great souvenirs and all the money goes to a good cause. Thanks and be safe.​

Check out Salvemonos.org. Buy a souvenir T, sticker or mug at Luna Llena hotel or Azul Profundo Boutique. All proceeds go directly to our beloved monkeys. Thanks and be safe!

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas

- 1/20

The surf bumped up to a little overhead today and was really nice.

 



The high tide is early and the daybreak gang got it pretty much to themselves at all the peaks except the “main break” which was probably not the best spot this morning. The morning air is still off- shore but looks a little funky over the week end and may not hold all morning.


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 or boyfriend wouldn’t hurt. (-;

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

Tamarindo

Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

- 1/20


Certainly its been a long wait, but it was worth it, got 2-3 ft solid and consistent waves in Tamarindo's river mouth within the incoming tide for a very fun Dawn patrol session, it was very crowded and schools show up on the beach around 8am, some currents came within the change of tide. Light North winds throughout the day cleaning the sky from any cloud.





 

 




Langosta got the best of this new swell 3ft consistent makes happy to all locals who were waiting for some waves to come back, its happening now so everyone will be up before the sun rise.

 





Opening Spring break Kids Camps and Teenagers Camps, surfing, zip lines and national parks are involved. Contact us to book: info.seafaricr@gmail.com

Jan 25 - Hotel Pasatiempo - Like the old time, our Leatherbacks are back with a very special open mic night. We see you there! Learn more here

Playing at Longboards BBQ every Wednesday from 7-9PM, Kimi Tortuga, come along and enjoy a cold beer with good music.

Join us in the Spear Fishing 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

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 - Very small, SW Windswell. Nice conditions, but pretty weak overall. Fun on a log.



BEST SPOT -Beach Breaks
 

Mal Pais

Kina Surf Shop Santa Teresa

Malpaisurfcam.com

- 1/19

Wave Rating - 3 out of 5

This morning at 7 am waves were knee to waist high with an occasionally chest high set. Light off shore wind and sunny clear skies. A bit more of size as the tide was raising. Lots of peaks breaking at the beach.

Tides for today:
Low 1:35AM 1.08ft - High 7:47AM 7.81ft
Low 1:48PM 1.05ft - High 8:17PM 8.23ft



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

Primary Swell:
Swell hitting Santa Teresa and Mal Pais
1.6 ft at 11 secs Direction: S 188'

Secondary Swell:
0.7 ft at 11 secs Direction: SW 226'

 

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+ feet

Summary:
Small Southwest med-period swell steady and South windswell steady.

Weather: Low:72 High:80
Clear in the morning with moderate winds from the NW. Clear in the afternoon with moderate winds from the WSW.

- 1/21

Waves - 1+ feet

Summary:
Small South med-period swell on the way out and a secondary  Southwest medium period swell holding.

Weather: Low:73 High:83
Clear in the morning with moderate winds from the NW. Clear in the afternoon with moderate winds from the WSW.

 

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

- 1/20


Surf conditions now are quite slow, glassy ocean and small waves, excellent conditions for surf lessons, wheather is amazing here and beach isn't so crowded.

 

 

 




Dominical and Dominicalito our best spots for surf!!




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(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

- 1/20


Small surf continues in the tradition of summertime on the south coast. Big crowds and small waves. Nice conditions though - mostly clean, decent intervals, not too closed out especially at mid-tides. Little tubes if you can find them at lower tides. Overall fun conditions, especially for longboards.




Playa Hermosa and Dominicalito have had fun days - smaller and less consistent than Dominical.

 


Hotel Roca Verde has the live music action with the G-String Cowboys holding court every Thursday evening and Ben Jammin' & the Howlers featuring Nancy Buchan on Electric Violin put on their rock and roll show every Friday night. So come early and stay late for the great food, music, dance and good vibes.

See jazzy'sriverhouse.com to keep tabs on Ruby's latest creations. Come by and visit her studio/gallery and consider a try at her one day class in 'Plant Part Arte'.

Check with Steve if you're interested in surf lessons, board rental or sales or if you're in need of body repair. Steve offers 'East/West massage therapy' and yoga instruction.

Check www.jazzysriverhouse.com for Ruby's offering of 'Palm Part Art' classes and Steve's offers of surf lessons, yoga sessions and 'East/West massage therapy. 



Southern Zone

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

Pavones

Solspots

- 1/20

Waves - 1+ feet

Summary:
Small South med-period swell holding and Southwest medium period swell holding.

Weather: Low:66 High:79
Mist in the morning with light winds from the N. Light rain shower in the afternoon with light winds from the W.

- 1/21

Waves - 1+ feet

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

Weather: Low:67 High:81
Sunny in the morning with light winds from the NW. Light 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 - 2 to 4 feet

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

Weather: Low:73 High:84
Sunny in the morning with moderate winds from the WSW. Partly cloudy in the afternoon with moderate winds from the NE.

- 1/21

Waves - 2 to 3 feet

Summary:
Small East-Northeast short-period swell slowly fading.

Weather: Low:70 High:85
Partly cloudy in the morning with moderate winds from the WSW. Clear in the afternoon with moderate winds from the E.

 

 

 


 

 

 

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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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