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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report
Volume 18, Issue #863
Apr 21st, 2017

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National Forecast

Apr 21st - Apr 27th

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

1 to 2 feet
1+ feet
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1 to 2 feet
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1+ feet
6 to 8 feet
5 to 7 feet
4 to 6 feet
3 to 5 feet
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3+ feet
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3 to 5 feet
3 to 4 feet
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2 to 3 feet
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Central America and Mainland Mexico Short-Range Surf Forecast (Report Date: 4/21/2017)

CONSISTENT SSW-SW PULSES OVERLAPPING THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH

I apologize for the absence, I had a family emergency on Easter Sunday and have been with out a computer for the past few days. I’m back now though and it looks like most areas should be seeing some solid surf through the end of the week. The SSW-SW (205-215) will peak Friday and then ease slowly through the weekend. A smaller SSW (195-205) pulse arrives on Monday, and should help maintain at least some playful surf through the first half of next week. Long-range models show another round of solid SSW-SW (210-220) arriving next Friday/Saturday.

The next solid SSW-SW (205-215) arrived Wednesday/Thursday, and is looking pretty solid. It should build to a 4 to 5 foot peak on Friday, bringing chest to overhead+ surf along the exposed coast, with standouts in the head high to well overhead range. Deepwater spots like Puerto Escondido, could see bigger sets going double overhead or a little bigger even. Surf peaks Friday, and will likely hold some size through most of the weekend.

The next pulse of energy arrives from a more southerly (195-205) angle on Monday, and will overlap the leftover energy from the weekend, building to a combined peak around 3 to 4 feet Tuesday/Wednesday. For most areas this will simply help maintain waist to head high+ surf. A few standouts and deepwater breaks could be seeing set waves going overhead to a couple feet overhead still. Size will start to relax again around mid-next week.

Tropical Outlook

No tropical cyclones at this time.

Sol spot by Austin Gendron

TIDES for Apr 22nd, 2017
Month View

Low Tide: 1.55 feet at: 4:57 a.m.
High Tide: 7.40 feet at: 11:26 a.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

New Moon - Apr 26th
Full Moon - May 11th

 

 

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

- 4/21


Very few lucky people are surfing this week with early morning tides, overcast skies, and smooth to slightly junky head high to just overhead surf.



The tides are moving toward mid morning and the off shore wind which is the critical ingredient for Playa Grande surf conditions will become more problematic as we progress through the week end.

The seasons are finally beginning to change and the over cast days are becoming more common as everybody here prays for rain. The cooler weather is refreshing and the leaves are turning green.






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

- 4/19

Getting into the mid low season, Tamarindo remain visited by a lot of people and the surf still good, water is warmer now and the winds stoped, now we all feel the humidity and heat as we sweat while we are seated. Waves are 2-3ft in the best sets, 4 to 5 minutes in between lets catch more waves per set, crowded with beginners near the river mouth.

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Langosta is lacking crowd, that is the good news, the bad news is that wind shift from South around noon and stop around 4pm, 3ft solid, glassy morning sessions is the reward for the early birds.



COME JOIN US FOR TROPICAL TUESDAY AT TIKI'S! - If you haven't joined us yet, grab a friend, come try one of my dance classes, and enjoy 2x1 drink specials!
-> Brasilito:
5pm - SALSA (international on-1 'LA style')
6pm - BACHATA (modern sensual)
7pm-7:30pm - FREE Student practice social

Seafari Costa Rica will be happy to surf with you in uncrowded spots, book a private #SurfAllDay all inclusive camp, May and June are the big swell season. info.seafaricr@gmail.com

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

- 4/21

Waves- Friday morning- Chest to head high sw/s groundswell windswell mix. bit of a bump early, improving with the tide. occasional bigger sets






Best Spot- beach breaks


Events- Circuito nacional in Santa Teresa at Banana Beach this weekend. should be some good swell for the contest. Come check it out!

Mal Pais

Mal Pais Surf Cam

Mal Pais Surf Cam

- 4/22

Waves Rating - 4 to 5 feet

This morning at 7 am waves were chest to head high. Light off shore wind and partially clear skies. Looked a bit bumpy and kind of messy, still some nice ones opening with a nice wall on the incoming tide.

- 4/23

Tides for today:
Low 3:56AM 1.74ft
High 10:28AM 6.95ft

Low 4:30PM 1.97ft
High 10:52PM 6.99ft

Sunrise and Sunset in Santa Teresa
First Light 5:02AM - Sunrise 5:24AM
Sunset 5:51PM - Last Light 6:12PM

Swell hitting Santa Teresa-Mal Pais

Primary Swell: 2.5 ft at 17 secs
Direction: SW 215'

Secondary Swell: 1.8 ft at 13 secs Direction: SSW 210'

 

 

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

- 4/19


LONGER PERIOD SSW SWELL SET TO FILL IN FOR SOME HEAD HIGH ++ WAVES IN HERMOSA 4-6ft+ AND BUILDING -- LOOK TO LOCAL AREA STANDOUT BREAKS




- OVERCAST MAKES FOR A GREAT DAY TO BE IN THE WATER - High Tide 8:21AM LOW TIDE 2:21PM

 


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

Jazzys River House - Dominical

Steve Fergus at Jazzys River House

- 4/21


Mixed summer/winter conditions the past week. 3' - 5' waves with excellent conditions especially in the mornings with offshore winds and blue skies. Afternoon electrical storms and rain showers with occasional accompanying high winds have put a damper on later sessions.

 

 






Hermosa has had decent small surf but big 'Semana-Santa' crowds as well. Same for Dominicalito. Too small for the Point to work.

 


Hotel Roca Verde is pulling in the evening crowds for live music every Thursday and Friday night. The G-String Cowboys offer a tasteful evening of originals and covers and Fridays we have Ben Jammin' and the Howlers with Nancy Buchan and her electric fiddle. Great food, great music and a delightful tropical setting await your arrival.

Check www.jazzysriverhouse.com for discounts and specials or better yet come by and visit. Look for a fine art souvenir at Rubys studio/gallery of fine arts & crafts. Consider taking one of her popular art classes and and go home with your own art work and a new skill. Also see Steve for help with aches and pains as his East/West therapeutic massage can be most helpful. Or if inclined let him help you get started surfing with lessons and board rental. His 'Traditional Taoist' yoga classes might catch your fancy whether you are new to the practice or a regular.



Southern Zone

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

Pavones

Solspots

- 4/22

Waves - 3 to 4 feet

Summary:
Southwest long-period swell steady and  South windswell holding.

Weather: Low:75 High:80
Sunny in the morning with light winds from the NNE. Light drizzle in the afternoon with light winds from the WSW.

- 4/23

Waves - 3 to 4 feet

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

Weather: Low:76 High:85
Partly cloudy in the morning with light winds from the N. Moderate or heavy 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

- 4/22

Waves - 1+ feet

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

Weather: Low:77 High:91
Sunny in the morning with light winds from the ESE. Partly cloudy in the afternoon with moderate winds from the NE.

- 4/23

Waves - 1+ feet

Summary:
Small East-Northeast short-period swell steady.

Weather: Low:77 High:89
Sunny in the morning with light winds from the SE. Clear in the afternoon with moderate winds from the NE.

 

 

 


 

 

 

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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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