By: Greg Gordon – www.crsurf.com
Caribbean Coast – Expect drier conditions for this month, with a increased number of tropical systems pushing in surf. Most swells won’t push in anything over head high, but if a hurricane passes over Nicaragua, it can send down some heavy waves with it.
Pacific Coast – The hurricane season peaks along the Pacific coast so there tends to be more onshore conditions in the morning along with strong thunderstorms both in the morning and afternoon. This allows for only a small window of epic surf, so my prediction will be the dates to catch it best are from the 17th to the 20th. The tides will be right for dawn patrols at the beach breaks. The 10th to the 12th will also have some major tidal swings, so it could be knee to waist high at low tides, and overhead at high tide.
New moon – August 9th Full Moon – August 24th
The toll road highway from San Jose to Puntarenas is back open, but drivers should still be careful of falling rocks since it’s the rainy season. It cuts the driving time to Jaco down to 80 minutes. And you can be in Dominical in 3 hours. Here are the directions on how to find it from the airport: http://www.crsurf.com/news/community/Toll-Road-Directions.html
If it is your first surf trip and you want to learn to surf, or you go to Costa Rica four times a year for strategic strikes, CRSURF.com is where you go to find out where the conditions will be best for you. I understand how tides and swell direction affect wave size at most every break in the country, and can put you comfortably on the beach that suits your skills. We visited every hotel and house rental on our site so we know exactly which fits your lifestyle and budget. To start planning your winter getaway today, just fill out this easy form: http://www.crsurf.com/inquiry.html
Best flights found for August: Spirit Airlines $9 fare club members can fly from Fort Lauderdale to San Jose from $159.00, Jet Blue has flights from Orlando to San Jose for $236.55. The cheaper flights are on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Best deals: Witchs Rock Surf Camp announced is it offering a 25% discount for surf camp packages in September and October. Cabinas Las Olas in Avellanas has limited rooms for $65 per night. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and mention the Resident to get your discount.
Gilbert Brown was the champion of Luz de Vida Pro in Santa Teresa back on July 9th-11th. He pocketed a cool $2,500 for his surf skills. Nataly Bernold tooks the Women’s crown and Anthony Fillingim won the Junior division. You can see pictures and the results here: http://www.crsurf.com/news/contests/luzdevida2.html
Gilbert Brown was also part of a Tico team, including Isaac Vega, Frederico Pilurzo, and Carlos Munoz, that competed in the Quiksilver Pro in Puerto Escondido in July. Sick, sick barrels.. and Frederico made it to the quarterfinals. See the videos here – http://www.quiksilver.com/puerto
The Puerto Viejo Open will take place on August 14th and will offer $2000 in prizes for Open and Women’s divisions. Find out more on their site – http://www.puertoviejoopenpro.com. Wave conditions will determine if it’s in Playa Cocles or Salsa Brava. Recommended accommodations are Apartamentos Agapi and Hotel Totem.
The Caribbean coast is hosting ArteViva, from August 20th to the 31st. The festival will feature live music with well known national bands, theatre, folkloric dance, art exhibitions, culinary events, sport tournaments, circus, alternative medicine workshops and much more. The EDACS Asociation is a non-profit agency whose primary goal is to afford alternative educational opportunities in the arts to disadvantaged young people of the Southern Caribbean. They will involve every educational center in the South Caribbean with workshops and students exhibitions. Go to this site to learn more: http://www.arteviva-puertoviejo.com/
The Second Annual Sea Turtle and Dolphin Festival will be held around Marina Ballena National Park on two weekends, the 1st-3rd and the 8-10th of September. Here is the calendar of events: https://crsurf.com/news/community/whale-festival-2010.html
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