By: Greg Gordon – www.crsurf.com
Caribbean Coast – The tropics will be active this month and hurricanes in the Caribbean Sea will churn up overhead wind swells that last a few days each week. Watch for flooding, as the major highway in and out has been having road problems. Once you get there, enjoy the laid back vibe. Be prepared to snorkel, or take a boat ride to a mysto reef going off from a hurricane swell to the north.
Pacific Coast – The rainy season is in full swing and so the rivermouths have opened wide and the sandbars are setting up for the larger Pacific swells that arrive this month. It is expected to be an active season, warm ocean temps bringing strong localized storms. With earthquakes and volcanoes both in the news, look for solid ground as base camp and then explore the nooks and crannies of the coast. A strong SSW brings out the best of the point breaks.
New moon – June 12th Full Moon – June 26th
While in San Isidro I felt a 5.1 earthquake shake the aisles of the Supermercado La Corona. The epicenter was 30 km. off the coast of Quepos. Luckily, no tsunami took place. Also, the Arenal Volcano erupted, sending hot lava and rocks flying down on the National Park, and forcing it to close temporarily. It has since reopened and the hotels in the area are all still open and many have outstanding views of the lava flow. The best time to view the volcano is early in the morning before the clouds obstruct the view and late at night, when the lava glows the brightest.
If you want to take a surf trip with the family, Witchs Rock Surf Camp is offering a free half day trip onboard the Zori, their 48’ foot yacht as part of their weeklong camps. And for the ladies, how about learning to surf with Connie Arias. She will be at the Blue Surf Sanctuary from July 25th to the 31st. Send an email to get your vacation plans set today, while the flights are cheap.
In the surf world, the finals of the Circuito Nacional de Surf will be in Playa Hermosa on June 25th and 26th. The Costa Rican surfers now can compete against the best in the world and win with their aerial arsenal. If you want to see ‘the best of the best’, then also check out the $10K contest behind Luz de Vida Resort in Santa Teresa on July 9th to the 11th.
The DominicalLifeguards.org website has been a great link between the community of Dominical and lifeguards willing to volunteer from around the world. During the last Easter Week the group made over 20 saves, but due to limited funds they are always at risk of having to disband. If you have any resources to contribute, visit the site and make a pledge to help save lives.
CR Surf Travel Co. is proud to support the Cocoa Beach Surf Museum as a contributor to their annual Waterman’s Challenge. Check out the WaveTribe products donated for the raffle at the Luau on June 5th.