Costa Rica Surf Report august 2011
Costa Rica Surf Report: October 2011

By Greg Gordon


Caribbean Coast: September is the most active month of the year for hurricanes, and this time of the year the chances are greater that they will form in the Caribbean Sea. They don’t always push swell in since they may end up in the Gulf of Mexico, but they also can be rain makers, so it’s hit or miss.

Pacific Coast: The summertime south swell season is coming to a close, with the last major Southwest focused from September 12-14. In between, there will be consistent background swell and some sets coming from the WNW as the Aleutian swell machine starts up. Also, we’re getting into the peak of rainy season, so expect some dirty water around rivermouths and some morning sickness (onshore winds and unorganized waves at dawn). Full moon: September 12

New moon:September 27 (Get ALL the tide charts for 2012 at


Safari Surf School and Billabong have created a unique travel experience — a fantasy surf camp in beautiful Nosara, Costa Rica with Billabong Pro surfer and world-famous musician, Donavon Frankenreiter! A select group of attendees will surf with and receive coaching from Donavon on this amazing, weeklong trip. This opportunity is limited to 16 surfers and starts November 12. Witchs Rock Surf Camp is offering rooms for NO CHARGE with the purchase of surf package in September or October. $595 for a full week, with their lessons or tours program included.

Also, Waves Costa Rica is offering a 53% discount for the Green Barrel season — August to December. They are also based in Tamarindo and provide lessons from local pros and tours to the best breaks in Guanacaste. If you want to head to Pavones but can’t afford the rental, Cabinas La Ponderosa has a remodeled resort there and is now offering a free Suzuki Jimmy 4wd rental to guests who stay more than three nights. These deals and others can only be found on the CRsurf website.


Jason Torres won the ALAS Latin Pro Nicaragua in San Juan del Sur and a nice $4,400 for his aerial skills. Diego Naranjo and Luis Vindas (2010-11 Costa Rican champion) also made it to the finals. Meanwhile, Jair Perez and Carlos Munoz are competing in contests up and down the East Coast, chasing hurricane surf from Florida to Virginia.


The three major issues affecting Costa Rica’s coastal ecosystem are: sewage runoff, overfishing, and shark finning. Even though the country advertises itself as “eco-friendly,” the government passes policies that suggest the opposite. Right now a group of assembly members want to pass a bill to allow commercial long-line fishing in protected marine sanctuaries.

Thankfully there are groups like who are opposing it. The Programa Restauracion de Tortugas Marinas (PRETOMA) is the recipient of our 1% for the Planet funds, leading protests against shark finning and overfishing while working to protect endangered turtles that nest on both coasts. They have also been nominated as a finalist for the 2011 Savannah Ocean Exchange’s $100,000 Gulfstream Navigator Award for their work to encourage sustainable fishing habits by having local fisherman sell to local hotels.


CR Surf Travel Company is trying to raise $1,095 to purchase a Automated External Defibrillator (AED) device. In Costa Rica there are dozens of drownings each year and many times the victim is brought to shore unconscious and cannot be resuscitated using CPR. With this device in the hands of a trained lifeguard, it can save lives. The first AED will be given to the Dominical Lifeguards group. The second to the Cocles lifeguards, and the third to the Tamarindo lifeguards if they are still active. Ideally, we would like to raise enough to purchase a trainer AED ($379) and extra batteries ($39) and supplies ($40), but this is a start. Visit if you wish to donate. Follow us on Facebook:

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CR Surf Travel Company is a member of the Surfrider Foundation and 1% for the Planet, donating one percent of their proceeds to environmental causes.

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