Costa Rica Surf Travel News – December 2008
Costa Rica Beach Hotel Review – Club del Sol Condominiums in Jaco – February 2009

By Greg Gordon

After 10 years of sending out surf reports, I can almost say “mission accomplished”. The mission to help travelers and locals find the best surf in Costa Rica. Report #466 had submissions from Playa Grande, Tamarindo, Playa Negra, Nosara, Santa Teresa, Playa Carmen, Jaco, Playa Hermosa, and Dominical. Tide charts for all of 2009 are posted to help plan trips. Local surf photographers have sent in the best photos each week, and contest videos are now up on our video gallery and on YouTube. To join the weekly surf reports are monthly travel and environmental feature issues, a free subscription is available to everyone with an email account. There’s also blogs on Myspace ( and the Costa Rica Surf Travel group on Facebook to keep travelers updated on the latest news and events.

The top story has been the Costa Rican surfers’ performance at the 2008 ISA World Surfing Games in Portugal. The team came in 5th and Jason Torres put on an equal top 5 result (CJ Hobgood won it). Natalie Bernold, at 15 years old, made it to the top 8 in the world in the Womens Division. Next year, the ISA World Surfing Games comes to Playa Hermosa, July 29 to August 8th, with more than 50 countries expected to field teams. CR Surf Travel Co. sponsors 18 year old Debbie Zec Jimenez from Dominical, who finished 2nd in the Junior Women’s division last season, with a win in Jr. Women’s at Playa Carmen in February.

Worldwide, beaches and the waves that break on them are a vital resource for the community, the economy, and the ecosystem. The ISA (International Surfing Association) and Save the Waves are looking into creating marine reserves around the world to protect surf spots perpetually. It can’t be done just by the international groups, but needs input and participation by locals, individuals like us. We need to educate the world of the value of surf – and how surfing improves the quality of our lives. is helping to lead this movement.

In September I was given 15 copies in Spanish of the book All the Way to the Ocean by Joel Harper. I read the story to the school children in Dominical – how pollution gets to the sea, and what can be done to prevent it. It’s one small step, yet together the possibilities are endless. Other contributions made this year by CRSURF were: a Retail Membership with the Surfrider Foundation, a $100 donation to the Dominical Lifeguards program, and a $50 donation to Tropical Adventures School Project Fund that will help the Bri-Bri Indians who were hit pretty hard by flooding in November. We’re bringing down some clothes and school supplies to the Caribbean community as well.

So the sponsors of CRSURF are supporting some great causes for Costa Rica. And clients that book trips through CR Surf Travel Co. can know they are giving back to the environment and local surf community. You don’t see ads for real estate development anywhere on the site. If you want to get involved or get help planning your next trip, send a note to There will be many more surf missions to come.

Thanks to our Sponsors:
A Surfers Dream House
Adventure Inn
Backyard Bar and Hotel
Blue Surf Sanctuary
Blue Trailz
Cabinas Las Arenas
Cabinas Las Olas (Avellanas)
Café Playa Negra
Cashew Hill Jungle Lodge
Club del Sol
Costa Paraiso Lodge
Costa Rica Surf Club
CR Surf Adventures
Esencia Hotel
Fuego del Sol Hotel
Hacienda Baru
Hermosa Beach House
Horizon Surf & Yoga Retreat
Hotel Fuego del Sol
Hotel Marea Brava
Hotel Poseidon
Island Hoppers
ISLS – Teen Spanish
Kevins Transfers
La Dolce Vita
La Felicidad
Lohe Lani Catamaran Cruises
Luz de Vida Hotel
Pablo Picasso’s Restaurant and Cabinas
Panchos Resort
Ranchos Ituana
Rip Jack Inn
Roca Bruja Surf Tours
Safari Surf School
School of the World
Castillo de Pavones
Sirena Hotel
Southwave Surf Shop
Surf Guide Book
The Ohana House
The Place
Tico Travel
Tres Monos and Green Iguana
Tuanis Rides
Vertical Pics
Villas Rio Mar
Vista de Olas
Witches Rock Surf Camp

Our Surf Reporters:
Walking On Water Surf Shop
Hotel Las Tortugas
Witchs Rock Surf Camp
John Lyman Photos
Funky Monkey Lodge
Hotel Buenisimo
Jazzys River House
Land Assurance
Alberto’s Surf School
The Jaco Sun

And our contributing photographers:
AnaLucia Rodriguez-Tinoco
Carlos Barrera
Daniel Looman
David McNeill
Fabian Sanchez
Graham Swindell
John Lyman
Julia Mueller-Schwenn
Mama G
Matt Adame
Peter Correale
Phillippe Demarsan
Ron MacLean
Sean Davis
Thornton Cohen
Tony Roberts

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