Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #948
Evie Johnstone Santa Teresa surfer
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #950

Surfer Gavin Bren making the most out of a photo op - photo: Tony at Via de Agua

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 20, Issue #949

PIC OF THE WEEK: It's fun to be a grom in Dominical - Gavin Bren - all smiles. Photo: Tony at Via de Agua

TIDES for January 15th, 2019


High Tide: 6.88 feet at 9:12 a.m.
Low Tide: 1.80 feet at 3:06 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - January 21st

National Forecast

Caribbean 3-5 ft. 3-5 ft. 3-5 ft. 4-6 ft. 5-7 ft. 6-7 ft. 6-7 ft.
North Pacific 1-3 ft. 1-3 ft. 3-4 ft. 3-5 ft. 3-5 ft. 2-4 ft. 4-6 ft.
South Pacific 3-4 ft. 3-5 ft. 4-6 ft. 4-6 ft. 4-6 ft. 3-4 ft. 2-4 ft.

Caribbean - Short period ENE swell continues this week with the next bump coming Saturday, waves  will be overhead through Tuesday with a good chance that it stays big through next week, too. 
Pacific - Combo SSW swell (2.1 feet at 15 seconds) arriving Friday, with a background WNW swell (1 ft at 16 seconds). This brings head high to overhead surf for the weekend, with a brief drop-off Monday. Then a BIG WNW swell arrives late Tuesday hitting the Guanacaste coast with surf 1-2 feet overhead for the following few days.

Facebook and Video Favorites

If you are looking for an amazing surf photographer, check out the images from Tony at Via de Agua on Facebook

Intermission - Four young surfers retreat to Costa Rica. Starring Luke Davis, Dylan Goodale, Michael Dunphy, and Brendon Gibbens on YouTube.

Send in your favorite links to see it posted on the surf report!

View past links to our top lists of YouTube & Facebook videos and Facebook sites


Costa Rica Surf Camps that are Making a Difference


Collie Buddz is in Costa Rica this week at the Festival en Palmares - January 17th. Details on Facebook.

6th Anniversary Jam at the Green Room Cafe in Jaco on January 19th. Ojo de Buey, Marshall, and Abyssnyah. Details on Facebook.

Bamboo Bass Festival in Jaco - February 22nd to the 25th at the park in Ocean Ranch. Details on Facebook

Envision Festival is right around the corner! February 28th to March 3rd. Get your tickets now and then contact us for lodging and transportation. Mention this surf report and get a $25 credit for your stay.


2019 Kolbi Circuito Nacional de Surf Calendar:
Dominical ~ January 26-27th
Puerto Viejo ~ February 23-24
Playa Guiones ~ March 23-24
Santa Teresa ~ April 27-28
Avellanas ~ May 18-19
Jaco ~ June 29-30
Playa Hermosa ~ July 26-27-28

Banana Beach Club is hosting an Air Show every Monday in Santa Teresa from now until April 29th. $250 in prizes offered in three categories - tag team, best air, and best wave.

Backyard Surf Series in Playa Hermosa - Every Friday and Saturday behind the Backyard Bar starting at 4 p.m. 


At the 2nd National Beach Cleanup Day on January 12th, over 1250 volunteers came out to collect over 8600 kilograms of trash off the beach. Thank you to all who participated. Follow Operation Rich Coast to find out when the next one takes place. 

Book a trip through CRsurf and we will sponsor a tree in your name through our partners at

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Beginner Surf Package with Seafari CR in Tamarindo: Save 10% on early bird beginner packages. 

5% off at Dollar Car Rental - add it as the coupon code

10% off at WOW Surf by mentioning CRSurf at checkout

10% off at Adventure Inn near the airport in San Jose

10% discount at car rentals (put 'CRSURF' in the comments section and copy your confirmation number to us to provide service during and after your trip)


Northern Nicoya Peninsula

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas - 1/13 - The surf is in the shoulder to head high range with great shape and off-shores all day on most days.  The crowds come and go and there are good peaks working up and down the beach with long makable barrels. The tide is in the morning this week, and barely moving, so the morning window is 5 or 6 hours long and very organised. These are some of the best surf conditions of the year.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 1/14 - It's been small but fun waves in Tamarindo, 1-2ft on the best sets, glassy and fast rides within the change of tides. Inside line up ery busy as usual most of the surf schools hang in the main sand bar, but the point breaks are lit in the mid tides and not too much crowd there. Sustained off shore winds along the day. Langosta has been more consistent with up to 2-3ft in the mid tides, strong winds as well from North hold the face of the wave making it very long and fun to play on. Not too crowded spot and always a fun place to spend the afternoon.

Seafari Costa Rica, welcome intermediate and advanced surfers ( Paddle surfers also) to a guided road trip to  uncrowded breaks, on selected locations to suit your surfing level with the forecast.
Available: 3 hours, 5 hours, Full Day. Pick up / drop off in Tamarindo and Langosta. Soft drinks and fruit. Board rental available by request. Contact us via CR surf Travel Company and apply to 5 % off in cash payments.


Surfing NosaraAndres at - 1/14 - A beautiful morning to start the week with good waves and good vibes. Very fun conditions today guys, the waves are more big and yesterday, some head high to couple feet overhead set, and look super fun. We had light offshore wind and the morning was beautiful.

South Nicoya Peninsula - 1/14 - This morning at 7 am waves were chest to head high with some over head ones on the sets. Offshore wind and sunny clear skies. Pumping waves at high tide, lots of fast barrels and nice open waves. Good waves all morning.

Manuel Antonio / Dominical


Steve Fergus at Jazzys River House - 1/14 - More summer surf although the size bumped up a little today but the morning session was less productive than the past few days because the swell direction shifted enough to increase the number of closed out waves.  The current was unusually strong this morning so overall conditions were not as good as they've been.  The stiff, cold, early morning offshore breeze was both a help and a hinder until the sun came up and slowly  warmed everything nicely. Playa Hermosa and Playa Dominicalito were both affected by the swell direction shift and were more closed out than they have been.  

Hotel Roca Verde is home to live music each Thursday night featuring the G-String Cowboys with their electric fiddle sensation Nancy Buchan.  Come early for great food, great music and a pleasant family atmosphere.  Check for discounts and deals or come visit Ruby in her fine art studio/gallery and ask about her popular class where she teaches 'Palm Part Art' - learn the ancient crafts of weaving, twining, plaiting, sewing and more.  See Steve if your are needing relief from sore muscles and body aches and pains as his East/West massage therapy can be most helpful.  See Steve also for surf lessons and board sales and rentals and private instruction in Traditional Taoist Yoga and Internal exercises.

Southern Zone


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 1/13 - Ankle to waist high sets with glassy conditions this morning.

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 1/14 - 5-6 feet with a dominant ENE med-period swell. Primary Swell: 9.1ft. 8 seconds 71 degrees (ENE). East-Northeast short-period swell steady.

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