Evie Johnstone Santa Teresa surfer
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #950
Dominical wave - photo by Via de Agua
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #952

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 20, Issue #951

PIC OF THE WEEK: Envision Festival Wave Brigade Ambassador - Anthony Fillingim - throwing buckets in Dominical -  Photo: GG

TIDES for January 30th, 2019


High Tide: 7.18 feet at 10:41 a.m.
Low Tide: 1.73 feet at 4:38 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

New Moon - February 4th

National Forecast

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

Caribbean - This week is quieter with waves waist to chest high from the ENE. The swell only picks up early Saturday when there will be some chest high plus sets. It lasts through Monday but then fades  back to knee to waist for Wednesday.

Pacific - The first big SSW swell of the year arrives Friday (2.3 feet at 18 seconds) and maxes Sunday (3 ft at 15 seconds) which translates to surf 1-2 feet overhead and some spots a couple of feet bigger. The swell fades quickly through Monday and by next Wednesday it's back to knee to waist high. Long range models show a similar swell arriving the following weekend, too!

Facebook and Video Favorites

If you are looking for a great surf yoga instructor AND massage therapist, visit the Facebook page
Grateful Surf Yoga - covering from Dominical to Uvita

Surfing Republica - Costa Rica Surf Team in the 2018 Panamerican Games - Episode 1

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


Why I LOVE the Envision Festival 

Country Fest Costa Rica featuring singer Josh Gracin takes place in San Jose on February 1st and 2nd. 

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.


Jair Perez and Leilani McGonagle Start the 2019 CNS Season with Victories

2019 Kolbi Circuito Nacional de Surf Calendar:
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. 


The Costa Rica Network of Accessible Tourism is collecting plastic lids and caps in order to reprocess them into plastic planks to use in making handicapped accessible walkways to the beach. Check here to see what hotels and local businesses are collecting them.

Read about Costa Rica Surf Camps that are Making a Difference

More beach cleanups are taking place all throughout February so find one for your beach. Follow Operation Rich Coast to see when the next one takes place. 

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

--> Just mention CRSURF and get <--

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 VamosRentaCar.com 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 - 1/28 - The light off-shore breeze is fanning the chest high small surf into perfect little barrels for the morning high tide.   The crowd is manageable in the morning and a lot more intense in the afternoon for the second session.  There are short periods of on-shores helping the water to warm up from the upwelling condition of last week.


Surfing NosaraAndres at SurfingNosara.com - 1/29 - Another beautiful day and nice conditions. The waves are a great, small and fun, good size. They ran waist high to chest high when the tide was high. Probably when the tide started to change was a good time to enjoy the wave.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais Surf CamMalpaisurfCam.com - 1/29 - This morning at 7 am waves were waist to chest high with some head high sets. Side shore wind and sunny skies. Wind picked up early today, it was kind of funky but still there were some fun ones on the sets. Swell hitting Santa Teresa and Mal Pais: Primary Swell: 2 ft at 12 secs Direction: SSW 200', Secondary Swell: 1.1 ft at 15 secs Direction: SSW 191'

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 1/29 - FUN FUN FUN SSW – WAIST TO CHEST HIGH 3-5ft+ and FILLING IN FOR HEAD HIGH WAVES MID WEEK –  Clean and Beautiful at the Beach This Morning - High Tide mid-morning – Sun is out strong in Playa Hermosa.

 Local’s Corner: – Every Weekend don’t miss the Master’s Surf Series – 4PM on Fridays and the Saturday Surf Series on Saturdays – 4PM in front of the Backyard Bar.  

Mark your calendars for the Los Suenos Signature Triple Crown Fishing Tournament  - Dates: Leg Two Feb 27- March 2; Leg Three - March 27-30.  

The Bamboo Bass Festival 2019 is being held this year at the park at Ocean Ranch Feb 22-24th.  Among the artists who will perform in Costa Rica this February include Mr. Carmack, Craze, AC Slater, Stylust, Flava D, Truth, Stööki Sound and Zeke Beats.

Southern Zone


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 1/26 -  Knee high waves.  Best at the rivermouth on the higher tides.  Light winds all morning.  It’s pretty much flat, but had its moments for longboarding.

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 1/29 - 2-3 feet with a dominant ENE short-period swell. Primary Swell: 5.4ft. 7.2 seconds 62 degrees (ENE). Small East-Northeast short-period swell holding plus East wind swell building 

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