Salsiboy at Salsa Brava
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #953
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Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #955

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 20, Issue #954

PIC OF THE WEEK: That feeling of riding your first wave will never go away. And you may spend the rest of your life chasing that feeling again. -  Photo: Alejandro at SeafariCR

TIDES for February 20th, 2019


Low Tide: (-1.15) feet at 9:11 a.m.
High Tide: 9.96 feet at 3:30 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

New Moon - March 6th

National Forecast

Caribbean 3-4 ft. 3-4 ft. 4-5 ft. 5-7 ft. 6-7 ft. 6-8 ft. 7-9 ft.
North Pacific 2-3 ft. 3-4 ft. 3-4 ft. 2-4 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft.
South Pacific 2-4 ft. 3-5 ft. 3-4 ft. 2-4 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft.

Caribbean - Chest to head high surf until the weekend, and then a new ENE swell arrives pushing in surf 1-3 feet overhead with a few bigger sets. It will a fun time to watch the surf contest at Salsa Brava!

Pacific - Waves are waist to shoulder high along most of the Pacific coast, with a new SSW swell starting to show Thursday evening and lasting through Saturday (2 feet at 14 seconds). Then it drops back to waist to chest high by Monday, but some head high waves appears every 15-20 minutes.

Facebook and Video Favorites

Check out the details on Facebook for the Tamarindo Surf Film Festival on March 15-17th.

Big Puerto Viejo surf to get you stoked for this weekend! Gilbert Brown and Ronald Brown surf 12 feet Salsa 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


Surf Pavones with Andrea Diaz this May

Surf with ROCHELLE BALLARD and YOGA TRADE. An intimate week of surf coaching, yoga, and sustainable living in Pavones, Costa Rica. March 23rd to 30th.

Surf retreat with Frieda Zamba at Del Mar Surf Camp in Nosara at the end of March. Contact us for details!

Do you want to take a surf lesson or tour around Dominical or Uvita? See our favorite guides.

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.


Anthony Fillingim and Coral Wiggins win the first event on the Guanacaste Surf Tour contest held in Playa Marbella. Oscar Urbina takes 1st place in Juniors. See all the results on their Facebook page.

2019 Kolbi Circuito Nacional de Surf Calendar:
Puerto Viejo ~ February 23-24 (this weekend!)
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. 


International Surf Film Festival comes to Tamarindo March 15-17th

G-Love Comes Back to Nosara

Follow Operation Rich Coast to see when beach cleanups are taking place this month.

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 - 2/18 - The wind has been blowing the surf out early and now as the high tide moves toward the afternoon, it is getting even trickier.  This is unusual for mid February and although it has warmed the water up, the head high surf has not been the usual perfection and the sessions often short.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 2/17 - Seems like a new SSW and NW swell is arriving, Tamarindo waves are 2ft consistent sets every 3 to 5 minutes, glassy, long and fast rides within the incoming tide at the Rivermouth, winds remain off shore and then switch to on shore around noon. Line up isn't to busy, although it is crowded at the sand bars inside breaks. 

Avellanas river mouth is a good place to be during the lower tide, off shore wind until early afternoon. Not too crowded, perhaps everybody else are at the CGS in Marbella. 
CGS first date is happening now in Marbella, finals tomorrow morning. Go over there and support the grommets and local future pro surfers of Guanacaste. If you have ever wanted to get a taste for surf and try your hand at riding the waves, then this is the class for you. “Try out Surfing” is an entry level class that can be held privately, or in a group.
Special offers when booking thru CRSURF 


Surfing NosaraChico at - 2/19 - Another beautiful morning, the waves are good and small, they are running waist high to chest high with the tide was low. We hope you all have a great day.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais Surf - 2/18 - This morning at 7 am waves were waist to chest high with an occasionally head high one on the set. Light off shore wind and sunny clear skies. Fast and closing out, tide was really low and waves were breaking close to shore. Now and then the sets will break further out with a nice open wave.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 2/16 - Fun Fun Fun and good shape in Playa Hermosa – Waist to Chest High  3-5ft SW/SSW MIX – Low Tide Early Morning  Outlook the same next few days  – 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.


Walking on Water Surf Shop Jaco Chuck at WOW Surf Shop - 2/19 - Well its summer here and its HOT HOT HOT !!! Surf is small but pretty fun , tides are going to be really big this week with a 11.5 ft change on Friday , currents including rip tides could be  factor so be cautious. Stand out spots are going to be the same as all summers and expect to see a few big sets come thru at E O, TU and CE.  That’s code so nobody can accuse me of giving a secret away ! Youll have to private message me to get the code or use your imagination too! I have some great deals going on new boards, all my SUPER BRAND EPS boards are 600$ cash right now while stock lasts. Also we are running a 20% off on Hayden Shapes until the new models arrive in June . Come get a new HYPTO KRYPTO for a great price! Thanks and have fun! PURA VIDA Chuck and the CREW at WOW SURF!

Manuel Antonio / Dominical


Steve at Jazzys River House - 2/13 - A very mellow morning today - 2' to 4' relatively soft and slow waves (for Dominical) with nice straight lines and occasional peaks.  Far less closed out than yesterday morning with corresponding larger crowds in the water today.  Gentle, warm offshore breeze in contrast to recent cold early morning offshore conditions.  Mostly clear, bright, sunny blue sky overhead.  Excellent conditions for beginners and intermediate surfers.  

Playa Hermosa South clean and fun and smaller than Dominical as usual.  Dominicaltio maybe too mellow except for determined longboarders. Skip the Point.
Hotel Roca Verde is offering live music each Friday night currently with one version or another of the G-String Cowboys with Nancy Buchan, the electric electric fiddler all star.  Check for discounts and specials or come by and visit artist Ruby Kim in her studio/gallery.  Ask about her popular class which she calls 'Plant Part Art'.  Learn the ancient crafts of weaving, plaiting, twining, sewing etc...  Check with Steve if in need of relief from body aches and pains as his East/West Massage Therapy can be helpful. See Steve also for surf lessons, board sales and rentals and private instruction in Traditional Taoist Internal Exercises. 

Southern Zone


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 2/18 - The surf was small.  Knee to waist high waves with clean conditions most of the morning.

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 2/19 - 5-7 feet with a dominant ENE med-period swell. Primary Swell: 10.4ft. 9 seconds 69 degrees (ENE). East-Northeast med-period swell slowly fading.

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