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Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #960
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PIC OF THE WEEK: Ethan Hollander busting the fins out at the point - Photo: GG

TIDES for April 13, 2019


High Tide: 7.30 feet at 8:44 a.m.
Low Tide: 1.42 feet at 2:45 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - April 19th

National Forecast

Caribbean1-3 ft.1-3 ft.2-4 ft.3-4 ft.2-4 ft.2-3 ft.2-3 ft.
North Pacific4-5 ft.2-4 ft.1-3 ft.3-5 ft.4-6 ft.5-7 ft.6-8 ft.
South Pacific4-6 ft.3-4 ft.2-4 ft.4-6 ft.4-7 ft.6-7 ft.6-8 ft.


Caribbean - Small surf the weekend with waist to chest chest high sets. Then by Monday a few head high waves arrive, but they are inconsistent and will fade slowly through the week. 

Pacific - As one SSW swell fades through the weekend, another bigger SSW starts to show by Tuesday and picks up to 2-3 feet overhead (4.9 feet at 14 seconds from 200 degrees) by Easter Friday. 

Facebook and Video Favorites

Find the lowdown on local happenings on the What's on Santa Teresa Facebook group

One reason why Costa Rica is better for surfing than Bali - LESS CROWDS! Check out the carnage shot by Surfers of Bali 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


Foo Fighters and Weezer are coming to Costa Rica at the National Stadium on October 4th. Buy your tickets here - LINK

Surf Pavones with Andrea Diaz this May  4th-10th and September 7th-13th

Witchs Rock is hosting Women's Surf Retreats in June, July, and August. Contact us for prices and to reserve your space!

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



The 8th Annual Semana Santa Classic is returning to Dominical on April 19th and 20th. There are divisions for Women's, Locals, Juniors, Groms, Longboards, Masters and $1000 for 1st place in the Open group. Check the El Tubo Surf Facebook page for updates and the poster above for details.

2019 Kolbi Circuito Nacional de Surf Calendar:
Santa Teresa ~ April 27-28
Avellanas ~ May 18-19
Jaco ~ June 29-30
Playa Hermosa ~ July 26-27-28

The National SUP Race Circuit is coming to a beach near you! Here are the dates: April 14th - Herradura. May 4th - Místico (Playa Hermosa, Jaco). June 15th - Uvita. August 24th - Herradura. November 16th - Catalinas Islands. It's expected that over 50 paddlers will enter the 10 km. races, riding boards 12'6" and longer.

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.

Circuito Guanacaste de Surf has their final contest at Playa Negra on June 1st-2nd.

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


Plastic Free at the Envision Festival - by Amber Hagberg

Help the Costa Ballena Lifeguard program with a donation through their website.

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

--> CRSURF discounts <--

Get $5 off a surf lesson with Dominical Surf School (just mention us) 

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

5% off at Dollar Car Rental add 'crsurf' as the coupon code

10% off at WOW Surf by mentioning CRsurf at checkout

10% off at Adventure Inn add 'crsurf' as the coupon code

5-20% off at Alamo, Adobe, or Vamos Car Rental. Alamo also gives a free extra driver and with collision coverage only a $500 deductible. 

March is ladies month for Manuel Antonio Surf School and therefore all women and girl receive 10% off of their surf lessons for the remainder of the month. Promo Code: SURFERGIRL 


Northern Nicoya Peninsula

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas - 4/8 - The morning cycle of surfing tides are beginning and the wind is holding off-shore in the morning.  Even though the afternoon sessions have been on-shore, everyone seems to be having a great time in the little surf with makable smooth sections.  The good conditions should continue through the week if the budding new swell doesn’t get too big.  Check out our new Surf Line live camera.  It should be up and running by the end of the week.  You can record yourself surfing after your go-out by replaying the session if you surf in front of the camera.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 4/9 - Its been a really fun double session week in Tamarindo, 1-2ft solid sessions at the sand bars, then up to 3ft on the best sets at the point breaks and the river mouth. Spring break is fading fast, therefore the crowd at the lineup is mostly locals and residents. Winds are now shifting early by 9-11am also the humidity announces a potential rainy days by the end of April. Avellanas river mouth and Lil Hawaii had been lit up with 3-4ft solid wallls within the mid tides, busy lineup, although there are enough waves for all this days.

Tuesdays Joe and Luiz bring their very special music to Brasilito at Camaron Dorado! 6:00pm
We at Seafari Costa Rica, welcome intermediate and advanced surfers ( SUPsurf also) to e xplore the North  Pacific coast in Costa Rica, beach breaks like Grande, Avellanas, Marbella and point breaks that remain reserved to the most advanced surfer; guided road trip on selected locations to fit your level with the forecast.
Whether you have your own equipment, already surf and don’t require any lessons at all, we do organize guided surf trips 


Surfing NosaraChico at - 4/12 - Another beautiful morning and weekend guys, the wave had really good size with faster shape and more big than yesterday. The size is head high to couple feet overhead, and the occasional big set coming, and a little offshore wind. 

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais Surf - 3/27 - This morning at 6:30 am waves were chest to head high. Off shore wind and sunny clear skies. Another day with good waves and good conditions, tide was almost full and there were waves all over the beach break.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 4/6 - FUN Fading SSW Waist Chest High 3-5ft and sun coming out for the weekend here in Playa Hermosa  – reinforcing SSW to fill in for the weekend.

 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.  

Manuel Antonio / Dominical


Steve at Jazzys River House - 4/10 - Small, inconsistent surf at Dominical; 3' - 4' with a strong offshore for the morning higher tide sessions, a little smaller at lower tides.  Scrappy sideshore winds causing the usual damage during mid-day.  Small crowds for the most part and yet overall plenty of fun shoulders and even a few short barrels - quick and thick.  Hermosa South even smaller and less consistent and as usual less intense.  Dominicalito a mixed bag of conditions but not without some fun long rides now and again at higher tides.  Unsettled weather lately - seasonal transition time from dry summer to early rainy season perhaps.  

Hotel Roca Verde is the spot for live music each Friday night featuring the 'G-String Cowboys' with Nancy Buchan adding high excitement with her electric fiddle.  Come early for great food, great live music amid the beautiful beachside venue.

Check for specials and discounts or come by and visit Ruby in her fine art studio/gallery and ask about her ever popular classes where she teaches such time honored ancient crafts as weaving, twining, plaiting, sewing etc...
If you're looking for relief from body aches and pains see Steve whose East/West massage therapy can be most helpful.  Also see Steve for surf lessons and board sales and rentals.  Steve also offers classes in Traditional Taoist Internal Exercises.

Southern Zone


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 4/11 - The swell seems to be holding with waist to shoulder high waves in glassy wind conditions most of the day.  It was best on the dropping tide at the corner. It rained last night, and was mostly cloudy this morning, turning sunny later, but looks like it might rain again later.  It looks like the rainy season is starting to show in Pavones, Costa Rica.  This has been one on the longest, hottest dry seasons we’ve seen in years.  Looking forward to more rain.

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 4/12 - 3-4 feet with a dominant ENE short-period swell. Primary Swell: 6.9ft. 7.5 seconds 73 degrees (ENE).

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