Ethan Hollander Dominical
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #961
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #963

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 20, Issue #962

PIC OF THE WEEK: Carlos Munoz wowing the Dominical crowd during the Semana Santa Classic in Dominical - Photo: GG

TIDES for April 24, 2019


Low Tide: .62 feet at 12:15 p.m.
High Tide: 8.58 feet at 6:33 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

New Moon - May 4th

National Forecast

Caribbean1-2 ft.1 ft.1 ft.1 ft.1-2 ft.1-2 ft.1-3 ft.
North Pacific3-5 ft.3-4 ft.2-4 ft.2-3 ft.3-4 ft.4-5 ft.5-7 ft.
South Pacific4-5 ft.3-5 ft.3-4 ft.2-3 ft.3-5 ft.4-5 ft.4-6 ft.


Caribbean - It's another small week of surf on the Caribe side with maybe a few knee high waves at the beach breaks, but otherwise flat until next Tuesday when a small ENE swell pushes in some waist high waves.

Pacific - The current SSW (197 degrees ) is fading out with only a background SW swell keeping it waist to chest high for the weekend. Then a new SSW arrives (215 degrees - 2.3 ft at 15 seconds) that will fill in next week, providing some overhead sets for the rest of the week. 

Facebook and Video Favorites

The Facebook group Vecinos de Playa Hermosa has updates on Mike Price, who was hospitalized last week and needs our support.

"Vamos pa la playa, acurarte su alma, cierra la pantalla, abre su medalla"... Calma de Pedro Capo en YouTube

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


Surf and Yoga Retreat - Disconnect to Reconnect - August 3rd to 9th in Dominical

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 was a grand success, with good waves and the community coming together to support the Costa Ballena Lifeguards. Check our photo album of the best waves and smiles HERE. Winners; Women - Gabrielle Guyon, Locals - Ethan Hollander, Juniors - Darshaun Antequera, Masters - yours truly, and Open - Carlos Muñoz.

2019 Kolbi Circuito Nacional de Surf Calendar:
THIS WEEKEND! - 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: 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.


Jaco Beach Cleanup - May 4th - 9 to 10 a.m. on Calle Alice, Dive Against Debris in Puerto Quepos on May 19th. Check Operation Rich Coast's event page for details.

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

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


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 4/19 - Tamarindo during Easter has been crowded, mostly the sand bars, fun waves within the lower tides, at the River mouth, high tide choppy conditions due the on shore winds.

Marbella is a good option for more advanced surfers, 2-3ft hollow, glassy and fast waves, fairly crowded, but all breaks were lit up. 
Early bird special to save up to 15% on Seafari Costa Rica services. Summer premium vacations, surf lessons and trips or snorkel adventures. Contact us 


Surfing NosaraChico at - 4/23 - Very good morning guys, beautiful clean ocean today, the wave had good size with faster shape and fun. They size are chest high to shoulder high, and the occasionally the good set coming and offshore wind. We hope you all have a great day. 

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais Surf - 4/13 - This morning at 7 am waves were chest to head high with some over head sets. Off shore wind and partially clear skies. Swell drop just a bit, it look with better shape. Nice opening peaks with some barreling sections, super fun session.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 4/21 - Beautiful glassy morning with tide backing out – SSW Swell Easing – Chest High and nice shape. Saturday April 27th – Special Benefit For Michael Price at the Saturday Surf Series – Please share, support and help in this cause thru Vecinos de Playa Hermosa Facebook Page!

 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 - 4/20 - The Dominical Semana Surf Contest was a success as always; two days of sun, fun, rain and excellent surfing.  Final standings will be posted.  Low tide mornings have been small, thick and crunchy.  Long dumping walls with short shoulders.   Nobody out.  Yesterday the contest opened mid-morning on the rising tide with improving conditions featuring increased size and cleaner shape until the side-shore wind took over churning up  and crumbling the faces.  The last few heats of the contest today were plagued with intermittent storm conditions and light rain showers.  Contestants maintained high level surfing despite inconsistent conditions.  Punta Dominical and Dominicalito have had short windows of good conditions at higher tides.

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 - 4/23 - It’s pretty flat here in Pavones today!  The surf is tiny and gutless this morning knee high dribblers on the sets.  Good for beginners, but not much else.  A dropping tide and building onshore winds don’t make it look promising. It was cloudy and overcast with light onshore winds this morning. Should see a touch more waves on Thursday. 

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 4/23 - 2-3 feet with a dominant ENE short-period swell. Primary Swell: 4.6ft. 6.9 seconds 67 degrees (ENE). Partly cloudy in the morning with moderate winds from the WSW. Light rain shower in the afternoon with moderate winds from the NNE.

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