Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #965
May 16, 2019
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May 31, 2019

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PIC OF THE WEEK: The waves in Avellanas are expected to look like this over the weekend.  Photo: Alfredo Barquero

TIDES for May 17, 2019


Low Tide: 1.07 feet at 11:52 a.m.
High Tide: 8.50 feet at 6:06 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

New Moon - June 3rd

National Forecast

Caribbean 2-3 ft. 1-2 ft. 1 ft. 1 ft.  1 ft. 1 ft. 1 ft.
North Pacific 3-4 ft. 3-4 ft. 4-6 ft. 5-8 ft. 4-5 ft. 4-5 ft. 6-8 ft.
South Pacific 3-5 ft. 3-5 ft. 3-4 ft. 3-5 ft. 3-4 ft. 4-6 ft. 5-8 ft.


Caribbean - Ok, now it is going to be micro. If the winds and weather stay nice, it will make for some amazing diving. But don't expect anything over knee high all the way through next Wednesday, except maybe a waist high set wave Friday.

Pacific - There are some tropical systems close by, jacking up the swell, but with the waves come the wind and rain, so it may get messy. There is a small South swell that keeps it head high through Friday. Then on Saturday it's a foot smaller down south, but up north the first big sets from the SW arrive, and by Sunday it's 1-2 feet overhead up in Guanacaste (but still waist high in Pavones). This swell drops off fast leaving chest-head surf for Monday and Tuesday, but Wednesday another SW swell pushes it back up to 2-3 feet overhead for the following few days. 

Facebook and Video Favorites

If you want to see what the life of a Costa Rica professional surfer is like, check out the Facebook page of Josymar Fuentes Villalobos

This is how you do a strategic surf strike - to Pavones when there is swell - 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


Laguardia to Liberia for $381 roundtrip midweek flight on American Airlines. And only $30 each way to bring your surfboards! Contact us to set up your flights.

LATEST SURFBOARD BAG FEES - Including information about American Airlines recent move to LOWER rates to $30 per board bag, if checked as baggage (under 126 inches total and <50 pounds). 

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


Portuguese Afonso Antunes and American Caitlyn Simmers champions of Rip Curl GromSearch. Sam Reidy from Dominical takes 3rd, Valeria Ojeda from Jaco takes 2nd. See all the results.

Waiting period has started for the Roca Loca Pro único INVITACIONAL DE OLA GRANDE DE COSTA RICA

2019 Kolbi Circuito Nacional de Surf Calendar:
Avellanas ~ May 24-25 THIS WEEKEND!
Jaco ~ June 29-30
Playa Hermosa ~ July 26-27-28

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

The National SUP Race Circuit is coming to a beach near you! 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.

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


Summer time beach cleanup calendar with Operation Rich Coast on Facebook

TIDE Academy is presenting Peter Pan on Friday & Saturday, May 24 & 25. Tickets are available (as long as they last) at Bookstore of the Waves. Saturday's presentation will include a raffle, bake sale & vino along with Lori & Brian doing their Eat My Taco thing! See You There!  

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 CommunityCarbonTrees.org


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

Surf Pavones with Andrea Diaz - 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!

--> CRSURF discounts <--

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

Beginner Surf Package with Seafari CR in Tamarindo: Save up to 15% 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.


Northern Nicoya Peninsula

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas - 5/22 - The tides are getting right for the morning surfing this week and we have a light off-shore for that window on most days.  The large swell and afternoon on-shores are keeping the afternoon session from working.  It is raining almost every day.  Check out the main break on our Surf Line camera.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 5/21 -

Waves had been fun at the sand bars along the higher tides, crowded line up on the inside breaks, mostly surf schools and beginners, so please be patient and if you happen to surf better, go within the changing tides at the point breaks in Tamarindo, El Pico Grande is lit up with 3ft solid waves, I could spot some long open lines behind Snakes island, should be fun to get out there to stay fully away from crowds. Langosta during the morning out going tide, 3ft waves, sets bring over 4-5 waves, but they come every 10 minutes (or at least seems to be that long), not very crowded, strong currents as the tides are huge this days; wind shifting from South around 11:30am and does'nt stop until pass 4:30pm

Just Five Days Away! - TIDE Academy is presenting Peter Pan on Friday & Saturday, May 24 & 25. Tickets are available (as long as they last) at Bookstore of the Waves. Saturday's presentation will include a raffle, bake sale & vino along with Lori & Brian doing their Eat My Taco thing! See You There!  

Early bird special to save up to 15% and try out surfing, 3 private lessons special deal for all June. Also 10% off Premiun Vacations and Surf All Day road trips. Contact CR Surf Travel and use coded TOS06 for surf lessons, PV07 Premium Vacations or SAD08 for surf trips.


Surfing NosaraChico at SurfingNosara.com - 5/22 - Rainy morning and choppy waves . They size is chest high with the occasional larger set coming through and lite offshore winds.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 5/22 - 4-5 feet with a dominant SSW long-period swell. Primary Swell: 3.4ft. 16.7 seconds 212 degrees (SSW). Secondary Swell: 4.5ft. 6.9 seconds 237 degrees (WSW). Southwest long-period swell on the rise plus Southwest windswell on the way out.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa


Local’s Corner: – Waiting period has started for the Roca Loca Pro único INVITACIONAL DE OLA GRANDE DE COSTA RICA — 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


Greg at Jazzys River House - 5/22 - (filling in for Steve this week) Surf is clean in the mornings with a dropping tide causing some open pits and lots of closeouts. It's been better at higher tides and not too big for Dominical which has been mostly chest to overhead. We are keeping an eye on tropical systems that may cause morning rain showers and an increased chance of early onshore winds.

Check www.jazzysriverhouse.com for discounts and deals or stop by and visit Ruby in her fine art studio/gallery and ask about her popular class which she calls 'Palm Part Art'.  Learn the ancient crafts of weaving, twining, plaiting, sewing and others.  If you're looking for relief from stiff and sore muscles check with Steve whose East/West massage therapy can be most helpful.  Steve also offers surf lessons and buys and rents boards.  Steve also is available for private lessons in 'Taoist Internal Exercises'.

Southern Zone


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 5/22 - The surf was junk this morning with onshore winds blowing hard at daybreak.  The swell is still holding up with waist to chest high waves, but is a complete mess.  The wind condition was onshore, and messy.  Hopefully, the surf cleans up this afternoon.

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 5/22 - 2-3 feet with a dominant ENE short-period swell. Primary Swell: 4.9ft. 7.2 seconds 66 degrees (ENE). Small East-Northeast short-period swell steady.

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