Surfer Pavones
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #972
July 16, 2019
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August 4, 2019

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PIC OF THE WEEK: Carlos Munoz eyeing the lip during the last big swell to hit Playa Hermosa. Photo: Jim Hogan

TIDES for July 27, 2019


High Tide: 7.93 feet at 10:15 a.m.
Low Tide: 1.83 feet at 4:33 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

New Moon - July 31st

National Forecast

Caribbean 3-4 ft. 4-6 ft. 4-6 ft. 3-4 ft.  1-3 ft. 1-2 ft. 2-4 ft.
North Pacific 4-6 ft. 4-5 ft. 3-4 ft. 3-4 ft. 2-4 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-4 ft.
South Pacific 5-7 ft. 4-6 ft. 3-5 ft. 3-4 ft. 2-4 ft. 2-4 ft. 3-5 ft.


Caribbean - A quick blast of ENE swell arrives for the weekend but fades just as quickly. It will peak with some overhead sets Sunday but then drop to knee high by Tuesday afternoon and stay small til Friday when some bigger sets are expected. 

Pacific - A solid South swell (190 degrees, 4.4 ft at 12 seconds) keeps it 1-2 feet overhead on the sets, fading slowly Sunday and leaving Monday with head high surf. Then it's small for the middle of the week, waist to chest high at most beach breaks, before a new SSW arrives late Thursday (3.4 ft at 16 seconds at 200 degrees) and keeps it overhead through next weekend.

Facebook and Video Favorites

If you want to surf big waves, you have to do a big wave workout shown by big wave rider Koa Rothman on YouTube.

He may be the first Men's Costa Rican surfer on the World Tour, follow Carlos Muñoz on Facebook 

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


Southwest has flights in August for $100 one way from Orlando to San Jose, just in case you want leave and not come back. No bag fees for two suitcases, too!  Contact us to set up your flights.

How about a dream trip to Pavones or a family surf and service adventure? See our customized vacation packages to offer you the best possible surfing experience in Costa Rica.

LATEST SURFBOARD BAG FEES - Including information about Delta 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.


Noe Mar McGonagle and Rubiana Brownell win The Monster Grand Final in Playa Hermosa

The National SUP Race Circuit event dates:
August 15th - Herradura
November 16th - Catalinas Islands

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


Congratulations to The Clean Wave, celebrating two years organizing beach cleanups and recycling programs in Tamarindo. Visit their Facebook page for their latest events.

The Turtle Tour is Back in Playa Hermosa — Based out of Bowie’s — Support Vecinos de Playa Hermosa and Book Your Tour To See The Turtles in Playa Hermosa -call 8988-3030 or 8858-5232

Watch our video interview with Rich Burnam from Surfing Nosara on YouTube. I talk about my favorite waves in Costa Rica and the environmental issues affecting them.

Summer time beach cleanup calendar with Operation Rich Coast on Facebook

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


Surf Pavones with Andrea Diaz - September 7th-13th

Witchs Rock is hosting Women's Surf Retreats in August. They also have dates sets for the high season in 2020 with surf pro Andrea Diaz. 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 - 7/23 - The afternoon sessions this week have been spectacular with glassy conditions and just overhead sets.  This week looks good with the consistent off-shore wind patterns and morning surfing tides.  The clouds and occasional rain have helped with the glare and sunburns.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 7/22 - Its ben fun times to surf on long board and show off your fancy steps on the beach; waves in Tamarindo had been 1-2ft, fairly long period in between sets, crowded line up on the inside sand bars, mid tides activated the river mouth with some glassy rights. Winds had been funky and playful as in general the weather has been over cast and from no wind to light on shores in the late afternoon.

Point breaks further South are more exposed to the fading swell from South, so we venture to Marbella and score 2-3ft on the best sets, not very crowded line up andshifty wind all day long.
Surf All Day trips 
Explore the North pacific coast in Costa Rica, beach breaks like Grande, Avellanas, Marbella and point breaks that remain reserved to the most advanced surfer. Every day will be scheduled according to the best tide and drive distance to maximize your wave count.
Sushi for Lunch! Call us 83350248 purchase your order now and we delivery for free Tamarindo and Langosta - 1 roll c3000 or 2 rolls for c5000 Great Sushi Great deal!  


Surfing NosaraEli at - 7/26 - Onshore wind but the waves are good like Chest High to Shoulder High and not to many people in the water so everyone enjoy the Midday Session!

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais Surf - 7/26 - This morning at 7 am waves were ches to head high, few bigger sets. Light offshore wind and mostly cloudy skies. Constant waves, good conditions, mid tide raising and good waves. Looked pretty fun, not many people surfing and plenty of waves. Swell hitting Santa Teresa and Mal Pais - Primary Swell: 4.5 ft at 14 secs Direction: S 183' - Secondary Swell: 1.3 ft at 6 secs Direction: WSW 253'

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 7/25 - GLASSY 3-5ft and good conditions -overcast makes for a great day in the water – should be fun as the tide backs out New SSW/S filling in.

Local’s Corner: This Saturday it is the Vissla Cosmic Surf-Fest 2019– July 27th in front of VIDA HERMOSA – with Live Painting on The Beach From Jason Woodside — the after party at the GREEN ROOM — Support Vecinos de Playa Hermosa. The Turtle Tour is Back in Playa Hermosa — Based out of Bowie’s — Support Vecinos de Playa Hermosa and Book Your Tour To See The Turtles in Playa Hermosa -call 8988-3030 or 8858-5232. 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 Circuito SUP Race in Herradura August 15th.

Southern Zone

Manuel Antonio


manuel-antonio-surf-school-125Luis at Manuel Antonio Surf School - 7/23 - In Manuel Antonio the waves are about 3 feet.  Wind is minimal. Strong rip currents.


Steve at Jazzys River House - 7/23 - High tide morning following a rainy night showed overhead waves, lumpy and bumpy and mostly closed out.  Three surfers picked off a few shoulders among the rubble of cross-waves and hard dumpers as the sun was trying to break through the clouds.  Playa Hermosa South was as messy but smaller and Dominicalito was smaller yet.  Punta Dominical had nothing to offer.  

Hotel Roca Verde has a mixed lineup for Friday's live music scene and with great food and a pleasant beach front atmosphere so come early and bring the family and take your turn on the dance floor.
Check for low season specials and discounts or come by and visit artist Ruby Kim in her home studio/gallery and ask about her popular class which she calls 'Palm Part Art'.  Learn the ancient crafts of weaving, twining, plaiting and sewing.  If you are troubled with stiff and sore muscles and body aches and pains see Steve as his East/West massage therapy can be most helpful.  See Steve also for surf lessons and board rentals and sales and private instruction in 'Traditional Taoist Internal Exercises'


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 7/26 - The surf is looking small and fun, again today, with waist to chest high waves at the wall.  The conditions are currently clean and glassy.  The is high, but starting to drop.  I think I’ll head out in a few with the retro fish.

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 7/26 - 3-4 feet with a dominant ENE short-period swell. Primary Swell: 7.6ft. 7.9 seconds 63 degrees (ENE). East-Northeast med-period swell fading.

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