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PIC OF THE WEEK: The photo is to inspire you to go surfing! And if there is not a nice left point break close by, then come visit. PHOTO: GG

TIDES for September 16th, 2019


Low Tide: .37 feet at 10:12 a.m.
High Tide: 8.69 feet at 4:23 p.m.

New Moon - September 28th

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - Conditions are excellent for snorkeling and stand up paddling this week, but dismal for wave riding. It will be rare to even see a knee high wave from Wednesday through the weekend.

Pacific - The current South swell is short period, 4 ft at 8 seconds, meaning more chop and chest to head high surf. A West short period swell arrives Tuesday, 4.3 ft. at 8 seconds, which keeps it that size through Thursday, but Friday drops off. Then a third SSW short period swell shows up Sunday bringing some more head high surf. Underlying all these is a small 1.4 ft at 14 seconds South pulse.

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Congrats to Malakai Martinez for winning his first WQS Jr. event in Portugal. Here is his mini clip "Easy" on Youtube.

To see some of the most exotic creatures in Costa Rica, visit the Costa Rica Wildlife Facebook group.

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Orlando to Liberia on American airlines for $478 roundtrip (Jan 22nd-28th)!  Toronto to San Jose for only $278 (1/13 to 1/20), also on American. Contact us to set up your flights. CR Surf Travel Company is a licensed and insured travel agency.

Do you want to experience #vanlife? How about a customized surf van available to drive around Costa Rica, with a complete kitchen and sleeping quarters? Read more about our new partners at Roam to be Wild
Already planning your Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanzaa vacation? Get some expert help. See our customized vacation packages to offer you the best possible surfing experience in Costa Rica.


Are you headed to Tamarindo for the holidays? Be sure to book your tours early to save your space. Find some great adventures in Guanacaste HERE.


Costa Rica Finishes 8th out of 55 countries in the ISA Surfing Games in Japan.

It's Official - Costa Rica will have a National Surfing Day on October 19th

The National SUP Race Circuit Final event: 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.


The Best Sunscreens for the Beach – Reef Safe and Made in Costa Rica

Connecting to the Rainforest with a Hike to La Ceiba Waterfall

Community Carbon Trees is working to replicate their sustainable reforestation using fairly paid labor to the Amazon Rainforest, which is suffering from deliberate fires set by farmers and ranchers. Support them by sponsoring a tree. 

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


We just got back from visiting Surf Expedition in Pavones and came back inspired to write this piece: Five Things Every Surf Camp Should Have for Beginners

Pura Vida Adventures in Santa Teresa is world famous for their luxury surf/yoga experiences. They have co-ed camps from 11/25 to 12/1 and the New Year's week is epic! 

Witchs Rock Surf Camp Women's Surf Retreats have dates sets for the high season in 2020 with surf pro Andrea Diaz. Contact us for prices and to reserve your space!

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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 - 9/15 - The surfing tides are in the afternoon now and usually somewhat blown out.  There have been some decent sessions and a handful of hardcores are finding some smooth shoulders in the head high consistent swell.  There hasn’t been much rain yet which would help to glass it off.   The daybreak sessions start in the middle of the week and should be more promising.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 9/14 - Perfect conditions for beginners and long boarders, glassy, consistent 1-2ft waves in Tamarindo, usual weather conditions for mid september, overcast sky and sporadic rains every other day; clean line up, since the tourist season is very slow at this time of year.

South swell fading out along the weekend, push the crowd to southern breaks that get some of the energy left behind, Marbella has been fun 2-3ft fast and hollow rides, not too crowded but busy enough to make you wait for the best sets.
 “Basics of Surf” is an entry level program with a 1 to 1 instructor/student ratio, whether 4 or 7 days; 2 hour progressive lessons and one surf trip. 
Every friday, live music and great food at El Coconut with Joe Hrbek on stage.


Surfing NosaraEli at SurfingNosara.com - 9/15 - Today we have a beautiful cloudy morning with small waves. Tide chart. The size is waist hight to chest high. The low tide is at 9:36AM and the High tide is at 3:47PM. Stop by Surfing Nosara office and ask for Brayan, Wentyn, or Eli, if you would like to book a private photo session or by any of our pictures. Pura Vida!

South Nicoya Peninsula

Santa Teresa


Kina Surf Shop - Santa TeresaEric at Kina Surf Shop - 9/15 - Waves are chest to head high small groundswell/windswell mix. Poor conditions, looks like increasing onshore wind with rain this afternoon. Best spot - any beachie if you want to get wet

Mal Pais Surf CamMalpaisurfCam.com - 9/12 - This morning at 7 am waves were waist to chest high with some head high sets. Light offshore wind and mostly overcast skies. Dead low tide session, just a few in the water, clean conditions, constant sets showing, some closeouts but also some nice barreling ones on the sets.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 9/14 - SW swell holding in 4-6ft – Low tide in morning – FUN as tides come up – Overcast makes for a great day in the water in Playa Hermosa for Costa Rican Independence Day Weekend.

Local’s Corner: 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. BomberFest September 20-21 -More Details To Be Announced. 

Southern Zone


Steve at Jazzys River House - 9/15 - Rowdy storms are the latest feature of the landscape here.  Small surf plagued by wind and rain means good luck finding an open window of decent waves and clean conditions.  3' - 5' has been typical with frequent peaks, making for fun sessions during brief periods of favorable wind directions and clearing skies.  Punta Dominical has been very inconsistent but Playa Hermosa and Dominicalito have had their moments between storms when the waves cleaned up and fun small sessions were offered by King Neptune.  

Hotel Roca Verde's live music Fridays are back with Ken Nickel and Nancy Buchan teaming up to please the dinner crowds with some lively toe-tapping dance music so come join the off-season gang for fine food and good times.
Check www.jazzysriverhouse.com for low season specials and discounts or come visit fine artist Ruby Kim in her studio/gallery and ask about her popular class in what she calls 'Palm Part Art'.  Come learn the ancient crafts of weaving, twining, plaiting and sewing all done with local plant parts.  Also see Steve if you are troubled with body aches and pains as his East/West massage therapy can be most helpful.  See Steve as well for surf lessons and board sales and rentals and his offer of private instruction in 'Traditional Taoist Internal Exercises'.   



Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 9/14 - The surf was flat with ankle high mud slappers this morning.  Nothing but junk today! It’s another beautiful rainy season day here in Pavones, Costa Rica.  It was stormy with light rain this morning, lasting most of the day, with the occasional break in rain.  The winds were steady onshore out of the southwest most of the day, though.

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 9/15 - 2-3 feet with a dominant ENE short-period swell. Primary Swell: 5.7ft. 7.7 seconds 66 degrees (ENE). Small East-Northeast short-period swell steady.

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