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Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #979
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October 9, 2019

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PIC OF THE WEEK: Our friend Eric with the best view of some humpback whales cruising down the Costa Ballena. PHOTO: GG

TIDES for October 2nd, 2019


Low Tide: (-1.03) feet at 11:12 a.m.
High Tide: 9.64 feet at 5:27 p.m.

Full Moon - October 13th

National Forecast

Caribbean 1 ft. 1 ft. 1 ft. 1 ft.  1 ft. 1 ft. 1 ft.
North Pacific 2-4 ft. 3-4 ft. 2-4 ft. 3-4 ft. 5-7 ft. 4-5 ft. 4-5 ft.
South Pacific 3-5 ft. 2-4 ft. 3-5 ft. 4-6 ft. 6-8 ft. 4-6 ft. 4-6 ft.


Caribbean - Another week of tiny surf with no swells over 2 feet at 7 seconds, which means basically flat.

Pacific - A SSW swell (4 ft at 15 seconds) from 198 degrees sticks around for the rest of the week, pushing in overhead surf with a few bigger sets. It drops off a foot Saturday, but Sunday is reinforced with more SSW swell and some SW swell mixed in (224 degrees) sending surf 1-2 feet overhead through Monday. By Wednesday it tapers off back to head high, but stays consistent.

Facebook and Video Favorites

October 20th, a walk for breast cancer in Tamarindo (Villarreal to Llanito) at 3:30pm to create awareness of breast cancer. 

This is my new favorite surf movie of all time! DONE by John John Florence on YouTube

Send in your favorite links to see it posted on the surf report!

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


Houston to San Jose on Sprit Airlines for $238 roundtrip (Nov 12th-19th)!  San Francisco to San Jose for only $395 (2/25 to 3/3), on American. Contact us to set up your flights. CR Surf Travel Company is a licensed and insured travel agency.

FEATURED ARTICLE: My Theory on Waves and the Moon when it Comes to Surfing Beach Breaks

Check out Guanacaste Oktoberfest today at Volcano Brewing Company. There will be beers, brats and it's super kid friendly with space for them to run around after a few days stuck indoors. There will be polka music. Maybe a little Hasselhoff.  

Foo Fighters and Weezer at the National Stadium on October 4th. Get your tickets HERE (starting at 33,100 colones)
Jack Johnson is November 10th at the Parque Viva. Ticket can be purchased HERE (starting at 40,250 colones)
What to Bring for your Costa Rica Surf Trip - A Complete List

While checking on car rental options for the holidays, most SUVs are all SOLD OUT. It's time to make your reservations now, for Christmas, New Years, and even for Easter week 2020. See our customized vacation packages to offer you the best possible surfing experience in Costa Rica.



Mark your calendars for  Oct 12-13 -Gran Final Pro at the Backyard in Playa Hermosa

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

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. They also have reforestation projects in Kenya and Costa Rica, paying fair labor rates and fostering community leadership and business skills for women.  Book a trip through CRsurf and we will sponsor a tree in your name.


Witchs Rock Surf Camp is offering their Free Room Fall Promo AND our Classic Prices on top. This Promo is only valid for 7 night stays at our sister location, Pueblo Dorado Surf Hotel. Prices will be $595 for 7 nights w/ beginner or $700 for 7 nights w/ Intermediate tours or Advanced tours (plus tax).

Do you want to surf with a Costa Rican Surf Champion? We know the best instructors in the country and one of them - Andrea Diaz - is available to show you her favorite waves in Costa Rica. From beginners to advanced surfers, she can guide you to better surfing and have a fun time doing it. 

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! 

 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 - 9/30 - There are a handful of surfers out every day in the well overhead, sloppy surf.  Some of the shoulders are smooth and occassionally barreling.   It is raining almost every day but there are also patches of sun, especially in the morning. Don’t count on the Liberia weather reports since Tamarindo and Playa Grande have their own unique weather patterns.  The surfing tides have moved into the morning and you can take your chances.  Look for strong off-shores to pull shape out of the chaotic ocean conditions.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 9/30 - A south swell is on the close future, Tamarindo already promise 2ft waves within mid tides along the morning, water remain murky after several days of rain up in the mountains, be safe and rinse your ears off  with hot water. Almost no one out there the last days, winds are shifty as it is usual this time of year. Avellanas river mouth seems to be a good spot to welcome the swell and ride some 3+ft waves the next days.

Check out Guanacaste Oktoberfest tomorrow at Volcano Brewing Company. There will be beers, brats and it's super kid friendly with space for them to run around after a few days stuck indoors. There will be polka music. Maybe a little Hasselhoff.  

October 20th, a walk through breast cancer at 3:30pm to create awareness of breast cancer.
Seafari Costa Rica offer special rates for selected services, early booking specials for November.


Surfing NosaraEli at - 10/1 - A little dark and cloudy morning, good and big waves with chopped water. The size is shoulder high to head high.

Treat yourself with a visit to the Native Gallery. This intimate and inviting store is located right beside Robin's. It is filled with all kinds of colorful jewels that are made with love!

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais Surf - 9/28 - This morning at 8 am waves were chest to head high, with occasionally an over head set. Light onshore wind and partially clear skies. Dead low session, kind of messy but with some nice and hollow constant peaks. Just a few in the water, was getting better as the tide started to fill in.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 9/28 - Building SW Swell – 4-6ft+ with fair conditions – offshore early. – Low tide this morning.  Overcast here in Playa Hermosa makes for a great day in the water.

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. Mark your calendars for  Oct 12 y 13 - Gran Final Pro at the Backyard


Steve at Jazzys River House - 9/30 - Still peaky after all these years to misquote Paul Simon and today was no exception; 4'-5' well formed peaks, some hollow, most not, most open in both directions - and often staying open and not closing out.  Mild offshore, inside fairly clean, small scattered crowd.  Stiff currents at lower tides as usual.  A cool, cloudy day with exceptional surf.  Playa Hermosa and Dominicalito both had some windows of fun waves and good conditions depending on the fast moving weather fronts.

 Hotel Roca Verde is the live music spot each Friday night thanks to Ken Nickel and Nancy Buchan as the current version of the 'G-String Cowboys'.  Lots of lively original music, great food and a family atmosphere gives wide appeal to the dinner crowd.  Music starts at 6:30. 

Check 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 - 10/1 - It was firing at low tide today, and only a handful of surfers in the line up. It rained most of the day, but then wind was offshore, and the stets were barreling. It turned out to be another great day of surf from this latest swell. I love October rainy days in Pavones!

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