humpback whale passing Dominical
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #980
October 1, 2019
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #982
October 15, 2019

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 20, Issue #981

PIC OF THE WEEK: When you do an air so big that it doesn't fit in the screen. Jordy Mendez Marin - Alley-oop over Dominical.  PHOTO: GG

TIDES for October 9th, 2019


High Tide: 7.26 feet at 11:52 a.m.
Low Tide: 1.70 feet at 6:07 p.m.

Full Moon - October 13th

National Forecast

10/10 to 10/16 THU FRI SAT SUN MON TUE WED
Caribbean 3-4 ft. 2-3 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft.  1-2 ft. 1-2 ft. 2-3 ft.
North Pacific 2-4 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-4 ft. 3-4 ft. 3-5 ft.
South Pacific 2-4 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-4 ft. 3-4 ft. 3-5 ft.


Caribbean - The first tropical storm is forming out in the Caribbean Sea which is sending waist to chest high surf to the beach breaks through Thursday, then it drops back to knee to waist through the weekend, and stays small to start next week. If the storm intensifies then expect more waves by next Wednesday.

Pacific - This week will not be that great for surf. There are two SW swells (228 degrees) - one is very short period 6 ft. at 6 seconds and the second is very small, 1.2 ft at 11 seconds. That means surf will be waist to chest through the weekend. Another pulse of SSW (1.8 ft at 15 seconds) arrives Monday pushing it back up to head high to overhead, but nothing spectacular. 

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If you are in the market for a new pet, check the local adoption agency first. There are some of the most adorable felines and canines in places like DAWG in Uvita.

Watch Tomas King from Tamarindo score pristine Cloud 9 in the Philippines while competing in the Siargao Pro WQS event on YouTube.

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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 Costa Rica surf heroes - Andrea Diaz

Jack Johnson is November 10th at the Parque Viva. Ticket can be purchased HERE (starting at 40,250 colones)

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 this weekend! October 12-13 - ACOS Gran Final Pro at the Backyard in Playa Hermosa. Join them as they are raising money for the Playa Hermosa elementary school. 

The National SUP Race Circuit Final event: November 16th - Catalinas Islands - Guanacaste.


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

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.


Yogi Amber Hagberg has created a Live Your Yoga Mentorship Program that you can sign up for online! Read about it and mention CRSURF for a special unique gift.

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 - 10/6 - The junky swell conditions are finally calming down.  There is occasional good surf in the head high range at the higher tides which are now moving into the afternoon.  Although the mornings are sunny and often lightly off-shore, the afternoons invariably bring some rainy spells.  There is almost no one in the water and we surfed fun waves all by ourselves in the main peak last week.  This is definitely not the blue sky conditions we are used to here in Playa Grande in the dry season.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 10/6 -

Fun waves in Tamarindo, 2-3ft within the incoming tide, morning sessions pay well, clean conditions and not too many people out there. Winds had be shifting late in the morning and stop in the afternoon as the storm approaches the coast. Avellanas is getting the SW swell over the sand bars, 3-4ft on the best sets every 5-6 minutes; clean and smooth rides for every one, wind do switch around 10am.

Sunset Sundays with Joe Hrberk at La Palapa in Tamarindo, from 5:30pm 8pm.

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 - 10/8 - Beautiful sunny and cloudy morning with some good gaves and chopped water. The size is chest high to shoulder high.

Check out Beach Dog - Step off the beach and walk a few steps to enjoy great food in a casual, laid back atmosphere. Enjoy our fresh and creative menu which has options for everyone (including vegan, vegetarian & gluten-free.) 

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 - 10/5 - Strong mix SSW / SW Swell – 5-7ft+ with good conditions –  Overcast in Playa Hermosa makes for a great day in the water. Now offering Surf & Fitness Packages: Surfing, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), yoga, Crossfit , healthy food & plenty of good times included! More information.

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



WOW Surf Shop JacoChuck at Wow Surf Shop in Jaco - 10/7 - Yep surfs been super good lately weather with moderate rains nothing crazy! From Heavy Hermosa to fantastic perfect Barranca the central pacific is on fire lately! Speaking of fire , great deals right now until the 15th of October on boards. Last of the 2019 must go to make room for the early 2020 especially the HaydenShapes. I’ll keep bringing in new models over the 3 months but new stuff goes up about 5% in cost plus what ever the new aduana fees are going to be. Surf school product as always we have the best there is NSP softschool and E+ classic. 17 years doing this now ! Talk to me I’ll help you find the right board(s) and with pleasure! Pura Vida chuck and the Crew at WOW SURF !!


Steve at Jazzys River House - 10/7 - Rough morning today: 3'- 4', mostly peaks but ragged around the edges and quite inconsistent. Messy inside, partial side-shore stiff breeze all under low clouds with patches of blue sky. Decent shape to the small peaks with some long rides occasionally. Small crowds – empty beach. Playa Hermosa South and Dominicalito both smaller and not as peaky but similar conditions. Punta Dominical not happening. Mid-day lower tides offered a few small tubes but the usual storm front moved in mid-afternoon to spoil the fun.

Hotel Roca Verde serving up live music with great pizza and fresh tuna steaks and many other fine dishes. Ken Nickell and Nancy Buchan form the current version of the 'G-String Cowboys' featuring Ken's lively picking and singing and original songs with Nancy's spectacular electric fiddle accompaniment.

Check for specials and discounts or visit Ruby-Kim in her fine arts studio/gallery and ask about her popular class which she calls 'Palm Part Art'. Learn the ancient crafts of weaving, twining, plaiting, sewing etc...

See Steve for relief from body aches and pains as his East/West massage therapy can be most helpful. Steve also offers surf lessons and board sales and rentals as well as private instruction in 'Traditional Taoist Internal Exercises'.   


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 10/8 - The surf was junk early this morning with onshore, stormy conditions, and low tides.  As the tide filled in, the conditions improved, glassy slightly.  However, the surf was minuscule, in the ankle to knee high range.


Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 10/7 - 2-3 feet with a dominant ENE short-period swell. Primary Swell: 5.2ft. 6.9 seconds 77 degrees (ENE). Small East-Northeast short-period swell on the rise.

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