Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #981
October 9, 2019
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #983
October 24, 2019

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 20, Issue #982

PIC OF THE WEEK: Crocodiles in the lineup? This guy was only looking for a snack. Lucky for him, surfers don't bite back. Instead he was moved to a surfer-free zone.  PHOTO: Costa Ballena Lifeguards

TIDES for October 16th, 2019


Low Tide: .04 feet at 10:17 a.m.
High Tide: 8.57 feet at 4:31 p.m.

New Moon - October 27th

National Forecast

10/16 to 10/22 WED THU FRI SAT SUN MON TUE
Caribbean 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft. 1 ft. 1 ft.  1 ft. 1 ft. 1 ft.
North Pacific 3-5 ft. 2-4 ft. 2-4 ft. 2-4 ft. 2-4 ft. 3-5 ft. 2-4 ft.
South Pacific 3-4 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-4 ft. 2-4 ft. 3-4 ft. 3-5 ft. 2-4 ft.


Caribbean - Maybe a few longboard waves for Wednesday but after that it is Pancake-ville with nothing showing on the horizon for the next week. 

Pacific - So the only real swell in the water maxes at 2.1 feet at 16 seconds on Wednesday and then fades to 1.5 ft. at 14 seconds from the SSW. This means the sets will be head high, but they get more inconsistent through the week. Monday has a new SSW arriving (2.6 ft at 16 seconds from 210 degrees) but that angle means some blockage so less overhead sets, and which also fades for the rest of next week. Because of multiple West and SSW shorter period swell, expect jumbled lumpy peaks, too.

Facebook and Video Favorites

Follow an all-women's sailing voyage around the world on the eXXpedition led by Emily Penn, with a mission to educate the planet about plastic pollution.

Brisa Hennessy showing why she is qualified to represent Costa Rica in the 2020 Olympics. This is her quarterfinal heat against 3x world champ Carissa Moore in Bali on YouTube

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Strategic Strike? Los Angeles to Liberia on Alaska Airlines for $436 roundtrip (Nov 8th-11th)!  San Francisco to San Jose for only $399 (1/22 to 1/28), on American. Contact us to set up your flights. CR Surf Travel Company is a licensed and insured travel agency.

Jair Perez - Hermosa! - photo: Wendy Solano

FEATURED ARTICLE: My Costa Rica surf heroes - Jair Perez

Jack Johnson is November 10th at the Parque Viva. Tickets 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.


Brisa One Step Closer to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Winners of the ACOS Gran Final Pro at the Backyard in Playa Hermosa. 
Categoría OPEN
1- Darshan Antequera
2- Anderson Tascon
3- Maykol Torres
3- Jefferson Tascon

Categoría OPEN Femenino
1- Rachel Agüero
2- Albertina Torre

Categoría JUNIOR
1- Jorge Monge
2- Darshan Antequera
3- Alberto Rodríguez

Categoría BOYS - Pro Surfing Tour CR
1-Jorge Monge
2- Ethan Hollander
3- David Monge
4- Kian Ashana

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



October 19th is Surf Appreciation Day in Costa Rica and Jaco has a big event planned. Check out the poster above for a timeline of events. 

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

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.  Contact us for prices and to reserve your space!

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! 

--> 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 - 10/13 - The small surf has occasionally been pretty good as the winds shift around during sunny mornings and rain showers in the afternoon.  People have been catching the main peaks with hardly anyone out for hours at the time depending on how good it is.  The morning surf should start later in the week and should begin getting very interesting as we move toward the dry season without any major weather disturbances.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 10/14 - Under the influence of a tropical low pressure sistem, the rain is constant for about 36 hours already, making wave conditions mushy and murky, a very short period of time and mixed combo south swell energy is the strom's effect. Not recommended to swim or surf on the inside breaks near the river mouth, among several health issues also the inconvenient of strong currents and possibly crocodiles in the ocean after being drifted from the estuary. That applies to any river mouth along the coast. As it is stormy all along the pacific coast, in Nicoya surf is not so good.

Get the delivery service from Vida Bowls. Call for delivery! #vidabowlsexpress phone: 87136539 - 85251580 12pm-7pm
October 20th, there will be a walk through Villareal for breast cancer at 3:30pm to create awareness. 


Surfing NosaraEli at - 10/15 - A rainy morning with small and beautiful waves.  The size is chest high to shoulder high.

If you are in Nosara today, check out El Chivo Located in Playa Pelada, Nosara, El Chivo is a fun and funky Mexican Cantina & Restaurant. Visit to enjoy the open-air atmosphere with cozy vibes. Taco Tuesday is a Nosara classic, but every other day is just as nice.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Santa Teresa

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 10/15 - 2.5 ft swell from the SSW at 15 seconds producing 4-5 foot waves. Best day is the 16th with overhead surf and then drops a little each day to the weekend. 

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 10/9 - Dropping SW Swell – 4-5ft+ with fair conditions early –  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 - 10/14 - Hey From Playa Jaco Well it’s been wet for sure, mean stubborn low sitting right out front so 48 hours of rain now but waves are small fun if now we are starting to see some logs and stuff. Water color is turning red with clay runoffs and stickier wax is flying out the door! Still got same deals going on boards in stock but only another week or so and then new boards on the rack and store wide discounts end! Get your while the gettin' is good! Thanks ~ Chuck and the Crew at WOW SURF ! 

Southern Pacific


Steve at Jazzys River House - 10/14 - Clean, glassy, nearly perfect head high peaks this morning!  Occasional barrels - both directions.  Close to perfect conditions under a solid grey sky.  Offshore winds were a big help and oddly enough there were only a handful of surfers out.  Maybe the croc in the lineup yesterday had some people worried.  Dominicalito and Playa Hermosa South were smaller and not so peaky but still improved over recent storm conditions.  Too small for Punta Dominical.  

Hotel Roca Verde is still hosting live music on Friday nights with Ken Nickell and Nancy providing the tunes.  Music starts at 6:30 so come early for a tasty meal and an evening of music and dance.

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

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 10/15 - 2.5 ft swell from the ENE at 7 seconds producing 1 foot waves. Should stay the same all week. 

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