Costa Rica Surf Report: October 2010

Costa Rica Report

No one recognized the beach from last month either. It was Esterillos Centro. Be one of the first three to email: with the name of this break and win a CRSURF eco-T-Shirt! (I made it easier this time…) ~ Photo: GG

Costa Rica Surf Report and Forecast

By Greg Gordon


Caribbean Coast: Anticipating an active hurricane season farther north in the Caribbean Sea, I expect a few head-high waves to show up in one- or two-day pulses each week of the month. Past that, there isn’t much to hope for until the beginning of December.

Pacific Coast: There will be waves all month, but it’s a matter of whether it’s going to be blown out or not. Generally, yes, but this is when you wake up at 5 a.m. and hit a perfectly peeling point with no one else out. Just avoid getting struck by lightning, por favor. The first ten days of the month will be smaller — head-high to overhead — but from October 11 to 18 there’s going to be a week of waves. Then it drops again until the 24th or 25th when a macker of a Southwest shows up. Those will be the best days of the month.

New moon: October 7
Full moon: October 22


What better excuse to visit Costa Rica this month than to see a concert? Limp Bizkit will be at the Autódromo La Guacima in Alajuela on October 14 at 6 p.m., and then Green Day plays on October 29th at the Ricardo Saprissa Stadium in Tibás. For either show it’s worth spending a night in San Jose. To find tickets or a safe place to stay, send an email to:

Best flights: October is the cheapest month to fly for free. However, December and January are two of the most expensive, so buy your winter vacation tickets today!

Best deals: This month, every surf camp and hotel has a deal to help fill their rooms. The key is knowing where is safe, comfortable, and near a good surf spot for your level of surfing. That’s why you should ask the experts — licensed and insured travel agents in Florida. And while there are spaces now, by early November the best spots are sold out for the holidays. So fill out a request form to start your reservations:


Costa Rica claimed their first top-10 finish at the ISA Master World Championships held in Santa Catalina, Panama, from August 27 to September 1. Craig “Tequila” Schieber took 5th Place in his Kahuna division, too.

Three big contests take place this month, two in Costa Rica. The first is the Sol Pro Surf October 9-10 in Manuel Antonio with $5,000 in prizes hosted by the Federacion de Surf and Lime Coral. The second is on October 30 in Dominical, hosted by SoCosta Surf Trips. In between, the national Costa Rica squad heads to Peru for the World Surfing Games October 19-27.


Gilbert Brown is staying busy these days, opening up a new Caribbean Restaurant near Clarita’s in Jaco, and getting his own section produced and posted on Taylor Steele’s online project Even though Gilbert didn’t make the top 10, he got lots of props from Surfing Magazine, where they reposted his killer clip. Here’s the quick link:

In many beachside communities in Costa Rica there are no lifeguards protecting the beach. If there are, they are both underpaid and overworked. But programs like in Tamarindo, Nosara, Playa Cocles, Esterillos, and Dominical hire local surfers and train them to become lifesavers. They have become role models for the smaller kids and are becoming respected because they are getting certified to international standards. Our travel company donates $200 each year ($100 for each Dominical and Tamarindo). You can help these individuals, too, by making a donation through

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