Time-lining the Swell: A look back at Tamarindo’s most recent NW monster.

February 3, 2015

Once or twice a year, an XXL storm will form in the Northern Hemisphere with the potential to deliver man-sized surf to Tamarindo. And because of our unique orientation, Tamarindo becomes the shining jewel of the coast on these NorthWest swells, turning our normally tame front yard into the best surfing playground in the country . In this blog, we will take a day-by-day look at The Hype, The Rise, The Peak, The Mellowing, and The Hasta Luego of Tamarindo’s most recent North-West Monster.

 

January 17 – The Hype

The anticipation always starts with a purple blob…. Yellow blobs are alright, and red even better..But for big-wave surfers, the big purple blob is by far the sexiest.. Especially if it’s moving in your direction.

50ft waves in Hawaii? Start up the hype train!

50ft waves in Hawaii? Start up the hype train!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BX-55O-T5Io

 

January  27 – The Rise

None of the Forecasting Models could agree. With all the models predicting the arrival of the swell on the 25th or 26th, by the time the 27th rolled around, the waiting game had turned into more of a hellish torture.. However, a day late is better than never at all. When the first fore-runners began to show, it was very small with long waits in-between sets. It was something….but everyone was still waiting to see what was behind it..

 

The Tamarindo River mouth enjoying the first signs of the new swell.

The Tamarindo Rivermouth enjoying the first signs of a new swell.

Jan 27

Inconsistent bigger sets started filling in through the day…

 

January  28 – The Peak!

It was like the wave gods flipped on the switch.. I remember walking up to the beach this morning…and then RUNNING out into the water! The swell had filled in and Tamarindo was producing some of the longest, hollowest, cylindrical barrels of the season. Better to let the photos do the talking..

 

Just Perfect... Photo by Dave

Just Perfect… Photo by Dave

Bigger than it looks..

Bigger than it looks..

Another perfect Rivermouth runner.

Another perfect Rivermouth runner.

WRSC Instructor Ariel with the best view in Tamarindo Photo - Shaka Media

WRSC Instructor Ariel with the best view in Tamarindo
Photo – Shaka Media

Costa Rican Pro, Anthony Fillingham showed up to put on a clinic.

Costa Rican Pro, Anthony Fillingham showed up to put on a clinic.

Author, Ryan Waldron, threading the needle on a Tamarindo Drainer.  Photo - Guanacaste Surf Photos

Author, Ryan Waldron, threading the needle on a Tamarindo Drainer.
Photo – Guanacaste Surf Photos

 

January  29 / 30- The Mellowing

After a full day of tubes, sunburns, rashes, and noodle arms, you might think that surfers would be content, right?   Ehh, mas o menos..  Luckily, this swell had some good longevity and kept us in the water for a few days to follow.

Still some mellow lines working their way through.  Photo - Dave

Still some mellow lines working their way through.
Photo – Dave

Another one goes unridden as surfers a licking their wounds from the day before

Another one goes unridden as surfers are licking their wounds from the day before

Still pumping through.  Photo - Dave

The machine keeps on pumping.
Photo – Dave

 

February 1st – Hasta Luego!

Until next time! For the time being, things have returned to the normal Tamarindo vibe. Perfect learning conditions with beautiful weather and (still) some fun waves………Although, I’ve heard rumors that another purple blob is on it’s way..

Fun and easy Tamarindo...

Tame and mellow for all the Non-Kamikazes

 

Thanks for reading! If you have any photos that your captured of this event, feel free to send them to witchsrocksurfcamp@gmail.com and we’ll make you famous!

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Swellinfo.com

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Swellwatch.com

Magicseaweed.com 


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