I woke up early this morning and drive down the coast looking for some waves. Avellanas was waist high, with some little peaks that looked like fun. Further south I checked out Playa Negra and it wasn’t even breaking. I came up to Tamarindo after that, where I found clean waves in the thigh-to-waist high range, pretty much only surfable on a longboard.
Winds were offshore yesterday, and now today they have shifted onshore but only very lightly. It is sunny, warm, and the water is super clear. Despite the lack of swell it is a perfect time to grab a board and at least go for a paddle.
From this swell forecast model, it looks like we’re experiencing the calm before the storm. Starting this weekend we should see the waves begin to increase in size. By July 3rd/4th timeframe we should see the waves pick up even more, potentially reaching double overhead and bigger at spots best exposed to the south-southwest and due south directions.
The long-range forecast shows us receiving this swell for at least 4-5 days, maybe even longer. Also, the wind forecast for the next week seems like it could be offshore, or very little wind at all. Nothing is worse than a solid swell with horrible winds. With any luck, this next week could be the exact opposite: solid swell with perfect winds. Lets keep our fingers crossed.