Reef break – Mostly reserved for advanced surfers, reef breaks are powerful surf spots that receive the brunt of open ocean swells. From deep water to shallow water almost instantaneously, reef break waves will conserve most of their energy traveling towards the coast, and then release it at once upon the reef. If you are an experienced surfer who’s not afraid of taking a few bounces off the bottom, Playa Negra is a popular reef break in the area. Quick word for the wise: mind your manners out there or you might not be welcomed back.
River Mouth – Tamarindo is a prime example of a proper river mouth wave. The meandering estuary separating Tamarindo from Playa Grande deposits sand right in front of Witch’s Rock Surf Camp, creating fun, sand-bottomed waves with consistent form. Because the river mouth is meandering (like the slithering of a snake) the sandbars and surf zones will constantly be changing from one season to the next. Depending on the season, rivermouth waves can range from mushy peelers to sand-spitting barrels. Anyone remember a few years ago when the estuary right-hander was world class?