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Britt Coffee

THE HISTORY OF GOURMET COFFEE Costa Rica has produced one of the best coffees in the world for over a [...]

Surfing and Yoga Go Hand in Hand

BEST COSTA RICA ADVENTURE DEALS Let’s take a moment to reconnect to our breath. Inhale deeply through your nose. Fill [...]

Tide Report

BEST COSTA RICA ADVENTURES HERE Check the tide chart for your Costa Rica surfing adventure Researching your options is always [...]

Considering Relocating to Costa Rica?

Costa Rica Legal Due Diligence Seminars If you are an expat who is interested in understanding the pure legal facts [...]

Olympic Surfers

Costa Rica’s Brisa Hennessy and Leilani McGonagle will be among 20 women competing as surfing makes its Olympic debut in [...]

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Endless Summer, Endless Surf Spots

As many Howler readers are aware from past articles about Tamarindo surf legend Robert August, the 1994 movie Endless Summer [...]

SKIMBOARDING: Acrobatics of the Fearless

Skimboarding originated in southern California, when Laguna Beach lifeguards wanted to surf the local shore breaks that were too fast [...]

Surf Spot – Playa Tamarindo

Tamarindo is much more than just a surf spot. Tamarindo is a happening beach town full of shops, restaurants and [...]

August Odysseys – Surf Expo

Surf Expo has always been one of my favorite events of the year, to meet people and check out the [...]

Learn to Surf: Catching the Perfect Wave

Learn to Surf: Catching the Perfect Wave.   Being a Costa Rican city girl from San José, not one of those [...]

Manuel Antonio: The Surf Spot

Manuel Antonio National Park is basically the poster child park of Costa Rica. It is one of the most visited [...]

Rip Current Caution

Rip currents are the leading surf hazard for all beachgoers. They are particularly dangerous for weak or non-swimmers. Rip current [...]

Witch’s Rock

Backed by the mystical rock formation known as “Roca Bruja,” or Witch’s Rock, this beautiful, secluded, world-class surf spot is [...]

Papagayo Winds

It Must Be Dry Season in Costa Rica As I sit here writing this article in the middle of January, [...]

What Makes a Good Surf Spot?

What makes a good surf spot? Any non-surfer might think it’s ridiculous how surfers group together fighting for the same [...]

No Slowing Down for Carlos Muñoz

Although 2020 has been a year marred by the absence of competitive surfing and related travel, life has still been [...]

Swells Make Costa Rica a Leading Surf Destination

Waves are nothing more than traveling vessels of energy. Born from strong winds blowing in all corners of the planet, […]

Riding on the Right Board


James Foxx: A Passionate Soul Living the Dream

James Foxx is a passionate Costa Rican soul whose Tico birth name is Jaime Abarca. From the time he was [...]


Boarding Without Borders DEFINITIONS: Kiteboarding: A water sport in which the power of wind through a kite pulls you across [...]

Ángela Aguilar González SP/EN

(English below) Ángela Aguilar González nació y creció en San José Costa Rica su amor y pasión por el surf […]

Waiting for the Surf

Waiting for the Surf World to Reopen Meanwhile, What’s Happening? Surfers, think about this: the World Surf League (WSL) hasn’t […]

Jair Perez Quiros

Jair Pérez, National Mens Surf Champion Jacóbeño Living His Faith And Dreams  (Spanish also) Jair Pérez Quirós is the 2019 […]

Surf Science: Cold Water in Costa Rica?

I’ve had a handful of surf sessions this past Summer (Dec - March) that had me shivering. And not just [...]

The Job of Saving Lives

Marvin Pérez and the Jacó Lifeguards It’s no secret that Costa Rica has some of the most sought-after beaches in […]

Eternal Optimism of Youth

Jacó Junior Surfers On Fire (Spanish version below) Since the middle of March, competitive surfers around the world have been [...]

The Engaged Eye of TR

Tony Roberts — otherwise known as “TR” — is a lifelong surfer, skater, artist and musician, whose passions manifest in […]

Welcome Back to Witch’s Rock

A Long-Awaited Return Costa Rica’s beaches were finally open again after being off limits for 10 weeks. No one had […]

Hurricanes in Costa Rica?

Not Quite Yet On September 18, 2017, six separate tropical systems were spinning somewhere within the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Pacific […]

Braving Salsa Brava

Salsa Brava is a surf spot that is not for the faint of heart or those lacking advanced-level skills. It […]

Fins Out: Lisbeth Vindas

National Surfer Launches Virtual Surf Classes When the Coronavirus pandemic hit Costa Rica, extreme measures were taken nationwide to ensure […]

Agustin Muñoz

Photographer’s Search Never Ends Photographer Agustin Muñoz is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina where he first learned about cameras and […]

April a Long Dry Month

Beaches Off Limits to All April was a long, dry month for surfers due to the closure of all Costa […]

Santa Teresa

Playa Santa Teresa is located on the southern cusp of the Nicoya Peninsula, an area internationally revered as a Blue […]

COVID-19 Disrupts Surf Season Schedule

They say you can’t go home again, but here I am, back at my original publication base writing the Costa [...]

Surfing Ollie’s Point after the Storm

In October 2017, a huge storm devastated most of the beaches in Costa Rica. Playas del Coco was totally flooded. [...]

Surf Profile Costa Rica: Dean Bushby

Years ago, Dean Bushby, a computer network engineer from Leeds, United Kingdom, fell off a motorcycle he was riding in [...]

Esterillos Oeste and the Enigmatic Mermaid

The seven-kilometer-long beach of Esterillos, about 20 minutes south of Jacó, has become over the years one of Costa Rica’s [...]

Surfing Witch’s Rock With Robert August

Robert August’s jokes are pretty corny. Yet, it’s a privilege hearing them told by someone who happens to be a [...]