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Surfing in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica - 2008/11/15 16:03 Hey all,

I'm taking a trip to Santa Teresa in late December. I'm just curious if anyone has any experience with the surf there. Any place to rent decent boards?...what kind of wave is it and what's the average size?..
Thanks in advance for any info you can share
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Re:Surfing in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica - 2008/11/17 23:31 You can find places to rent boards, "decent" is subjective but you can find something to have fun on. The waves at that time of year should be overhead +/- a foot. Make sure to go out and check the surf at low tide, there are some rocks that you won't see at high tide. I liked the wave best at high tide, as the tide gets lower the wave gets faster and smaller!

Great place to surf, have fun!
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Re:Surfing in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica - 2008/11/21 23:29 Lots of places to rent boards, Kina surf shop have just got some new rental stock in.
I just got back last week, surf was average but should be pickin up soon.
Good right at the northern end of the beach at low tide in front of the rocks .

Its all good mate
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Re:Surfing in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica - 2008/12/10 04:36 What ceholli says in this post is RIGHT ON!!

Jaco has a beach break so your danger is going to come from your own board or other surfers. But other locations in Costa Rica, often have rocks and checking things out during low tide is the best move you can make.

If you get hurt in Costa Rica and your injuries are serious, you might not make it. Emergency medical care in this country is non-existent from a westerners point of view. In Europe, North America, etc EMT's are a few minutes away and trauma centers usually within 30 minutes. In Costa Rica, EMT's, if they come at all, are usually 1-2 hours away plus even if they got to you within minutes, they do not have supplies or equipment for emergency medical treament AND hospitals are hours away.

For example, if you are hurt in Jaco, it is a crapshoot as to whether or not you will go to Quepos or Puntarenas for hospital treatment. Both from Jaco are an hour or more away depending on conditions.

So the best advice is come and visit this beautiful country but know there is no equivalent 911 here, so that means take to heart ceholli advice about looking out for rocks prior to surfing unknown spots. Plus I always suggest to people, "There is no such thing as 911 here, so do not do anything that will require emergency medical care like renting scooters, sampling designers drugs, or driving like a madman" Enjoy yourself but be aware that things such as 911 which are basics to us back home are simply not a reality in poor countries.
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