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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Tivives

Costa Rica, Pacific South

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 Access

On the way to Jaco, instead of taking a right to go to Jaco, go directly like 8 miles, you will see a sign to enter Tivives, from there you take a left on a gravel road for like 4 miles. Ask permission to the guard to enter, just tell him you are going to surf.

English (Translate this text in English): On the way to Jaco, instead of taking a right to go to Jaco, go directly like 8 miles, you will see a sign to enter Tivives, from there you take a left on a gravel road for like 4 miles. Ask permission to the guard to enter, just tell him you are going to surf.

English (Translate this text in English): On the way to Jaco, instead of taking a right to go to Jaco, go directly like 8 miles, you will see a sign to enter Tivives, from there you take a left on a gravel road for like 4 miles. Ask permission to the guard to enter, just tell him you are going to surf.

English (Translate this text in English): On the way to Jaco, instead of taking a right to go to Jaco, go directly like 8 miles, you will see a sign to enter Tivives, from there you take a left on a gravel road for like 4 miles. Ask permission to the guard to enter, just tell him you are going to surf.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Playa Tivives

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerPowerful

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Pollution

 Additional Information

The place, on a nice swell and with the right conditions, will give excellent surfing. The currents are killers so you will need to paddle for a while, even when sitting on the lineup. When it gets to big 10+ it tends to close out. Be careful with the powerful sets because they will for sure kick in with 5 or 6 big waves. If the surf is not that good you can cross the rivermouth and go to Mini Valor which has some nice hollow waves, sometimes perfect tubes.

English (Translate this text in English): The place, on a nice swell and with the right conditions, will give excellent surfing. The currents are killers so you will need to paddle for a while, even when sitting on the lineup. When it gets to big 10+ it tends to close out. Be careful with the powerful sets because they will for sure kick in with 5 or 6 big waves. If the surf is not that good you can cross the rivermouth and go to Mini Valor which has some nice hollow waves, sometimes perfect tubes.

English (Translate this text in English): The place, on a nice swell and with the right conditions, will give excellent surfing. The currents are killers so you will need to paddle for a while, even when sitting on the lineup. When it gets to big 10+ it tends to close out. Be careful with the powerful sets because they will for sure kick in with 5 or 6 big waves. If the surf is not that good you can cross the rivermouth and go to Mini Valor which has some nice hollow waves, sometimes perfect tubes.

English (Translate this text in English): The place, on a nice swell and with the right conditions, will give excellent surfing. The currents are killers so you will need to paddle for a while, even when sitting on the lineup. When it gets to big 10+ it tends to close out. Be careful with the powerful sets because they will for sure kick in with 5 or 6 big waves. If the surf is not that good you can cross the rivermouth and go to Mini Valor which has some nice hollow waves, sometimes perfect tubes.

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By Jason , 05-02-2007

Mini-Valor - Went to this place 4 times the last week of January. There wasn't a great swell that week but Mini valor gets pretty fun on the lower parts of the tide. Surfed Tivives once, but it wasn't very good, waist to chest high closeouts. It takes a little work to get here so the spoiled surfer might want to stay around Jaco.

By Anonymous , 03-11-2006

Legaliza it!! - Hey dont be afraid of the crocs!

By Legalize it!!! , 03-11-2006

- Great spot, Nice overhead waves, valor and the river mouth are sick, I really like that place. GO RIP IT!!

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