Wow! It has been a terrific week for surfing in Jaco. January and February are typically the smallest months of the year in terms of groundswell, but we have been seeing 3 ft open water swell this past week, which can produce head high waves in Jaco.
The waves on Playa Jaco tend to run pretty fast and short, in the range of five second and fifty yards or less. They break pretty close to the shore (100 yards or so) and the currents are very manageable, so all they they are a bit short and fast, its a good beach for beginners to learn to surf. You get a lot of take off practice in Jaco – call it the “Slater effect.” Florida surfers get similar (although not as good) conditions and some attribute Florida surfers’ domination of pro surfing to the relatively high wave count and short rides.
This blogger got 25 or 30 rides in a hour a few days ago, but lately, the waves have been opening up for rare 100 yard 20 and 30 second rides. Fast, but open, occasionally head high…from “weak point training” on multiple rapid close out takeoffs to sweet rippable open walls, it’s been a great week in Jaco!