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Mal Pais Surf Guide

Mal Pais in Golfo de Nicoya is an exposed reef break that has very reliable surf Offshore winds are from the northeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the southwest. Rarely crowded here. Watch out for dangerous rips.

Mal Pais Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
29.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Mal Pais:

The best conditions reported for surf at Mal Pais occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Mal Pais (for consistent clean waves)?

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Mal Pais with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 63% of the time in December while 36% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 1% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Mal Pais Location Map

Interactive Mal Pais surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Mal Pais is Nosara Airport (NOB) in Costa Rica, 65 km (40 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Mal Pais is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), also in Costa Rica, 112 km (70 miles) away.

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Mal Pais Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 15 May 2021, 09:31 Local Time
Saturday 15
Wave (m) 1.5
Period (s) 17 18 18 18
Wind (km/h) 15
NE 15
ESE 20
SSE 10
Wind State off cross-

Swell History at Mal Pais

Surf stats for Mal Pais, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Mal Pais

Wind stats for Mal Pais, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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