Surf Spots in Costa Rica

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Playa Carmen

Based in New York City, Kevin Colvin serves the Cantor Fitzgerald global market sales and trading division as director. Passionate about surfing, Kevin Colvin enjoys travel to beach destinations worldwide, including Costa Rica.

Featuring top-level waves on two coasts, Costa Rica has more consistent surf on the Pacific side. One of the top beaches for beginning surfers is Playa Carmen, which stretches along the palm-fringed Cabo Blanco nature reserve and offers 2- to 4-foot waves throughout the December-to-March dry season. Particularly appealing for beginners is the beach’s location in a sweeping, gentle bay with a sand break that lessens the danger of wipeouts.

More secluded Playa Santa Teresa is located north of Playa Carmen and has a northwestern-facing orientation that brings waves with more power. Intermediate surfers flock there at high tide during the dry season. With tubes not uncommon, mid-to-low tides bring out top surfers who can navigate the fast-moving swells.


Surf Locales in Indonesia’s Mentawai Islands

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Kevin Colvin surfing

Beyond Bali, Indonesia’s most consistent waves include the Mentawai Islands, which benefit from storms that arise in the southern Indian Ocean and hit the shore via prevailing southwest trade winds. From April to November, the swells that hit the region are unsurpassed, with Kandui Left standing out as one of the most explosive left-hand barrels region wide. Traveling with too much speed to paddle into, the largest waves must be approached through a backside tow-in and once in the pocket, there is no getting out. Also known as Rifles, Kandui Right offers straight smooth barrels that can be paddled into and escaped from when the action gets too intense.

When other waves are flat, Koroniki Right offers fast pulsing waves that do not reach massive heights but are accessible and fun. Another alternative is Nipussi, which is situated offshore in the north Mentawais and has reefs capable of creating barrels when swells are minimal.

About the Author:

Kevin Colvin (headshot)

Kevin Colvin is an established New York financial executive who engages with Cantor Fitzgerald as a director of global trading and market sales. Also an avid surfer, Kevin Colvin has traveled to coastal destinations ranging from Costa Rica to Indonesia.

The Top Surfing Spots in Indonesia

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With more than 18,000 islands, Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world. Being a group of islands located between the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, the country has an abundance of surfing spots with varying choices of waves perfect for beginners and those seeking something challenging.

The island of Bali is one of the most popular destinations in the country for surfing, with as many as 100 surf spots located at different beaches around the island. Kuta beach, in particular, has waves ideal for advanced surfers. It also can be beneficial for beginners since Kuta beach does not contain rocks or coral.

The best time to visit Bali and the rest of the islands in the archipelago is during the dry season – usually from June to September – when the southeast trade winds blow and the Southern Ocean’s swell is at its largest.

About the Author:


Kevin Colvin

Kevin Colvin received his degree in economics at the College of the Holy Cross. He currently serves as the director of the global market sales and trading division of Cantor Fitzgerald, a New York-based financial services firm. Outside of work, Kevin Colvin enjoys traveling to different surfing destinations across the globe, one of which is Indonesia.