What is Circuito Guanacasteco de Surf (CGS)?

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For many of the locals of Guanacaste it is difficult to travel to the other areas of Costa Rica due to the financial means necessary to competitive surfing. However, there are world-class waves located in Guanacaste; CGS is a surf circuit that is solely located in Guanacaste.

Our vision is to create a reputable contest that allows someone to compete from age 5 to 65. This contest is open to everyone with the intention of pushing everyone to their highest potential in surfing. CGS is also dedicated to helping children who do not have the financial resources to practice and motivate them to be seen as a way of life that helps stay healthy and study.

 What are the categories and age limits?

  • Open
  • Junior (ages -18)
  • Boys U16
  • Open Women
  • Boys U14
  • Mixed Groms (ages -12)
  • Dolphins (ages -12)

Age groups explained in detail below


Born in the year 2000 or later (18 years or less)

Boys U16

Born in the year 2002 or later (16 years or less)

Boys U14

Born in the year 2004 or later (14 years or less

Mixed Groms

Born in the year 2006 or later (12 years or less)


Born in the year 2006 or later (12 years or less)

  • Only push
  • Cannot compete in any other categories
  • Past Champion must move to the next level up the following year


 Is there a limit to how many people can compete in each heat/category?

In each heat there can be between 4-6 surfers. When there are 4 surfers: 2 will pass, when there are 5 or 6: 3 will pass.

There is also a maximum amount of spots per category per event. This is due to time constraints.

Open: 32

Open Women: 16

Juniors: 24

Boys U16: 24

Boys U14: 16

Mixed Groms: 16

Dolphins: 8

What is the Dolphins Category?

The Dolphins category will run with the main CGS this year.  Dolphins category is for beginner surfers who need assistance in catching waves, a pusher.  Dolphins can be up to 12 years old.

Who can win the CGS Championship?

The top surfer in each of the 7 categories: Open, Open Women, Junior, Boys U16, Boys U14, Mixed Groms, and Dolphins.   Once a surfer has won the Dolphin category they are no longer allowed to compete in the Dolphin category the following year.

The surfers with the most points at the end of the year are awarded the undisputed champion of the category he or she competed in.

Which events can be used to count towards rankings?

All 5 events of the 2017 season can be counted towards the rankings: Tamarindo, Marbella, Santa Teresa, Avellanas, and Playa Negra

The best 4 out of 5 results will count towards ranking CGS Competition.

If there is a tie the the best non-scoring event will count

How many points are awarded per place?

1st: 1000

2nd: 845

3rd: 700

4th: 645

5th/6th: 585

7th/8th: 533

9th: 480

13th: 430

25th: 333

33rd: 295

How long to the events last?

Each event will start Saturday at 6:00am. All events will end on Sunday.

The award ceremony will begin immediately after the finals on Sunday.

How can I register?

You can register for each event online surfcgs.com

The Thursday before the event from 5:00-7:00 pm at Witchs Rock Surf Camp (WRSC)

Before the Thursday you can register at Mermaids and Sailors in Tamarindo.


REGISTRATION CLOSES the Thursday before the event at 9:00pm

If you register late the cost will increase 50%


How can I pay?

All payments can be made to our bank account:

Bank of San Jose (BAC)

Account #: 1020000-920309887-1

Cedula Juridica: 3102680164

Banco Nacional
Cuenta #: 200-02-145-005867-1
Cuenta Cliente: 15114520020058679

Or you can pay in cash during the registration hours at the Event Location.


What are the judging criteria?

Read the judging criteria.

How are waves scored?

Waves are scored on a 1 to 10 scale with 1 being the lowest and 10 being a perfect ride.


How many waves are scored?

All surfers’ scores are the total of their two highest-scored waves.

In 15-minute heats surfers can catch a maximum of 10 waves. In 20-minute heats surfers can catch a maximum of 12 waves. In all Dolphin heats the surfers can catch a maximum of 10 waves