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Surf in Spain

Surf in Spain - Cantabrico and more

There have been a lot of world known suffers coming to the North of Spain because of the large amount of beaches on the coast where the waves are perfect to surf on and are suitable for all levels.

Starting in the Basque country, where the waves can go from 0.5 meters to 6 meters high, you’ll find surf spots like Punta Galea, Menakoz, Playa Gris, Orrua, Lemoiz, Matriku, Zarautz or the Zurriola beach in Donastia, an urban beach with a perfect surfer atmosphere and were a lot of competitions are held. 

But above all of these, we can highlight the spectacular Mundaka waves in the birth of the Ria of Urdaibai that is recognized among the 10 best left handers in the world and the first in Europe, since these waves reach 4 meters high, forming a big tube and very long lasting for about 400meters. For this reason, Mundaka has hosted on various occasions the ASP World Tour. They are only suitable for local and very experience surfers because the force of the waves is tremendous when they break against the solid sand.

Another well know spots to practice surf in Spain, are in Cantabria, where you can find beautiful surf sports like Ajo, Noja, Santona and Suances with cliffs and impressive sceneries only a few kilometers away from Santander.

But in Santander the zone of Somo needs to be highlighted, with a nice surfer atmosphere and with multiple beaches that suit various surfing levels. Starting with the simplest like Langre and Loredo with waves that reach a meter to a meter in a half for beginners, or like Santa Marina with waves that can reach five meters when the weather is rough with winds from the east or northeast, which is why you would need more experience surfing and also because of the rocky seabed.

Lastly, the almost 2000km of coastal line in Galicia uniting the Cantabrico with the Altlantic you can find a multitude of surf spots with waves suited for different levels, dunes and long white sandy beaches, but, due to the proximity to the Atlantic you will have to wear a wetsuit, even in summer.

In the north coast of Lugo you’ll find A Marina, with waves during spring, autumn and winter. In A Coruna there is the FerrolTerra beach with constant waves and sandy sea beds, although it is more common to find rocks on the Costa de Morte home to very big waves. Finally, the sceneries and areas of Rias Baixas are worth mentioning like the one of El Vilar in the Corrubedo natural park far from all civilization.

In Pontevedra, the beautiful 2km long A Lanzada beach stands out, with its wooden path way that goes across the whole beach, with all the services and easily accessed. The A Lanzada waves are suitable for all levels, with little sea at 1meter but more dangerous near the rocks were they break near the Colmado islet.

If you want to start surfing, you should go to one of the numerous specialized school in Spain to learn how to surf safely and by respecting environment, without forgetting that there exists rules of conduct between surfs that are not written but that have to be obeyed.   

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