SURFTRIPS FOR THIS SUMMER: SURFING IN EUSKADI
Summer passes but the real waves arrive, take advantage of what is probably the best time for surfing in the North to go on a surftrip with friends and discover surfing in the Basque Country.
From Flysurfalong with our friends from The Feather Van, we propose several ideas of surftrips suitable for all levels.
Basque Country – 1 week
The Basque Country is one of those places that deserves to be visited with a surfboard under one's arm. Although Mundaka, undoubtedly one of the best waves in all of Europe, was the wave that put the Basque Country in the spotlight of surfing at the end of the seventies, surfing in the Basque Country has much more to offer. Wild and urban beaches, bays, estuary mouths, rock slabs and reefs, big waves... The Basque coast has an ideal coastline for the generation of waves of the most diverse nature, with incredible peaks capable of offering you magical days.
Our tour begins in the eastern part of the Basque Country, near the border with France. In the heart of San Sebastián, in the Gros neighbourhood, is the Zurriola beach. A beach with an enormous surfing tradition, where various peaks (left and right) are formed both for learning to surf, and for more level people. Being an urban beach, it is usually quite crowded, especially in summer, but it is still a great excuse to go through San Sebastián and eat some pintxos.
We advance our journey towards the Zarautz beach, three kilometers of beach with numerous peaks that maintain enough consistency throughout the year. It is the spot where Aritz Aranburu, one of the best Spanish surfers to date, grew up. The beach has numerous surf camps and surf schools, where you can rent equipment or take classes.
Our next stop is Deba beach, a perfect place for a stopover on our journey. surfing. The beach is located at the mouth of the Deba River and has peaks to the left and right that change depending on the sandy bottom. Here you can enjoy waves that are clean and long, suitable for surfers of all levels.
The next destination needs no introduction. Mundaka's famous wave generates huge tubes of up to 400 m that have made it (if not the best) one of the best lefts in Europe. It is a wave that needs a lot of sea to work, so the best time to enjoy its waves begins in October and lasts all winter. This wave is for experts only and is usually very crowded, however it is worth the visit if only to enjoy the show.
We continue on our way to one of the longest beaches in Vizcaya, almost 1 km long, the Bakio beach. Here you will find strong waves of lefts and rights, and even the odd tube if you are lucky. It is a beach suitable for surfing beginners, but if the sea is big it is better to look for an option less exposed to the entrance of the waves. Remember our post on how find waves on google mapsThere are many alternatives for surfing in the Basque Country, so you must choose a bath according to your level.
The last destination of our surf trip in the Basque Country is the beach of La Salvaje. This beach has a length of about 750m where there are peaks of the most diverse nature, from surfing for beginners to waves for more experts. For the latter, on the right side of the beach you will find an area with a rocky bottom known as "la triangular". La Salvaje is oriented towards the Northwest, which is why it usually collects practically all the sea that reaches the Basque coast, and is an alternative on smaller days. In addition, in the municipality of Sopelana you can find a great variety of waves. In fact, this coast is home to some of the best-known big wave spots, such as Meñakoz beach or Punta Galea, which hosts the “Punta Galea Challenge”, a stop for the big wave world championship.
Given the proximity, it never hurts to end the tour by going around Bilbao and enjoying its wide variety of pintxos to recover after a good surf trip.
With this route, you will make a complete tour of the entire Basque coast from end to end. As we always say, part of the fun of van surfing trips is getting lost in search of new waves to discover. Surfing in the Basque Country is full of options, so be encouraged to explore and discover new places.
You only need to get on your van and your board Flysurf already discover!
Take advantage of surfing in this natural paradise and live a new adventure!
See you on the water.
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