In September I went with some friends to surf during a week in the French Basque country. It was all quickly planned: one warm day of August I came to the Barcelona roller skating tour that takes place every Friday night and told one of my friends that I had some holidays in September and that I had them reserved to go surfing with her as I promised her months ago. A few minutes later, we had already confirmed the date and in half an hour we had already convinced another friend of us. After the roller tour we confirmed the details of our trip and some of our friends who was listened to us decided he would join us! I love that kind of spontaneous trips!
We rented the first floor of a private house in a small city near Hendaye with a small terrace. We booked a two-hour class for the first day and then we rent boards for the ones who didn’t have. As it was low season, we negotiated great prices, both for the surf and for the house. We mainly stayed at the shore, as waves were quite big, even in Hendaye, which is supposed to be the beginners’ beach. One day, as we all started to be able to stand up on the board, we decided to try surfing in other beaches. As we arrived in San Sebastian, the flag was red and there was only a bodyboard in the water. Waves were more than 2 meters high and there was current heading to the breakwater. As a surfer told us that he spent two hours without being able to stand up on the board, we decide to head toward Zarrautz, a famous spot for surf schools. The sea was quite rough too, but we tried anyway. We didn’t stand much and I could check that anybody lasted no more than 20 minutes in this beach, apart from a small group of great surfers, that really impressed us. Please see the video below, this guy is a crack! [vimeo http://vimeo.com/31570638]
After one week of intensive surfing, we ended the trip with a detour up to Burgos, as one of us had family there. We enjoyed a warm day roller skating in the city and spent the night at the local fiesta of a small village in the nearby. Since we came back I spent some time checking the size of the waves in Barcelona, but I could only go twice in a month. After having surfed in Australia and in the Basque country, I definitely think that Barcelona is not the best place to surf, but I so like it that I think that the game is worth the candle!! Let’s see if my next post will be about surfing in Barcelona!