Surf Spots in Spain

Surfing in Spain was first introduced around 1960 when some
traveling French surfers went on safari looking for new waves in the Basque Region. Since then, surfing has caught fire with the Spanish people, producing some of Europe's best surfing talent.

Today, Spain holds some of the world's greatest waves, and the Billabong Pro Mundaka is a major stop on the ASP World Tour circuit. Outside of Mundaka's legendary lefts, few surfers know about the other world-class surf spots in Spain. With an adventurous spirit and a little planning, surfing Spain can be an amazing experience, both in and out of the water.

As with the rest of Europe, the surf season in Spain runs from Autumn through Spring. September to April sees incredibly consistent surf, and heavy tubing waves. The best waves are found on the North Atlantic coast. Howver, the Southern Atlantic coast is consistently warm and offers excellent uncrowded surfing conditions in the winter months.

Basque Coast Surfing in Spain

Spain surf on the North Atlantic coast (also known as the Basque Coast) offers some incredible waves.

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San Sebastian - Pais Vasco in Northern Spain

Surf Location Playa de la Zurriola in San Sebastian
Best Swell Direction Northwest
Best Tide High and low
Best Wind Direction South
Best Surf Season Fall and winter
Wave Quality Fun break that is good for all skill levels
The Surfers There are lots of good surfers in San Sebastian, but also plenty of room to spread out
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Total beginner to advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For: Too much nightlife can have you surfing with mucho hangovers
Water Condition Pretty clean
 

Roca Puta - Pais Vasco in Northern Spain

Surf Location In the town of Zumaia at Punta Izustarri
Best Swell Direction Northwest
Best Tide Low to incoming
Best Wind Direction South
Best Surf Season Fall and winter
Wave Quality Awesome right-hand point break. Needs a large swell to really come alive. One of the best big waves in the area.
The Surfers Heck yes, but it's a pretty mellow vibe
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard; big wave gun when it's firing
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Big rocks
Watch Out For… Rocks: the wave breaks in shallow water close to the rocky headline, but it sounds worse than it is
Water Condition Pretty clean and clear
 

Mundaka - Basque Coast, Spain

Surf Location In the Bay of Biscay
Best Swell Direction Northwest
Best Tide Low
Best Wind Direction South
Best Surf Season Fall
Wave Quality Needs no introduction - one of the best waves in the world. Perfect peeling left-hand point break that can produce some of the longest tube rides in the world.
The Surfers Some of the best surfers in Europe devote themselves to this wave. Full of pro surfers. Very competitive in the lineup, not for beginners.
Boards Shortboard, big wave board for large winter swells
Paddle Out Easy - jump off the cliff
Skill Level Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For… Wipeouts - this wave breaks in shallow water over a hard-packed sandbar
Water Condition Clean

Mundaka, Spain - Surf Video

 

 

Bakio - Basque Coast, Spain

Surf Location West of Mundaka
Best Swell Direction Northwest
Best Tide High and low
Best Wind Direction South
Best Surf Season Fall
Wave Quality Fun beach-break waves. Very consistent. Peaks can get hollow and fast.
The Surfers Lots of local surfers, and lots of visiting surfers waiting on Mundaka to line up. There is some room to spread.
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For… Nothing
Water Condition Clean
 

Menakoz - Basque Coast, Spain

Surf Location North coast in the town of Sopelana, due north of Bilbao
Best Swell Direction Northwest
Best Tide Incoming high tide
Best Wind Direction Southeast
Best Surf Season Fall and winter
Wave Quality One of Europe's best big wave surf spots. Right-hand reef break that offers some very high-performance lines. Can hold plenty of size. Some say that it doesn't truly come to life until it's 20 ft!
The Surfers Good local crew of surfers that have the spot wired. Don't come with attitude - you won't get any waves.
Boards Shortboard, big wave gun, tow board
Paddle Out Hard
Skill Level Advanced surfers only
Bottom Rock reef
Watch Out For… The inside section breaks in shallower water with sharp rocks lining the bottom
Water Condition Clean
 

Isla de Santa Marina - Cantabria, Spain

Surf Location Near the town of Santander
Best Swell Direction Northwest
Best Tide Incoming high tide
Best Wind Direction South
Best Surf Season Fall and winter
Wave Quality Right-hand point break that peels with razor-sharp perfection. It can hold a large swell very well.
The Surfers Lots of good and competitive local surfers
Boards Shortboard, longboard, big wave gun
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Rocks on the take-off, but sand down the point
Watch Out For… The rocks
Water Condition Clean
 

Langre - Cantabria, Spain

Surf Location Near Somo in Santander
Best Swell Direction West
Best Tide Low
Best Wind Direction South
Best Surf Season Fall and winter
Wave Quality Fun beach-break waves perfect for beginners or longboarders. Long rides that wall up and peel with speed when the swell is bigger.
The Surfers Can get crowded in summer, but generally not too bad. Mellow vibe.
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate but long
Skill Level Total Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For… Nothing
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Rodiles - Asturias, Spain

Surf Location In a nature preserve near the town of Villaviaciosa
Best Swell Direction North
Best Tide Low to Mid
Best Wind Direction Southwest
Best Surf Season Fall and winter
Wave Quality Totally epic left-hand river mouth break. Very hollow and fast. Many similarities to Mundaka, but the ride is not as long. The best wave in the Asturias region of Northern Spain.
The Surfers Strong local crew, very competitive.
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Long but easy paddle out
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For… Crowds, locals
Water Condition Clean
 

Tapia de Casariego - Asturias, Spain

Surf Location Little fishing village near the cliff-fringed bay next to Cabo Gijón Cebes
Best Swell Direction Northwest
Best Tide All
Best Wind Direction Southeast
Best Surf Season Fall and winter
Wave Quality Really fun beach-break waves that can peel for 150 to 200 yards. There is a point located at the western end of the bay that can get really good.
The Surfers Mellow vibe from the locals
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand and some rock
Watch Out For… Crowds
Water Condition Clean
 

 

Western and Northwestern spain

Far less publicized than the Basque region, Western and Northwestern Spain holds endless wave-riding potential without the huge crowds. This region of Spain has fewer towns and a much smaller population, which leaves the area with many uncharted surf spots.

Many of these beaches are visited only during summer months, which is not the region's best time for incoming swells. During fall and winter large swells consistently hit the western and northwestern coast of Spain. We have listed only a few of the better-known surf spots in this region. Happy hunting!

Foz - Galicia, Spain

Surf Location In the town of La Coruna
Best Swell Direction North
Best Tide High and Low
Best Wind Direction Southwest
Best Surf Season Fall and winter
Wave Quality Good beach-break waves. Fun rights and lefts.
The Surfers Lots of surfers, but there are plenty of peaks to go around
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For… Rips, pollution, crowds
Water Condition Clean
 

Playa de Razo - Galicia, Spain

Surf Location West of La Coruna
Best Swell Direction Westerly
Best Tide All
Best Wind Direction South
Best Surf Season Fall and winter
Wave Quality Good spot for beginners. Fun and mellow beach-break waves that peel right and left.
The Surfers Mellow vibe
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Total Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For… Nothing
Water Condition Clean
 

Rinlo - Galicia, Spain

Surf Location East of Foz, west of Astunias
Best Swell Direction Northwest
Best Tide High
Best Wind Direction South
Best Surf Season Fall and winter
Wave Quality Powerful left-hand reef break that can produce some fun tubes
The Surfers Expert local crew has this place wired. Advanced surfers only.
Boards Shortboard, big wave board
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Advanced surfers only
Bottom Rock slabs and reef
Watch Out For… Rocks and wipeouts that wash you into the cliff
Water Condition Clean
 

Patos - Galicia, Spain

Surf Location Near Playa America
Best Swell Direction Southwest
Best Tide Incoming high tide
Best Wind Direction East
Best Surf Season Fall and winter
Wave Quality Good beach break with fun rights and lefts. There is also a right-hand point break that gets very good.
The Surfers Plenty of locals, and really crowded on holidays
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For… Crowds
Water Condition Clean
 
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