Surf

Surf

Surfing has its origins in the cultures of Micronesia and other Islands in the South Pacific: Maori, Fiji, Tonga, Thaiti,... Stories have reached us about the art of gliding over the waves in canoes and fishing boats, through local legends, passed down by word of mouth and in tales told by members of expeditions from the west in the 17th century. However it was not until the beginning of the 20th century that surfing arrived on the French Basque coast from California. The geographic shape of the gulf of Biscay, the prevailing winds in this area and its position in the northeast Atlantic lead to the presence of large waves, usually from the north west.These waves are the reason why surfing is becoming increasingly more popular and is now practised by a large number of enthusiasts, both locals and visitors.Enthusiasm for surfing has developed very rapidly and in 1990 the Basque Surfing Federation (EHSF) became a member of the European Surfing Federation (ESF), and today has several champions among its members.

One of the most appropriate places for practising surfing is Mundaka, as the event known as the“Billabong Pro” takes place in the month of October. This is a world championship event for professionals. October is the month when the winds usually blow from the south-southwest (which are perfect for Mundaka), and there are heavy tides. Basque surfing championships are also held in Getaria and Zumaia. For more information, the EHSF updates the calendar of the championships in its website: www.euskalsurf.com.


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