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Surf trip through Western Europe help needed - 2010/06/21 16:06 Hi all,

I'm planning a surf trip through Western Europe, heading from the Netherlands and will be starting in Northern/Southern France and then heading around through Spain and Portugal. Want to hit some decent beaches a long the way so though I'd ask around and see if anyone's done something similar and has some good advice. Will be looking for some mellow breaks, beginner/ Intermediate type stuff and more than likely camping/staying in cheap motels along the way. Any advice will be helpful

Thanks in advance all!!

Ant.!
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Re:Surf trip through Western Europe help needed - 2010/06/26 04:37 Hey man,

I saw ur post and I was instantly stoked for you. I used to live in Europe and surf, so I will give you some advice as to where you should go.

Starting in France, get to Bordeaux. Rent a car there and head south along the west coast. That entire coast line is gorgeous...beautiful, and all sand bar breaks, although the swell can get big and you will have to be in good shape to even get to the line up. But, all the way down to Hossegor and south of Hossegor to Anglet, you have pristine beach breaks, beautiful camp sites, and good people.

If you do one thing, go to BILBAO, Spain. Skip San sebastian, the surf there is weak, and Bilbao has great spots, beach and reef breaks, easily accessible through the metro (Sopelana, La salvaje)some of the most BEAUTIFUL topless women in the world, and an amazing basque culture. Learn Spanish though if you can, otherwise you will have 0 chance with the women. I lived in Bilbao for 1.5 years, at some spots you will run into locals, but give them respect and let them have their waves and you'll be fine. Head west from there to Asturias...surf it up there, and When you go to Portugal, go to Peniche, where Super Tubes is. Peniche is a mini peninsula, that gets offshore winds in two separate directions, so if surf is blown out on one side, you have offshore winds and sick waves on the other. You have to go there, the Portuguese people are a pleasure and so happy to have you. You can sleep in your car or van in the parking lots by the beach, eat breakfast in a cafe in the morning and have a great session.

If you have any other questions just PM me or email me planproductions@hotmail.com

Im stoked for you man, you will love it!

AC
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Re:Surf trip through Western Europe help needed - 2010/06/29 23:03 Wow thanks for all the info dude, I've pretty much spent the last few weeks looking at maps and reading where the best places are but what you said will come in really handy. I'm living in the Netherlands now so we're driving down from there, will hit southern France in evening and then start surfing the next day gradually working round to the joys of peniche.

Where you living now then if you're not in Europe anymore? No surf?
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Re:Surf trip through Western Europe help needed - 2010/09/18 13:46 Good advice there on Northern Spain. Be sure to hit the famed Mundaka too. The setup there is just ridiculous. Hopefully you catch it big with no crowds. I lucked out and caught it during a big winter storm. The winds were offshore and it was pumping at DOH++. Maybe 6 guys out at the busiest. It was a little sectiony and might be better with less size. It's pretty sketchy when it gets that big. Still, the paddleout is a joy with the conveyor-belt rip that runs past the harbor entrance and right out to the lineup. Hope you like going left.
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Re:Surf trip through Western Europe help needed - 2010/10/14 03:45 ...and don`t forget zarautz, next to mundaka. enter the camp up on the hill and you`ll meet really chilled people and have a good breachbreak within 5 min. walk. next is noja about 150km west, beautiful, empty and totally underrated with a bunch of friendly and amazing surfing locals. complete portugal starting at viana then baleal/peniche area and don`t forget lagide.then i would hop down to the alentejo where you can get surf at almost any beach and get you ass to arriffana, amado,carapateira.
at this trip i would think about leaving out all the famous spots to avoid crowds, there are masses of empty, unknown and underrated spots on your way.
i did this trip several times and it always rocked!!
pm me for details...
take care
chriz
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Re:Surf trip through Western Europe help needed - 2010/10/18 05:27 Hi
Well in my opinion Europe has nice surf spots in France, Spain and Portugal. I know all these countries and for me the most consistent one (where you will find waves all year round) is Portugal. I just came from Peniche, Portugal. It is an amazing place (i am going back there in April again for my 4th time). If you go there next year in October you will also have the WCT.
For accommodation there are many surf camps but most are just normal houses. check the surf camp that surfinn surf camps have there www.surfinn.travel/surfcamps/peniche
usualy I travel with these guys. Went also in March to Morocco and they have a very good surf camp there close to Agadir.
cheers
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