If you like surfing and you live far from the beach, or next to not strong enough waves (like many friends from the Mediterranean we speak with in Latas Bar), probably you’re counting down your days to get to a place where fun of surfing is guaranteed.
One of the surf paradises in Spain, without doubt, is Cantabria. Surf in Cantabria has been one of this sport in our country since it started to be practiced back in the 60s.
Cantabria offers great quality waves thoughout the year and an average temperature of the water 17ºC (13 in February and up to 24 in July).
To surf in Cantabria you need a light neoprene in summer (a 3/2 or less) and a heavier one in winter and autumn (4/3 or 5/3).
From Madrid to Cantabria you are in 4 hours by car on the highway, and parking in any surf spot in Cantabria is relatively easy, unless you go between July 15 and August 15. Then parking will be just as difficult as in any other coastal place in the whole country!
History of surfing in Cantabria
Cantabria is one of the first surfing spots in Spain. Since the 60s, surfing has attracted many people to Cantabria.
It was here, specifically on the Sardinero beach, that the swimmer Jesús Fiochi began to catch waves with a surfboard. It is true that some CIS divers were already catching waves with planking, a wooden board with a kind of keel that came to be like a Body Board.
Later, surfing spread a lot hand in hand with the hippie movement. It was around this time that Casa Lola was founded in Loredo, a surfing commune near Latas Surf House and Somo and Loredo beach.
In the last 20 years, surfing schools have spread and every year thousands of people from all over the world come to Cantabria to learn to surf and to experience this unique way of life.
There is a documentary about the beginnings of surfing in Cantabria called “The first wave”.