Last week Emilio Galindo Barquín released this video clip. Originally we assumed it was the spots in and around Tarifa, however, it extends a little further afield than that, right up to Cadiz and beyond. So we spoke with the local ripper for some top tips and a few photos, what we got surprised even us. The hidden gems that the West Coast of Spain have to offer are considerably more dramatic than you may have ever realised.
Epic wave action meets top travel tips. I guess we will see you there soon then.
Over to Emi...
1 - The best time of the year is from November till March, because there is the usual best period for waves. For wind we don't have any season or whatever so you have to be lucky during the wave months!
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2 - Kit to bring: If you want to succeed, then you need everything. Conditions may vary between 8 to 50 knots so you have to be prepared!
Photo - Luis Bernardeu
3 - Surfboards - Of course! For sure you have more chances to get waves without wind, so bring the toy you prefer to ride waves, shortboard, longboard, SUP... There are every type of waves, from mushy to hollow.
4 - You need a car, the drives are not so long but still you have to drive. So it is best to come in your van. For a quick trip, forecast based, you can fly to Seville, Jerez or Malaga airport and then rent a car.
5 - The weather is warmer compared to the rest of Europe, it's not really usual that it will go below 10 degrees, and it can easily to up to around 20 degrees. In the water, a long 4/3 is enough.
6 - Ok, let's talk about the spots. Some basics: Tarifa is the most windy area with Levante (E) and Poniente (W) but with the rest of directions it is not. Even component directions like SE or NW it is better to drive north. Also notice that Tarifa is the less exposed swell area, so big waves are also better in the north. So, if the wind is enough you will always choose another area for more quality riding.
7 - Canòs de Meca is a well known spot with strong levante and choppy waves. But at winter with the swells punching to the shore you can get world class port tack conditions with light levante. If the wind is howling for 3.7 you can always drive to the north to get much better down the line conditions for 4.7. Conil and Cortadura are the spots you have to check out. As you notice in the pics and video, the big wave conditions comes from starboard tack Canòs de Meca. With poniente wind, you must go there!! All of the other spots are shit messy with side-on wind from the West, but Canòs is side shore and the waves arrive in perfect sets from Trafalgar's lighthouse. If the wind is more NW then the other spots start to become side-shore, but don't be lazy... Canòs is side-off peeling rights down the line conditions!
8 - If the wind is N or NNW you have to check the famous surf spot called El Palmar, or... go to the secret spot in Zahara village, in the river mouth.
Photo - Alvaro Luna
9 - So I think the only wind direction left is south winds, these are most common during the stormy and rainy days here. Quite unpredictable but perfect for port tack jumping. With SE, Cortadura, at Cadiz City. And with S or SW most of the spots are sailable, quite similar to Canòs... Drive more to the north! The place is called Punta Candor and is located at the north of Rota. It's like a skate-park, flat by the shore and bigger and bigger waves as you head further out! See you on the water.