The beach of Sopelana in Uribe
It was in May 2012 the first time I tried to get on a surfboard. My baptism of fire - water, in this case - took place on the Cantabrian beaches of Somo and Loredo. There I discovered that my infinite clumsiness in skiing was not applicable to the art of climbing on a moving board when pushed by the waves of the sea. The thing did not give me anything bad to be my first time.
A year later I managed to escape a week to the magical island of Lanzarote to improve my ability on the board with the course taught by the boys of Calima Surf on the wonderful beach of Caleta de Famara.
When Jagoba led me to the Sopelana beach, in the Basque region of Uribe, I was feeling that tickle that always comes in when I know that in a few minutes I will wear the wetsuit and go into the sea with my board. In this case, in addition, the feeling was accentuated because I had just lived my first experience of paragliding on Mount Jata, a few kilometers away.
When I went down the slope of access to the beach I realized something. Although I love the Mediterranean beaches of my native Alicante - for all the memories accumulated in them -, Cantabrian bravery and the natural environment and geographical features that accompany the beaches from the North they have always awakened in me the adventurous sense to a much greater extent.
Trying your best. Photo (c) Lonifasiko
A group of four girls who had to surpass the twenty, were carrying their small tables of pro towards a beach that, at the time of low tide, showed a strip of sand no less than 50 meters wide. The midday sun shone high in a practically flat sky when the great Fran we were presented next to the booth where the Alder Surf Eskola Save your equipment on this beach.
Often and fibrous, dynamic and with innate sympathy, Fran's good man announced that he would be our teacher that morning. In less than ten minutes we were already parading with the wetsuits, carrying our large learning boards.
If we could have enjoyed a few days of course, Fran would have extended more in the theoretical part of his explanation. Surfing is not just learning how to get on and stand on a board. It's much more than that. Someone who wants to master this sport must know how to read the sea, every wave. Choose which wave can be good for paddling; understand the tides and currents to make each entry easier and avoid the dangers of the sea; know the areas of rocks that you should not approach ... etc ...
Despite being Friday, the school had enough students in the water