Everyone knows there's more to Spain than just Mundaka. Sometimes the world's best rivermouth wave just isn't right, the banks are shot, swell direction off kilter, wind dominates the lineup. But that's fine – there's plenty more spots to go around as a huge storm rifles into the coastline.
And you know, Storm Brendan sure got around. Nazare was set off because of him – you can see that here. The shores of France went into over drive and that hefty Irish slab may have yielded one of the best paddle waves we've ever seen, courtesy of Lord Tom Lowe. (that's dropping later today with a report from our man on the ground Dylan Stott featuring Loewy, Nic Von Rupp and more).
And while lenses were trained on those well versed spots, a crew of Spanish warriors sought out hefty tubes around the north coast of the country, in front of the lens of Jon Aspuru. Meanwhile, some of the best surfers in Europe were over in Lanzarote competing at a QS event as Brendan wielded axe to shore. The likes of Aritz Aranburu, who won the comp and Gearoid McDaid, who came second, were already in the water as that behemoth hit – with Manu Miguelez on hand to shoot.
Back on the mainland, Mr Aspuru relays to MSW: “It was a very windy swell. At the beginning of everything, we had the opportunity to surf a slab. It is a wave usually frequented by bodyboarders. There are few surfers who dare it.
It is a wave usually frequented by bodyboarders. There are few surfers who dare it
“A very frequent local surfer is Unai Arriola, who paddles this beast. Adrian Fernandez de Valderrama, towed by Natxo Gonzalez, managed to make a couple of good barrels. It was about two metres with perfect wind. A memorable session.
“After that the swell arrived further in with a lot of offshore wind. Mundaka looked like it was going to be the place to be, but the sandbar is a bit empty and makes for very few barrels.
“And that is why, with the end of the swell, we opted for this mythical right point break. We woke up there and it had the perfect wind and series of 3-4 metre waves.
“There are very few sessions that can be enjoyed with these conditions, so it was something very special. Alberto Ortega, Jesus Suarez, Adam Tye, Javi Horn, Txaber Trojaola, Endika Ruiz, Eneko Amezaga, Aritza Saratxaga, Zuku, Jonan Etxebarria, there were only a few surfers who enjoyed that session. After that, the west wind changed the scene and it was time to rest.”
And the forecast for the start of this week? Swell maxed out at 14ft@17 seconds, from the NW, coupled with strong southerly winds that swung more to the south west as the session went on. Remember, keep an eye on Mundaka by going HERE. And Lanzarote, HERE.