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Catching Waves: All About Surfing in Torrevieja

13th October 2020

Surfer on the beach photo
Spain is home to some world-famous surfing destinations. Mundaka – the country’s most famous surf spot – was home to the World Surfing League’s only European location for many years. Although Mundaka is located in the Basque Country, a few hours away from Torrevieja, the waves along much of Spain’s coast are suitable for surfers of all abilities.

Along the Costa Blanca, the seabed is predominantly sandy, and the waves are gentle enough for novice surfers. In the autumn and winter months, a few bigger waves arrive, providing opportunities for more experienced surfers to enjoy the area’s coastline, but offering plenty of smaller swells for novices, too. Be aware however – you won’t find many big swells on the east coast.

There is an established surfing culture in Torrevieja, with many young locals taking to the waves around the beachfront promenade. In the summer months, experienced surfers typically stick to the backbreakers and take care to avoid swimmers. In autumn and winter, the clearer beaches and larger swells bring surfers closer to shore.

Surfing lessons in Torrevieja

Whether you’re brand new to surfing, or need a bit of a refresher, Torrevieja Surf (also known as T-Surf) is the town’s local surfing school. One-hour surfing lessons (including all equipment) start from €35 for individuals, with reductions for teaching groups. This surf school also offers a range of classes and activities including kayaking, kids’ classes, and even yoga on paddle boards. All of the surf school’s teachers are fully accredited by bodies including FESURF (Spanish Surfing Federation), the ISA (International Surf Association) and the IOSUP (International Organization of Stand Up Paddle).

Surfboard hire in Torrevieja

Torrevieja Surf is also one of the best spots to rent a surfboard and surfing equipment in the town. From paddleboards and surfboards to wetsuits, you will find all the kit you need to hit the water here. Surfboards can be rented from €12 per hour, and there are lots of different options for longer sessions and larger groups.

Best surfing spots near Torrevieja

Many Torreviejan surfers hit the waters around the promenade in Torrevieja, but there are often better waves (and less crowded spaces) elsewhere.

In 2019, Torrevieja’s councillor for beaches officially designated a portion of La Mata beach for surfing. Located 10 minutes to the north of Torrevieja, La Mata* is one of the preferred surfing spots in the local area, with consistent conditions all year round. Surfing is at its best here when the swells are 0.5-1.5 metres, east and north east.

* Check out our Torrevieja to La Mata travel guide for info on car hire and public transport options.

Playa Flamenca in La Zenia (a 10-minute drive south of Torrevieja) is another favourite local surfing location. Although conditions here can be inconsistent. In the summer, the water is often flat. The surfing here is at its best when the wind blows from the west-northwest and there’s an east swell. There’s a “secret spot” to be found at La Mata for those in the know. Search out Cala Cerrada (located at the meeting point of Marina and Paseo del Mar streets) to find the locals’ favourite surfing location.

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Author: Holly

Holly is LosLocosBeach.com's resident writer, having posted on our blog about Torrevieja and the surrouding Costa Blanca area since 2016.

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