Catch Waves and Surf in Spain at San Sebastián Surf Camp

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I run into the sea and the thick pounding waves break on my body, filling my wetsuit with a layer of summer-warmed salt water. I hop on my board and paddle past the break at Zurriola Beach, distancing myself from the shore and the green cliffs of the Northern coast of Spain.

In the water, two surf instructors wait for me and my fellow participants from the San Sebastián surf camp, operated by Stoke Travel Company.

“This wave has your name on it,” one of the instructor shouts over the roar of the ocean before giving my board a helpful push toward shore. I dig in and steady myself with the wave before popping up and riding all the way to the sand.

Surf in Spain at San Sebastian Surf Camp

For two days I live the search for the perfect wave and a pumping party at San Sebastián surf camp. In the heart of the Basque country, the camp is located in Zarautz, just a short drive from San Sebastián, home to the best tapas in Spain, and a short walk from the beach.

Surf in Spain at San Sebastian surf camp

Camp life is relaxed and simple, centered around two principles: surf and have an epic time.

Each morning we arise at 9, have a healthy breakfast and then head down to the beach where instructors give shore-side lessons to surfers of all levels. Then it’s time to hit the waves for a few hours.

Surf in Spain at San Sebastian surf camp

In the afternoon we break for lunch, as healthy and flavorful as breakfast. A free session follows where we can either catch more waves or chill out.

The camp is dominated by Australian staff and visitors, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned in all my travels its that Australians know how to party better than any nationality on earth. Unlimited beer and sangria are included for campers for just an extra five dollars a day, and needless to say the taps and music flow through the night.

Surf in Spain at San Sebastian surf camp

In the wee hours of the morning campers begin to peel off from the friendly group and head to their tents to catch some Z’s. After a day of surfing my body is tired and I fall asleep easily in the comfort of my own, cozy tent. Though it rains one night I stay dry and warm, dreaming of tomorrow’s waves.

Surf in Spain at San Sebastian surf camp

The all-inclusive package at San Sebastián surf camp includes tent accommodation, all meals, surf lessons and equipment for 60 euro a night. Unlimited beer and sangria, as well as optional nightly excursions to San Sebastián are available for an additional cost. Day trip and more extensive trips are also available. For a full list of options visit

Surf in Spain at San Sebastian surf camp

Note:  Stoke Travel company sponsored my visit. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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