When you think of the Mediterranean sea, waves are probably the last thing you add to the equation. Truth is the beautiful beaches of this sea don’t get waves very often, but when the stars get aligned and a swell hits the coast, some of those beaches can make one very happy for many, many hours in a row (tides are way too small to interfere in your session).

Two of Barcelona’s finest surfers, Alex Pons and Jan Bein, asked us to join them on a two day roadtrip through the Mediterranean coast for what seemed to be the last swell of the year in search of the less crowded beaches we could find. Our answer was too obvious.

Tickets to Barcelona were bought, surfboards waxed and SD cards emptied for the occasion and a few hours later we were meeting Alex and Jan at their hometown, Castelldefels. The swell was consistent and winds were looking good too, so we didn’t loose any time and soon enough we were already checking the first locations.  

We drove many miles and checked every corner till we found a good looking sandbank which, in addition, was completely empty. The guys put on 3 solid hours and just left the water when the hunger could not let them surf any longer. Batteries were recharged and the game continued now adding the very unpleasant visit of thousands of jellyfish, which made the session quite painful for the boys, but who cares when the waves are pumping? 

Next day started in a more relaxed way: we checked a few spots before the Sun was out, but the wind was too strong. The forecast was positive for the afternoon, so we decided to surf inland. We grabbed our phones and started checking every centimeter of the map till finding a possible spot. Drove for some extra miles and arrived to a giant (new) factory which happened to be right in the spot. We couldn’t leave without trying, so drove in and tried to find a way to sneak in without being seen. We failed. Some local knowledge helped us find a new spot and hell yeah we did have fun in there. Few hours passed and we could not feel our legs any longer, so we decided to head back to the coast and try find the final destination of the trip.

A few more miles were put on during the research of this final wave. It had to be the cherry on top of the cake. After checking out a couple more spots we finally found it and it was better than we thought it would be. We surfed for a few hours surrounded by some very friendly locals until this magic swell disappeared just as quick as it had come to us and like this, the short journey had arrived to an end.

Being a surfer in the Mediterranean is hard, but sometimes the long wait is well rewarded.

 

Starring: Alex Pons and Jan Bein
Recorded and edited by Xué Gil
Stills: Xué Gil
Music: Cooked – Ham Jam