It has been a fine end to the old year, and an even finer start to the new one, for the European wave-riding enthusiast. Shouts of “¡Buena!” have reverberated nonstop all along the Basque coast of Spain, so loud they could reportedly be made out as far away as Hossegor. Mundaka did that thing it seems to do every year around Christmas/New Year and went bananas for ten days straight. According to Superzuri, who’s responsible for the singularly enticing images directly below, the 31st December alone had enough waves to compensate for an uninspiring autumn. Click through all of them, we dare ye.
As it turned out, the Mundaka faithful were paid back with interest. Aritz Aranburu drunk wine with his homegirl on nochevieja (see below), but went to bed reasonably early in order to start the new year as he finished the old: getting barrelled out of his brains. Here he adopts the same pose he uses for group photos, standing as tall as he can inside what was apparently his very first wave of the year.
New Year’s Resolution #1: Be more like Aritz Aranburu / his Grandma