Gipuzkoa is one of three provinces that make up the Spanish portion of the Basque Country, and stretches west from the French-Spanish border through San Sebastián and Zarautz. Few are more intimately acquainted with the intricacies of its coastline than Pacotwo, author of the guide before you. Not only is he one of the finest surf photographers in all of Christendom, he also runs one of its best websites; find him here at MarGruesa.
Top: La Zurriola. Photo: Lance-Foto
San Sebastián (or Donostia in Basque) is the capital city and therefore the most densely populated area in the province. You’ll find everything you need here, including a bunch of shopping and site-seeing. Other relevant towns in terms of surf include Irun and Zarautz, although you’ll find that surfing is practised widely throughout the province including by those who live inland.
The Gipuzkoa coast stands out for its ruggedness, mainly made up of eroded cliffs, small fishing enclaves, and a handful of beaches. In fact, in total there are only 5 or 6 beachies along this 86km stretch of coast. The remaining surf spots all break on a rock bottom and access to some of them can be somewhat tricky.
When to go
There are usually waves all year round and spots like La Zurriola in San Seb will pick up whatever swell is out there. In theory, autumn is the best time of year, with consistent long-period swells accompanied by offshore winds and warm water temps, but the months of December and January can be epic too.
Water temps can vary a lot. During the summer months when the sun is out you can trunk it no problem; in spring and autumn a 3/2 is sufficient, and in winter a 4/3 with booties should be fine.