European Surf Capital
Pual Evans and Ben Mondy explore the European Surf Capital options
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 August, 2012 : - - If the European Union big wigs put their minds to the matter of the formal allocation of an official European Surf Capital, such a process would likely consider only Hossegor and Ericeira.
Both towns have good cases, having played, and still play, an integral and fundamental part in the European surf scene. On the historical side both areas were surfed properly for the first time back in the ‘70s, but the 1980s saw local pioneers and traveling expats finding waves that were truly special.
The discovery transformed both villages into bonafide surf towns. The surf industry and related tourism quickly became central, if not totally crucial to their economies. Surfing provided a huge economic impact on Ericeira. It was dedicated a World Surfing Reserve in 2011.
Some would say a surf capital should be judged not on its contribution to GDP, but by the amount of barrels it spits out. It’s a difficult decision. Ericeira boasts seven world class breaks, Hossegor boasts the world famous sandbazzas of La Graviere and La Piste, the big wave spot of La Nord.
Both towns have also been responsible for a conveyer belt of Europe’s finest surfers and boast a unique set of surfing characteristics, a mix of world class waves, a local public that embraces all things surfing and a future that is based around the stoke of surfing.
How to decide which merits being Europe's Surf Capital?
When Australia couldn’t decide between the competing claims of Sydney and Melbourne to be the nation’s capital, they decided to build a new one, Canberra, excatly halfway between the two. If this approach were taken, and why not, the new surf capital could be pronounced....Salamanca.
Source: Surf Europe
Auhtors: Ben Monday/Paul Evans
Tags: Surf Capital, Hossegor, Ericeira, Salamanca