Surfing seasons in San Sebastián


Thanks to the Gulf Stream, the Basque coast has a much milder winter than what one would expect at these latitudes. The Basque Country has a mesothermic type of climate, moderate as far as temperatures are concerned, and very rainy. It is defined as a humid temperate climate with no dry season, or an oceanic climate. Records of annual average annual temperatures in the Basque Country indicate that they are highest in coastal areas, around 14 degrees.

Although the summers are cool, it is possible to have short spells of very hot weather, with temperatures rising to 40 degrees, specially during the summer.

Even though autumn and winter are undoubtedly the best periods of the year in the Basque Country as far as waves are concerned, this land can proudly say it does in fact have waves throughout the year. Waves that can range from 1.5 ft. to 18ft in areas where the sea conditions provide surfable big waves like Punta Galea, Meñakoz, Mundaka, Playa Gris, Orrua, and Lemoiz.

The water temperature in the summer period is around 20 degrees, and although the winter is cold and it can snow on the coast, the water temperature rarely goes below 11 degrees.

The Basque Coast receives storms caused by low pressure areas mainly from the north and the northeast. This usually happens in winter, which is therefore the season when big waves are most common.

Surf indicators
Dominat swell NW-N NW-N NW-N NW-N NW-N NW-N
Waves (FT) 5 - 6 4 - 5 3 - 4 2 4 - 5 5 - 6
Consitency (%) 70 70 55 40 70 70
Max Temp 12 15 18 22 19 14
Min Temp 7 10 13 16 12 9
Water Temp 12 13 15 19 17 14

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Eslam mehanna 2018-05-07 00:44
Good morning
I am an intermediate kiteboarder from Egypt , if i plan to take a course of surfing, what is the best time in year to come to San Sebastian and how long should the vacation be to call myself a surfer?
Best regards
San Sebastian Turismo 2018-05-07 11:08
Good morning,

At Zurriola Beach it´s possible to surf all year around. If you want to know which is the best season, I recommend you to get in touch with the Surfing Cluster of San Sebastian: or with Pukas or Bera-Bera company. These last two are the companies which offer surfing classes and they will know which is the best season and how long will it take you to learn.
Kind regards
Lentse 2018-09-10 08:27

Are there surfing lessons available in November and December?


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