TL;DR: I went to the CityWave with some of my buddies from my snowboarding club Union 4 Elements and it was fun!
What to do when you’re a landlocked surfer? Especially during times where travelling is difficult?
A non-surfer might not understand the feeling of missing the water. It may seem like a pure first-world issue, but to me, spending time in the water is healing. I am aware that this sounds kinda esoteric and if you know me at all, you know that I am not a spiritual person. Still, I can’t find other words to describe this sensation, this heart-felt feeling that usually also stays with me for weeks after a surfing trip. It’s strong.
Visiting a stationary wave is a chance to get back into surfing, be in the water, spend time with friends and work on your surfing skills. It’s not the same as surfing in the ocean, but it’s a start. A small glimpse of the feeling that surfing in the ocean gives me.
so, the last week roman and i spent our days at the west coast of france, in longeville-sur-mer in the vendee region. we were lucky to find a place at a camping site, since it’s currently high season there. and we were even more lucky to not get a spot at the first two campsites we tried to get into – they turned out to be all inclusive style entertainment freakshows… lots of swimming pools with slides, activities around the clock for everyone, loud live music and disco dancing… nope. not our thing. our campsite had oooold sanitary buildings which were not so nice (never was able to have a HOT shower there in one week ;)) but the site itself was pretty. it was located in the woods, a 20 minute walk from the beach, rather quiet and not stuffed with people. except for one day, we had surfable waves daily. i’m not too content with my surfing during that week, but on the other hand i’m not too concerned about it either. i’m sure i have learned something and was able to better my technique, even if it didn’t show that much. we’re at a level now (i’d maybe call it intermediate beginners) where the learning curve isn’t as steep anymore, so i guess the progress might be visible during our next surfing trip at the beginning of september, where we will have a surf guide again. other than that, our mood got better the longer we were there. now i’m already looking forward to the trip to fuerte ventura in september!
here are some pics: we set up our home nicely. we had brought our surfboard for riversurfing, which is rather short. we ended up buying a longer surfboard (better for beginners and also better for smaller waves), so we could surf together. friends from austria came for a visit. i want that campervan, it’s so awesome! i built up a nice surfer-tan (from wearing the long wetsuit). the nice walk to the beach. all pics here.