GAMUS LAND! … and the epic Galician swell


 

Unforgettable days and moments usually happen when you do not expect.  Sometimes the difference is made by decisions such as “let’s go somewhere today” or “lets leave it for tomorrow”!

What is below is the  register of such days,  such occasions, and good decisions.  I am sure now  this surf session was the score of a season, and surely in the top 3 days I’ve ever surfed.

Thursday, Octobre 31th,  7 pm – Parque San Francisco, Oviedo (Spain). After a slack-line session with a friend I received a call from my longtime surf-trip buddy Zé Carvalho –  “Could you please drop by my place… I think I have some plans for the weekend, we should pay a visit to Carlos in Galicia”

Ten minutes later and we are discussing our odds in Zé’s couch.  With nothing much to do for the weekend we were just hoping for some relief from the studies pressure; I pushed towards the idea of getting on the way that same moment. There was no reason to wait for the morning,  “200 km is not that far anyway!”. About one hour later, already with all the quiver packed and clothes for a couple of days we hit the road towards Galicia in the dark and winding road of the mountains.

A couple of hours later we arrived at Carlos’s place. There’s people sitting around the table in a nice porch in the house on the hill side. The mood was good, people drinking beer and the conversation going around stories of other epic surfing journeys. We can hear the swell in the distance, and everyone is embedded with excitement. It’s still early but the party ceases because everyone knows we should get into the water in the early morning.

Waking up at 7 am and seeing from the hillside the swell lines coming to shore was astonishing, the conditions seemed to be epic, even from the distance. And everyone knows how big it can get once you’re in the water!  So we headed to the surf spot and quickly found some friends already waiting. Faces  of riders  blend excitement, concern, amusement and happiness all at once.. despite the funny weather, we saw incredible waves breaking in the river mouth sandbanks!

The surfing was EPIC. No one had complains, even with considerable crowd, everything was close to perfect.  Some broken boards here or there, but who would say that this is not part of the game!? When everyone got out, there was hundreds of tales and short-stories that will last in the memory of those that went there to catch some of the first bombs of the season.

To the posterity some photos of Day of the Dead 2013.  My special thanks to Carlos Gil and to Gamus Surf Co. and to all the locals that so kindly shared with me and Zé. To the riders: Luis C. Pam, Pablo Carballo, Andres Gil, Artie Littlefield, Fred Compagnon, Natxo Lopéz, Maria Platero.

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