Cantabria has some of the best surf on the north coast, and unsurprisingly the sport is becoming increasingly popular in the region. There are now surf schools at all the good surf spots along the Cantabrian coast, with most also providing board, wetsuit and, increasingly, SUP hire. Some of these are only open at weekends and in summer, others are open all year round. For general information see the Surf Cantabria website and the post on webcams in Cantabria.
There is also an great leaflet (in English!) produced by the Federación Cantabrá de Surf and Campings de Cantabria which provides all the info you could need about surf schools (although there are many missing, more below), camps, and camp sites near the beach, Surf Camp Cantabria – Surf & Camping Travel Guide.
Here is just a selection of surf schools, many of these sites have English versions. From West to East along the coast:
San Vicente de la Barquera
Oyambre Surf – surf and SUP lessons, camp and hire.
Surf Spirit – surf lessons and surf camp.
H2O Escuela de Surf – surf camp, surf classes and surf hostal.
Mobile Surf – surf classes and board and wetsuit hire.
Escuela de Surf Los Locos – long running surf school, surf and SUP classes, surfboard hire, 2 surf shops (Torrelavega and Suances) and board repair
Solar Surf – surf and bodyboard classes, surfboard hire and surf camp
Escuela de Surf Santander – Liencres – surf & SUP classes, surf shop, kitesurf and surfboard hire, surf house, surf van and bike hire
Santander (El Sardinero)
Escuela de Surf Santander – surf & SUP classes, surf shop, kitesurf and surfboard hire, surf house, surf van and bike hire
Black Ball – surf classes and surf shop
Escuela de Surf Sardinero – surf and SUP lessons, surf safari, surf van, surfboard hire and surf shop
Escuela Cantabra de Surf – claims to be Spain’s first surf school, certainly one of the pioneering surf schools in Cantabria, surf lessons available in English, also bodyboard lessons, surfboard hire, surf camps and surf shop. They also run the Roxy Girls surf camp, and have their own youtube channel.
Escuela de Surf Sunset – surf lessons and surfboard hire
Nomad Surfers – foreign based company who run surf camps at Somo among other places
Northwind Kitesurf & SUP – kitesurfing and SUP classes and hire
Latas Surf School – offer classes and accommodation in their surf house
Loredo Surf School – surf lessons, surf camp, accommodation and surfboard hire
Escuela de Surf Nel Estrada – surf classes
Watsay – surf and SUP lessons, surfboard and SUP hire, surf shop and surf camp
Escuela de Surf Pinos Laredo – surf lessons and surfboard hire
Banzai Surf -surf lessons, surf camp and surf shop
Surf Van Hire
There is also a company in Muriedas (just outside of Santander) which rent old VW campers, Surfcars.com, they speak English (they’re German).
Cantabria Surf Videos
There are several interesting surf videos on YouTube which are worth a look if you’re coming to surf in Cantabria.
SurfCantabriaTV – dedicated surf channel
Surf a Todo Coste – Ribamontán al Mar – promotional surf video for the Somo and Loredo area, in English.
La Vaca Gigante – Once a year, when the conditions are right, Quiksilver runs the Vaca Gigante competition, a real spectacle to watch, in English.
Roxy Girls Surf Camp Somo – promotional video for the surf camp in Spanish.
SUP in San Vicente de la Barquera – video of SUP in San Vicente de la Barquera (Costa Norte Surf School)
Amstel Cosmic Children’s Festival – Held every year on Liencres beach.
The Amstel Surfari – promoting surf along the whole of the north coast.