So far the first two tables which have references in Europe, are brought in 1914 Ignacio de Arana, Spanish consul in Hawaii, but so far has not found evidence that used in Europe. In addition to these two tables, he brought a copy of the first book of surfing history, today there are only five copies in the world.
In Spain the surf began between 1963 and 1965 in different parts of the peninsula, almost simultaneously and spontaneously, without contact cores with others: Asturias (1963), Cádiz (1964), Guipúzcoa (1964), Vizcaya (1964) , Cantabria (1965). In about 1968 he began surfing in the Canary Islands form practiced assiduously among the islanders.
In Malaga, pioneer of Spanish Mediterranean, surfing began in 1970 through the figure of Pepe Almoguera, in the seaside neighborhood of Pedregalejo, when his own table was manufactured. Since then, other neighborhood youths were joining them, as Francisco Soria, Javier Gabernet, Rafael Garcia, Carlos Sauco, Pepi Almoguera, the Tono and Paco Gutierrez Espejo brothers, Joaquin Fernandez de las Alas, and several others that formed in 1974 the first active surf club the Spanish Mediterranean: Malaga surfing Club.
In Las Palmas the practice of this sport began in about 1968 and it was on this island where the first Surf Club across the archipelago, in 1973, the Club Guanarteme was created. In Las Palmas de GC you can surf during any season, but from November to late March the waves can reach up to 4.5 meters high. Beaches or spots for surfing are: Playa de Las Canteras , namely Spot La Cícer and the wave of Lloret only in the Canary Islands; Alcaravaneras beach; Confital; San Cristobal Beach; and Playa de La Laja.
The magazine Airberlin Magazin published an extensive report last September 2012 which qualified to Las Palmas as the Hawaii of the Atlantic.
In the Principality of Asturias there is great surfing tradition, the beaches of the Principality has optimal conditions for the practice of this sport, particularly in the coastal towns Tapia de Casariego, Navia, Luarca, San Juan de La Arena, Salinas, Luanco, Candas , Gijón, Villaviciosa (Rodiles), Colunga, Ribadesella or Llanes.
Cantabria , are known internationally renowned Liencres , Somo , Loredo, Los Locos, El Brusco, Santa Marina, Ajo, San Vicente de la Barquera, Langre , Berria, Sardinero , Noja and Laredo. The coast of Cantabria is divided into 11 areas with 36 sites to surf.
In the Basque Country the surf culture is deeply rooted, this is a region where especially in the summer, the beaches are the perfect setting and the possibilities are many and varied, depending on the level. We highlight four major zones: Sopelana, area Mundaka, Zarautz area; and Donosti-San Sebastian area.
In Galicia , it is Pantín beach, located 20 km from Ferrol logo beach for this sport. Also stresses the beach Doniñas (Ferrol), the Sieira river (Porto do San), beach Montalvo (Sanxenso), Razo beach (Carballo), beach Patos (Nigrán) and Lanzada Beach (Vigo).
Surfing in Portugal it is identified by the quality of its waves. Thanks to its location off the coast of Portugal enjoy a powerful waves during most of the year. The coast is full of beaches, hidden bays and surf spots. The best waves reach those of Algarve (especially Wavy SurfCamp), Nazaré and Peniche , north of Lisbon , one of the most consistent waves in Europe and is famous for its tube "Supertubos". Other popular areas for surfing in Ericeira Portugal between Lisbon and Peniche and the Costa de Caparica , between Almada and Arrábida Natural Park . In the November 1, 2011, the Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara, SURFO a wave of 23.77 meters in the North beach in Nazaré , and in that year broke the Guinness world record.
France is one of the legendary surf destinations in Europe. You can perform this sport on beaches such as Lacanau, Hossegor, Anglet, Biarritz and famous on the southwest coast of France between Bordeaux and the Spanish border Guethary. exceptional waves, an established surfing tradition, a warm sea in summer and the famous "Art de vivre" French.
In the UK , Cornwall is a surfer's paradise located at the tip of the western tip of England and Newquay its capital, the heart of the surfing area. The two most popular beaches for surfing are Croyde Bay in North Devon and Fistral Beach in Cornwal, mecca for surfers around the world. The United Kingdom is divided into four zones waves. The South Coast, South, East and Scotland.
Surfing in Ireland focuses virtually in the town of Bundoran, Irish surfing capital in County Donegal in the northwest coast of the island. Regarded as the surfing capital of Ireland, it is situated on the south coast of Donegal Bay and has become a place of world famous surf for the quality of its waves, and where many international surfing competitions are held.