- 09 May 2011 | Surfing
In 1988, one year before the fall of the Berlin Wall, one of the longest running surf contests in the world was being born in the region of Galicia, in Spain. The first Pantín Classic was surfed between 23rd and 25th September.
The winner of the surfing competition was Jorge Imbert and the bodyboarding trophy went to Gonzalo Casal "Super". The decades have passed and the contest survived time, economical crisis, regional shifts and lack of sponsoring.
There are many stories behind this true surf classic. The Pantín Beach is located in Ferrol, an autonomous community in northwest Spain, in an industrial and naval region. Pantín is not far from A Coruña, one of the biggest cities in Spain, but at the same time is far away from huge building, traffic jams and highways.
More than 20 years after the inaugural Pantín Classic, a beautiful documentary has been released. The film tells the stories, past, present and future of the iconic surf competition. Watch it in Spanish language, here.
Nuno Jonet (ASP speaker), Txaber Trojaola (local surfer), Indar Unanue (local surfer), Garazi Sánchez (surfer), Miguel Galeiras (event manager) Gony Zubizarreta (surfer) and Vicente Irisarri (Mayor of Ferrol and founder of the Pantin Classic) explore the details of the beach, the surfing conditions
"When we decided to put 'classic' in its name, we dreamed it could be possible to build a contest through time", says the Mayor of Pantín. The beach is quite isolated from the urban areas and gets a frequent swell from west and northwest.
The oldest surf event in Europe is still very young in spirit and will welcome the best surfers in the world when September comes. The leaves will be gone but the waves are making their way to the heart of Valdoviño, in Galicia, Spain.