The destruction of Mundaka continues

May 13, 2015 | Surfing
Mundaka: breaking bad

Until ten years ago, the word Mundaka meant world-class wave. In 2015, the local authorities and companies prepare to destroy what's left of Spain's surfing gem.

In 2005, the last dredge of 300,000 cubic square meters of sand led to the destruction of the most popular left-hander in Europe. Mundaka entered an eternal sleep and lost the Dream Tour license.

For two consecutive years, there were no barrels in the line-up. Recently, Kepa Acero and Aritz Aranburu have launched a new alert. Mundaka was, once again, under threat.

The nearby Laida Beach lost its sand and completely disappears in high tide. As a result, the authorities decided to "transport" 40,000 cubic square meters of sand from the Mundaka port to Laida in an attempt to solve the problem.

Mundaka: dredging sand and killing the surfers' wave | Photo: Mundaka Surf Club

"Words are taken away by the wind, but the meters can be measured. They said '100 meters from the shore', but they are less than 20 meters away. Failing to comply from day one," the Mundaka Surf Club wrote.

Mundaka is a fast left-hander breaking in the Oka river mouth, in the Basque Country. In 2011, Tom Curren considered it to be "the best wave in the world," despite its current inconsistency.

In perfect (and rare) days, a six-foot wave will drive a surfer down the line for more than 250 meters. And if you're lucky enough, half of the ride will be in the barrel.