Surfing in the de-scaled: when and how?


Loving summer and dreaming about it is one of the recurring fantasies in these days of confinement.

Imagining the sun, the sand and all the waves that can be caught without a doubt is the moment dreamt of by all. 

In Spain, due to the state of alarm and the phases that have been carried out in different parts of the country, it is not completely clear about the practice of surfing.

Order SND/380/2020, of 30 April, stipulates “the conditions under which people aged 14 and over can carry out non-professional physical activity in the open air during the health crisis caused by the COVID-19”. It states that for outings for the purpose of practising sport, it is permitted to travel “on any road or space for public use, including natural spaces and authorised green areas, respecting the limits of the municipality”.

On the other hand, Order SND/388/2020, of 3 May, which establishes “the conditions for the practice of professional and federated sports”, specifies that federated sportsmen and women have the same limitation as ‘non-professional’ sportsmen and women, while high-level sportsmen and women (DAN) may surf within the limits of the province in which the sportsman or woman resides.

Due to this contradiction, some surfers have been sanctioned on the beaches while practicing the sport. 

The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, answered the question of whether it is possible to practice surfing during phase 0 and his answer was as follows:

“Sport activities have to be individual and we can’t move to another municipality to surf”, was Illa’s answer.

Now that almost all of Spain is from Monday June 1, 2020 in phase 2 of the de-scaled, the beaches, will be open for any activity, although each autonomy will take its own measures. 

If the city council where you live prohibits it, better not to risk. In the meantime, get your wax, surfboard and popcorn ready to watch this home theater explosion of the top 10 surf movies you can’t miss this summer. Maybe the movies will motivate you to look for new practices or be creative when it comes to surfing, look at Thomas Cervetti’s example.

So get your wax, your surfboard and your popcorn ready to watch this home theater explosion of the top 10 surfing movies. 

1. Endless Summer (1965)

The crown jewel of Bruce Brown’s ten years of surfing documentaries. Brown follows two young surfers from around the world in search of the perfect wave, and ends up finding some important ones as well as some colorful local characters.

This is one of the best documentaries that has best captured the essence of surfing. In 1994, after the success of the first part, a second one was launched.

2. Chasing Mavericks (2012)

When young Jay Moriarity discovers that the mythical Mavericks wave, one of the largest waves on Earth, exists just a few miles from his home in Santa Cruz, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it.

Directed by: Michael Apted, Curtis Hanson.

3. Big Wednesday (1978)

The life of some California surfers from the early 60s to the 70s.

Directed and co-written by John Milius, it was a failure in the movies and became a cult hit with its song of friendship and surfing spirit over the setbacks of life.

4. Point Break (1991)

An FBI agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers.

If you want to see Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves young and surfing this movie you can’t miss it.

5. Riding Giants (2004)

This documentary directed by Stacy Peralta, details the origins and history of the surf culture.

6. En las manos de Dios (1999)

Three professional surfers – the talented Shane, the once-great Mickey and rising young star Keoni – travel to Madagascar, Bali and Hawaii in search of the ultimate wave.

7. Drift (2013)

From the Directors Ben Nott , Morgan O’Neill

In the 70s, two brothers fight against killer waves, conservative society and ruthless cyclists to get the modern surfing industry going.

8. Surf´s Up (2007)

Surfing means everything to teenage penguin Cody Maverick. He is followed by a film crew during his trip to Pen Gu Island in Antarctica, home of an international surfing competition. Cody wants to be respected and admired, and believes that by winning the competition he will get what he wants. However, meeting an experienced surfer named Geek teaches Cody what is really important.

9. Proximity (2017)

The film follows eight of the world’s best surfers – four legends and four rising stars – as they search for new waves and a deeper understanding of exotic destinations.

10.Soul Surfer (2011)

An incredible biographical drama of renowned surfer Bethany Hamilton. 

Teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton overcomes the odds and her own fears of going back in the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack.

Unstoppable (2017)


After losing an arm to a shark attack at age 13, Bethany Hamilton refuses to give up her dreams of becoming a professional surfer.

We hope that these films and documentaries have been the perfect preamble to enjoy a wonderful summer, but with all the precautions that the health authorities will indicate you. 

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