In Europe, four hours by car separates Northern Spain from Southwest France, but Europe’s empty roads inspire the kind of long, winding drives that Artiz Aranburu has made throughout the two zones since his childhood. “I’m very lucky to say that I have that wave in Mundaka close to my home,” Aranburu says. “It’s very important to me because it’s what made me the surfer I am today.
When I’m out traveling, a lot of people talk about and compliment my backside tube-riding, and much of what I know, I learned it in Mundaka. “On the other side, to the east, you have Les Landes on the coast of France,” he continues. “Along with Mundaka, I think these are the two most important destinations for the growth of a surfer.
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