programme : Playa de el Bocal, Santander
The Quiksilver Eddie Aikau in Hawaii or the Quiksilver Punta Lobos in Chile are some of international big wave surfing's most charismatic events. However, despite its vast capacity and multiple big-wave spots, the European calendar of organized competitions doesn't offer too many opportunities for hunters of big waves. Could it be because they haven't yet heard of LA VACA?
The spot of La Vaca was discovered in 2006 by two Cantabrian surfers, Óscar Gómez and Luis García, who one sunny Sunday morning decided to explore the coast from El Sardinero (Santander) to Liendres (Piélagos) in search of waves. They hadn't even covered three kilometres of coastal road when, close to El Bocal beach and opposite the range of steep cliffs known as Las Canteras in Cueto (Santander), they made out a breaker that seemed to present a swell much bigger than that of the adjacent beaches.
Neither the complicated access to the water, nor the proximity of the cliffs, nor the dangerous rocky bottom daunted the Cantabrian adventurers who, after spending days observing the wave's movement, decided to get in and try it out.