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RE: So Cal Surfer Moving to Rota Spain« Reply #1 on: July 27 2008 06:07:00 »
Deploying to the Naval Base? If so, I'm doing the same myself out of Florida. I have been trying to locate some good surf spots in the area but from what I can see most of the better surf is in Portugal and Northern Spain. I was told there are good spots to surf around here but have yet to see any. I walked out through Rota today, and both the sheltered and unsheltered sides are showing minimal activity while boueys in the area are reading 3.5 feet at 5-6 seconds. Wasnt expecting much with those readings but was certainly hoping to at least see some beat up swell. I am planning on taking the ferry over to Cadiz some time this week or next weekend and checking out the break there.
I'll let you know what I see. Hope you do the same ;).
RE: So Cal Surfer Moving to Rota Spain« Reply #3 on: January 31 2009 08:01:00 »
Trasit through Rota a bunch and last fall caught some local beach break NW of the base. Rented a car and just set out to find the peaks we had seen as we flew over. Don't know the roads or the area names but we eventually just found the beach and looked up and down to find the peaks which we could see had some peeps on it. Had no board, spoke spanish and asked if we could borrow one from the locals. She obliged and they were mostly young kids who we trade waves with. Just seemed to work out fine it was real small so nothing to get excited over. The water was trunks air was 80 awesome day instead of spending our crew rest in the Q's.
RE: So Cal Surfer Moving to Rota Spain« Reply #4 on: February 02 2009 15:02:00 »
Well January definetely showed vast improvement in swell size over last fall and early winter. The only problem is that the wind is really kickin' something awful. Heavy heavy onshores made it ultra rough. I think yesterday was the first paddle out I have failed in years.
In any event, there was a light at the end of the tunnel: after yesterday's failed attempt I went to eat at a restaurant my friend recommended. As it turns out - directly in front of the restaurant there is a small beach right off of a nice point. I was told there is usually no surf but it seems with big swell comes a solid right break. I didn't paddle out - there are a lot of rocks - but I think I'll head out one day when there is no surf and scout the water to find a clear zone.
RE: So Cal Surfer Moving to Rota Spain« Reply #5 on: September 28 2009 20:09:00 »
Is anyone still in Rota? Do you know where to get a board (rent or purchase a beater for a week)? I will be there for a week coming up soon.
RE: So Cal Surfer Moving to Rota Spain« Reply #6 on: March 24 2016 09:03:00 »
It's several years since you guys posted and I've been fortunate to live here a while so I have seen some ggod surf in Southern Spain. Nearest to Rota is Conil, just South of Cadiz. It can get some nice peaks mainly Fall through Spring, look at weather reports for "on shore" winds in the 20+kmh range. El Palmar is further South and one of the best in the area, the surf school has a surfers chalet that can be rented by the room.