Surfing in one of the oldest cities in the world

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Cadiz is located in Southern Spain in Andalusia. It is a small town with old buildings on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Some people believe that Hercules built this town. Most of the tourists come to Cadiz to see the Roma ruins, the impressive Cathedral and to know more about its interesting history. I felt like I had found a pearl in the edge of the old town because it turns out that the beautiful beaches in Cadiz are good for surfing throughout the year even in the winter.

In the afternoon, I walked along Santa Maria Del Mar beach and I met some of the Cadiz surfing community, Alberto Lopez Rodriguez and Alberto Gallardo. According to them, you can surf anytime throughout the year but the best waves come around March until April. During Winter time in December waves at Del mar beach are around 1-2 metres in height and surfers needs to wear full body suits. There is another nice beach which is good for surfing as well in Los Canos, just

When I asked Alberto, where is the surf spot that he would most like to visit in the world? He responded with ‘Indonesia’. That’s because he often watches surf videos with Indonesia as the setting. He said that his favourite surfer is Mick Fanning. I was lucky enough to spend my afternoon with the Cadiz surfing community who were really friendly and welcoming. Our conversation finished up with the stunning sunset as golden light reflected in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Cadiz terletak di sebelah selatan Spanyol tepatnya di daerah Andalusia. Kota kecil dengan bangunan-bangunan tua di pinggir laut Atlantik. Beberapa penduduk lokal percaya bahwa Cadiz dibangun oleh Hercules. Kebanyakan turis mengunjungi kota ini untuk melihat reruntuhan Romawi, katedral kuno serta mengenal sejarahnya yang sangat menarik. Bagaikan menemukan mutiara di kota kuno, ternyata pantai-pantai indah di Cadiz memiliki ombak bagus sepanjang tahun untuk surfing, bahkan di musim dingin sekalipun.

Sore itu saya menyusuri pantai Santa Maria Del Mar dan bertemu dengan  komunitas surfing Cadiz. teman baru saya bernama Alberto Lopez Rodriguez dan Alberto Gallardo. Menurut mereka walaupun bisa surfing sepanjang tahun tapi ombak terbaik biasanya jatuh pada bulan Maret-April. Musim dingin seperti saat ini ombak di Del Mar sekitar 1-2 meter dan mereka menggunakan full body suit untuk surfing. Selain Del Mar ada surf spot lainnya yang bagus untuk pro surfer maupun beginner yaitu di pantai Los Canos.

Ketika saya tanya surf spot yang paling bagus dan ingin dikunjungi, Alberto jawab ‘Indonesia.’ Ternyata dia sering menonton video surfing dengan setting Indonesia, sedangkan untuk surfer favorit ia memilih Mick Fanning. Saya cukup beruntung bisa menghabiskan sore dengan komunitas surfing Cadiz yang sangat ramah. Obrolan kami ditutup dengan indahnya matahari terbenam yang memantulkan cahaya keemasan di lautan Atlantik.

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