Check the weather conditions, the waves, and the wind direction before setting out to sea, and pay particular attention to the currents. The best wind is the one that comes off the land towards the sea, against the waves. There are numerous websites to keep you informed on the conditions of the sea, the wind, and the weather, including the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET).
Make sure you have the right equipment. It's essential to have a wetsuit to avoid getting hit and to keep you warm (you'll find various types of suits, some of them specially designed for the season of the year in which you're going to use them).
You'll also need a surfboard. If you don't have one, you can rent one at your holiday destination, where experts and instructors can advise you about which one is best for you. If you have your own board and you want to travel with it by plane, it must be perfectly packaged. Remember that many airline companies charge a supplement for surfboards, so we recommend checking beforehand.
If you're planning to ride big waves or surf on a beach with a rocky sea bed, it's advisable to wear a helmet.
If you're planning to enter in a championship or surfing competition in Spain, you need to be federated and have all the obligatory insurance in order.
You can go surfing on your own, but –as with any sport involving risks– we recommend you do so in a group. You'll find companies that can organise everything for you, and you'll also have a great time meeting other people and sharing your experiences.
In the event of an accident, you can contact the emergency service by calling 112.
For more information on surfing, visit the tourist offices in each area or contact the respective surfing federations. You can also visit the website of the Spanish Royal Surfing Federation.