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December 2, 2013. This spot only comes to life a few times a year, and it inspires fear in even the bravest surfers in the Mediterranean. Only four guys were in the water on this day. Here local surfer "Bebo" takes negotiates the drop, well aware of the razor sharp rocks which lie beneath.© 2014 Andrea Bianchi
One of the most beautiful evenings of surf the last few years, at the main spot of the island. The swell lined up perfectly for an evening of leg-aching walls.© 2014 Andrea Bianchi
A few shapers are present on the island. In the province of Oristano is a guy called Mauro who produces fantastic jewellery, but also owns a brand called "Handmade Fishbone Surfboard." If the lava rock plateaus of Sardinian baptise your board, you know who to look for.© 2014 Andrea Bianchi
Another shot of the epic day of December. Nicola Pau opts for the next one.© 2014 Andrea Bianchi
The coast of the Sinis, viewed from the marina of Torre Grande on the West Coast. One of the many fabulous sunsets that nature likes to compose during the autumn.© 2014 Andrea Bianchi
With a combination of Mistral wind and a big ground swell, the coast of Capo Mannu lights up.© 2014 Andrea Bianchi
Moments of perfection and solitude during an autumn sunset. In these moments the spirit and the body are in complete symbiosis with nature.© 2014 Andrea Bianchi
Tempting?© 2014 Konrado Romano
There is a large contingent of young guys who are dominating the scene more and more. Could this be the next Leonardo Fioravanti?© 2014 Andrea Bianchi
Pejo Caliman© 2014 Federico Sias
An artistic wipeout from Alessandro Dessì. The painted lines, shadows and lights of the evening.© 2014 Andrea Bianchi
Even the most sceptical can't fail to be impressed.© 2014 Andrea Bianchi
Nicola Pau relishing some serious oceanic energy.© 2014 Federico Sias
The moment of suspension after take off, when you realize that in front of you there is space to run free.© 2014 Andrea Bianchi
The majority of surfable swells in Sardinia are accompanied with a wind, and lots of it.© 2014 Federico Sias
More heavy scenes from the west coast.© 2014 Federico Sias
A post surf shot in Italy wouldn't be complete without a half eaten pot of Nutella.© 2014 Andrea Bianchi
Italy's burgeoning competition scene is not lacking talent.© 2014 giusurf
Gianluigi Pinna at Capo Mannu.© 2014 Federico Sias
The end of the summer session. As the autumn swells fill in the surfers often remain on the coast for several days, sleeping in the van or tent. Still favoured by the mild weather and long days.© 2014 Andrea Bianchi
Usually, on this side of the Mediterranean, the summer gives long flat that can last for months. Surfers have to find other ways to pass the time. On some days, it happens that the thermal winds summer gift small waves to share with friends.© 2014 Andrea Bianchi
Sardinia has so much to offer, both its coastline and its wilderness. We are tired of being pigeon-holed as a holiday destination where billionaires moor their plastic yachts. If you look beyond the "Costa Smeralda", there is a coastline boasting great surfing resources, from shapely sandbanks to consistent points.© 2014 Stefania Marica
Article and captions by Andrea Bianchi.
Surfing in Italy is a consolidated reality, and nowhere is this more apparent than Sardinia. Surf schools thrive, frothing groms have emerged and surf photographers proliferate. Shapers are, for the first time, developing new boards made in Sardinia, and a grass-roots competition scene is taking off; in short, surfing on the island has matured well beyond the epoch of the pioneers.
Life on the island is poor. No work, inadequate institutions and a severe lack of opportunities. As soon as young people can, they fly off to other destinations to realize their dreams, whether it be to work, or simply complete their studies. Nevertheless, compared with other crisis hit regions of Italy, life is good, thanks to the wonderful natural resources that heighten the quality of life.
The island boasts 1,149 miles of coastline, much of which is dotted with reefs and points. The Tyrrhenian Sea stretches east, and the Sea of Sardinia lies west. Setups on the West Coast benefit from any atmospheric disturbances that occur in that sizeable expanse of water, producing high quality waves for much of the year.
Contrary to the dominant perception of surfers on Europe’s West Coast, we do get solid waves in the Mediterranean, and they are savoured as a rare delicacy. These waves are framed by breathtaking scenery, and often sunny skies, as the climate is mild throughout the year, very rarely dropping below 10 degrees.
Sardinia has so much to offer, both its coastline and its wilderness. We are tired of being pigeon-holed as a holiday destination where billionaires moor their plastic yachts. If you look beyond the “Costa Smeralda”, there is a coastline boasting great surfing resources, from shapely sandbanks to consistent points. Crucially, it is a place which deserves respect, for nature, for the people who live there, and for its traditions.
The photographic book “1095 Days in Capo Mannu” records three years of swells and surfing all around the best spots of the Island. Browse the online version for free HERE, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase a copy.
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