About Sopelana

Atxibiribil and Arrietara are just two of the high quality beaches here that break consistently through the tides. There are a number of beach break banks plus fingers of reef. The most famous spot is found at La Salvaje and is known as La Triangular - a rocky shelf of striated reef that produces - as the name suggests - excellent rights and lefts. The area is home to some of Europe's best surfers - will be crowded.

Source: Sopelana Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

All levels will find fun waves on the beach, advanced only on the reefs.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Super competitive.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Busy with a high standard of surfers.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Most flexible spot in the area with good banks and excellent reef; generations of chargers raised here.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Beach can be a heavy paddle out.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

OK in summer, usually poor after rain.

Additional Information


Powerful waves, strong rips, crowds.


Plenty of cliff top parking above the breaks.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard, bodyboard


Sandbanks with reefs.

Best Season

Works year round but best September - May.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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