QUIKSILVER’S RADICAL TIMES IN SPAIN

QUIKSILVER’S RADICAL TIMES IN SPAIN

There aren’t too many countries in Europe that have as much to offer in regards to surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding as does Spain. Home to over 3,000 miles of coastline, five mountain ranges (including Europe’s infamous Pyrenees) and countless skate parks, if you’re looking to get a board beneath your feet, Spain has it all. It’s no wonder the Quiksilver crew took some of its best from each sport and sent them on a European adventure to conquer Spain. And though they accomplished their mission in every aspect, we’re just featuring the snow portion in these four pages of BL!SSS.

Snowboarding in Spain is the real deal, literally. And by that we mean that only a few of the 30+ snowboarding resorts offer artificial snowmaking. And snow reports aren’t the easiest to come by either, as it’s much more challenging than, say, getting an accurate report from Canada or the US. But that doesn’t mean it’s not epic – it’s quite the opposite – and if you plan your trip accordingly you’re going to absolutely score. The Quik crew settled on Baqueira Beret. With its six main peaks and reasonable heli-boarding options it’s no wonder the resort has previously been voted “World’s Best.” The crew consisted of snowboarding teammates Bryan Fox, Austen Sweetin and Mat Crepel, along with skater Zach Miller and surfer Mikey February. Mikey hadn’t seen snow in over a decade so being dropped by a helicopter with some of the world’s best in the middle of the Pyrenees was, “one of the craziest experiences of my life.” Whether you’re looking for backcountry, groomed runs or unexplored terrain, Spain really has it all. So next time you find yourself in Europe or you’re planning for an adventure of a lifetime, we highly recommend you consider España because it has so much to offer. It might take a little extra research, but it’s the adventure that makes it all worthwhile.

Random Fun Facts:

• The Spanish donate organs at a higher rate than any other country in the world. It’s a very kind country and a great place to lose a liver.

• La Tomatina is a festival held every summer in Buñol, Spain. It brings thousands of people together… all so that they can throw tomatoes at one another. It’s been around since the 1940s, though nobody is totally sure how it originated.

• Spain has the second largest number of bars per inhabitant out of any country in the world. Bar hopping can be quite literal here.

•The average price for a beer in Barcelona is 3.5 Euros.

• The Spanish were said to have invented the stapler. That was back in the 1800s.

• If you get your car towed in Spain (you might), the authorities literally leave a note on the street for you. At least they’re nice about being dicks.

• The Spanish typically eat dinner at 9 or 10 p.m., so expect to eat late and party even later.

• Mulhacen, the highest peak in Spain’s Iberian Peninsula, sits at over 11,000 feet.

• There are over 280,000 winemakers in Spain, so finding the right wine for your meal shouldn’t be a problem.

• Siesta time is real and typically happens from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. every day in Spain. You’ll need to keep that in mind when planning your daily routine.