Iberian Coast by Lewis Stevenson
In October 2019 a bunch of mates and I booked a last minute trip to Europe to check out some coastal regions that were still playing host to some warmer temperatures. We touched down in Lisbon, Portugal and headed straight to the water, driving north to Peniche to catch a few days of the Rip Curl Pro. Small swell post the opening rounds meant we headed up the coast, and after hitting Porto we cut through to the north of Spain.
Being a photographer it was fascinating to see these foreign landscapes and sleepy, fishing towns operating outside peak tourist season, meaning there was still plenty to shoot when the waves weren't working. After passing through Bilbao we wound our way through the mountains to Mundaka, and following that, San Sebastian.
We crossed the French border and continued along the coast, travelling through quiet beach towns like Hendaye, Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Bidart. Our arrival in Biarritz, saw the waves pick up again. After three days there, our final stop was Hossegor. The locals really are spoiled for choice, with so many different beach break options all the way along that stretch of coast. Late on the last afternoon of the trip we headed down to the beach. A thin layer of cloud cover paired with some decent sized, backlit-swell made for some interesting shots that we were stoked to finish the trip on. All photos were shot on 35mm with my Nikon Fe SLR.