La Vaca Gigante big wave paddle in surfing Contest
La Vaca Gigante is Europe’s only big wave paddle in contest. It is held in Cantabria at a spot just off the coast of Santander. Cotty and I have been invitees for the past couple of years and made last year’s final. Unfortunately the tide killed the consistency of the swell and the final was called off. The waiting period has just begun for this year’s event and runs to the end of March. Hopefully the conditions are better this time round and allow the organisers to run the entire contest. We will get about 48 hours notice of a swell in the 5m range with good wind and will make the trip to Cantabria at some stage within the next five months. Most of Europe’s big wave paddle crew are invited to compete including riders Pilou Ducalme, Axi Munian, Dani Pablos Martinez, Ibon Amatrian, Oscar Gomes Ibars and San Francisco based Joao de Macedo.