Surfing the Atlantic and carving a path through Europe; one swell at a time.

 

Van Tales - The unfamiliar journey winds ahead of us from the UK through France, Spain, Portugal and even Madeira. We have two unique perspectives; Duncan the laid back wanderer, and seasoned surf seeker from the Channel Islands. And Hollie, the headstrong explorer, stoked to be living with her man in a van. Follow our adventures and share with us in our discoveries...

All photography by Duncan & Hollie

 
 

The Journey Map

All the spots, in one place.

 

Waves at Mundaka

Big waves, small board

 

The Journey Back

Malaga to Toledo to Valladolid

 

Seville

Stars Wars, Oranges, Game of Thrones

 

SAGRES & ZAVIAL

Few waves, many people

 

Algarve

Algarve, Shmalgarve

 

Praia dos Aivados

Back to basics 

Alhambra

Moorish mansions

 

PRAIA DO AMADO

The Simple life

 

PRAIA DA BORDEIRA

Wild wild West

 

Sines & Porto Covo

Sea side sleeps 

 

Cascais

City surf 

 

Madeira

Holiday from our holiday

 

Ericeira

Europe's first surf reserve 

 

Castelo de Bode

Lake antics in low season 

 

Óbidos

Back in time tourism 

 

Porto

Intruiging and memorable a contrasting city

 

MUNDAKA

Mini Mundakan barrels 

 

Zarautz & Playa Laga

Rad beach towns and Basquiat in Bilboa

 

Navarre

Mountains roads and falling water 

Sintra

Enchanting nature and cake

 

Lisbon

A plate full of culture 

 

Peniche

Happy times & the Moche Ripcurl Pro

 

San Vicent & Santiago

Brief road trip across northern Spain

 

WAVES AT LAFITENIA

We go round again

 

San Sebastián

Best Pintxos and boozy bumbles 

 

Pamplona

Bulls, bulls, meh

 

Midi-Pyrenees

The day chance took us somewhere awesome 

 

La Rhune & St-Jean-Pied-de-Port

A history tour and the gateway to the Pyrenees. 

 

BIARRITZ & ANGLET

Tourist niceties in the surf capital of Europe.

 

CAPBRETON

Classic conditions. The search is over.

Guéthary & Lafitenia

Fresh new scenery and picturesque park ups. 

 

Labenne 

Kids ahoy, adventure land & seaside tom foolery.

 

Hossegor & Capbreton

Exploring a regular haunt with fresh goggles. 

 

Biscarrosse & Mimizan

A long anticipated swell may deliver the goods. It's time to park up and wait.

 

LE PORGE & La Grigne

One night in La Grigne near Le Porge, the closest beach to Bordeaux.

 

Carcans-Plage

Finally on the road, an impromptu sleep at a truck stop & a long drive later we arrive, in beautiful Carcans-Plage near Bordeaux. 

St. Girons, Messanges & Vieux Boucau

Lazy days, lazy waves and limitless options. 

 

Arcachon Bay

Sheltered from the Atlantic and brimming with natural harbour activity. 

 

Building a home for THE ROAD

Getting our abode ship shape from the ground upwards, the making of our van.