Bay of Saint-Jean-de-Luz

by Gonçalo Villa De Brito April. 03, 2017 539 views

Late January 2017 - The Bay of Saint-Jean-de-Luz in the French Basque Country (Iparralde). 

 Winter storms stopped for a day, allowing me to go explore and check the views of the Bay form the hill of Saint-Barbe, and of course, take some shots.

I was happily surprised to find some surfers. I had no idea this was a surf spot. They were gathered on the peak, waiting for their turn. At first one would look and think, "what are those people doing there? I see no waves?! "...Well, this is a perfect way to understand that surfing is not just about surfing waves. First, just to reach this peak, it takes about 20 minute of paddling, which already is a nice exercise for a sunday afternoon. But most importantly, it is a good moment to socialize and relax from your everyday stressed routine..

I took this shot while going up the hill for the first time, after I looked back and realised I could spot the surfers through the trees. After a few seconds, I saw one surfer paddling and I quickly pull my camera to get the shot. I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right moment to capture it. This picture made my day. Besides from the difficulty to time the shot to perfectly fit the surfer in the gap between the trees, I really appreciate the depth of it, showing the trees in the front, the surfer giving some movement, and the successive layers of houses and hills while the fog emerges. 

When the waves are scarce, none goes unridden

Surfer taking this one sit down on his longboard, enjoying the ride...Who said you can't have fun in small waves?

The Bay

Chilling in the grass enjoying the sun, and the view...

Sunday walkers - from the top of the hill

La digue de Saint-Barbe / Saint-Barbe's jetty

Small fishing boat entering the Bay

The boat passing by the Fort of Socoa in Ciboure

Low Tide

Golden hour

Street lamp

Mini wave and mini boat

The last rays of sun


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