HomeLifestyleTravel & FoodEl Surfista on Tour We Speak to Spain’s Number 1 surfer, Artiz Aranburu, as he Splashes Through the ASP World Tour As a mischievous little boy living in Zarautz, a city built around a long beach, it was normal for Artiz Aranburu to spend his whole summer in the water. It became obvious to his parents that catching waves with a little bodyboard was the best way to keep him entertained. After countless days spent in the water, Artiz took up Surf lessons, thus beginning his life passion, and career. ‘One of the things I love most about surfing is that I barely think. It is just me, the wave, and the turns I have to link to make the most of it. There is a real disconnection when I hit the water’ Artiz, who is Spain’s number 1 surfer, recently took a rough defeat against the current number 1 ranker on the ASP World Men’s Championship, Gabriel Medina. It was a tight heat leading up to the last minute at the Jefferys Bay competition, South Africa. Whilst there, he came down with the flu, but is already recovering and gearing up for his next competitions: the US Open of surfing in Huntington Beach, California, this month, right before heading to Tahiti to compete in the next WCT event. ‘To prepare, I have to take a deep look at the sea and its conditions. It is really important to see the size of the waves, the number of sets coming in, the wind… and what is going on in previous heats.’ This successful world travelling surfer is also committed to giving back to the community as well as to the ocean. He is an ambassador for Surfrider foundation Europe, which aims to care for the Ocean through raising awareness about the issues. He is also an ambassador for Surf Kind, an organisation that seeks to bring happiness to adults and children through surfing. ‘ Sometimes I make a trip to a place where I surf in boardshorts and the very next day I need the thickest wetsuit because I am in a place where it’s winter. I love visiting new places, meeting new people and cultures when I am not surfing. And of course, spending time with family and friends.’ Artiz confesses that his lifestyle is completely dependent on the ocean, the tides the wind and all the other uncontrollable factors of nature. He spends the entire year travelling, and counts Mundaka in Spain, Tehaupoo (Tahiti), Pipeline (Hawaii), Namibia, Mexico and Indonesia, as some of his favourite surf destinations in the world.