Does Your Local Bartender Surf This Good?
Spanish-Australian Sean Gunning pours beers, wafts fins at a secluded Old World beachie.
Recently, we’ve seen a trend of underground European surfers pillaging unknown Atlantic beachbreaks for every ounce of their liquid loot.
Maybe Miguel Blanco was right when he said that the space for Old World freesurfers is tracking along a positive trajectory.
Though 21-year old Sean Gunning grew up just outside of Bilbao — and filmed the above edit there — he now lives on the Gold Coast.
“I’m originally from Spain, but my dad is from Australia,” he tells me. “I was here for three years without going back to Spain because of Covid, and then I went there for a month and a half. That was when I filmed this clip.”
As he’s currently bartending at the Greenmount Surf Club, Sean admits he’s a bit too broke to chase the QS around the world. Fair enough… have you seen how much it costs?
“It’s good fun though, working in the bar,” he laughs. “I’m hoping to go back to Spain next year and do the QS leg in Europe. With this edit, I just wanted to make a sick clip. It’s actually all pretty much filmed at the same beach, except for the one right. There’s only lefts at this wave, and there’s a good crosswind for them — it’s sick for getting tubed and doing airs.”
Click above for a thoroughly enjoyable clip, filmed not too many stones throws from the Guggenheim Museum.
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