Hot Dog. Rafting Pallars.  (Daniel Julián)Hot Dog. Rafting Pallars. (Daniel Julián)

Body board


Body board

Riding the waves, re-enacting those idyllic scenes from the beaches of the Pacific without leaving Catalonia… Bodyboarding makes it possible to "fly" over the water simply with the help of a board and knack for balancing. The sport consists of skimming over the surface of the sea with a polystyrene board approximately 1.4 metres in length, and "riding" the breaking waves. There are three styles or ways to do it: prone (stretched out), drop knee (on one knee) or standing. The first technique is the most common and the one that is usually associated with the sport. The other two styles are very similar to surfing, the only difference being in the way the surfer moves the board. Many beaches along the Catalan coast allow bodyboarding. You simply need the waves to break before they reach the beach. The force of the water and the boarder’s skills take care of the rest. One of the most popular places is Barceloneta beach. It is always better outside the summer season as the sea is rougher and the waves are usually stronger. Even so, the best areas are kept a closely-guarded secret by practitioners of the sport, so you have to really become part of the fraternity if you want to discover the best beaches. The Catalan Surf School promotes this type of sport, and has two schools: one in the Montgat district (Costa del Maresme, Barcelona) and the other in Calafell. These schools provide beginners with all the necessary equipment, always under the responsibility of surfers certified by the Spanish Federation and trained in life-saving procedures.