We like Pantin a lot. This beachbreak is very consistent, has both – good right and left peaks, offshore winds and barrels are often the case. The water is clean, the freecamp scene is easy going and there are at least some showers at the beach that are working even past summer time.
When Pantin gets too big (at least for us) there is a nice back bay on the way to Cedeira. Therefore you get always waves to surf – if there is little to almost no swell up to just massive after-storm-swell.
The stormrider guide declares Pantin / Rodo to the most popular surf spot in Galicia and home to an annual pro contest. They say there is some localism. We’ve heard (but not experienced) that the localism is quite big.
We had some good surfs in Pantin. Due to mostly storms (and therefore stormswell) we didn’t get too much of clean waves during that time. Nonetheless, the area is very beautiful, the waves are good, all the people we’ve met were really nice and the water is as clean as it gets. Pantin truly is a place we will get back to somewhen!
Just a small side note. Have a closer look at most of this article’s pictures. Most of the surfers you see in it are in their late 50′s and still ripping it – huge respect guys!
Important Pantin Freecamp Advice
If you are going to freecamp in Pantin / Rodo, never! use the car park closest to the showers (the left one). This one gets used as a car lookout point by the locals. There is a reason why all the freecampers are in the 2 other carparks to the right side. Violence might get used to get you out of your parking place. Just don’t try it.
Right now we are in Figueira de Foz, surfing the two waves Buarcos (amazing point break) and Cabedelo (nice beachbreak / jetty and good freecamp spot). More about the outstanding surf here in a couple of days.