Spain is an incredible country full of fabulous landscapes, great food, excellent wine and of course, some pretty decent waves! Spanish surfer, Rafa Angulo, finds his escape from life through surfing in the South of Spain to decompress and unwind from routine. Surfing, an active and healthy sport, is his way to feel good and to let his his soul fly. He firmly believes in the philosophy that you should be free to surf, and you should surf to be free 🙂 There aren't many people who can truly feel free and fly, but Rafa found his wings in the waves and will continue to fly to the end of time.
Name: Rafa Angulo
Date of Birth: 04.02.1989.
Height: 5'10" (1.78 m)
Location: Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Local Break: El Palmar
Countries Surfed: Spain, Portugal, England, Morocco, USA, Indonesia, France
Experience (Years): 10
Inspirations: Dave Rastovich, Dane Reynolds, Kelly Slater and Rob Machado
How did you get into surfing?
Nearly 20 years ago, I spent a lot of the time at the beach and would be standing up on my bodyboard. A few years later, my dad bought me a surfboard which really accelerated my love of surfing and would use it all the time in the summer. It was after that moment, I knew that I was so in love with surfing and it has grown to be apart of who I am. There's nothing like spending your weekend chasing waves with your friends.
Can you give us an idea of what your typical meals in a day would be?
Breakfast is absolutely crucial for me, and I eat as much as I possibly can..haha. If I'm surfing, I always load up on carbohydrates for lunch by eating pasta or rice dishes to fuel up for a day of surfing. For dinner, there's nothing like getting some protein in to recharge for the next day.
Do you do any stretches or exercises pre- or post-surf?
Pre-surf? There is nothing that I really do because I start my sessions right in the water without much effort. I love the feeling I get when I'm in water as I start surfing because there is always that moment where I feel on fire to surf as good as I can can.
After surfing, I take a nice long shower and kick back and relax. Definitely, I always do some stretches starting from my feet and finishing in the neck. It's always important for me to stretch out my muscles to really keep them relaxed to prepare for another day.
What do you grab for a post-surf snack?
Nothing but nuts and fresh fruit for a great snack, I really enjoy eating bananas and oranges after a surf session.
What's your favourite gear?
Given that the South of Spain's waves aren't all that powerful, I really like to surf with my 5'8" vertigo surfboard bullseye model! I love this board because it allows me to surf the small waves by nailing bottom turns and close snaps as if they were bigger and better waves.