Testimony of Madalena
"Thanks to Engel & Völkers I managed to find the house on the North Sea coast that is a real surfer's paradise. But, you might ask, why did I choose Ostend if I'm passionate about surfing? Let me tell you my experience.
Like everyone, I watched the cult documentary "The Endless Summer". You could discover the most famous surf spots in the company of two Californian surfers looking for the best beaches and the best waves to practice their favourite sport. This is how one could dream while looking at the most beautiful and far-flung destinations: Australia, South Africa and Niger. Of course, this 95-minute film has become so embedded in the unconscious of many surfers that they feel that their paradise should be located in the sun and have giant waves. And the soundtrack "The Sandals" also helped to reinforce this fantasy by evoking tanned bodies. In the real world, however, I had neither the time nor the budget to go to such far away magical destinations.
So I decided to head to Ostend, the largest beach in Belgium, where I knew there were many water sports clubs. I took the plane and then the train that took me quickly to the destination. I only had one weekend and the train got me to the destination quickly and without fuss.
I immediately went to the surf club which is in front of the racecourse, under the dyke.
The instructor asked me if I had any previous surfing experience. I had already attended two courses, in Portugal and in France. However, I chose to say that I wanted to join a beginner's course out of fear of finding myself ridiculous, even though I already know how to balance on a board!
So we set off for the beach. The board was very heavy and I already felt out of breath. But the course on the position of the feet on the board goes out of the water, so I was able to recover. Then the teacher told me to enter the water.