Mes: abril 2016

Pepe Almoguera: Surfing Pioneer in the Spanish Mediterranean Sea


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Pepe Almoguera was not probably the first person who surfed in the Spanish Mediterranean Sea, but he was the first local who developed surfing in this western area of the Mediterranean sea. That means the pioneer. He started in 1970 at the age of 16. He lived in the fishing neighbourhood of Pedregalejo, Málaga, right next to the sea, so was consequently familiar with various sea sports. Surfing, however, was still unknown to him, until he discovered it after watching an American film in cinema Albeniz, where he saw certain images of people surfing in California. The important thing is that after the film, he wanted to immediately try surfing and asked about it in all the sport shops of Malaga. No one, however, knew about a surfboard, a surf what? He consequently had no other choice but to design a surfboard by himself, with the help of others in the Nereo shipyard, near his house where his father, Julián, worked as carpenter. He surfed alone with his rustic surfboard, even in winter, for more than a year, until he inspired other people to surf like Javier Gabernet, the brothers Antonio and Paco Gutiérrez-Espejo, Rafael García, Carlos Sauco, Francisco Soria, Joaquín Fernández, and the sister of Pepe Almoguera, Pepa. All of them founded, in 1974, the first surfing club of the Spanish Mediterranean, the Malaga Surfing Club. Pepe Almoguera was the president. Among other things, Almoguera is considered the first known shaper (Acacias surfboards) in the Spanish Mediterranean, and he was the first surfer from the Mediterranean who participated in the Spanish championships. Charismatic, visionary, humble and beloved by all, he unfortunately passed away in Málaga at the age of 60, the 7th of April, 2014.

Daniel Esparza, Palacky University

Historia del surf en la E.S.O


Foto Pepe ALmoguera aulaEra solo cuestión de tiempo que el surf como fenómeno cultural de la sociedad del presente, acabara llegando a las aulas de la enseñanza secundaria. Ayer en el I.E.S Dunas de las Chapas, en Marbella, en la asignatura de Educación Fïsica para 3º de la E.S.O, el profesor Ignacio Garrido impartió una lección teórica sobre la historia del surf en general y sobre la historia local en particular, inspirado en la obra de Daniel Esparza, “Málaga Surf, donde se estudian los orígenes y evolución del surf y del bodyboard en dicha provincia, en conexión con otras españolas. En la foto puede verse en el inicio de la clase, la imagen de Pepe de Almoguera (1953-2014), pionero del surf en Málaga. Esta lección forma parte de un módulo sobre surf, que incluye también clases prácticas que se llevarán a cabo en El Palmar de Vejer (Cádiz), la meca del surf en Andalucía. Se trata de una gran iniciativa que ni profesor ni estudiantes olvidarán jamás (bueno, ya nos contarán).

Olo Surf History