6) What role do ambassadors Kepa and Ainara have within the PUKAS family, R&D etc?
We are friends and that's what makes the difference. This pics were taken in 1988 (adur Letamendia and Kepa Acero). Imagine how much surfing and surfboard talking we have done together. But most importantly think of the friendship we share. Kepa is amazing. A true surfer with an inimitable backside and unparalleled flow that has poured a tremendous amount of know-how and feelings into our shaping rooms, and we have all benefited from that. And Ainara has fully grown into an exciting character of her own. She is from Zarautz and has us in awe with her personality and behaviour. We are neighbours but everytime we exchange words with her is super valuable and the team at the factory absolutely loves her. She is a box of surprises; did you know that she plays soccer at the Pukas-Shelter Soccer Team?
7) Do you guys get to surf much between the daily business and where?
If we didn't surf we wouldn't be selling surfboards. We must surf and understand what surfing means. Connecting to the people in the water by enjoying the key sessions and the average ones. Our beach breaks in Zarautz and San Sebastian work on a regular basis but 1 hour drive takes us to Mundaka or Hossegor (and everything in between). Oh, and it gets big in the winter time. Any Db boardbag for guns anytime soon?
8) Where would you recommend in the Basque Country for readers to surf and what's the best time of the year to score?
September to November without a doubt. Legit swells with mild temperatures and ok crowds on a post-summer vibe. It's the best time Europe-wide.
9) Best places to eat near Pukas Surf Shop?
The staff at our digital department has a Sheet with secret spots that I'm not allowed to share. It's hard to make wrong choices in San Sebastian. Besides the classic pintxos in the old town (where our Lo Viejo Shop is based) or the new Kai Sushi, I will tell you my local favorite:Pulpería O'romeral: Don't expect a chic ambiente nor the latest deco. Out of the radar hardcore local shit down there.