The 250-page surf and travel guide to southwest Europe, from French Brittany to Andalusia in Spain and everything in between.


The project

Thank you, merci, danke, dank je wel, obrigado, gracias. We made it! If you still want to support, pre-order a surf and travel guide or want to choose one of the packages, please let us know, send us an email:



I love the Seaside is created by ocean-loving people for ocean-loving people.

We’re here to inspire so you can go and explore.






I Love the Seaside is a printed 250-page surf and travel guide to Southwest Europe (English language): from Brittany, France, around North Spain and Portugal, to Andalusia. We connect travellers, surfers and locals by pointing out the nicest surf spots, places to hang out and to-dos.




What's included in the guide?


-       Maps

-       Beautiful and inspiring photos

-       Detailed and clear description of surf breaks for all levels

-       Activities (yoga, SUP-tours, biking, wine-tasting, fun & adventurous stuff

         to do with kids, etc)

-       Accommodations for all budgets

-       Surf schools, board rental and repair

-       Interviews with local shapers, artists and entrepreneurs

-       Background stories on seaside and surf history

-       Local food facts and recipes

-       Surf fitness tips and tricks, yoga-related practice


You’ll get a good sense of the vibe, the atmosphere and character of the places, so it’s a good read even before you leave!





Why fund it?

It’s an internationally oriented guide, aimed at the growing number of seaside explorers, and their families and friends. We love to be independent, free to choose and share the lifestyle of acting honestly, purely and with the heart. Staying true to this, we love to support the small and local businesses. That’s why we chose to do everything by ourselves; from collecting and connecting, to printing and publishing.




Get involved and become part of the I Love The Seaside connection. Pre-order your guide (and take advantage of our awesome packages) so we can cover the expenses of printing and publishing. The guide will be available from March 2016, let this be your inspiration for your next adventure!







I Love the Seaside is created by a small team of ocean-loving professionals – writers, photographers and designers; passionate about travelling and surfing.




After years of extensive travels and trips along the coastline of southwest Europe, discovering and meeting so many nice, sympathetic and heartwarming people, hardworking entrepreneurs and artists, with surprising initiatives and beautiful places; we felt the urge to connect you, travellers and surfers, with like-minded people and locals, and inspire you to explore more.








Who are we?


Alexandra Gossink – Editor and concept. Between surf trips and travelling as a journalist for newspapers, print and online magazines, she teaches yoga and tries to maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle.


Dim Rooker – Designer and concept. Gets his inspiration from the ocean. Besides designing and working on concepts for local brands and breweries, surfboard builders, books and websites at his harbour office, he loves to take his family on van-adventures and his sons surfing.


Geert-Jan Middelkoop – Production, concept and distribution. Able to do his procurement and consultancy work from the campervan. When he’s not on a surf trip, he’s planning one.


Melchior van Nigtevecht – Photographer. Waterperson, loves to ride waves with anything from hand board to log. Shoots surf and lifestyle pictures for magazines and stock.


Marinus Joris – Photographer. Enjoys surf in and out of the water, camera in hand. Able to capture atmosphere and mood like no other. 


Gail Bennie - Co/Copy-Editor and proofreader. Portugal-based surfer girl from Jersey, working on all sorts of writing projects. Easily distracted by the waves.


Big, big thanks to our partners:

The Old, the Young and the Sea surf documentary,  SEVENTYONE percent sun protection,  Wolf House surf holidaysTicket2Surf surfhousePura Vida Surf LodgeHangloose Campers,  Vida Pura Eco Retreat

Creative producer Alrik SwagermanFrank van Leeuwen editing




Make it all happen by pre-ordering the guide now and benefit from the generous packages from our partners. Thank you so much and see you soon at the seaside!






I Love the Seaside, the Surf & Travel guide

I Love the Seaside is a small team of ocean-loving professionals – writers, photographers and designers; passionate about travelling and surfing. Alexandra Gossink – Editor and concept. Between surf trips, travelling as a journalist and creating travel guides, she blogs about her hometown and puts serious effort into maintaining a healthy, happy... See more

FAQ Questions about the project

+ Is the guide only available in English?

Yes, for the first edition we chose English, because we feel that between most travelling surfers of different nationalities this is usually the language used to communicate. We have both Dutch and native English editors and hope that our texts are an easy-read for everybody!

+ Why a printed guide book in this digital age?

We don't underestimate the power of digital media, in fact, we're using and going to use our own digital media to help grow the seaside connection. More stories, updates, the possibility to book with our favourite partners and much more. But let's focus on the guide first; don't you love the idea? A book you can leaf through, a feelgood guide that brings you joy even before you go, inspires you, that you can make notes in, read on the beach or terrace and that hopefully holds strong memories in the end.

+ Did the places, hotels etc, have to pay to appear in the guide?

Nope! We made it our mission to collect those fine addresses and initiatives that are done with the heart, run with passion and are original. Some places we knew already from former travels, some were suggested or recommended, either by locals or trusted partners and others we just stumbled upon, by faith.
To cover some of the costs, we do have a few advertisements, with partners we appreciate.

+ What are the details, measurements and quality of the guide?

250+ pages, 170x230 mm, Full Colour, 135 grs FSC silk mc mat coated paper, 300 grs FSC soft cover carton and flaps on both sides.

+ What does 12.000 euros cover exactly?

It covers:
- the printing / publishing of the guides
- lay-out
- photography
- making the promo movie (shooting, camera, editing, music)
- rewards
- the distribution of the guides and rewards all over Europe
- KissKissBankBank fee

+ If my travel companions (partner/family) don't surf, is the guide still useful?

Yes, yes and yes! Especially couples or families with surfing and non-surfing members will find this guide useful and inspiring.
You'll find activities, such as yoga, horse-back riding, climbing, hiking, biking, SUP-tours, wine-tasting and fun & adventurous stuff to do with kids, our selection of the nicest local shops, galleries, live music, bars, restaurants and local markets.
We give a clear description and visuals of the beaches, spots and surf areas (so you know if your non-surfing buddy or kids will like it too!)

+ Is the guide suited for all kind of travellers and budgets?

Yes, we selected warm, welcoming and personal places to stay for every budget: from hotel, hostel, resort, from bunk-bed to villa-de-luxe.

You'll find practical information on transport and how to get there in general, so whether you fly in and use public transport, rent a car or drive your own van, it suits all travellers.

+ What kind of surf info will I find in the guide?

Beautiful and inspiring photos.
Detailed and clear description of the surf breaks for all levels.
Clear description and visuals of the beaches, spots, surf areas (so you know if your non-surfing buddy or kids will like it too!).
Surf schools, board rentals and repairs.
Interviews with local shapers, artists and entrepreneurs.
Background stories on seaside and surf history.

+ What will the price of the guide and mug be in the shops or online?

The guide is € 29,95. The mug € 10.

+ What happens with my money if you don't reach 12.000?

Of course we hope we will reach it, especially with your help. But the Kisskissbankbank platform is set up as all-or-nothing: if the goal is not reached, all the backers will get their money back.

Newest comments

Such a big project, all done by yourself with lot's of detail and love needs time. Don't worry about being a bit later finished than planned. We can wait a bit longer to get something beautiful! And don't forget to make a break and go out for a surf to get back some energy to keep on going with it! ;)
Cant wait! goodluck guys!