Surfing in the Canary Islands

04/09/2023 Surfing in the Canary Islands Sun, wind and waves. The Canary Islands have everything you need


Surfing in the Canary Islands

Sun, wind and waves. The Canary Islands have everything you need to enjoy surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing or bodyboarding. The over 1,500 kilometres of coastline provides countless perfect spots for surfing all year round, thanks to the consistent climate of the Canary Islands.

Beyond natural environments, striking landscapes and crystal clear waters, the Canary Islands have become a meeting point for surfers from all around the world in search of the best wave. Perfect lefts and rights, spectacular peaks, powerful, hollow tubes or long, gentle waves. Regardless of your level, the islands have an ideal beach for every style of surf.

Due to their unique geographical location, the islands receive frequent waves measuring between two and four metres in height, ideal for both surfers and bodysurfers, because they are very defined waves that roll into the shore in orderly fashion.

The wind – energy that never runs out

The excellent wind conditions in the Canary Islands ensure windsurfers and kitesurfers get just the push they need to achieve high speeds on their boards. It is therefore not surprising that the archipelago stands out for producing champions like the Ruano sisters.

Professional competitions

Although conditions in all of the Canary Islands are perfect for these sports, thanks to the climate, the winds and the quality of the waves, which have turned them into a frequent destination on international competition circuits, Lanzarote is definitely one of the best locations when it comes to surfing. Famara Beach, ideal for beginners, has hosted many World Surfing Championship events, with the beaches on Fuerteventura being the venue for the Windsurf and Kiteboarding World Championship every year.

If you want to do a bit of your favourite wind and waves sport in the Canary Islands but don’t have the necessary equipment, that’s no problem. The islands have a great network of facilities, schools and specialist shops where you can buy or hire whatever you need. There are also lots of surfing events and hotels, along with numerous surf camps too, where you’ll be surrounded by the best surfing atmosphere.

The best waves for surfing

The left-hand wave in San Juan

On the northwest coast of the island of Lanzarote is one of the best left breaking waves for surfing on the island, not only for its high quality but also for its excellent location. The left breaking wave of San Juan breaks over a volcanic reef. For this reason, the WQS of the ASP championship is held here as well as other local championships. It can be accessed along a dirt track from the nearby village of Caleta de Famara, and you will be greeted by a small sandy beach with rocks and views of La Graciosa and the cliffs of Famara.

The Lloret wave

Located in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria city on the northeast coast of Gran Canaria, Lloret is connected to the beach by a promenade. Lloret breaks over a volcanic rock bottom and is regarded as one of Gran Canaria’s best right breaks. Of medium length with a large face divided into sections, it can also break left in the right conditions. The best conditions for Lloret are between October and May, at low tide with S-SE-SW-E winds and N-NE-NW-W swell.

The Lobos wave

On the south-west coast of Lobos, a small islet north of Fuerteventura, you’ll find the longest wave in the Canary Islands. Los Lobos is an unusual wave but with the right conditions, it becomes the perfect wave in its length, varied sections and quality. The best conditions can be found between October and March, with S-SE-SW-E winds and W-NW-N swell, with waves of one to four metres.

The Igueste wave

The fame of Igueste’s left break is well deserved. On the northeast coast of the island of Tenerife, near the village of Igueste de San Andrés, one of the best-left waves for surfing on the island can be found. Over a volcanic stone reef, it forms a long wave with large walls that allow for radical manoeuvres and powerful take-offs. When it’s at its best, it forms incredibly hollow sections with pristine barrels. The most regular conditions exist from September to May.

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