The Canary Islands are one of the best destinations to surf in Europe.
In the archipelago of the Canary Islands has turned into a surf paradise where tons of fan come every year. With long days of sun, stable climate and water temperature of around 20ºC all year, let you surf all you want. Or what your body can endure. Also the great quantity of beaches let you go to different spots in a small amount of time.
Here we´ll tell you the 5 best waves in the archipelago.
The left of Lobos, Fuerteventura
Let´s start with the longest wave in Canary Islands. An unusual waves, that is a perfect wave when the conditions are right. Your main access is by ferry from Corralejo port. Its diversity of sections makes this wave apt for all levels. A very versatile spot that works in medium and low tide with winds from northeast / east / southeast.
If you are thinking about doing a surftrip to this island. Made a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2009, check out our surftrip section on Fuerteventura. Here we tell you about the best spots to surf in the island.
El Confital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
This is considered as the best reef break that goes right in the Canary Islands. We dare say in the whole of Europe. Right in the city center of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria you find this long right for experienced surfers. It offers fast and powerful waves, with vertical descents. Breaks over a volcanic bed. Strong takeoff and world class quality tubes. Easy to locate and with access by foot and car.
El Quemao, La Santa, Lanzarote
El Quemao is one of the best spots in Lanzarote. In front of the fishing town La Santa. A dangerous and hard wave. This is a machine that makes fast and deep tubes, perfect for expert surfers. Famous for its left, El Quemao also has a right.
Here´s the latest videos from Jon Aspuru and the Basque surfer Natxo Gonzalez.
It´s precisely here where the annual “Quemao Class” is hosted. An event that has a period of waiting from the 8th of January to the 31st of March. You can see the French surfer Dimitri Ouvre claim victory of the peak on competition day, which had excellent weather conditions.
The left of Palmeras, Tenerife
One of the most popular waves in the island. Situated in the touristic nucleus of Las Americas Beach, in the South of the Island of Tenerife. This is a left with a medium difficulty. Works with any tide and practically all year. Breaks over a volcanic bottom. Offers a vertical descending wall to surfers, with hollow and fast sections. The best time to visit are the between October and March.
El Hierro, Majanincho, Fuerteventura
So we come back to Fuerteventura to talk about Hierro. A world class right located in the northern coast of Fuerteventura. Breaks of a sharp reef, offers quality tubes. It’s a wave that lots of surfer visit every year. It has two well differentiated peaks. The main one is a left wave with a shorter right that also makes quality tubes. Between September and May, this spots is shown to be the most famous wave in Fuerteventura.
And who better than Mr. Boonman to show us the beauty and quality of the waves in the Island of Fuerteventura.
These are some of the best waves you can find in our European Hawaii, the Canary Islands. I´m sure we missed some of your favorite spots, if so leave us a comment.
What surfboard do I bring to Canary Islands?
Are you thinking about doing a quick surftrip to Canary Islands? Then let us recommend you what to bring.
The Mini Twin Fin DHD Surfboard. It’s the board that captivated the freesurfer Asher Pacey. A board that combines the best aspects of two materials used today: fiberglass and traditional epoxy. With some of the most spectacular designs and finishes, and a starting price of 689 euros it´s without a doubt the best board to surf with in Canary Islands.
Another good option if you don´t want to travel with more than one board is the Clayton Solar. A board designed for waves with force and power, like our Canary Islander neighbors have, which has been tested in J-Bay and Indonesia with great results. Made with the latest SpineTek technology and with a 595 euros price tag, it´s not a bad alternative.
What wetsuit do I bring to Canary Islands?
Despite its warm climate, to surf in Canary Islands you need a neoprene wetsuit. In fact Canary Islanders use a 4/3 mm all year. If you are one of those that usually surf in the Cantabrian coast, we recommend a 3/2 mm or a 2/2 if you go in the summer. The temperature in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean are lower than the Mediterranean. October is an ideal month to travel to Canary Islands. The temperatures are agreeable and softer in the south and the water is nice. Even so, take a good neoprene with you because you´ll need it.