Windsurfing Spots in Gran Canaria
The main areas are:
The East coast is the main windsurfing area on the island, with Pozo Izquierdo being the main spot.
Stone and sand beach just north of the airport, best winds here are N and NNE, but NE is also ok when is really strong in Pozo.
Wind is side-shore or side-onshore, and there can be a good wave for waveriding near the beach. Outside the bay, the waves are bigger, but more onshore and good for jumping
It’s a dangerous beach, the wind there tends to be gusty and there is a cliff downwind, the rocks are sharp. The outer bay is even worse, if you break something there, after the shallow rocks and the urchins you reach a restricted military area where you’re not gonna be welcome.
To get there you have to take come off the GC1 at the Gando-Ojos de Garza exit and then the dirt road on your left just before the entrance of the military area. Leave nothing in the car.
Stone beach in front of the town with the same name. You arrive there from El Carrizal which is the old road (not in the GC1) and you will see the sign to El Burrero and the car park is just next to the water.
The best wind there is NE which is side-offshore and a little bit lighter than Pozo Izquierdo, like Vargas which is the next beach going downwind.
With a big swell from the N or even more with NE swell it’s a fast and good wave for waveriding, not good for jumping because it’s too close to the shore.
It’s not a dangerous place (unless is big) but be careful with the urchins at low tide.
Stone beach with some sand in low tide, similar conditions to Pozo Izquierdo but usually lighter wind (1/2 m bigger sail).
The trade winds here are side-shore from the left and the wave usually is a little bit bigger than in Pozo.
It’s not a dangerous place at low tide but you have to be really careful with the shorebreak as the tide gets higher. At high tide there’s a powerful shorebreak right over the stones.
To get there you have to take the old road, and between El Cruce de Arinaga and El Carrizal, you will see a roundabout (small town called Montaña los Vélez) with a sculpture of three windsurfing sails, head down to the beach, it’s not difficult and you can park right there.
Sand and stone beach in a bay with side-offshore wind, so usually there’s no waves at all.
The wind here is as strong as in Pozo Izquierdo but gustier with the trade winds (NE). It gets better when the wind turns a little bit to the East.
Good place for beginners and for those starting with small boards, but as the wind is side-offshore it’s better if you don’t go too far out in case you can’t sail upwind properly – the beach is not very long!
To go there, the best option is from Pozo Izquierdo, and you can park right there, but Sundays during the summer it gets crowded.
Volcanic rocks on the shore, sharp and shallow (bad combination) is better if you sail upwind from Pozo – takes about 10-15 minutes, 2 minutes to come back downwind to Pozo.
The wave starts working from about half-mast high (due to the construction of a big harbor in Arinaga) if it’s not that size, Pozo or Las Salinas de Pozo are a better option in the area.
The wave is a lefthander and the wind is side-offshore from the left, but as it is a wave with a little wall, it’s not fun if it’s not a decent size.
Stone beach on the SE coast of Gran Canaria, the best period is between may and the end of august (3.7-4.2 weather most of the time), but it’s windy nearly all year long – not as strong and regular as during the summer.
Between February-May and September-November, the wind is lighter (sails from 4.2-5.3) and not as regular (around 3-4 days per week) but this is the period with the best waves.
It’s not a dangerous beach but you need to be able to gybe and waterstart properly. There are a lot of rocks and people-in the summer it gets crowded sometimes. When there’s waves you have to keep an eye on the shorebreak during high tide. It’s easy to find the place (sign on the highway), either if you come from the north (Las Palmas, Airport) or from the south, take the exit “Vecindario-Pozo Izquierdo” and then take the road towards the sea, you can park just there and rig next to the car while you check the conditions.
Stone and rock beach situated downwind from Pozo. To get there, sail downwind from Pozo.
The NE there is side-shore and as strong as in Pozo Izquierdo. Usually there is a good wave for wave riding, but due to the wind and the waves there’s a strong current going downwind, so if you have a doubt of which sail to rig, take the big one.
The rocks at the shore are shallow and its urchin territory so it’s better if you go out from Pozo and come back there too when you’ve finished.
Stone beach with several spots for sailing (and surfing) situated around 5 km south from Pozo, it’s the first town you see going south on the old road. You have to turn left at the roundabout and take a dirt road you will see on your right.
It’s an easy place to find, but you have to be careful with the car on the dirt road because of some big stones.
It’s not a summertime spot, usually the trade winds don’t blow that far south during the summer, but they do in the winter. When the wind turns E (side-shore to side-onshore from the left) it can be a good option, and it’s a good option too when the wind is from the S (side-onshore from the right).
As with the other spots in the area, there are not any particular dangers here, but I wouldn’t recommend the place at high tide – the wave is not good (rebound) and there’s a shorebreak, there’s some urchins (more at the low tide) and usually the wind stops in the afternoon, so be careful when it becomes gusty.
Very imilar to Juan Grande, in fact we could say it’s the extension of the same beach. Anyway, to go there you have to go on the road trough Juan Grande (if you come from Pozo) and before the corner, you will see an exit to another dirt road (a particularly bad one with plenty of stones) follow it to the sea, and you can leave the car where you rig, in front of the spot.
The dirt road is worse than the one to Juan Grande, but the wind is a little bit better, and getting in and out of the water is easier with less urchins.
Sandy beach in a tourist area called Bahia Feliz, but the name on the exit of the highway is Tarajalillo. Usually it is easy to park, but you have to walk around 150m to the beach.
It’s a good place for beginners, with light winds and no waves. During the summer it’s normally light thermal winds from the S or sometimes the light end of the trade winds (NE). In the winter the E is stronger in this area.
This is the beach next to Bahia Feliz, and you take the same exit from the highway to get there. Sailing conditions are very similar but it is more open to swell, so in the winter is possible to have some action with E wind.
Parking is easier and closer to the beach.
Sandy beach in the centre of the tourist area on the south of the island. It’s easy to reach but nearly impossible to find a parking place, unless you pay.
Don’t even think of this place during the summer, the beach is very crowded and there’s no wind at all. In the winter with the E (side-onshore from the left) and the SE (full onshore) winds, it can be a good option but not a common one.
Sandy beach at the south end of the island, easy to get to but hard to find a parking space.
During the winter with E wind (side-shore from the left) or W wind (side-shore from the right) you can have some good wave sessions.
It’s not a dangerous place at all, but the beach is all sand and there’s plenty of stones as soon as you step in the water (and stones here are not round as nearly everywhere else in the island). The wind can be gusty and normall it dies after lunch (Spanish lunchtime is around 3pm).
It’s rare to have a good day with W wind and waves, but when you have these conditions, you can surf front-side for more than 100m (but then you have to sail upwind against the current).
The NW corner of the island – far away from the other windsurf spots. Head North to Las Palmas and then follow the GC2 west to Galdar. It gets a little tricky on the last stretch which goes between the banana plantations. Once you get there parking is not a problem.
No beach at all, you jump into the water from the rocks in front of the town – experts only, the wind is light and gusty, the waves big and powerful, and the rocks are always there.
The place is dangerous and difficult, one of those places where you can break everything or have one of the best rides of your life.
Waves here are truly powerful – the most powerful on the island.
Best period, wintertime, with W wind and N swell.
In the north, between Quintanilla and Vagabundos (see the surf guide), it’s difficult to talk about any particular spot. It’s not a normal place for sailing, usually there’s waves but no wind, and even less on the shore. Trade winds are onshore and it’s not easy to get in and out of the water, especially with windsurf gear. Sometimes (usually with W wind) you have the right conditions to windsurf there – once the world tour was there. The best thing to do is drive along the road which follows the coastline (GC2), and from the car you can check the conditions and decide where to go.
It is important to know that usually on this side of the island the swell arrives straight from the ocean. It’s ground swell, not wind swell, so be patient and wait to see the sets before you go in the water – sometimes sets are much bigger than expected!