Gran Canaria Windsurf Spots

 

 

 

Windsurfing Spots in Gran Canaria

The main areas are:

The East Coast

The East coast is the main windsurfing area on the island, with Pozo Izquierdo being the main spot.

Ojos de garza

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.

El Burrero

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.

Vargas

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.

Salinas de arinaga

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.

Mosca Point

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.

Pozo Izquierdo

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.

Salinas de Pozo Izquierdo

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.

Juan grande

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.

La curva

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.

The South Coast

Bahia Feliz

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.

Playa del aguila

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.

Playa del inglés

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.

El Faro de maspalomas

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 North Coast

Galdar

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.

The Rest of the North Coast

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!

 


Windsurfing in Gran Canaria

Windsurfing in Gran Canariacu

Gran Canaria is to windsurfing what England is to crappy reality TV. It is one of the best places in the world, renowned for its crazy, summertime hurricane force winds that have made the PWA event at Pozo Izquierdo the biggest event on the PWA windsurfing tour.

Bjorn Dunkerbeck lives here (World Champion from 1921 to 2001) as do the Moreno Twins – arguably the best female windsurfers in the world, Jonas Ceballos, Victor Fernandez, Vidar Jensen, Orjan Jensen, Nayra Alonso, Marcos Perez and many more.

The windsurfing section includes the following:

Conditions

Check out our in-depth guide, including maps of all the spots on the island. This section should give you an idea of where to go for different wind directions:

Summer

From around May/June through to September/October, the North Easterly trade kicks in with a force. It goes into an acceleration zone in the south-east corner of the island and blows force 5+ for 5 or more days a week. The wind is generally very strong – most of the locals have a 4.7 as their biggest sail and use 60-65 litre wave-boards.

As a general rule, the wind is at its strongest at Pozo Izquierdo when it is this direction. The further North you go (Vargas, Ojos de Garza etc), the lighter the wind becomes – if Pozo is 3.7, Vargas will be 4.2…

Winter

In the winter the wind tends to be a bit lighter and less regular – it sometimes gets strong from directions other than NE, so be prepared to travel a bit.

If the wind is between N and E, it is best to be on the east coast – the more North in the wind, the more north you go, the more East in the wind, the more south you go. Ojos de Garza for Northerlies and Faro de Maspalomas for Easterlies.

If the wind is between Southerly and South Westerly, Juan Grande (Ketchup) can work really well. South Westerly is also a good direction for down the line riding on the North Coast (think massive, kit breaking waves and rock!).

South Easterly is not such a great direction but can work at Bahia Feliz.

Easterly is a good direction for Playa del Aguila or Juan Grande again.

North Westerly and Westerly can actually work for flat water blasting in the lagoon at Las Canteras and we are yet to find other spots for this wind direction. If you have, let us know!

Internet Sites for Forecasts and Current Weather

Weatheronline.co.uk give you the current wind direction and speed as Las Palmas airport – invaluable information especially during the winter time.

Windguru.cz is good for forecasts – if the wind is NE, multiply by 2 for Pozo/Vargas.

What to bring

If you are an average weight (75Kg) sailor coming here, I would recommend a 70-75 litre waveboard (smaller if you can handle it) and maybe an 85 litre freestyle wave. In winter you need sails from 3.7-5.2, in summer 3.7-4.7. Also bring a surfboard if you can fit it in!

 

Beginners

There’s a windsurfing club in Las Palmas where you can learn the basics, but to be honest you’d be better off heading south and learning with the CIW or Hullon in Pozo or the Mistral Centre in Bahia Feliz. There is a board rental place in Puerto Rico at Anfi but again it’s just floating and turning.


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The Guru Guide To All The Best Gran Canaria Surf Spots

Guide to the best Gran Canaria surf spots

Gran Canaris surf spots

Here’s the Guru guide to all of the best Gran Canaria surf spots with lots of useful tips about swells and tides. 

The main areas are:

As a general rule, swell from NW to NE (the most common) means you should be on the North Coast/Las Palmas. The East Coast needs some East in the swell to work (anything from NE to SE) and the South Coast either needs a huge swell from the NE or swell from the South. Look out for: a big South Swell with Northerly winds – Arguineguin will be going off; Northerly Swell with East to SW winds – the North Coast will be offshore and barelling!

Click here to see all the spots on the same map.

Gran Canaria Surf Spots: Las Palmas

La Cicer

This city break is a beach break over a sandy bottom. The smaller waves close to the shore are almost always busy these days as it’s where Las Palmas’ surf schools train their grommets.

La Cicer is a great spot for beginners as there is plenty of whitewater to learn on and it’s got surfable waves most days. The best area for beginners is Los Muellitos  at the south end of the beach, next to the Auditorium and under the protection or the small pier.

When the swell starts to get bigger you have to be careful with the shorebreak which gets more powerful at low tide.

More experienced surfers tend to head out to the main break just north of the tip of the Muellitos jetty. There’s also a decent wave in the middle of La Cicer that is popular with bodyboarders.

The best time of year is winter, but spring and autumn are good too. The bay receives several swell directions, so between September and April you can go surfing nearly every day; the waves are not always great, but at least you can go in the water.

When it’s small the tide is not a problem, but as it gets bigger low tide becomes useless because the wave tends to closeout.

It is easy to find and there’s parking in the big park and ride just next to Las Arenas shopping centre.. Do not leave anything valuable on the beach or in the car!

El lloret

A really good wave for a city, so don’t expect to surf alone here. On the good days it’s hard to take the good ones – a lot of people in the water and the locals know where to be.

Locals here are some of the best surfers in the Canary Islands: Felix Ortega, Eduardo Acosta, Julián Cuello, Javi Medina, Jackie Hernandez, Adelina Taylor…

It’s one of the most consistent waves of the island, a righthander point-break over stone bottom which receives swell from W, NW, N and NE, mid-tide is best, low tide is not perfect but ok, and high tide is not recommended, a lot of rebound – dangerous.

The lower the tide the easiest to come in and out of the water and with high tide and big waves do not even bother.

When the swell is too small there are a couple of big stones in the middle of the bay, and when it’s big, look out for the sets – there’s nothing to stop them, so they arrive with full power and size.

It’s not a difficult wave, but not for beginners either. There is a strong current on the shore which helps you to come in and doesn’t help you at all to come back to the beach, watch how the locals do it first…

It’s easy to find the place, next to the last building in this side of the city, Alfredo Kraus auditorium. There is a free carpark next to the auditorium, in front of the break.

La Barra

La Barra (the bar) is a natural lava reef, which protects Las Canteras Beach from the waves and goes all the way along the beach. The waves only reach around it at the south end (La Cicer)

At low tide, the bar is about a metre above sea level, so it’s not surfable till high tide, and even then is pretty shallow, but the rock is flat so doesn’t cut. Waves are short and it’s best when it’s small.

Easy to find but hard to park, probably best to pay in one of the car parks around Luis Morote.

El Confital

Europe’s best righthander – full barrel, fast, difficult and hollow wave. If that isn’t enough, locals don’t make it easy for you. If you decide to surf here (don’t do that unless you’re an expert) be humble and respect priorities (you have to do this always, but here even more).

Best swells are W and NW, and only high tide – very shallow.

This is the only place on the North Coast that the trades are offshore.

Rock beach with some sand at the north end of the city, so you have to go through all the city and its traffic, but once you’re there you can leave the car next to the shore. Do not leave anything in the car.

Gran Canaria Surf Spots: The North Coast

Quintanilla

This is maybe the easiest wave in the north to get in and out of the water – no shorebreak and sandy beach (with some stones, and rocks once you’re in the water). The wave breaks away offshore, so you have to paddle around 80-100m.

It is usually a little bit bigger than the rest of the north, this makes it a good option for the small days, but when it gets bigger you have to be careful of the sets – this is one of those places where nothing slows down the big sets!

It’s a left-hander which breaks over rocks – a fun wave with a couple of sections and a nice wall, works throughout tide states, but be careful in low tide – there are a couple of rocks, not out of the water but close.

With E swell the wave becomes more powerful and hollow.

It’s the first spot as you reach the “North” and as nearly every spot in this area, you see the wave from the road and you can park on the verge, but here you also have a small entrance with space for 8-10 cars.

Los Enanos

This is one of the most accessible waves of the area – a good option when its small. It’s a stone beach but with some sand in low tide. It is a beach break with several peaks over a stone and sand bottom

When waves are really small, the lower the tide the better, and as it gets bigger it needs more water – it’s not a recommended place with much more than overhead. There is a strong current and a lot of whitewater, so you have to paddle a lot to catch a couple of waves.

Easy to find the place, look for a plot between houses with a wall painted blue and you can park on the verge.

Molokai

This is next to Los Enanos. In fact you can paddle from one wave to the other, and waves are very similar.

It’s the beach which is in front of the town (Bañaderos), and usually, you can park just there, harder on Sundays with nice weather though.

Boquines

This is one of the most consistent waves in the island, a right-hander point-break available at nearly any tide.

At low tide it’s easier to get in and out of the water (there are urchins though). At higher tide, the wave gets better but breaks closer to the shore (really close if it’s small) and you have to be careful with the whitewash when you come in and even more going out. It’s a stone beach, but big stones which make it more difficult.

Easy to find, next to the petrol station. There is an exit out the back of the petrol station and you can park on the road next to it.

El Picacho

This is another point-break, it is on the other side of the same beach as Boquines so it’s a left-hander. Nice take-off but then a bit mushy, good for longboards and better at low tide.

The place is just in front of the first houses of the town (San Andres) and there’s a restaurant with views of the spot.

La Derecha del Roque

This is a right-hand point break, the bottom is a flat flagstone with a couple of rocks in the first section, turning to a combination of rock and stones in the second section.

This wave keeps on breaking properly when other spots are too big. You can surf throughout the tide but high tide is the worst option.

The wave is next to El Picacho, but to get there you have to park in the town, next to the bar and go trough a small pass between two houses. There is no beach there and you have to jump from the rocks, it’s not difficult to get out, but you have to look for a couple of rocks when paddling out if you don’t want to put a hole in your board! Coming in is easy in low tide and harder at high tide. With high tide and big waves, the best option is to use the next beach – El Roque.

Easy to walk over the rock, be careful of the urchins though.

El Roque

In San Andres too, this wave needs a special tide to work – needs water, not full but high tide.

It’s easy to recognize the place, a stone beach between houses and around 50m from the shore, there’s a big rock, the wave is a lefthander and you take-off at the right side (looking from the beach) of the rock.

It’s not one of the best waves of the area but has some good days.

El Paso

It is a right-hander over a rocky bottom which holds a big swell and few people surf.

You can surf there when is small but the wave gets better with size. It’s a good wave to paddle into when it’s big, so bring your gun if you come here in the winter.

There is a small bay with a stone beach which is the perfect place to come in and out. No shore break there.

La Izquierda del Paso

This is not the backdoor of El Paso as it’s at the other end of the beach, in front of the bunker.

A lefthander point-break with several sections. If you can connect them all, it’s a long wave, but usually, only one or two of them works properly.

This is the place to go if it’s too big everywhere else. The swells slow down a bit before they break and it’s a bit more manageable. It is not a spot to be with a big swell from the East, but that is rare.

Mid-tide is the best. At high tide, there is some rebound and at low tide some big rocks you have to avoid, and urchins on the shore.

El Circo

This wave is in the next town, San Felipe. You park in the street (this small town has only one street) if you can find a place, and go trough a gap between the houses.

There are two waves on this stone beach, a left-hander which works at low tide (better if its no too low) and a right-hander at the other side of the beach which needs more water. Both waves are short, hollow and powerful. There are normally a lot of bodyboarders here.

Vagabundos

The end of the road at the end of the town, a small black sand beach, and even though is a beach break, it has two waves pretty well defined: one right at the beach entrance and a lefthander under the cliff at the end of the beach.

Sometimes is a good wave, but I’ve never seen it. It’s an option if you want sand (one of the only places in the north).

Galdar

These 3 waves are located in the north too but they deserve a separate section. Not only because they are further west on the north cost but also because of the power they have! Not for the feint-hearted…

El Frontón

This is the most powerful of the 3 and is known as The Beast.

To reach the place you have to go trough the town and follow a dirt road you will see in front of the last houses. At the end of this road which follows the shoreline you will see nothing, just the end of the road. Get out of the car and look down the cliff, if it’s a good W or NW swell, the beast you will see down there is El Fronton.

I recommend going there just to see the wave and don’t go in if you’re not a professional surfer.

The wave rises suddenly when coming from deep waters and reaches the shallow reef: really powerful, shallow and hollow. The take off is in the air and when you land you’re already in the barrel. If the wave is not difficult enough, its bodyboard territory, they are of a very high level – in this wave they could beat the best bodyboarders in the world.

No beach, just cliff and rocks, to get in and out watch the locals. If you go from the right place it’s not difficult. High tide is a must because it is very shallow.

La Guancha

This wave is in front of the town, no beach but a kind of natural swimming pool. There is a project underway to build another swimming pool which would destroy the wave. Rocky and shallow bottom, lefts and rights, but the right is better and a more regular, powerful wave which combined with the rocky shallow bottom makes a dangerous mix.

Getting in and out of the water is easy thanks to the natural pool. There are rocks and some urchins, so be careful and don’t enter if you are not an experienced surfer in these kind of waves.

El Agujero

A really good right-hander barrel, but needs a good swell, when it’s small it’s a fairly straightforward wave, but when is pumping it’s a different story – just for experienced surfers, as the others the bottom is shallow and of course rocky.

No beach – you jump from the rocks in front of the town and there are plenty of urchins there!

Bocabarranco

This is the town beach: a sandy beach with some rocks, an easy wave, nothing to do with the other three.

Sometimes the water is dirty due to a drainpipe over there.

The East Coast

La Laja

A hollow left-hander breaking over a really shallow volcanic reef in the north corner of the beach. Sandy beach but where the wave breaks, no sand at all, very sharp reef with urchins and high tide only.

To get there, you have to come from the South on the GC1 and take the exit which is just before the beach. There is a parking area there. There’s also another exit with some parking places coming from Las Palmas, before the first tunnel, next to the pass under the highway. As with all quiet parking areas with no supervision, we’d advise you not to leave anything of value in the car.

La Laja (playa)

In the south corner of the beach, during the low tide it’s a short and fun beach-break (not very easy). If the tide is too high it’s just a close out over the sand, not useful for surfing but ok for skimboarding.

To get there: same as the previous one, but this break is closer to the parking area.

Playa del Hombre

Beach-break which gets really good sometimes (not very often). It is one of the only waves on the east coast that works with any regularity.

Good place for beginners, the wave usually is small and mushy, and is sand everywhere, you just have to be careful with the current in front of the rocks on the south end of the beach. It get crowded easily.

Mosca Point

Good wave – a left-hander point-break which is in danger due to the construction of a big harbour in Arinaga, just next to the wave in the swell direction. The harbour is already in construction so every time more swell is needed to have the wave breaking here.

Sometimes the right works too, shorter but faster.

The place is easy to find, you have to go to Pozo Izquierdo by the cemetery road (first exit to Pozo Izquierdo on the highway, if you come from the airport)and on the corner where you can see the ocean it’s just there. You will see the cars, it’s always crowded when it’s good waves here, sometimes staying in the second section instead of fighting in the main peak is a good option.

It’s not a difficult wave, but the volcanic rocks are sharp, so be careful getting in and out and be careful too when you take one of the long ones and reach the last section – very shallow there.

Of course, don’t forget the urchins.

Sometimes there are waves in the summer, but during this season there’s always a hurricane here, so it’s a winter place.

Pozo Izquierdo

This place is known for the wind – during the summer it’s the strongest onshore wind you have ever seen, every day!

It’s onshore wind during the winter too, but not as strong and sometimes the wind stops and the waves come in. When that happens there’s a nice righthanded point-break in front of the bunker at the right end of the beach.

The wave used to be really good, but due to the construction of some piers in the area, now there’s a sandbar which doesn’t allow the wave to break properly all the way down to the beach as is used to.

It’s easy to find the place (signs on the GC1) parking is easy and you can see the wave from the car park. There’s a nice restaurant there with views of the wave.

Juan Grande (Ketchup)

A long stone beach with several waves, most of them work better at low tide, but high tide is ok on one of the peaks.

Not long but good waves, lefts and rights with a stone bottom. Be careful of the urchins in low tide.

This beach is 5 km south from Pozo Izquierdo, you have to take the old road and it’s the first town you see, but you have to take a dirt road you find before Castillo del Romeral.

It’s not difficult to find the place – it’s in front of a ketchup factory but you have to be careful with the car, there are some big stones on the dirt road.

South Coast

Playa del inglés

This is a sandy beach with several beach-breaks, the best period is summer – the strong trade winds blowing up the east coast produce a small but fun wave in this area that has light offshore thermal winds during the summer. Being sand, it’s a good wave for beginners too, but you have to be careful with the swimmers – you are in the epicenter of the tourist area of the island.

Easy to find but difficult to find a parking space, unless you pay – it’s a private parking there.

La Punta (Maspalomas)

Very similar to Playa del Ingles, but to get there you have to walk for 15-20 minutes across the dunes much fewer people there, and in the nudist area even fewer!

You have to leave the car where the Riu Palace Maspalomas Hotel is – usually it’s not difficult to find a parking space over there, except Sundays in the summer, when you have to walk across the dunes. You don’t see the wave from the street, you have to take the small pedestrian street next to the hotel, and you can see it from there.

El faro de Maspalomas

Even though it’s close to La Punta and Playa del Ingles, conditions here are completely different. The best period is not the summer (wind swell from the trade wins doesn’t arrive here), it’s the winter, with W and S swells.

It’s a sandy beach, but the wave is a point-break – a right-hander breaking over a stone and sand bar. When it’s small, rides are short but become longer as the wave gets bigger. Not a powerful wave, but fun and long.

It’s easy to find, on the south tip of the island, but parking is not that easy.

Meloneras

From the Lighthouse and going along all the shopping and hotel area, there’s an avenue by the sea. From that avenue, you can see the waves on the stone beach. The waves are more than beach-breaks, kind of small, two exit point-breaks.

Waves here are easy and fun but you have to be careful with the stones and the urchins, especially during low tide.

Arguineguin

This is a long right-hander point-break. The size doesn’t matter, from knee high to double overhead, it breaks perfectly. It’s not a powerful wave, but fun, long and easy, the first section is faster, but from the second section becomes slower and mushier.

It’s a stone beach, usually crowded, and sometimes with several longboards, which reduces which means you have to work hard to get a wave if you are on a shortboard!

To go there, take the GC500 to Arguineguin. Then at the first roundabout as soon as you enter the town, go to your left, and then left again. You will see some trees next to a corner and there is an exit there: take it and you will see the cars next to the beach. You can park there, even if it’s crowded (which it alway is!) it’s no problem finding a parking place.


Surfing in Gran Canaria

Surfing

If you’re looking to learn to surf to impress the ladies / men or if you’re just wanting to hone your cutbacks and aerial 360s Gran Canaria is a great place to be. There are conditions for everyone. If you live in Las Palmas start off at La Cicer and then try one of the many great spots on the north coast. During a South Swell in the south, Arguineguin is fantastic as is Maspalomas. The East coast can also be good during a Easterly or North Easterly swell.

Where to go

The best places to surf are on the north and south coasts.
For a detailed guide of every spot (including detailed maps, go have a look at our comprehensive guide.

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Decathlon – on the southbound motorway (GC1) opposite Al Campo in Telde. Here you can get cheapish foam beginner boards, plastic Bic mini malibus and standard boards. They have a big selection and are very good value. The plastic Bics are good starter boards as they just won’t break.

Orca – Surf shop in Las Palmas – you can pick up second boards here from about 80€, the staff are very helpful and will help with your choice.

Burbujita – the biggest surf shops in Gran Canaria, with a largish selection of boards. There are shops in Las Palmas and Vecindario (Centro Atlántico).

Ocean-Side on Calle Almansa, Las Palmas are very knowledgeable and helpful.

The best internet sites for weather

Have a look at our weather page for up to the minute weather info but if you want more specialist wind and wave conditions the websites below are a pretty good start

Webcams

Schools / Hiring boards

Las Palmas
The best school and hire centre is Ocean-Side on C/ Almansa

South

  • PR Surfing – a surf school in Puerto Rico. We currently have no reviews of this school, sorry.
  • Aloha Surf – Playa del Ingles Tel +34 639 126824 . We currently have no reviews of this school, sorry.

Running in Gran Canaria

Running

If you are a serious runner or just like to jog to keep fit, Gran Canaria has a great climate for both and a very active running scene.

There are several Athletics clubs on the island all that train regularly together. Every evening from about 6pm, hundreds of people can be found running around the track at Parque Romano (C/ León Y Castillo: near Club Natación Metropole).

The biggest athletics club on the island is CAI Gran Canaria, however you must be a resident on the island to compete for them.

There are a number of races throughout the year; road races during October and November; cross-country January and Feburary; and track for the rest of the year. A calendar of races can be found here.

Orienteering

There are several orienteering races throughout the year, information on these can be found here.

All running information kindly provided by Allan Bogle of Active Canaria. To view his excellent running blog click here. Active Canaria organise warm weather training holidays for running and orienteering in Gran Canaria. To visit their website click here


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