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
- Where to buy your sexwax
- The best internet sites for weather
- Buying a board
- Schools / Hiring boards
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.
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.
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
- Windguru for wind and waves
- Magic Seaweed for swell size, wind and temperature forecasts.
- Spanish Wave Forecast
The best school and hire centre is Ocean-Side on C/ Almansa