Lanzarote is a warm and welcoming volcanic island, with waves from the sunrise until the sunset, for all the levels. The beginners can enjoy some beautiful beach breaks with perfect waves, and the experts will put their skills and their physical fitness to the test by surfing the big and powerful spots that the island hides. By the way, this is a small island; you can visit different spots within a day!
Water temperature fluctuates between 19 and 24°C, in both winter and summer, and the temperature of the air is around 25°C all through the year. Canary Islands really are the European Hawaii!
Spots for the beginners:
1) Famara: if you want to surf a beach point, Famara is considered as the best place in all Lanzarote, with waves for all the levels.
Located in Teguise, Famara is easy to access by car, contrary to other beaches. This spot works well especially in fall and winter, but you can enjoy very good sessions even in summer. For those who want to take surf lessons, or to spend a few days in a surfcamp, Famara is a great option!
2) Orzola: another good place to learn surf. Orzola is a beautiful and hidden beach in the north of the island. The best moment to go surfing there is at low-tide.
By the way, from this village, you can take a boat and go visit the little island of “La Graciosa”, which is at 20 minutes from Lanzarote. In La Graciosa you will also find dream waves.
3) Arrieta: located in Haria in the north of the island, Arrieta gathers the ideal conditions for those who take up surfing, and especially the children, because of the small waves and the sand at the bottom that soften the potential falls. Indeed, standing up on the board turns out to be a real odyssey for them!
For the experts:
4) La Santa: located in Tinajo, it is one of the most famous waves in Lanzarote, because of its dangerousness and its consistency; there isn’t any day when you cannot overtake a wave! To surf this spot, you really need to have a good physical condition, even when waves are smaller. For information, it is a reef spot with two waves: a left that is surfed at mid-tide and high-tide, and a right that is surfable at all tides. The right is bigger and fast, and the left gives long barrels. Both are quite long waves.
If you want to surf there, it’s preferable to go with someone who knows both the spot and the locals.
Video of the right of la Santa:
5) El Quemao: a wave reserved to the experts. Located in the little fishing village of La Santa, in Tinajo, El Quemao is a monster that we can only see a few times during the year. It is a really fast and savage “slab”, that’s to say a wave that breaks on a rocky slab with no depth. If everything is good, it puts you directly in the two-section barrel, the volcanic floor being at less than a meter under you. But an error can become fatal.
Only those who have a really good physical and mental training can ride this violent left that, depending on the swell, can also form good rights. Each year, an event called the “Quemao Class” takes place. This contest has been on the rise and has become an international tournament.
It’s certainly one of the most dangerous waves in Europe
Teaser of the Quemao Class 2017:
Some suggestions to enjoy the island:
- Travel by car, you will save time and surf longer.
- In summer, a swimsuit and a short wetsuit are enough to go surfing. In winter, a 3/2mm wetsuit is OK.
- Respect the locals!
- Taste the local gastronomy, the fresh fish will give you strength again after a good surf session.
- Discover the benefits of Aloe Vera.
- If you want to go out and party, Puerto del Carmen is the best place to go!