Surfing Lanzarote: Europe's Hawaii
Surfing on the Canary Island of Lanzarote, Spain:
"Great weather and water temperature combined with quality waves, and it's easy to see why Lanzarote is called Europe's Hawaii when it comes to surfing"
Lanzarote's airport is Arrecife (ACE) and is located in the south East of the island next to the major tourist towns of Puerte del Carmen. Taking a boat from neighboring island Fuerteventura is also possible
Roads are egood quality, no toll roads. It's one of the cheapest places in the world to rent a car. Expect to pay around 130 Euro's per week for a small budget car with Roofracks
Spanish, but english is spoken widely since it's a major tourist destination for the Europe.
Anytime is a good time for surfing on Lanzarote. If you prefer big wave surfing then go during the winter months, where all you need to wear is a shorty or maybe a 3/2. If you go during the summer months when the waves are smaller then all you have to wear is boardshorts and a rash vest
Cost of living:
Even though it's called Europe's Hawaii because of it's quality surf, it doesn't share the same cost of living than any of the Hawaiian islands.Rental cars are cheap on Lanzarote, and accomodation can be found cheap as well. Check out Surferdream.com for their quality budget surfing camps. A good meal will set you back around 10 Euro's, a beer 2.
Since Lanzarote has a large variety of breaks, from beach to serious big wave spots, it's best to bring 2 boards, a normal performance short boards and a mini gun for the big wave spots. Board snapping is very common here and there are several surf shops in La Santa (Sefon) and Famara (San Juan surf shop)
- Great european surf spots for winter time
- Powerfull waves
- Variety ( left / right, beach / point, small / big waves)
- Other tourist atractions
- easy to get to from Europe
- Certain shallow spots
- Strong desert winds
- Not much nightlife / restaurants / bars in Famara
The good thing about surfing in Lanzarote is that it's very easy to reach a wide variety of surf spots in a short time, going from 1 side of the island to the other will only take you 45 minutes. Here's a description of some of the surfing spots that are located on the north side of the island ( there's a couple more in the south).
We will only mention the well known spots here. Remeber to always respect the locals here, since they are very good surfers. When it looks like an easy surf, it not nescisarilly is: the locals can make it look easy! Needless to say: Never drop in or get in the way of the local rippers
Jameos del Agua
Located on the east side of the island, close to the tourist atraction with the same name. Jameos needs a fair bit of swell to start breaking. It's a left hand point break that has 2 distincs sections, on a good day they can connect up to a long ride. When it's big it can be tricky to get in and out of the water. When it's small there's always a fair bit of beginners and bodyboarders at this spot (Ratting 7,5)
A large beach in front of the village os Famara that picks up a fair bit of swell, has left and right breaking waves to break over sand. It's a good place to base yourself as a surfer.
Famara harbour ( a Caleta de Famaro)
A shallow left that breaks right in front of the town over a reef. Not a break for beginners. Can get ccrowded with the locals
Another shallow reef break 5 minutes out of Famara. Mostly a left, but can also have a short right.
Just passed the La Santa complex is a litlle bayk that is home to several serious surfing spots. An outside right that can hold some serious swell size, when it does you will need a semi gun. The inside can have either a reforming left or a nice right. On the other side of the bay is a short sucky left that can give some good barrels.
This left has been compared with Hawaii's Pipeline, and with a bit of swell it's easy to see why. A barreling left close to shore that should only be surfed by very experienced surfers
If you are interested into going to the Lanzarote, then check out Http://www.Surferdream.com they do quality surfcamps located out of Famara. For beginners there's the surf camp level 1 that will teach them how to catch waves and stand up on a board. For the experienced there's the Level 2 where a local guide will show you the good places to surf.
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