Try windsurfing in the Canary Islands
Windsurfing in Gran Canaria
- Autonomous region: Canary Islands
Dare to take on Atlantic waters as you stroke the waves of the Canary Islands – a natural environment packed with life and contrasts. This archipelago has year-round warmth and wind guaranteed, making it not only one of the world’s prime tourist destinations but also one of the best windsurfing locations in Europe.
In the Canaries, restless spirits and adventurers can enjoy the ocean waves and savour the challenge of harnessing the wind. These stunning islands have some of the best conditions in the world when it comes to riding the sea on a windsurfer. The secret? The brisk, humid north-north-easterly trade winds that stir up the waters and ensure fun for windsurfers, especially in the summer months.
The Canaries’ coast brings together experienced windsurfers looking to improve their style and beginners just starting out in the sport. Windsurfers of all levels congregate on the northeastern shore of Gran Canaria. Those with more experience tend to be found at Pozo Izquierdo and Playa Vargas beaches, while beginners usually opt for the south of the island.
In Fuerteventura, the north of the island provides an ideal combination of wind and waves for the experts, while the south is more suited to first-timers in the sport. Tazacorte, in La Palma, is another perfect spot for those looking to try windsurfing for the first time. If you have an intermediate level upwards, there are constant winds to be had at Playa de El Médano in Tenerife and Playa de las Cucharas on the island of Lanzarote – a fun ride where you can perfect your windsurfing style.
Apart from the excellent meteorological conditions, Canaries’ infrastructure is also well prepared to meet windsurfers’ needs. There are multilingual schools and hire shops with repair and sales services. The islands also host national and world championship windsurfing competitions and offer a broad variety of restaurants, hotels and apartments to suite every taste. All this makes the islands an ideal destination.
Come and feel free, cutting through the water on a windsurfer – the Canary Islands await you. You can try this sport at any age, but always remember to tell someone where you plan to be sailing and always use the appropriate equipment.