SURFING HOLIDAYS & SURF CAMPS IN GRAN CANARIA
THE BIRTHPLACE OF CANARIAN SURFING
Situated off the west coast of Africa, the volcanic island of Gran Canaria is ideally located to recieve North Atlantic swells. It’s low lying nature means that average swell sizes are generally smaller than the more northerly Canary Islands and it’s round shape provides travelling surfers with a choice of coasts that will work under a variety of wind/swell conditions.
This combined with it’s “Eternal Spring” climate and relatively balmy water temps makes it an ideal destination for beginners and intermediate surfers especially when the bill chill hits the rest of Europe in winter.
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The most unique geographical characteristic of the island is its round shape. This provides travelling surfers with a choice of coasts that will work under a variety of wind/swell conditions.
From Novemebr to February powerful north atlantic ground swells unleash their power on the many world-class reefs and beaches located between the capital of Las Palmas in the North West to Galdar in the North East. The capital of Las Palmas has the largest surf population on the island, has lot’s of surf shops and is home one of the most INFAMOUS waves in the Canary Islands – El Confital.
The west coast is rumoured to have some epic waves and if you spend some time exploring the island you will score some good quality un-crowded waves.
The southern coast offers a complete contrast to the north and mainly comprises of mellow beach breaks.
For beginners our Learn-2-Surf programme is ideal. The course follows the guidelines laid down by the FES – Federación Española Surf (Spanish Surf Fedaration) and the instructors are qualified lifeguards ensuring you learn and progress in a safe and fun environment.
For intermediate surfers Gran Canaria is a great place to take your surfing to the next level. We have put together a special Surf Clinic Programme aimed people who are already catching green waves and who would like to work on specific techniques and experience surfing a wider range of less intimidating waves with easy access.
For experienced surfers looking to hone their reef surfing skills our Guided Surfaris provide you with a local knowledgeable surf guide who will make sure you surf the best waves on any given day. The guides are there to drive you to and from the surf, show you the ‘ins and outs’, supply vital local information and to ensure you spend as much time in the water as possible.
The diversity of the waves, the climate, tourist infrastructure and short flights times from most European cities makes Gran Canaria a suitable destination for all levels of surfers.
For more information on Gran Canaria, please see our Gran Canaria Island Guide.