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Windsurfing spot guide Gran Canaria


Gran Canaria has a number of different spots for windsurf due their trade winds.

 

In overview the conditions according to the season are:

  • Summer: more wind less waves
  • Winter: more waves less wind
  • Sails: 3,4 – 5,7

In general the beaches have more sand in summer than in winter where the stones tend to appear.

Agaete

Agaete is located in the Northwest of Gran Canaria, the other point of the island were the wind gets more speed, during the trade winds. With NE wind and no waves it’s an easy spot. But when is wavy it have a right wave in front of the wavebrake broking closer to the rocks. So, it became a difficult spot. With SW is on – shore, perfect for freeride.

 

Best season: SW (Octuber to February), NE (May – September)

Wind direction: SW (port tack) on – shore / NE (starboard tack) side shore.

Tide: Medium and low tide

Currents: medium (NE) closer to the rocks

Reef with big rocks, difficult to entry and go out of the water.

Experience: Sailors with medium level minimum.

 

Location: Northwest coast of Gran Canaria, Agaete

How to arrive: From Las Palmas take the GC – 2, way to Puerto de las Nieves. The spot located just above the port.

Galdar

Galdar is a wave riding spot located in the NW of Gran Canaria, with difficult conditions, due to the fact that the power of the waves, currents and unstable winds. With SW the spot is in Bocabarranco, a sand beach. It looks easy but there is full of rocks and a sewage pipe, which are easy to hit with the fins.

 

Best season: October – February

Wind direction: SW (port tack) side – off shore / NE (starboard tack) side – on shore.

Tide: Medium and low tide

Strong currents

Entry and exit with sand.

Rock and sand break

Experience: Sailors with high level only.

 

Location: Northwest coast of Gran Canaria, GaldarHow to arrive: In the GC – 2, exit 25 (Galdar, Sardina) way to Sardina, GC – 202. In the GC – 202, exit Playa de Bocabarranco (the beach is located to 700 meters from the exit).

San Andrés

San Andrés coast is well – known to be the North surf zone of the island. There are many spots, a bit difficult for windsurfing owing to the power waves, strong currents, unstable winds, and the rocky entry and exit to the water. It’s really important to respect the surfers.

 

Best season: October – March

Wind direction: W (port tack) side – shore / E (starboard tack) side shore.

Tide: Medium and low tide

Strong currents

Entry and exit with rocks.

Rock and sand break

Experience: Sailors with very high level only.

 

Location: North coast of Gran Canaria, San Andrés

Spots de windsurf en Gran Canaria East
Media luna (Jinámar)

Media Luna is waveriding spot. It works with NW winds. It is a medium level beach owing to be a narrow beach with rocks in both sides. There are strong currents and gusty winds. It’s a kitesurfing zone, but is also able the windsurfing.

 

Best season: October – March

Wind direction: NW (port tack) side – on shore.

Tide: Medium and low tide

Strong currents

Entry and exit with sand.

Rock and sand break

Experience: Sailors with medium level minimum.

 

Location: Northeast coast of Gran Canaria, Jinamar

Ojos de Garza

Playa de Ojos de Garza is a wave spot for jumping and riding. Normally is less windy and more wavy than Pozo or Vargas.On the right side is zone with a strong and heavy shorebreak, take extra care specially with high tide. One of the spots with the most localism.

 

Best season: April – September

Wind direction N – NE (port tack) side – on

Low tide

Strong currents

Rocky entrance and exit

See bottom mixed sand and stones

Expeirence: Only for Sailors with higher level.

 

Localization Northeast coast of Gran Canaria

El Burrero

Freeride spot. Gusty wind close to shore. Outside wind is more stable but see is very choppy. There is shorebreak and stones on the right side of beach.

 

Wind directions N – NE (port tack), S – SW (starboard tack)

Low tide

Medium currents

Entrance and exit with rocks and sand

See bottom with sand and stones

Level from intermediate

Localization East coast of Gran Canaria, El Burrero)

 

How to arrive: While on Gc-1 direction south take exit number 18(Carrizal, GC 191). On the second roundabout turn to the left, direction El Burrero. On the same street after more or less 500m on next roundabout turn to the left, towards see. Continue until town finished and on the left is a beach.

Vargas

Wave spot(NE, port tack), known for more side shore conditions than Pozo Izquierdo, better for wave riding. It works with the same wind directions like Pozo Izquierdo, but usually for 0.5m bigger sail. Also knows as a beach where Philip Koster lived and trained. With wind from S-SW(starboard tack, side off shore) is really flat water spot good even for beginners. During low tide is nice and easy spot, but with high tide there is very powerful and dangerous shore break.

 

Best season: May – September

Wind directions N – NE and SW

Strongly suggested to sail during low tide.

Currents medium with wind from NE and no with SW

Entrance and exit slippery rocks

See bottom sand

Level: intermediate during days with small waves and high days with ground swell

 

Localization: Southeast coast of Gran Canaria, CarrizalHow to arrive: From highway GC-1 direction South, take exit Carrizal(18), just after Airport. Continue on ¨old road¨(GC 191) in direction of Cruce de Arinaga. Shortly after leaving Carrizal turn to the left on the roundabout(hard to not notice, it has 3 white sails on it) and continue all the time straight until reaching beach.

Bahía de Formas, Salinas de Arinaga

Bahía de Formas is a wide half sandy half rocky beach that is one of the most consistent places in the world for windsurfing and it is normally possible to windsurf at this spot around 330 days a year.

The water is totally flat and perfect for beginnerses and all levels of windsurfing , slalomers and freestylers foil.

 

Best season: March -October

Wind directions N – NE (port tack) side off / SSW (starboard tack) onshore

All tides

Currents: almost none.

Entrance and exit mixed

See bottom mixed

Level from beginners

Localization: East coast of Gran Canaria, Muelle Arinaga. Pozowinds Pro center is located right on the beach with daly lessons and a big range of the newest windsurfing equipment on the market for rent everything from Foil to slalom freeride freestyle and wave equipment.

Pozo Izquierdo, El arenal

Pozo Izquierdo is one of the most well known wave spots in the world, thanks to PWA Tour event which take place here every year. From April until Abril, Trade Wind(Alisio, NE) is passing through the Canary Islands. It gives us almost daily very strong side on shore winds conditions (perfect for jumping and waveriding) for sail sizes 3,4-4,2. During the rest of the year are also the Northeast trade winds blowing in Pozo, very often little bit lighter for sails sizes : 4.2-5.3), but often with bigger ground swells that actully makes the winter season epic for those sailors who wants bigger waves.

 

Best season: May – September

Wind directions: N – NE

Tides: It is possible to sail with all kind of tides, but with high tide normally apeares big and aggressive shore break.

Currents: medium to strong

Entrance and exit with stones.

See bottom: stones and some sand

Level: intermediate to high

Localization: Southeast coast of Gran Canaria, Pozo Izquierdo

 

How to arrive: From highway GC-1 take an exit Vecindario – Pozo Izquierdo. On the roundabout take 3rd exit to the left and continue all the time straight until city finished and on the last possible roundabout turn to the left to cross the highway through bridge. Than all the time straight until reaching beach.

Pozowinds Pro center is located around 30m from beach on the left side of parking place, where you can rent all kinds of windsurfing equipment for sailing.

Salinas de Pozo

Spot for wave riding, with see bottom made of volcanic stones and powerful shore break in the end. Conditions are a little bit more side shore than in Pozo, for this is a little bit better for wave riding.

 

Wind direction NE (port tack) side shore

Tide low

Strong side currents

Entrance and exit trough rocks

See bottom rocks

Level: minimum high level

 

Localization East coast of Gran Canaria, Pozo Izquierdo, salinas de PozoHow to arrive: It is possible to go sailing downwind from Pozo, or with car by taking road which is going straight ahead from Pozowinds shop in direction of CIW.

Castillo del Romeral

Wave spot, works as well with S-SW wind but as well with ENE. When wind is coming from South West there are side on shore starboard tack conditions. With eastly wind is wave rinding off shore spot. Without waves is really nice freeride, bump and jump spot.

 

Wind directions S and SW (starboard tack) side – onshore, ENE side off

Tide: half to full

Currents: medium or none

Entrance and exit rocks.

See bottom volcanic rocks and stones.

Level: medium

 

How to arrive: On highway GC-1 direction South, take exit number 31, Juan Grande(GC-500). Once on this road on second roundabout take turn to the left in direction of Castillo del Romeral(GC-501) and continue until a town, where directly on the right side is a restaurante with parking place.

Localization Southeast coast of Gran Canaria, Castillo del Romeral

Spots Gran Canaria Sur
La curva

Comfortable and easy spot which works with South and East wind directions. Beach is rocky but normally waves are not getting there, what makes it really good freestyle and freeride spot. It is posible to get with a car to the beach.

 

Wind directions S and SW (starboard tack) side – onshore/ E on shore (port tack)

Tide Low to half

Currents: low to none

Entrance and exit rocks

See bottom rocks.

Level: from intermediate

 

How to arrive: On road number GC-500, approximately on 5,5 kilometer there is an entrance to the dirt parking place next to beach. There is no sign for it.

Localization Southeast coast of Gran Canaria, Juan Grande

Bahía Feliz

On the beach in Bahía feliz is located Fanatic Boarder Center. It is sandy beach with some stones on the sides of it. Very good spot for freestyle, slalom or freeride.

 

Wind directions S-SW (starboard tack) side – onshore / ENE (port tack) side shore

Low Tide

Low currents with East wind and medium strong with S-SW

Entrance and exit mixed (sands and rocks)

See bottom mixed

Level: beginner or better

 

How to arrive: Park car next to Hotel Orquidia in Bahía Feliz, go through the complex to beach.

Localization: Southeast coast of Gran Canaria, Bahía Feliz

Playa del Águila

On the beach is located Dunkerback Club. Mainly works with East wind directions, and is easy spot for everybody with intermediate level. It has easy access with parking place just next to the spot..

Wind directions S-SW (starboard tack) side – onshore / ENE on shore (port tack)

 

Low tide

Low currents with East wind and strong with South wind.

Entrance and exit mixed

See bottom mixed

Level: from beginners

 

Localization Southeast coast of Gran Canaria, Bahía Feliz

Las burras

Beach known as kite learning zone, but where specially in the winter are nice conditions for freeride, slalom and freestlye. It is sandy beach with some stones just on the shore. Next to the beach is a parking place.

 

Wind direction E/ENE side to side on shore (port tack)

Low tide

Currents low or none.

Entrance and exit rocks.

See bottom mixed.

Level intermediate

 

How to arrive: From highway GC-1 direction south, take an exit number 43 (Play del Inglés, San Fernando), than take GC-500 in direction of San Augustín. Parking place in first turn to the left when You see sandy beach.

 

Localization Southeast coast Gran Canaria, Playa de las Burras)

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