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Canary Islands, Spain: Fuerteventura

Surf hostel accommodation is offered as well as other base options for this heart of Corralejo surf camp which includes 4x4 transport to many surf spots.

LowPressure's Stormrider Surf Guide says

The Canary Islands consist of seven large islands and six smaller ones, stretching 500km (313mi) east to west and 200 km (125mi) north to south. While Lanzarote is undoubtedly the best bet for world class conditions, Fuerteventura conceals many short, sucky lava reefs alongside the long sandy beaches that attract so many windsurfers. The island’s name comes from Fuerte (strong) and viento (wind). Every year in August, the world speed windsurfing championships are held while the biggest surf contest was the 1998 longboard world championship. This volcanic island only recently emerged from the Atlantic, is the second largest of the Canary Islands and the least developed island accessible by plane. Tenerife and Gran Canaria were first surfed by US servicemen in 1970 and word quickly spread, leading explorers to the easterly islands and their powerful, Pacificesque reefbreaks. There are 152 beaches including those on Isla los Lobos, amounting to 50km (31mi) of white sand and 25km (16mi) of black sand and shingle, but this accounts for a mere 22% of the total coastline of Fuerteventura. The best surfing spots in the north are between Corralejo and Cotillo, around a dirt road known as the 'North Track'. Most surfers stay in Corralejo because of the plentiful amenities. 


Fuerteventura North Coast

Fuerteventura presents an arid, almost lunar landscape and is home to far more sandy beaches than the other islands. Strong winds are part of the deal, making this island a world-renowned windsurfing spot, but there are plenty of waves to be found in the calmer winter months. The north coast is packed with exposed reefs that pick up all the swells from W round to E and the waves range in intensity from the challenging tubes of Lobos to the mellow walls of Derecha de los Alemanes. The long west coast offers open, rock-strewn beachbreak that is offshore in NE winds but anywhere south of Cotillo is isolated and currents can be extreme. The far south has a couple of quality set-ups waiting for the right conditions but it is a long drive down and the chance of getting skunked is high. The east coast is surfed up near Corralejo where bright white sands cover some nice little reefs and beginners can get some space but if the NEÕer is blowing then the wind and kite rigs will be flying all over the place. Summer can get surprisingly big on the east coast and there is potential for exploration but it is usually onshore. The depths of winter are going to be the best bet when the wind is lighter and more E than N. Early starts are advisable to beat the wind and the crowds, while siesta time matches the strongest wind period of the day. Summer can still have some good waves at the west and east coast beachbreaks.

Find more general info about when to go and statistics on the Low Pressure’s Stormrider Guide’s website.