Surfing in Fuerteventura
With year-round golden sunshine, a tropical climate and winds of surfers’ dreams, it’s no surprise that surfing in Fuerteventura has reached new heights.
With beaches for both surfers and kite surfers, it really doesn’t matter if you’ve been doing it for years or are new to the sport, Fuerteventura has enough sand, sea and wind to cater to all.
Here’s our lowdown on surfing in Fuerteventura, including when and where to go:
When to go:
With its perpetual sunshine, coral reefs and constant winds, Fuerteventura has established itself as a year-round destination for surfing and kitesurfing alike.
For beginners, the smaller swells found in June and August are a perfect introduction to the world of surfing – they’re not too big as to overwhelm you and not too small as to put you off altogether. Plus, the sun is seriously shining during these months.
For more experienced surfers and kite surfers, November, December and January provide the biggest waves and the best conditions to truly test yourself against the elements.
With various beaches – each offering different waves – together with a big difference in surfing conditions between the north and south coastlines, it doesn’t matter what time of year you visit, you’re sure to find plenty of waves to suit your ability all year round.
Fuerteventura has over 100 stunning beaches, many of which benefit from a dream combo of strong winds and a coral reef that forms an excellent breakwater. The result? Phenomenal waves for surfing.
Depending on your experience and skill level, it’s important to choose your beach carefully, as some have particularly strong swells, rip tides and serious waves that can be excellent for experienced surfers, but too much for beginners.
If you’re new, or fairly new, to the surfing world, then consider signing up for a few lessons at one of the many surf schools in Fuerteventura. You’ll find plenty of surf schools in Corralejo, the surfing capital of Fuerteventura.
When it comes to the best beaches for beginners, there are plenty of options.
First and foremost, you’re best off sticking to the beaches on the south and southwest coast, where the swell is less strong and there are fewer reef breaks.
Very close to Corralejo in the North of Fuerteventura is Playa Blanca, an excellent beach for beginners with waves that aren’t too big or strong. It might not be the prettiest beach in the world, lacking the golden white sand of most of its neighbours, but if you’re there to surf, it’s one to go to.
If you want to combine a day of surfing with some quality time enjoying a beautiful beach, Playa Morro is the one. Also known as “Drop Beach”, Playa Morro is a great place to practice your surfing with left and right-handed waves breaking in the bay. The only thing to be aware of is the riptides on either side of the beach, but these are clearly marked by flags.
If you want some surfing inspiration as you try your hand at surfing, El Cotillo is a great option – it has waves suitable for both beginners and experienced surfers. This means you can try your hand at surfing, whilst getting some inspiration from the more experienced surfers doing their thing on the larger waves.
Intermediate surfers should look to explore the northern coast for the more challenging waves found across the island.
For example, intermediate surfers looking to try surfing a reef for the first time should head to Punta Blanca, aka ‘Shark Bay’. Best surfed when the tide is middle to high, the beach has a mellow reef with easy entry and the potential for long rides, ideal for those tackling this type of surf for the first time.
Surfers with a little more reef practice under their belts should ride the waves at Punta Elena. This beach, also known as Rocky Point, is located in the bay of Corralejo and offers a fantastic reef break that gets progressively bigger on the outside, offering both left and right angle waves on the inside.
Another fantastic intermediate surfing option is La Caletas neighbouring fishing village, Majanicho. Offering some excellent left and right-sided waves, the swell is that bit stronger and faster, and provides some great surf for intermediates looking to practice their skills.
For experienced surfers, the north coast in the winter months should be your focus – the abundance of offshore reefs providing excellent swell and unique waves.
For the really experienced, it’s more about hunting down those unique Fuerteventura waves like The Bubble, El Hierro and El Muelle (all found on the north coast).
The Bubble, in particular, makes for an exhilarating challenge offering superfast barrelling left and right-handed waves. The bubble can be found just past Majanicho village.
Another option for advanced surfers is to tackle Los Lobos, otherwise known as the longest right-handed wave in Europe. It’s technically not on Fuerteventura, breaking off the coast of the Isle of Lobos which lies 3km off the Coast of Corralejo. However, for Fuerteventura surfers, there are regular ferries offering lifts to the island and the supreme barrelling waves that race down the island’s point.
Many of the beaches popular for surfing also offer excellent kitesurfing opportunities, but there are a few spots where kitesurfing proves particularly popular and dominates the water sports scene: one being One Flag Beach in Corralejo bay.
Here, strong onshore winds combined with excellent medium-sized waves create ideal surfing conditions.
The area surrounding El Cotillo is full of beaches offering fantastic winds and decent waves, but the rockiness in these bays makes them more suitable for experienced kite surfers.
On the south coast in the Costa Calma, just a 20-minute drive from the Blue Sea Jandia Luz resort, there are a number of fantastic kitesurfing spots, including The Lagoon and Sotavento, suitable for every level of kite surfer.