Best Canaries surfing for experts: Top 11 Canary Islands surf spots

May 06, 2021 BY AWE365 Team

On their day, the best Canaries surfing for experts is up there with some of the top surf breaks worldwide. Coupled with great weather, easy access, good facilities, developed tourist infrastructure and low prices the Canary Islands are perfect for surfing holidays. But what are the top 11 Canary Islands surf spots?

Best Canaries surfing for experts: Top 11 Canary Islands surf spots Corralejo in Fuerteventura Flickr CC image by Bengt Nyman

Best Canaries surfing for experts

  1. El Quemao, Lanzarote
  2. Los Lobos, Fuerteventura
  3. Cotillo, Fuerteventura
  4. El Confital, Gran Canaria
  5. Hierro, Fuerteventura
  6. Morro Negro, Lanzarote
  7. The Bubble, Fuerteventura
  8. Corralejo, Fuerteventura
  9. Mejillones, Fuerteventura
  10. Majanicho, Fuerteventura
  11. Billboards, Tenerife

Top 11 Canary Islands surf spots

With bigger waves, warmer water and sunnier weather than the UK (and much of Europe), Canary Islands surfing holidays are understandably very popular. The Canaries pick up swell from all directions and their craggy coastlines convert the ocean’s energy into a variety of waves capable of satiating every type of surfer.

From heaving lefts to peaky beach breaks to long peeling right points, these islands provide a vast array of breaks. You could surf the entire winter in the Canary Islands without visiting the same wave twice. But, in the interest of fine tuning your holiday plans, the following is a list of the top 11 Canary Islands surf spots for experts.

La Santa Guide to Lanzarote surfing holidays in the Canary Islands Flickr creative commons image by Ronaldc5


El Quemao, Lanzarote

The pinnacle of Canary Islands surfing. Comparable to Pipeline in Hawaii in terms of speed, size, hollowness, and serious consequences, this left can thunder triple overhead slabs across a razor sharp reef. But if you’ve got the skill – and the guts – perfect stand up barrels are your reward.

Los Lobos, Fuerteventura

A lengthy, thigh-burning right. When conditions align and all the sections connect, Los Lobos – an Island off Fuerteventura – can offer a half-minute ride with plenty of shortboarding punch. The Rincon-like potential spreads down the coast of an ancient volcano to provide one of the longest rides in the Canaries!

Cotillo, Fuerteventura

The quintessential sandy beach break. Smaller, punchy peaks provide hollow sections and ripable faces. If you can’t have a fun session here at one of the best Canary Islands surf spots, then surfing might not be your thing.

El Confital, Gran Canaria

Right-handed Indonesian style barrel. Confital peels perfect tubes that can hold shape in up to ten feet of swell. Perfection would be an understatement. Pack booties for surfing holidays here because of the dicey reef underneath.

Cutting it at El Confital one of the best beaches in Gran Canaria for surf. Flickr Image by azuaje

Hierro, Fuerteventura

A powerful left. Goofy footers stay all day when it’s working. Racy sections and long rides are the attraction here. With the right wind this wave offers some of the best Canaries surfing for experts and ranks up there with other top Atlantic breaks.

Morro Negro, Lanzarote

Consistent, quality right. When the swell is small and other spots aren’t producing, it’s a safe bet you’ll find waves here. Good at three feet, best at ten, this solid right-hander is always a worth a visit.

The Bubble, Fuerteventura

A hollow, heavy right. Just down the beach from Hierro, The Bubble fires off tube after tube. With charitable offshore winds, you’re guaranteed to get covered up.

Corralejo, Fuerteventura

Consistent, fun peaks. This northern section of coastline produces dependable waves in an assortment of shapes. Beware the shallow reefs, but playful lefts and rights start working here on minimal swell. Read this guide to Corralejo surfing holidays for more information.

Best Canaries surfing for experts: Top 11 Canary Islands surf spots Corralejo in Fuerteventura Flickr CC image by Bi0

Mejillones, Fuerteventura

Fickle, but worth the wait. Known for its bigger waves, Mejillones only gets going on solid overhead swells. But when it works you’ll find heavy peaks spewing powerful rights and lefts.

Majanicho, Fuerteventura

Mellower, peeling rights and lefts. When the wind isn’t blowing too hard, you’ll find a long right at Majanicho perfect for longboarding. Shorter, punchier lefts are fun for shortboarders.

Billboards, Tenerife

Fast break for experienced surfers that can reach double over head in the resort of Las Americas. Barrels are possible here and on it’s day it’s the best surf spot in Tenerife. Watch out for semi-submerged rocks and crowds particularly at the weekend.

We hope you found this brief guide to the best Canaries surf spots for experts interesting and useful. For more information check out this guide to Lanzarote surfing holidays.


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