If you enjoy surfing, but don’t have the funds for a visit to Hawaii or Australia, Tenerife is an affordable option without compromising on surfing potential. In fact, thanks to its location in the Atlantic Ocean, the surfing in Tenerife is exceptional and this is considered to be one of Europe’s best spots at which to ride a wave.
Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced surfer, there is something for everyone. There are plenty of surfing schools to help you acquire new skills or brush up on techniques, no matter what your age. You can also easily hire wet suits and surf boards so there’s no need to bring any equipment from home.
Considering the size of the island, there are a surprising number of opportunities to have a go at surfing in Tenerife. Some of the surfing spots are even considered world-class, with many championships taking place on the island.
The warm temperatures make surfing in Tenerife a favourable activity at any time of year, but for the best breaks, October to February is the time to be here. You can find great surf in the north and south of the island, so wherever you’re staying, you are likely to be close to a suitable surfing location. The following are some of the best surfing beaches on the island.
Perfect for those enjoying Playa de las Americas holidays, this surfing spot is the ideal choice if you want somewhere close to the heart of the action at a lively resort. However, it can get busy as you might expect, but the surf is generally quite consistent, no matter what the tide conditions or the time of year.
Also conveniently situated for those staying in Playa de la Americas, La Izquierda is considered to be one of the best places to experience left handed waves in the whole of Europe. You do need to be aware of rocks and rips, but the conditions here are versatile and consistent, so ideal for anyone wanting to hop on a board.
If reliable surf and space to paddle are top of your agenda, this surf spot may be a good choice. Conditions are best at low tide and you need to be mindful of rips, but this is generally a good place to head to for both beginners or the more experienced.
On the west coast between Alcala and Los Gigantes, this popular surfing mecca is at its prime during winter. Breaking left and right, the waves are suited to intermediate surfers. Experiencing a microclimate where the temperature rarely drops below 20 C, this beach is considered one of the island’s best for surfing.
With short waves coming in from the left and right, this top notch surfing haven in the north of the island is geared towards the more experienced surfer. Rarely crowded, surf is consistent and at its most powerful during autumn and winter.