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It is the combination of sun and great waves that makes Gran Canaria a real surfer’s paradise allowing you to enjoy our fabulous weather and surf all year around. Gran Canaria is the place to be. The water temperature ranges from 18ºC in the winter and 24ºC in the summer. The best surfing holiday you will ever have.

 
 

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Gran Canaria offers a great variety of surfing spots with waves suitable for all levels - from beginners to experienced, to the expert surfer. We have listed 31 of the most popular surfing spots located around the island. As for the best waves of the day, our team will take you to the most suitable surfing spot as per your wishes.

Spot: El Lloret – a city beach for the experienced

Wave Direction: Right-hander

Wave Quality:  3 star

Type of Spot: Point break over stone bottom

Level Needed: For surfers with experience. It’s not a difficult wave, but not for beginners either. 

Additional Info: It’s a really good wave for a city so there are a lot of people in the water and the locals know where to be, so it’s hard to take the good ones. This spot has one of the most consistent waves of the island which receives swell from W, NW, N and NE. Mid-tide is best, low tide is OK, and high tide is not recommended, a lot of rebound so very dangerous. The lower the tide, the easier it is to come in and out of the water. When the swell is too small, there are a couple of big stones in the middle of the bay. When the swell is big, look out for the sets – they arrive with full power and size. There is a strong current on the shore that doesn’t help you to come back to the beach, so watch how the locals do it first. 

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Surf Spots by Area and Level 

 

The South Coast

 

For All Levels  Arguineguín   El Faro de Maspalomas   La Punta (Maspalomas)   Meloneras   Playa del Inglés

 

Spot: Arguineguín – a stone beach

Wave Direction: Right 

Wave Quality:  3 star  The size doesn’t matter. From knee high to double overhead, it breaks perfectly. It’s not a powerful wave, but fun, long and easy.

Type of Spot: Reef-Rocky. Long right-hander point break. 

Level Needed: For all levels.

Additional Info: The first section is faster, but from the second section becomes slower and mushier. Breaks perfectly to provide long rides. The waves is more suited to long rides. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Offshore winds are from the NE. It tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the south. Best in low tide. Can be crowded.


Spot: El Faro de Maspalomas – close to La Punta and Playa del Inglés, but conditions here are totally different.

Wave Direction:  A right-hander breaking over a stone and sand bar. 

Wave Quality:  3 star  W and S swells. When it’s small, rides are short but become longer as waves get bigger. 

Type of Spot: Point Break.

Level Needed: For all levels.

Additional Info: Lots of tourists so be careful with the swimmers. This beach is in the middle of the tourist area of the island. Better in winter.


Spot: La Punta (Maspalomas) - Very similar to Playa del Inglés – sandy with a few rocks. 

Wave Direction: Right - Left. 

Wave Quality:    3 star  

Type of Spot: Beach Break

Level Needed: For all levels. 

Additional Info: Lots of tourists so be careful with the swimmers. This beach is in the middle of the tourist area of the island. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. Offshore winds blow from the north. Suitable at all stages of the tide.  


Spot: Meloneras – Close to the Faro by the avenue. From the avenue you can see the waves on the stone beach.

Wave Direction: Right - Left.

Wave Quality:  2 star

Type of Spot: More than beach breaks – two exit point breaks

Level Needed: For all levels.

Additional Info: Waves here are easy but be careful with stones and urchins. 


Spot: Playa de Inglés - A sandy beach with several beach-breaks. 

Wave Direction: Right - Left. Strong trade winds blowing up the east coast produce a small but fun wave.

Wave Quality:  2 star

Type of Spot: Beach Break – small beach break waves all along the Playa del Ingles. 

Level Needed: For all levels. Being sand, it’s a good wave for beginners. 

Additional Info: Lots of tourists so be careful with the swimmers. This beach is in the middle of the tourist area of the island. Best time to surf is in summer because of the light off-shore thermal winds.


 

Surf Spots - Area of Las Palmas

 

For All Levels   La Cicer  

For Surfers with Experience   El Lloret   La Barra  

For Experts   El Confital   Medio Ahogado

 

Spot: La Cicer – a great city beach

Wave Direction: Right - Left. 

Wave Quality:  3 star

Type of Spot: Beach-breaks over a sandy bottom

Level Needed: For all levels. A great spot for beginners as there is plenty of whitewater to learn on.

Additional Info: This is a city beach so it’s usually crowed over the weekend. The best area for beginners is ‘Los Muellitos’ at the end of the beach next to the Auditorium. When the swell gets bigger, be careful with the shore break, which gets more powerful at low tide. Best time to surf is in winter, but spring and autumn are good too.


Spot: El Lloret – a city beach for the experienced

Wave Direction: Right-hander

Wave Quality:  3 star

Type of Spot: Point break over stone bottom

Level Needed: For surfers with experience. It’s not a difficult wave, but not for beginners either. 

Additional Info: It’s a really good wave for a city so there are a lot of people in the water and the locals know where to be, so it’s hard to take the good ones. This spot has one of the most consistent waves of the island which receives swell from W, NW, N and NE. Mid-tide is best, low tide is OK, and high tide is not recommended, a lot of rebound so very dangerous. The lower the tide, the easier it is to come in and out of the water. When the swell is too small, there are a couple of big stones in the middle of the bay. When the swell is big, look out for the sets – they arrive with full power and size. There is a strong current on the shore that doesn’t help you to come back to the beach, so watch how the locals do it first. 


Spot: La Barra – on Las Canteras beach

Wave Direction: Right - Left

Wave Quality:  2 star

Type of Spot: Reef-Rocky

Level Needed: For surfers with experience

Additional Info: ‘La Barra’ is a natural reef bar that protects Las Canteras beach from the waves and goes all the way along the beach. It’s not surfable until high tide and even then it’s pretty shallow, but the rock is flat so it doesn’t cut. Waves are short and it’s best when it’s small. The beach is crowed, especially over the weekend. 


Spot: El Confital – only for professionals

Wave Direction: Right. A perfect right-hand reef-bottom point break.

Wave Quality:  4 star  Full barrel, fast, difficult and hollow wave.

Type of Spot: Reef-Rocky. Rock beach with some sand at the north end of the city.

Level Needed: For expert surfers

Additional Info: A top quality wave in the heart of Las Palmas. If you’re not an expert, don’t surf here because the locals won’t make it easy for you. Be respectful. 

Best swells are W and NW, and only high tide. This is the only place on the North Coast that the trades are offshore.


Spot: Medio Ahogado – for kamikaze experts

Wave Direction: Right-hander – very potent

Wave Quality:  4 star

Type of Spot: Reef-Rocky. 

Level Needed: For expert surfers – professional kamikaze surfers

Additional Info: The water is an amazing blue colour. Not for the faint-hearted. 


Surf Spots - The North Coast

 

For All Levels   El Circo   El Paso   El Roque   La Izquierda del Paso   Los Enanos   Molokai   Quintanilla   Vagabundos

For Surfers with Experience   Boquines   El Picacho   La Derecha del Roque

 

Spot: El Circo – normally for body boarders

Wave Direction: Left and Right hander

Wave Quality:  3 star

Type of Spot: Stone beach with a left hander that works at low tide and a right hander at the other side of the beach that needs more water.

Level Needed: For all levels.

Additional Info: Both types of waves are short, hollow and powerful. There are normally a lot of body boarders here. 


Spot: El Paso – the waves get better with size

Wave Direction: Right hander

Wave Quality:  3 star

Type of Spot: Reef-Rocky

Level Needed: For all levels

Additional Info: This spot holds a big swell and few people surf here. You can surf here when it’s small, but the waves get better with size. If you come here in the winter, bring your gun. There is a small bay with a stone beach which is the perfect place to come in and out. 


Spot: El Roque – not one of the best, but has good days

Wave Direction: Left hander

Wave Quality:  3 star  This wave needs a special tide to work – needs water, not full but high tide

Type of Spot: Reef-Rocky

Level Needed: For all levels

Additional Info: It’s not one of the best waves of the area, but it has some nice days. A stone beach with a big rock around 50m from the shore. You take off at the right side of the rock looking from the beach.


Spot: La izquierda del Paso – a long wave in sections

Wave Direction: Left hander

Wave Quality:  3 star  If you can connect them all, it’s a long wave, but usually only one or two of them work properly. 

Type of Spot: Point Break with several sections. 

Level Needed: For all levels.

Additional Info: This is the place to go if it’s too big everywhere else. The swells slow down a bit before they break and it’s a bit more manageable. It’s not a spot to be when there’s a big swell from the East, but it doesn’t happen too often. Mid tide is the best. At high tide there is some rebound and at low tide there are some big rocks to avoid and sea urchins on the shore. 


Spot: Los Enanos – a stone beach with a little sand

Wave Direction: Right - Left 

Wave Quality:  3 star

Type of Spot: Beach-break with several peaks over a stone and sand bottom. A stone beach but with some sand in low tide. 

Level Needed: For all levels

Additional Info:  One of the most accessible waves in the area.  When waves are small, the lower the tide the better. There is a strong current and a lot of whitewater, so you have to paddle a lot to catch a couple of waves. 


Spot: Molokai – next to Los Enanos

Wave Direction: Right - Left

Wave Quality:  3 star

Type of Spot: Beach-break with several peaks over a stone and sand bottom. A stone beach but with some sand in low tide.

Level Needed: For all levels

Additional Info:  This is next to Los Enanos. You can paddle from one wave to the other so the waves are very similar. 


Spot: Quintanilla – good for all tide states

Wave Direction: Left-hander that breaks over the rocks

Wave Quality: 2 star  With E swell, the wave becomes more powerful and hollow.

Type of Spot: Point Break. No shore break and sandy beach, with some stones and rocks once you’re in the water.

Level Needed: For all levels. 

Additional Info:  The wave breaks offshore, so you have to paddle around 80-100m. This spot is usually a little bit bigger than the rest of the spots in the North, so it makes it a good option for small days, but when it gets bigger, be careful of the sets. A fun wave with a couple of sections and a nice wall. Works in all tide states, but be careful with low tide – there are a couple of rocks. 


Spot: Vagabundos – on of the only places with sand in the north

Wave Direction: Right - Left

Wave Quality:  3 star

Type of Spot: Beach Break. A small black sand beach that has 2 well defined waves. A right hander at the beach entrance and a left hander under the cliff at the end of the beach. 

Level Needed: For all levels

Additional Info: Hard to find a good wave, but it’s an option if you’re looking for sand in the north.


Spot: Boquines – a stone beach for the experienced

Wave Direction: Right hander

Wave Quality:  3 star

Type of Spot: Point Break available at nearly any tide. It’s a stone beach, but big stones, which make it more difficult.

Level Needed: For surfers with experience

Additional Info:  At low tide, it’s easier to get in and out of the water (beware of the sea urchins!). At high tide, the waves are better but break closer to the shore and you have to be careful with the whitewash when you come in and out. Probably best around mid tide. Dependable surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat.  When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. 


Spot: El Picacho – a spot for long boards

Wave Direction: Left hander

Wave Quality:  4 star

Type of Spot: Reef-Rocky / Point Break

Level Needed: For surfers with experience

Additional Info:  On the other side of the same beach as Boquines. Nice take off, but then it’s a bit mushy. Good for long boards and better at low tide.


Spot: La derecha del Roque – surfable in all tides

Wave Direction: Right hander

Wave Quality:  3 star  This wave keeps on breaking properly when other spots are too big. 

Type of Spot: Point Break. The bottom is a flat flagstone with a couple of rocks in the first section, turning into a combination of rock and stones in the second section. 

Level Needed: For surfers with experience

Additional Info:  You can surf in all tides, but the full tide is the worst option. The wave is next to El Picacho but there is no beach there so you have to jump from the rocks. Careful not to put a hole in your board! Coming in is easy in low tide and harder at high tide. With high tide and big waves, the best option is to use the next beach, El Roque. 

 


Surf Spots - Gáldar

 

For All Levels   Bocabarranco

For Surfers with Experience   El AgujeroLa Guancha

For Experts   El Frontón

 

Spot: Bocabarranco – the quality of the water is suspect

Wave Direction: Right - Left

Wave Quality:   3 star

Type of Spot: Beach Break. Sandy with rocks.

Level Needed: For all levels. 

Additional Info: An easy wave, nothing at all like the other spots in Gáldar.  Its consistent surf but in summer it tends to be flat. Offshore winds blow from the south. Groundswells and windswells are likely and the ideal swell angle is from the N / NW. It’s best around high tide. Sometimes the water is dirty because of the drainpipe.


Spot: El Agujero – only for the experienced

Wave Direction: Right-hander 

Wave Quality:   3 star

Type of Spot: Reef – Rocky. The bottom is shallow and rocky.

Level Needed: For surfers with experience 

Additional Info: A really good right-hander barrel, but needs a good swell. When it’s small, it’s a pretty straightforward wave, but when it’s big…that’s why it’s only for the experienced. You jump in from the rocks as there’s no beach, so beware of the urchins. 


Spot: La Guancha – a wave in front of the town

Wave Direction: Right – Left. The right is better and a more regular and powerful wave. 

Wave Quality:   3 star

Type of Spot: Reef – Rocky. Rocky and shallow bottom. No beach, but a natural swimming pool.

Level Needed: For surfers with experience 

Additional Info: A project is underway to build another swimming pool that would destroy the wave. Getting in and out of the water is easy because of the natural pool. Be careful of the rocks and the sea urchins. 


Spot: El Frontón – high level body boarder territory

Wave Direction: Right - Left

Wave Quality:  4 star  A good W or NW swell

Type of Spot: Point Break. No beach, just cliff and rocks. 

Level Needed: For experts.  

Additional Info: Don’t go in if you’re not a professional surfer – but do go there to have a look at the wave. The wave rises suddenly when coming from deep waters and reaches the shallow reef – really powerful, shallow and hollow. The take off is in the air and when you land, you’re already in the barrel. Apart from the difficulty of the wave, there are lots of body boaders – its body board territory and they are of a very high level. Watch how the locals get in and out of the water – it’s not difficult if you go from the right place. High tide is a must because it is very shallow. 

 


Surf Spots - The East Coast

 

For All Levels   Juan Grande (Ketchup)   Playa del Hombre

For Surfers with Experience   La Laja (Pico de la Muerte)   Mosca Point   Playa la Laja   Pozo Izquierdo

 

Spot: Juan Grande (Ketchup)

Wave Direction: Left

Wave Quality:  2 star

Type of Spot: Reef-Rocky

Level Needed:  For all levels

Additional Info: A long stone beach with several waves. Most of them work better at low tide, but high tide is OK on one of the peaks. Waves aren’t long, but good – lefts and rights with a stone bottom. It’s in front of a ketchup factory. 


Spot: Playa del Hombre – good for beginners

Wave Direction: Right-hander

Wave Quality:  3 star

Type of Spot: Beach Break

Level Needed: For all levels – good for beginners. The wave is usually small and mushy. 

Additional Info: It is one of the only waves on the east coast that works with regularity. Be careful with the current in front of the rocks on the south end of the beach.


Spot: La Laja (Pico de la Muerte) – it’s all in the name

Wave Direction: Left-hander

Wave Quality:   3 star

Type of Spot: Reef-Rocky. A sandy beach but where the wave breaks, there’s no sand at all.

Level Needed: For surfers with experience  

Additional Info: A hollow left-hander breaking over a really shallow volcanic reef in the north corner of the beach. High tide only. 


Spot: Mosca Point – crowed when the waves are good

Wave Direction: Left-hander. Sometimes the right works too, shorter but faster. 

Wave Quality:  4 star

Type of Spot: Point Break. Sandy with rocks. 

Level Needed: For surfers with experience 

Additional Info: This point is always crowded when there are good waves so a good option is to stay in the second section instead of surfing in the main peak. It’s not a difficult wave, but the volcanic rocks are sharp, so be careful getting in and out and in the last section, it’s very shallow there. Better here in the winter, because during the summer season there’s always a hurricane. Due to the construction of a big harbour in Arinaga, this spot is in danger. 


Spot: Playa La Laja – in the south corner of the beach

Wave Direction: Right-hander

Wave Quality:   3 star

Type of Spot: Reef-Rocky / Beach Break

Level Needed: For surfers with experience  

Additional Info: In the south corner of the beach, during the low tide, it’s a short and fun beach break. If the tide is too high, then it’s just a close out over the sand that’s not useful for surfing. 


Spot: Pozo Izquierdo – popular for windsurfers

Wave Direction: Right

Wave Quality:  3 star

Type of Spot: Beach Break with fairly consistent surf. 

Level Needed: For surfers with experience 

Additional Info: This place is known for the wind. During the summer you’ll get strong onshore wind every day! There’s onshore wind during the winter too, but it’s not as strong and sometimes the wind stops and the waves come in. When that happens, there’s a right-hander point break in front of the bunker at the right end of the beach. 

Due to the construction of some piers, the wave doesn’t break properly all the way down to the beach like it used to



Surf Spots by Area and Level


For All Levels

For Surfers with Experience

For Experts

Arguineguín

Boquines

El Confital

Bocabarranco

El Agujero

El Frontón

El Circo

El Lloret

Medio Ahogado

El Faro de Maspalomas

El Picacho


El Paso

La Barra


El Roque

La Derecha del Roque


Juan Grande (Ketchup)

La Guancha


La Cicer

La Laja (Pico de la muerte)


La Izquierda del Paso

Mosca Point


La Punta (Maspalomas)

Playa La Laja


Los Enanos

Pozo Izquierdo


Meloneras



Molokai



Playa del Hombre



Playa del Inglés



Quintanilla



Vagabundos