Do you want to know why so many people are crazy about surfing in Gran Canaria? The answer is simple. In Gran Canaria, great places to surf and bodyboard are right on your doorstep. The good year-round climate and the vast number of beaches along the coastline mean that kids start surfing very young. For youngsters, bodyboarding has become a type of national sport on the island.
And talking about waves, Gran Canaria can provide you with all types, such as the “Confital right” in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. It even manages to surprise surfers from outside the island, although you can also try your luck in Arguineguín, in the south or in Lloret (La Cícer), in the capital. The Island’s north coast is also a haven for surfers and bodyboarders. You’ll find good waves in Puertillo de Arucas, which is another key spot.
Why are the waves so special in Gran Canaria? Those in the know would tell you that the Island’s waves are ‘powerful’ because the waves reach the coastline from a great depth.
The Archipelago coast does not have a continental platform and therefore the waves break with more energy. Furthermore, the coastal soil is mainly volcanic which limits great movements in the sand and the wave is always fixed at the same point, as occurs for example with the infamous Confital Right.
So you’ll see why it is a “mortal sin” not to surf or bodyboard in Gran Canaria. There are just too many surfing beaches. The island has all the right conditions to attract surfers after good waves and remember you don’t have to squeeze into your full wetsuit here either. Do you need any more reasons why so many people are crazy about surfing in Gran Canaria?