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European Hawaii

Called "Europe's Hawaii", the Canary Islands are a veritable
paradise for marine activities. Surfing in Tenerife is the sport
of choice for locals and holidaymakers alike. The ocean lends
itself well to surfing, with its diversity of waves and a water
temperature of 22 degrees almost year-round.
The mild climate means you can surf 365 days a year.
Planning to surf Tenerife's crystal-clear waters in the near future?
Then here's everything you need to know about surfing in Tenerife. 
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Surfing and bodyboarding in Tenerife: what are the differences?

Tenerife offers a wide range of water sports. If you can't tell the difference between surfing and bodyboarding, remember this:


Depending on your balance and physical condition, surfing requires more technique than bodyboarding. Surfing involves balancing on a board and gliding along the surface of a wave for as long as possible. The hardest part of surfing for beginners is learning to "take off", the technique that enables you to stand up quickly on the board. 

The surfer begins the activity lying flat on his stomach on the board, using his arms to swim and gain speed. Once he's spotted a wave, he needs to know how to balance himself on the board to ride it. Then he must master his movements to link turns and try to make the most beautiful trajectory possible standing on his board.  

Little by little, you'll learn how to coordinate your movements and keep your balance without falling into the water. In Tenerife, instructors are on hand to give surfing lessons for beginners, so don't worry if you've never surfed before.


Easier for an apprentice surfer, bodyboarding is equally suitable for children and adults of any age. The size of the board is smaller than for surfing, and lighter too. The sport is practiced lying down on the board, using your feet (with or without fins) to move forward. This allows you to tackle the waves without fear or risk of injury. 

Once you've mastered the technique, you'll see that it's an interesting sport that allows you to achieve crazy performances in the trough of the waves. For example, with bodyboarding, you can surf inside waves that are deeper and narrower than in traditional surfing. The famous "close-out" waves are more accessible with bodyboarding. The aim of bodyboarding is to gain speed, whereas surfing requires you to make great trajectories standing up on the board. Experienced and professional bodyboarders perform incredible tricks, such as : 

  • the 360, in which the rider turns entirely on himself/herself with the board;
  • the backflip, which is no less than a backward somersault!

What's the ideal equipment for surfing in Tenerife?

To surf in Tenerife, you don't need to worry about equipment, unless you want to buy it. Most surf schools lend it out when you take a surf lesson. It's all you need to practice the sport comfortably. Here's the perfect surfer's equipment:
  • a surfboard: adapted to your size and level; 
  • a neoprene wetsuit, especially for beginners, to protect you from strong waves and the cold (although Tenerife's temperatures are pleasant all year round);
  • surf shoes, if necessary;
  • a leash: attached to your foot so you don't lose your board in the middle of the ocean;
  • a wax for your board: called surf wax, wax is regularly applied to the front of the board for anti-slip protection.

And don't forget to protect your face and neck with sunscreen to avoid nasty sunburns. Don't forget to check the UV index before surfing and apply your cream regularly. Sunglasses are impractical, as they can fall into the water and get in the way, unless they're attached. There are also more suitable aquatic goggles that can be adjusted to the surfer's vision by including tinted corrective lenses. 

Surf school: surf lessons in Tenerife 

Would you like to take advantage of your stay in Tenerife to take surfing lessons? It's a great idea! All the more so as the island abounds in ideal spots for surfers from all over the world.

How does it work?
No license is required for surfing, so anyone can practice. The surf school offers surfing lessons at all levels. Even beginners are welcome. Learning to surf on an island of such beauty is a real motivator!

Learning to surf is generally divided into three distinct phases:

  1. The theoretical part: instructors start the course with theory and the safety rules you need to apply to ensure that everything goes smoothly.
  2. The practical part: next comes learning to surf on the water for a good two hours, depending on the school and the option chosen.
  3. The relaxation part: once the lesson is over, students can relax in a rest area. They can review their technique and discuss their strengths and areas for improvement. Over a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate, they can also look at the photos taken during their first surfing lesson in Tenerife.

Where to find a surf school?
Surf schools are mainly concentrated on the two extremes of the island of Tenerife: the northern tip and the southern tip, but you can also find them on the east/west slopes. Surf schools in Tenerife are located in : 

  • Playa de Las Américas - Costa Adeje: south side ;
  • Puerto de la Cruz: west side;
  • Punta del Hidalgo: northern tip;
  • El Médano: southeast side.

Beginner surf lessons on Las Américas beach start at €35 per person for 2 h of instruction, compared with €40 in Puerto de la Cruz. 

If you're in El Médano, you can learn to surf with an instructor for an hour and a half for €25. 

The cheapest lessons are in groups. If you'd like private surfing lessons, you'll pay around €70 for 3 hours. A package of 5 private lessons is also available from €250.

Surf camp: a complete surfing holiday in Tenerife

Why not book a surf camp in Tenerife? You'll learn all the techniques you need to ride the waves, and share friendly moments with other surfing apprentices like yourself.

How does it work?
The complete surf camp package is sure to please! This exceptional stay includes : 

  • nights in comfortable accommodation close to a surf spot; 
  • airport/hotel and hotel/beach transfers;
  • surf lessons ;
  • all equipment needed to learn to surf, including insurance;
  • organized activities and theme evenings, including giant barbecues, dance parties and even yoga classes!

Where to find a surf camp in Tenerife?
The Costa Adeje in the south is the most popular surf camp in Tenerife. Being the most touristic area, you'll find many surfing camps in : 
  • Playa de Las Américas
  • Adeje
  • Arona
  • La Caleta
  • El Médano
  • Porís de Abona (east towards El Médano)

On the north side of the island, you can stay in :
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Punta del Hidalgo

Surf school rates vary according to location, room, number of people and days. For a week (7 nights/8 days), you'll find prices : 

  • from €549 for a private room for one person ;
  • from €429 per person for a shared room for 2 ;
  • from €379 per person for a shared room (usually for 4).

Buy or rent a surfboard: where to find a surf shop in Tenerife?

Surf clubs generally offer surf equipment rental: boards, wetsuits, etc. Just ask on site before you set out to conquer the waves. Just ask before you set out to conquer the waves. If you prefer to buy your own equipment, you'll find surf shops at strategic points on the island of Tenerife, including : 

Approximate number of surf shops in Tenerife :

Playa de Las Americas : 6
El Medano : 9
Santa Cruz de Tenerife : 3
San Cristobal de la Laguna : 1
Puerto de la Cruz : 2
La Orotova : 1
Candelaria : 1

What are the surfing events and competitions in Tenerife? 

Surfing is a religion in Tenerife! Numerous events punctuate Tenerife life. Tourists can enjoy this unrivalled atmosphere as they watch international surfers glide over ocean waves. Here are a few important competitions not to be missed:
Spring Surfest Las Américas Pro

The Spring Surfest Pro is held in Playa de Las Americas at the end of the year. The program includes crashing waves, music and surfing competitions. It's been Europe's best surf festival since the 70s. Surfers from all over the world gather on the mystical beach to tease the tubular left-hand wave, known as "Spanish Left", which forms incredibly in this area. 

Puntablanca Young Series
For its second edition, Guía de Isora has brought together no fewer than 90 professional surfers for the "Puntablanca Young Series", running from December 2022 to April 2023. Sportsmen and women from the Iberian Peninsula, France, Portugal and Germany compete to make the best trajectory. The event is watched by over a million people worldwide.

Surfing Shark
In Almáciga, in the Anaga Rural Park on the north of the island, there's a not-to-be-missed annual event for surfing fans: the Surfing Shark. Organized by the sports organization of the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife and its sponsors, this competition takes place in October.

Surf 2023 agenda
In 2023, numerous surfing competitions are scheduled on the island of eternal spring, including : 

  • LIGA SURFING.ES OPEN 2023: women's surfing league - in November and December. 
  • FESURFING JUNIOR SERIES & SURFING KIDS 2023: for young surfers - in December.
  • The Wave Congress arrives in Tenerife on April 21 and 22, 2023, in the town of Arona. This is the first surf industry congress in Tenerife. A number of topics will be discussed, including new surfing technologies, sports tourism as an economic development for the island, lifestyle and surfing trends.

 Surf spots 




Surfing in Tenerife is open to all beginners, with no restrictions (except in the case of health problems). Numerous surf schools offer beginners' courses. 
You can surf all year round in Tenerife, as the climate is ideal and the water temperature rarely drops below 18 degrees. The ideal period for surfing in Tenerife is between September and May, with a preference for November to February, when the beaches are less crowded. 
It's advisable to check that conditions are optimal before surfing. Wave height, tides, water temperature, live weather, precipitation forecast, winds... To find surf forecasts in Tenerife, you can visit the following websites and download these applications: 

  • Magicseaweed
  • Mareespeche
  • Seatemperature  
  • Windfinder
  • Windy.App
  • Allosurf
You'll find several species of shark in the deep ocean waters of the Canaries:

  • Angel shark: this is a protected species. This shark is absolutely harmless to humans, as long as you don't provoke it. It is mainly found off Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Teresitas.
  • Whale shark: lives peacefully in the waters off La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma.
  • Mako shark: highly sought-after for fishing.
  • Basking shark: Sailing between Scotland and the Canaries, this shark has a rather aggressive nature.
  • Giant hammerhead shark: already seen near Las Palmas and Las Canteras, it can be recognized by its flattened, hammer-shaped head.
  • Great white shark: the star of the screen! A protected species in Spain since 2011. Very few are seen on the beaches.
  • Fierce shark: lives in the depths of tropical waters. It was recently spotted in the open ocean off the island of El Hierro.

Very few shark attacks have been recorded in the Canary Islands. Sharks live mainly in the deep waters beyond the coral reef. They do not venture near beaches. That said, caution is advised when surfing in exotic waters. 

In 2017, for example, the beaches of Santa Cruz had to be closed following a shark attack on a kayaker. Fortunately, no injuries were reported, as the mystified animal had attacked the kayak, which it must have mistaken for a turtle or seal. This is an exceptional event, so rest assured that you can surf in complete safety on Tenerife. 

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