Head to Famara if you want to learn surfing in Lanzarote
If you want to leave your sunbed and learn surfing in Lanzarote, you are in a great place. The centre of all surfing activity is based around Famara located on the northwestern coast of the island.
The village is at the western end of the sand desert El Jable and in the middle of the Natural Reserve “Parque Natural del Archipiélago Chinijo” – most noteworthy as a Biosphere Reserve protected by UNESCO.
Famara Beach is a seemingly endless curving bay of sand, dunes and the El Risco cliffs that rise straight out of the ocean with views out to the island of La Graciosa. Its numerous peaks can accommodate surfers of all levels, although its strong currents mean that it is not suitable for swimming.
Known at the European Hawaii, the constant trade winds sweeping in from the Atlantic and hitting Famara create a perfect environment for surfers, with virtually year-round perfect waves and milder temperatures.
During the winter months from October to March, surfing in Lanzarote is at its best. Big and powerful swells develop and the island is filled with professionals and beginners looking to catch the perfect wave.
Every year international competitors join the locals for a wonderful surf session and the 6-star ASP La Santa Pro event is held each October at the beautiful, but smaller beach, of San Juan.
The nearby coastal village of Caleta de Famara is known as a surfers paradise with a laid-back vibe with several restaurants, bars and dozens of surf schools and shops along the main street. There are two key areas – the older fishing village and harbour and the bungalows area under the cliffs.
It does take some time to get to, but for the surfing in Lanzarote and the beaches alone, it is definitely worth the effort. Indeed, Lanzarote’s leading light Cesar Manrique loved the area and spent many summers at Famara as a child.
If you are new to surfing in Lanzarote, or want to hone your skills, there is plenty of choice when it comes to surf schools but we would suggest the following:
Awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and an amazing 4.8 our of 5 stars by reviews, Red Star Surf School offers daily individual and group surf lessons on Famara beach.
Groups are kept small for safety reasons and to give the highest possible attention for each student. Instructors are lifeguards certified by the ISA (International Surfing association) and the RLSS (Royal Life Saving Society).
Beginner classes are always held in a secure waist depth where you can stand, always close to the instructor. The classes usually last for 4-5 hours, including a short lunch break. Already experienced?
If you can surf an unbroken wave sideways for at least 5 seconds then their advanced course is the right choice for you. Courses start from €160 for a three-day course and includes resort pickup, lunch, all equipment and instruction.
With great TripAdvisor reviews, Surf School Lanzarote offers a high level of coaching for all levels from beginner to advanced. With 35 years of coaching experience, they are members of the International Surfing Association, the world governing body for surfing, and all instructors are trained beach lifeguards.
The school is open all year, and after your course, you can also top up your skills with their online coaching videos. For guests staying at Club Las Calas, the school runs a mini bus service from nearby Puerto del Carmen at 9.55 am each day – or you can drive to Famara.
Class sizes are small with a ratio of 8/1 and wet suits are available for those who surf in winter. Prices start from €149 for a three-day course.
Posted on November 10, 2016.
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