Surfing in Tenerife

Enjoy the waves on your vacation! 

The sea and your surfboard. The perfect duo!

It is quite easy and common to surf in Tenerife. The beaches in the south of the island offer long stretches of sandy bottoms, rock and volcanic reefs or various combinations of them.

The island is full of surfers of all ages and levels who come to taste its wonderful waters, and hosts multiple schools and surf camps to learn and enjoy this hobby while making friends.

«The best surfer is the one who has the most fun.»

The subtropical climate characteristic of the islands will accompany us throughout the year so forget about your winter wetsuit and enjoy the sea no matter the month.

Surfing in Tenerife is accessible for all levels. Take classes (if you don’t trust us) in our excellent schools or ask for advice from other surfers. At sea, we all help each other!

Do not miss details of what we explain below. Here’s everything you need to know before surfing on the island.

If you like to go on your own…

Below, we recommend some of the best places to surf:

Benijo: To the northeast of the sand-bottomed island, this place is for intermediate surfers or experts. The waves accompany the whole year, the wind is generally south or southeast and the best times of the day for the practice are with the rising or high tide.

El Roquete: A little further south in Punta del Hidalgo, with a stone bottom, this beach is perfect for beginners. The best surfing seasons are autumn, winter, and spring. The wind is usually south, southeast or southwest and the best times of day are at low or descending tide. It should be noted that half an hour away there are two quite similar locations called Los Dos Hermanos and La Bajeta where you can vary the stage if one of them is full of people.

Mesa del Mar: Continuing our path from north to south, Mesa del Mar offers a bottom of sand and stone. It has two places with different difficulties on the same beach. At the beginning of the beach, you will find a rocky area of medium-high difficulty that requires high tide to be able to surf due to the large rocks at the bottom. This area has the most consistent waves. At the end of the bathing area, there is a rocky reef that requires high tide to take advantage of the waves. Near La Caleta, in the south of the island, in Adeje, there is an area with a ground covered with volcanic reef and medium difficulty, suitable for intermediate and expert surfers, which is best enjoyed in summer during low and medium tide. The wind is usually north, east and southeast.

Las Galletas: it is best to visit this beach in Arona in summer, during the low or medium tide. With a medium difficulty volcanic reef bottom, and north, northeast and east winds, it is a somewhat frequented area so expect company when you go.

The Americas: By far the most frequented location. Las Americas Beach is a very popular area where you will have an intermediate difficulty experience in autumn, winter and spring, with north, northeast and east winds. It is best to go there during high or ascending tide. With volcanic reef bottoms, it is a very touristic area.

  • Surprising & Exciting

  • Ecofriendly

  • Individual or group

  • Several Locations

  • Difficulty Level: Moderate

  • 1 to 3 hours

  • Economic (€)

Learn with the help of professionals…

La Marea Surf School: This Canarian school is recognized by the Canarian Surf Federation. It offers all kinds of initiation and advanced courses for children and adults. Located in front of Martianez beach in Puerto de la Cruz, it also has board rental. Rates include instructors and equipment in two shifts: morning and afternoon.

Secret Surf School Tenerife: This company not only offers classes but also has a surf camp. Classes range from 2 to 10 hours. They have the possibility of booking the surf trip with 8 hours of surfing, lunch, and equipment included, and the surf bus, which picks you up at your hotel so that you can attend group classes in different locations of various levels of difficulty. There is a surf camp throughout July and August. It can be paid weekly or monthly.

Franz Surf School: Based in Las Americas, this school offers classes at very affordable levels. You can book private or group lessons. The first ones with slightly higher prices. If you don’t have your own equipment, don’t worry, it has a wide variety of boards and wetsuits to rent.

«Surfing in Tenerife is accessible for all levels. Take classes (if you don’t have confidence) in our excellent schools or ask for advice from other surfers. At sea, we all help each other!»

Don’t think about it anymore and… Throw yourself!

Sea cual sea tu nivel o tu preferencia, el surf en Tenerife es accesible para ti. La opción más común suele ser utilizar tablas de corcho o body boards en muchas playas del norte y fibra en el sur. Los bodies son recomendables, pero no esenciales y aunque el mar es algo más peligroso en invierno, las temperaturas no suelen bajar demasiado.

Si no tienes demasiada experiencia, prueba a realizar algunas clases en cualquiera de las escuelas de surf listadas anteriormente. Así empezarás con buen pie. Las olas en sí no suelen ser el problema, dado que no tenemos lugares con olas gigantescas en la isla, sino la falta de experiencia a la hora de reconocer los peligros de los rompientes. Un par de clases te quitará ese tipo de dudas haciéndote sentir más seguro y confiado en tus habilidades.

Los campamentos de surf en Tenerife son una idea excelente tanto si quieres aprender como si solo quieres centrarte en surfear en tus vacaciones. La mayoría de ellos te llevan a distintas playas. Podrás admirar el precioso paisaje canario mientras practicas surf y haces amigos en tu estancia.

Si surfeas por tu cuenta, recuerda no estar solo y alejado demasiado tiempo. Tráete un amigo o habla con alguien que ya este surfeando para que sepa tu localización. La seguridad no es algo que se deba de tomar a la ligera, aunque el mar sea generalmente dócil. Mantente alerta y haz caso a las señalizaciones de las banderas, especialmente las de medusas en temporada.

Esperamos que estas recomendaciones te sean de ayuda. Decídete a venir y conocer nuestro mar con este deporte tan bonito y satisfactorio. ¡Nos vemos en la playa!