Surfing in Fuerteventura

A Deep Dive into one of the Canary Islands

surfing fuerteventura

The Canary Islands, an archipelago located off the northwest coast of Africa, has long been a coveted destination for surfers worldwide. Known for their perfect blend of warm waters, volcanic formations, and consistent swells, these islands offer an unmatched surfing experience. But if there’s one island that stands out as a surfer’s paradise, it’s Fuerteventura. Let’s explore what makes this island a must-visit for every wave rider.

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The Magic of Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura, often dubbed as Europe’s Hawaii, presents a unique surfing environment.

Surfing in Fuerteventura, one of the prized Canary Islands, offers a diverse surfing experience like no other. Renowned for its consistent swell throughout the year, the island boasts a unique mix of breaks suitable for both novices and seasoned surfers. From powerful reef breaks to mellow sandy bottom beach breaks, Fuerteventura is a haven for wave enthusiasts. The island’s unique topography and the surrounding ocean currents converge to produce world-class waves that rival some of the best surfing destinations globally. Paired with its warm climate and picturesque settings, surfing in Fuerteventura becomes more than just a sport; it’s an unparalleled experience.

Surfing in Fuerteventura for all levels

surfing for everry level in fuerteventura

Due to the many possibilities in Fuerteventura, all levels can surf there. And it can be magically beautiful. Similar even to Costa Rica and Bali. Many surfers are bound to go there again once they have been there once and for all.

As being said, some call this island the Hawaii of Europe, but Fuerteventura needs no such comparisons. Probably because it is volcanic and an island. But also for the surfing potential.

Fuerteventura in brief

The crystal clear waters of Fuerteventura offer a very varied range of waves. From the friendliest to the most ruthless.

The north coast of Fuerteventura has world-class waves. The beaches of the East Coast are perfect for learning to surf. The south of the island can withstand a lot of wind and is full of secret surf spots that are worth visiting.

Surf spots in Fuerteventura

The North coast of Fuerteventura boasts exposed reefs that eagerly pick up the swells. From mellow waves perfect for beginners to challenging tubes at spots like Lobos and Derecha de los Alemanes, there’s something for every surfer. The long west coast offers open, rock-strewn beach breaks, while the far south remains an isolated gem, perfect for those looking to escape the crowds.


Isla de Lobos can be reached by ferry from the Natural Park of the Dunes of Corralejo. Lobos is the longest wave in the Canary Islands and one of the longest in the world. It is without doubt one of the great jewels of Fuerteventura, with three well sections and barrel time.

When Lobos works, it’s busy on the spot. So respect each other and especially the locals. Also bring reef shoes.

El Bristol, Corralejo

Located on the side of the windmills you find as you leave Corralejo, El Bristol is a powerful links wave with quite difficult sections and a strong start. This spot is usually only surfed by the locals.

Punta Elena, Corralejo

Also known as Rocky Point. This surf spot is mainly surfed by surfers from Corralejo because it is very close to the city. Punta Elena has two waves;

  • A smaller one that breaks near the shore
  • and a larger one that breaks that some five hundred yards from land.

The first is a fast, hollow, and powerful wave, suitable for all levels; the second is a much bigger and more intense wave where your start has to be good; only for experienced surfers.

It is often busy here with beginners from local surf schools.

El Cotillo

El Cotillo is an old fishing village built around the harbor. The beach is one of the most spectacular in Fuerteventura. The waves – left and right – break on a sandy bottom and, together with the landscape, form an ideal set to start surfing. In short, perfect for a surf holiday for beginners.


A surf spot where you will find waves left and right (especially the long right one is nice), a good refuge for those days when there is a north wind. Suitable for all levels. Here too it can get quite busy with both SUPpers and longboarders, because it is a relaxed big wave that is relatively easy to ride.

Resume surfspots Fuerteventura

Surfspot Best tide Swell direction Wind direction Spot type Niveau
Lobos Mid W, NW, N E, NE, N Reef Advanced
El Bristol Mid W, NW, N S, SW Reef All
Punta Elena All NW, N SW, S, SE Reef All
El Cotillo All W, NW N, NE, SE Sand, Rocks All
Majanicho All NW, N E, SE, S, SW Reef All


You want to see the whole list of surfspots?

We got you. Here you go.

Surf Spots Direction Type Experience
Acid Drop Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Caletta Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
campo de futbol Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Cofete beach Right and left Beach-break Experienced surfers
Cotillo beach Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Cruz Roja Right Beach-break All surfers
Derecha de los Alemanes Right Reef-rocky All surfers
El Burro Right Point-break All surfers
El muelle Left Point-break Experienced surfers
Escalera Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Generoso Left Reef-rocky All surfers
Gravejard Right and left Reef-coral All surfers
Hierro(left) Left Reef-rocky All surfers
La Pared Right and left Sand-bar All surfers
Las Playas Muelle Left breakwater/jetty All surfers
Los Hoteles Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Los Lobos Right Point-break Experienced surfers
Majanicho Right Reef-rocky All surfers
Mejillones Right and left Reef-rocky Pros or kamikaze only…
moro Beach-break All surfers
Palya de Garcey Right and left Reef-artificial Experienced surfers
Playa blanca Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Playa de Esquinzo Right and left Beach-break Experienced surfers
playa de mujer Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Playa de Salinas Right Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Puerto del Rosario Right and left Beach-break Beginners wave
Punta Blanca Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Punta Gorda Left Point-break All surfers
Racetracks Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Rocky point Right and left Reef-rocky All surfers
Rocky Point Outside Right Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Salinas Right Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Spew pits Right and left Reef-rocky Pros or kamikaze only…
Suicidios Right and left Reef-rocky Pros or kamikaze only…
The Bubble Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Tindaya Right and left Beach-break All surfers

Surf schools in Fuerteventura

We also had a look for the surf schools at Fuerteventura. We found this two.

# Experience Category Duration Description Price
1 Surf Class at Corralejo Unique Experiences 4 hours The Protest Surfschool, based in the island’s surf capital Corralejo, offers all you need to boost your surfing to the next… $59.24 per adult
2 Windsurf classes in Fuerteventura Surfing Lessons 4–5 hours We teach small groups with maximum of 5 people, in a friendly atmosphere. There is a lot of personal attention, constant… $80.78 per adult

Check the full list at Tripadvisor

Surfing All Year Round

One of the highlights of surfing in Fuerteventura is its year-round suitability. While winter is the peak season with the biggest swells and optimal wind conditions, summer offers a different charm. With lighter winds and sun-drenched beaches, it’s an ideal time for beginners to test the waters or for seasoned surfers to indulge in relaxed sessions.

What’s the best time to visit Fuerteventura?

The ideal time to visit the island of Fuerteventura in Spain is from April through December. During this period, the weather is pleasant with minimal rainfall. The highest average temperature in Fuerteventura is 25°C in August, while the lowest is 19°C in January.
What’s the water temperature in Fuerteventura?

The water temperature ranges between 20°C and 24°C. So Which wetsuit should you take to Fuerteventura? Do you actually need one.

Well, a 3/2 wetsuit is sufficient. You can refer to the wetsuit guide for more details.

Windsurfing and kitesurfing Haven

Strong winds are synonymous with Fuerteventura. While this might be a deterrent for some beachgoers, it’s precisely what makes the island a world-renowned windsurfing spot. The consistent wind patterns, especially during the calmer winter months, ensure that there’s always some action on the waves.

Tips for Surfing in Fuerteventura

Check the Winds

Given the island’s reputation for strong winds, always check the wind forecast before heading out. NE winds can lead to offshore conditions in some spots, making it ideal for surfing.

Safety First

Some spots, especially in the south of Cotillo, can have strong currents. Always ensure you’re familiar with the spot and its conditions.

Early Bird Gets the Wave

Especially during peak seasons, the popular spots can get crowded. An early start can give you a head start over the crowds and the best pick of waves.

Respect the Locals

Like many surf destinations worldwide, there’s a strong ‘locals only’ culture in some spots. Always show respect, wait your turn, and remember that you’re a guest on their island.

Where to stay on the island?

Considering a visit? Check out this website for recommended accommodations.

Conclusion about Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura offers an unrivaled surfing experience, blending challenging waves with breathtaking natural beauty. Whether you’re a novice looking to learn or a pro chasing the perfect wave, this Canary Island ensures an unforgettable surf journey. Dive into the magic of Fuerteventura, and ride the waves of Europe’s surfing crown jewel.

*Looking to explore more surf destinations? Stay tuned to our blog for insights, tips, and guides on the best surf spots in Europe!*