SPOT GUIDE: GENERAL INFO

Some general info: Fuerte´s north shore probably offers the highest amount of days with wind AND waves of all Canary Islands, varying between 150 and 190 wave sailing days per year. And about 70% of those days are side shore conditions. Average amount of wavesailing days per month through the year:

Jan:11, feb: 13, march: 18, april: 22, may: 18, june: 21, july: 25, august: 22, september: 5, oct: 4, Nov: 6, dec: 9

Both tacks are sailed, on average 50/50. Jumping spots are: Punta Blanca (starboard tack), Rocky Point (both tacks) Flag beach (at low tide) and Sotavento when there´s waves (all port tack). Cross to cross off shore riding: Cotillo, Majanicho, Lobos (all starboard tack) and La Caleta, Bristol, Flag beach, Glass beach, Puerto Lajas (all port tack) and Rocky Point and Hierro (both tacks)

Best ground swell (W to N directions, hardly useable on the other Canary Islands): from october till april

Summer (wind) swell (NNE to NE direction): april till august. (Summer waves are usually 50 to 100% bigger as other Canary Islands, both due to swell size as bottom shape)

Best wind consistency: from march till august, with the highest average wind days around march/april and july/august.

Best cross to cross off riding conditions: october till april. This includes float and ride conditions. We have high volume wave boards available at our test centre.

N-NE wind directions are stronger as predicted at Sotavento

SWerlies are stronger as predicted on the North Shore

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MAJANICHO

Superb pointbreak, every wave sailors dream with long clean waves and cross to cross off shore winds.

In the middle of the north of Fuerte lies the small fishing village of Majanicho at a bay. In the bay is flat water, the waves break on the deep water reefs of eiter side of the bay where the left side has a lumpy wave, the righthander is long and clean ending in the bay. A very easy spot, on smaller days also very suitable for wavebeginners, on good days the wave links up from Acid Drop, about 800m upwind to the right, all the way to the bay. Depending on the tide Majanicho can hold up to mast and a half high waves, on huge days and low tide the wave can close out across the bay.
Mainly a winterspot when the trade winds come more from the east and reinforce through the channel between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Can work from october till april.

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LA CALETA

A world class riding spot, La Caleta is basically the mirror spot of Majanicho, located to the east of Majanicho.
La Caleta is a wintertime spot, working from october to april when a low pressure system brings west to south westerly winds which are cross to cross-off shore. The wave is a long medium fast left hander with long clean walls and various sections for aerial action.
The channel is very deep and even the biggest of swells that the low pressures can bring does not close out. The wave can hold up to any size, double mast high or more. Entering the water can be a bit tricky over rocks into flat water but the first part the wind is somewhat blocked by the coast. The tide does not really matter.
If the outside wave gets too big or choppy, there is another smaller wave on the inside of the bay which is also lots of fun.

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PUNTA BLANCA

Probably the most consistent spot on Fuerte for wind and waves with cross-onshore conditions with the prevailing tradewinds from NNE.

At high tide, there a beach to launch from, at low tide over rocks but into flat water. The waves break further out to sea with a good run of 100-200m towards. Can be sailed at any tide but with smaller waves is better at low tide and with big waves better at high tide. Excellent jumping and both front and backside riding, also excellent freestyle in dead flat water especially at lower tides. See picture (with smaller waves).

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ISLA DE LOBOS

About 3kms off shore of Flag beach lies the uninhabited Island of Lobos with its characteristic vulcano. Directly across from Flag Beach is a beautiful Laguna “La Concha”-the Shell, with a reef at the entrance.

In a good NW swell the wave wraps around the point, peeling away along the reef with a few sections.
In a NW depression wind you can sail straight across from Flag beach and this is also perfect side shore for the wave. Best tide is high tide and the higher the better. At lower tides the reef gets shallow and the wave hollower. Lobos usually only works occasionally in the winter months from November till April. But if you do catch it good, it´s such a beautifull spot to sail…..Further north, right below the vulcano is also a surfing spot with the longest right hander of Europe. On a bigger swell you can see 4 or 5 waves at the same time, peeling their way below the vulcano, each one with a surfer on it.

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GLASS BEACH

Famous point break for waveriding with cross to cross-off shore winds from the left.

Glass beach is a typical summerspot, working from april till september when the trade winds are northerly enough to pass on the west side of Lanzarote, combined with summerswell from the north east. Due to it´s reef pulling the swell in, Glass beach has the biggest waves on the east coast, up to mast high on the biggest days. The wave is not very long but still pretty clean and ends in the bay downwind. The bay has flat water and a sandy beach with easy access for every level of sailing.
The wave rolls out onto a vulcanic reef and the rip takes you towards the bay but if you get nailed too much upwind you end up on the reef.
With less wind it is also a good surfing spot and with small waves it is also a kiting spot.

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ROCKY POINT

Rocky Point is a reef in the bay of Corralejo. Like lobos, it only works in winter with a WNW or a ESE wind and a decent NW swell.

The reef has a very gradual slope and there is an inside and outside reef. The wave is not too powerfull and can run a long way nearly from all the way out next to the harbour wall to the Hotels next to flag beach. It is a semi point break and can also be good for jumping. At high tide you can lauch from the beach next to the houses, at low tide it can be a long walk (shoes)

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EL COTILLO

El Cotillo is the beach south of Cotillo village. It works in a NNE-NE trade wind direction or ocasionally also in SSW. With a NW to W swell the wave is a very powerfull beach/shore break….

having probably more masts on it`s name than any wave in the Canaries or Europe. Depending on the sandbar and the tide, the wave runs longer or closes out. The NE summer swells do not hit it fully so in summer it is a popular intermediate sailing spot with the sandy beach.
Always rig a size bigger as the wind up at the carpark is stronger than in the break. The village upwind causes the wind to be gusty.

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PUERTO LAJAS

Big bay located just above the capital of the island. Sailable with all directions, but north to northeast is best. When it’s sideshore the long rebuilding left at the north of the bay will let you rip up to six turns. There is a small aerial section on the inside. In the middle breaks a more powerfull one-move A-frame. When it is (side) onshore, the reef at the south of the bay offers great waves for jumping. In summer it needs a norhteast wind swell, in winter a big ground swell can reach the east coast.

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SOTAVENTO

Famous World-cup beach. Here is where the annual Fuerteventura wind and kitesurfing world cup is held in July.

Due to the mountain formations on either side of Sotavento the tradewinds from NNE funnel in between and accelerate up to 9 bft. Wind is very off-shore and can be gusty and usually fairly small waves, occasionally 1,5-2m. Works best fom April till August. Other winddirections do not get accelerated or even come through.
Check out Rene Egli´s website for more info on conditions.

Find more Fuerteventura spot info on www.surfermap.com