25 Nov NOMB Surf destination: Gran Canaria
Only just back from Irleand but we already can´t wait for the next NOMB Surf trip to happen soon! As usual that means we willl be travelling to an amazing surf destination to boost your surfing through individual surfcoaching in an group environment.
After our totally rad trip to Ghana and Ireland (sooo cold but sooo epic) the next surf trip will be to one of our neighbor islands. Our headquarters are – as we all know – located on Fuerteventura. But right next to us we have Gran Canaria! And yeessss we choose this beautiful island as our next surf trip destination. #GranCanariaGrinder will also be the first ever fitness surf trip – lots of surf, yoga and neuro fitness training is waiting for a super motivated NOMB Surfteam.
Can’t wait for the trip to start in January 2020 but for now let us introduce our newest NOMB surf destination =)
Facts about Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is the third biggest of the Canary Islands and is located southwest of Fuerteventura.
Like the other canary islands, Gran Canaria is also a volcanic island and due to the higher mountains, there are a lot of clouds getting stuck which means a lot of fog in the mountains (and that’s just stunning!). And this also means more rain!
But don’t worry, Gran Canaria has stable temperatures all over the year (around 18-20 degrees Celsius even in winter) and the rain just makes the island greener 🙂 (And by the way, it’s not raining every day all day long, just a bit more than on Fuerteventura, which means maybe 20 days of rain a year instead of 10 )) Soo on this island you have the dry south and the more humid north.
Gran Canaria is also called the little continent because of its diversity. Not only due to the flora and fauna but also for the different lifestyles you can find on this island – rural life, city life, surfer life, a lot of culture and museums and so on 🙂
Most of the inhabitants of Gran Canaria live in it´s capital Las Palmas. Las Palmas is located in the north of the island and is the cornerstone of Gran Canaria. Beside of it´s big harbor (you can also cross the Atlantic from there) and the nearby airport there is big city life, a lot of culture (museums, cathedrals etc )a proper nightlife aaaaannnnddd most important: also a lot of surf.
Surfing in Gran Canaria
There is not only surf in the capital Las Palmas, but all over the island. However, it is true that most of the surf spots are located in the north of the island. The best season for intermediate surfers is – no doubts – in winter (from about November to March), like on the other canary islands. But if you really want you can find a nice wave all around the year. During winter the winter swells hit the island and the surf can get quite big out there. But don’t worry, we’ll find you a nice wave on Gran Canaria during our surf trip – you don’t have to surf the monsters like a big wave surfer :P
In Las Palmas itself you can really feel the “urban surf lifestyle“. Here you’ll find at least six different surf spots, beginner friendly as well as suitable for intermediates, plus the insane big wave surfers 😉
Known for surfing in and around Las Palmas are surf spots like La Cicer (beginner friendly), El Loret (really nice righthander, but on good days crowded by locals), Los Muellitos (if it’s getting big you’ll find a lot of pro- surfers in there – so better stay out and watch :P) and El Confital – a surfers barrel dream if you have the right conditions (and locals only) 🙂
Besides of Las Palmas there are plenty of other spots around where waves are waiting for you 🙂 As mentioned before, most of the waves you’ll find in the north of the island especially during the winter months. A really nice spot is San Felipe, just a few kilometers west of Las Palmas. Fewer Crowds, nice little fisher village and a swell catcher 🙂
But don’t worry, on our surf trip to Gran Canaria we’ll have head coach Angie and a local surf guide with us to find the perfect spot to improve your surfing skills =)
Other attractions on Gran Canaria
Even though our main purposes on this surf-fitness trip are of course surfing, neuro fitness training and yoga, we will also discover some of Gran Canaria´s others attractions and stunning nature!
A must see is for example the Roque Nublo, one of the highest mountain of Cran Canaria. There are several hiking routes on this one, and you also can climb on top of it. From the highest point you can see the Teide on Tenerife in the distance and overlook the whole mountain scenery of Gran Canaria! The meaning of the name Roque Nublo is mountain of the clouds.
You’ll see what they mean when you have an excursion to this beauty of the island 🙂 But there are also several other nice hiking routes with stunning nature on Gran Canaria! They even have waterfalls over there and a loooot of little mountain villages with amazing food!
The biggest mountain on Gran Canaria is the Pico de Las Nieves. Unfortunately you can’t climb up to the highest point, but you’ll have several viewing-points to enjoy the view.
A must see is the Charco Azul – a waterfall surrounded by awesome nature! It’s located about a one-hour drive from Las Palmas and after a little hiking from the little village El Risco you’ll see the beauty of the nature. When you start your journey in El Risco it will bring you after half an hour walking through colorful nature right to the waterfall. On the way you’ll see a few little lakes, plants and fauna and flora.
This is not the only waterfall in Gran Canaria, and besides of these, the sand dunes in Maspaloma (in the south of the island), stunning mountains with hiking routes, a lot of little beautiful fishing villages and its capital Las Palmas there is a lot to explore besides of the surf.
Were really looking forward to heading over to our neighbour island nextJanuary, come and join us on this exciting surf & fitness trip!
Sea you in the water soon!
Angie & the NOMB Surfteam