Kitesurfing in Gran Canaria, as in many parts of the world, is gaining popularity in recent years thanks to the great diversity of winds of all kinds of intensities.
The trade winds that blow in the Canary archipelago, as well as guaranteeing a pleasant climate, allow kiteboarders to reach high speeds and literally fly over the water.
Nowadays, the most important kitesurfing spots on the island have all the necessary infrastructure for kitesurfing: schools, equipment rental, specialized shops... and for all levels!
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But the island isn’t only blessed with good weather and good winds. It offers surfing spots of all kinds: sandy beaches, volcanic sand, pebbles... or even in remote areas of the coast.
This kitesurfing spot is situated in the east of Gran Canaria, in the municipality of Agüimes, at the Vargas beach. It’s suitable for all levels and has very constant wind and waves. Furthermore, it’s located near the airport, and it’s a protected area right next to a campsite frequented almost all year round by water sports enthusiasts. Its waves are both left and right-handed, breaking on several peaks, sometimes with tubes.
Between the months of April and September the winds are more regular, which makes it the perfect spot for kitesurfing. It has a sandy and pebbly bottom, and is best enjoyed at low tide to avoid the waves breaking too close to the shore. The best winds at this spot are N-NE-SW. Although it’s suitable for beginners, if there are strong currents you should have some experience when getting into the water.
2. Salinas de Pozo
Salinas de Pozo is a kitesurfing spot located in the municipality of Santa Lucía de Tirajana, on the southeast coast of Gran Canaria. It’s ideal for wave riding enthusiasts, as there are waves with different peaks, walls and distances. The area is very windy and enjoys a great surfing atmosphere, especially between April and September because in the summer months the winds are stronger and more constant.
This spot is only recommended for intermediate or expert surfers. The best winds for kiteboarding are N-NE side on shore. Extreme caution should be taken when entering and exiting the water due to the power with which the waves break on the pebble shore, the bottom being volcanic rock. Kitesurfing is also recommended at this spot at low tide.
This kitesurfing spot is located at the beach of Jinámar, belonging to the province of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in the northeast of the island. It’s a perfect location for wave riding because of its regular wind and because it has one of the best breaks in Gran Canaria. Although it’s a spot for all levels, it’s advisable to have some experience due to the size of the waves. Be very careful not to be dragged towards the steep shore by the currents.
This spot can be enjoyed all year round. The wind and wave conditions in summer are better for kitesurfing, especially at low tide. The beach bottom is sandy with some rocks, and the wave breaks in both directions with a lot of power. There’s also a shopping centre located a few metres away with all the necessary services.
Practical advice for kiteboarding in Gran Canaria
- Check all sports equipment before entering the water.
- Find out about the weather conditions before surfing.
- Inform yourself about the areas indicated for kiteboarding.
- Don’t go alone. If you do, make sure that someone is informed of what you’re doing and where.
- Respect other beach users.
- Respect the safety measures for surfing.
When to kitesurf in Gran Canaria
You can kitesurf all year round thanks to the regular winds and the warm water temperature. There are two seasons depending on the intensity of the wind:
- Winter (October to April): from 10 to 25 knots approximately.
- Summer (May to September): from 15 to 30 knots approximately.
What do you need to kiteboard in Gran Canaria?
There are kitesurfing centres in different areas of the island where you can rent all the necessary equipment and receive training classes. Remember that:
- It’s advisable to have a civil liability insurance.
- It’s always better to be a member of a federation.
- It’s advisable to use surf shoes in some spots, since there can be rocks.
Do I need a permit to kitesurf in Gran Canaria?
No, you don't need any special permit to surf on the island.
Where to stay to enjoy kiteboarding in Gran Canaria to the fullest
The island has all the conditions to attract kitesurfing enthusiasts thanks to the trade winds that blow most of the year. Furthermore, Gran Canaria has good weather all year round.
And to recharge your batteries there’s nothing more important than resting in one of the best hotels on the island: HD Parque Cristóbal Gran Canaria in the south of the island and Acuario Lifestyle on the island's capital.
As you’ll have seen, holidays on the island fly by in the company of a kite. So what are you waiting for? Fly over the ocean of Gran Canaria!