Windsurfing is a sport that consists of moving on the water on a board that has a sail. The name comes from the word wind, and the word surf, the up and down movement of the water surface that gave name to moving on the surface of the sea thanks to the movement of the waves. The windsurf consists of a sail, a mast that may be joined or separated in two parts, the boom, the mast foot, a board, keel, dagger board (optional) and harness (also optional).
In Lanzarote the best areas for windsurfing can be found in Jameos (Punta Mujeres, in the northwest of the island), the beaches of Las Cucharas and Los Charcos of Costa Teguise (in the east center of Lanzarote) and the Guacimeta beach of Playa Honda (also in the east center of the island). The strong winds that are predominant in these places guarantee a dynamic and attractive windsurfing session. Their enviable conditions have made Lanzarote one of the locations for the world championship competitions of the Professional Windsurfing Association (PWA) for the past three years. For this 2008 championship, the men’s freestyle and slalom tests will be held from June 21st to 28th in Costa Teguise.
Where to learn windsurfing in Lanzarote
– Windsurf Paradise Lanzarote. Calle La Corvina, 8, Playa de las Cucharas, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote. Beginner’s and advanced courses. Prices: Five one-hour-and-a-half sessions, € 140/session for beginners. Four one-and-a-half-hour sessions, € 140/session for the advanced course. Other services: Windsurfing, surfing materials and kayak rentals. Information and reservations: +34 928 590 862 and +34 928 346 022.
– Centro Insular de Deportes Náuticos [Island Nautical Sports Center]. Urbanización El Cable, Arrecife, Lanzarote. Beginner’s courses: Two possibilities: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.; Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00. Prices Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays course, € 30 per month; Saturdays course, € 20 per month. Information and reservations: +34 928 801 209.
– Windsurfing Club Nathalie Simon. Calle De las Olas, local 18, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote. Beginner’s courses: Offer for island residents: 10 classes and 20 sea excursions, € 300 in two installments; Beginners non-residents of Lanzarote: Three classes, € 90; five classes, € 132. Advanced courses for residents: 50 hours, € 277. Information and reservations: +34 928 590 731.