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Best Surf lessons in Fuerteventura

Thinking about taking surf lessons during your vacations? What a fantastic idea! Due to its climate and fabulous beaches, Fuerteventura is considered one of the best surfing destinations in the world.

Katherine Betances

Katherine Betances

8 min read

Best Surf lessons in Fuerteventura

Surf | ©Gian Luca Pilia

Surfing is a sport and leisure practice that has gained great popularity in recent decades. The reason? Simple! mastering the basic skills that will allow you to have hours of fun in the sea is much easier than it seems.

Among all the activities you will find in Fuenteventura, surfing stands out, of course. You will find that the North Coast of the island is full of excellent schools where you can either take your first steps or improve the technique acquired by the hand of first class expert surfers.

1. Surf lessons in Fuerteventura for beginners.

Surfing in Fuerteventura| ©New Discoveries
Surfing in Fuerteventura| ©New Discoveries

The island of Fuerteventura is considered one of the best places to surf, especially for beginners looking to take their first steps in the sport.

After one or more beginner lessons, you will have the ability to select waves without help, to stand up on the board, to stop and accelerate your surfboard and you will know the difference between the different turns, the proper postures and much more.

Each lesson takes about 3 hours to complete and the courses are offered in packages ranging from 1 day of surf lessons to 10 days of lessons, which allows you to customize the lessons to the requirements of each traveler.

For example those travelers visiting the island for a short vacation, say 3 days in Fuerteventura, can dedicate half a day of their itinerary to learning the basics of surfing.

Recommended beaches for beginner surfers

Surf lessons for beginners in Fuerteventura are characterized by a preference for moderate swell areas where students can easily learn and progress in their lessons.

While it is true that the location will depend largely on the school you hire for the experience, some of the best and most popular beaches for beginner surfers in Fuerteventura are the following:

  • Playa Punta Blanca: Located just 2 kilometers from the capital of Fuerteventura, is one of the favorite beaches for beginners, the place has several tides and waves of all kinds that allows students to quickly become familiar with the sea.
  • Punta Elena in Corralejo: With waves ranging from 2 to 4 meters, this is another popular spot in Fuerteventura for novice surfers looking to gain experience. Many local schools take their students to this location.
  • Playa El Cotillo: El Cotillo is a charming fishing village that you must visit during your vacations. Its beaches are ideal for surfing at all levels. If you travel in summer the calm waves are ideal to improve your practice after learning the basic lessons.

Useful information.

Certain general characteristics regarding surf lessons may vary depending on the school you hire for the experience. However, most of them include in the price to pay facilities such as a surfboard for beginners, a wetsuit, an experienced instructor and certifications.

Also, they usually include round trip transportation of the group from the meeting point to the selected location.

  • Price per lesson: A 1-day lesson is available from 50€ per traveler; if you add more days it is possible to get a small discount on the base price.
  • Duration: Surf lessons for beginners in Fuerteventura usually take between 3 to 4 hours to complete. To this time must be added the transfer time which varies depending on the beach you choose for the lessons.

Book your surf lessons in Fuerteventura

2. Surf lessons in Fuerteventura for intermediate surfers

In Lobos Island| ©Fernando Arranz
In Lobos Island| ©Fernando Arranz

Surfers who have an intermediate level or some experience will find in Fuerteventura an ideal place to improve their technique and improve their skills.

On the island you will find many schools that offer specialized classes for this type of traveler, so I recommend researching and comparing the different options available.

As a general rule, surf lessons for intermediate users are specially designed for those who already have the necessary skills to surf the white foam without any inconveniences. This involves knowing the basic fundamentals of surfing on both a theoretical and practical level.

If you are committed to practice and your stay in the Canary Islands contemplates 5 days in Fuerteventura or more, consider taking several days of lessons in order to improve your skills.

Keep in mind that certain criteria of the experience may vary depending on the school you hire, but in general terms local surf schools promise the student to acquire the following skills: correct paddling technique, ability to identify the best breaks, turning the board, orientation turns in lying position, techniques to gain speed and much more.

Recommended beaches for intermediate surfers.

The main advantage that intermediate surfers have is that they can take advantage of both beaches with calmer waves, recommended for beginners, as well as those with more challenging waves.

Here is a list of the best beaches in Fuerteventura focused on intermediate surfers.

  • Isla de Lobos: Knowing Isla de Lobos from Fuerteventura is one of the basic activities that every traveler should carry out during their vacations on the island; if you can take advantage of the trip for some surf lessons you can have the best of both worlds. The waves are considered among the largest on the planet and reach a height of 2.5 meters.
  • El Muelle Beach: Located in Corralejo, this surfing area has a medium tide with a first section that rises quite a bit. Its swell of up to 2.5 meters and its volcanic rock bottom make it ideal for intermediate levels. The beaches in this area are considered among the best places for snorkeling experiences in Fuerteventura due to the diversity of marine species and corals that live here.

Useful information.

  • Price per lesson: 1-day lessons for intermediate surfers are available from 50€ per traveler, but you can get special prices as the number of lessons increases.
  • Duration: Surf lessons usually last from 3 to 4 hours. To this time you must add (if applicable) the transfer to the place, which usually takes from 20 minutes to 1 hour depending on the chosen beach.

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3. Surf lessons in Fuerteventura for advanced surfers.

Expert Surfing| ©Bengt Nyman
Expert Surfing| ©Bengt Nyman

However, if what you need are classes for advanced surfers, I recommend you to opt for schools with more experience and experience in Fuerteventura.

This way, you will find an instructor that really allows you to get the best out of the skills you have been building for a long time.

Keep in mind that the advanced level classes require experienced surfers, so they are usually a bit more expensive and specialized than the other levels. Most of these classes are conducted in a private lesson format to ensure 1-on-1 follow-up.

As a result, some specific training issues and workshop objectives should be discussed directly with the surf school or instructor.

However, if you are an advanced surfer and feel comfortable in the waves, but have trouble mastering technical aspects such as gaining speed, gaining control or maneuvers, Fuerteventura instructors will be able to help you a lot in all these aspects.

Recommended beaches for advanced surfers.

Fuerteventura beaches are ideal for experienced surfers looking for a challenging environment or to maximize adrenaline levels. For safety reasons it is advisable to be cautious and not to push your limits beyond what your skills allow. Here are some examples.

  • Playa El Hierro in Majanicho: It is a world-class surf spot and one of the most memorable of the entire island. When you visit you will always find surfers waiting on the beach for the perfect conditions to enter the water. The waves reach up to 3 meters high.
  • Punta del Tigre in Jandia: Located in the south of the island a short distance from the Jandia Lighthouse, this dive site is considered one of the most challenging of the whole island. Only the most experienced surfers venture into these waters due to its shallow volcanic rock bottom.

On the other hand, the Wonders of Jandia Natural Park are numerous, it is also considered one of the best places to see dolphins in Fuerteventura; so you can consider doing both activities in the same day trip.

Useful info.

  • Price per lesson: Lessons for advanced levels are available from 120€ per lesson. If you go to Fuerteventura with friends, you can get special prices for groups of up to 4 people with the same level of experience.
  • Duration: Lessons take about 3 hours to complete. Adding the transfer from your accommodation to the lesson location, you should reserve at least half a day of your itinerary for this experience.

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4. Private surf lessons in Fuerteventura

Ready for the lesson| ©Chris Wilpert
Ready for the lesson| ©Chris Wilpert

Travelers looking for completely personalized surf lessons will find private lessons in Fuerteventura the best of the alternatives.

The main difference between these lessons and the others explained in this list is that it doesn't matter your level of experience: once the lesson is booked, the instructor in charge will know how to design a program that fits perfectly with your skills.

You will find lessons available at various times, including morning and afternoon hours, making this activity an easy adventure to incorporate even on short itineraries, such as 4 days in Fuerteventura or less.

Recommended for all those travelers committed to improve their surfing and looking to get the most out of their stay and the warm waters of Fuerteventura. If you have the possibility to book lessons for several days, you will be able to perfect your skills much more.

The choice of the place to carry out the lessons will depend a lot on the school you hire for the excursion and of course on your level of experience as a surfer.

Useful info.

  • Price per lesson: From 120€ per participant, although if you travel to Fuerteventura with friends or partner you can opt for shared lessons and reduce the base cost per participant.
  • Duration: The lesson on the water takes about 3 hours to complete. However you will have to reserve half a day for your lessons considering the transfer from the hotel to the final place of the experience.

Best time to surf in Fuerteventura

Afternoon Surfing| ©Dario Romeo
Afternoon Surfing| ©Dario Romeo

At the time of surfing it is important to take into consideration not only the temperature, but also the action of the wind. Consequently, the best time to surf in Fuerteventura starts in September and lasts until the end of March.

Anyway, keep in mind that the best part of traveling to Fuerteventura is its spring-like climate that allows outdoor activities at any time of the year, as most of the time daily temperatures range between 23º and 25º.

For that reason, you will find that diving activities in Fuerteventura or kayaking adventures are available for the traveler's enjoyment all year round.

Recommended surfboards for practice surfing in Fuerteventura

Firewire Seaside Beyond board| ©Marek Levak
Firewire Seaside Beyond board| ©Marek Levak

When you book your surf lessons in Fuerteventura, the local schools take care to provide the most suitable equipment for the level of experience of the student and also for the location where the lesson will take place.

However, some more methodical surfers may wish to rent or bring their own surfboard. Here is a list of some suggestions for you to consider.

  • Firewire Seaside Beyond: A very popular board model, described as a middle way between a longboard and a shortboard.
  • Al Merrick Ci Mid: An all-terrain surfboard model that allows the user to fly over flatter, smaller waves. Its handling may require some previous surfing experience.
  • Pyz Alien 2: An ideal board for those looking to make a one-time investment. This model works well for a wide variety of waves and for different levels of experience.