Playa de Famara.

PLAYA DE FAMARA

This is the largest bay on the island with 5 km long sand beach. The beach works all the time, however for S.U.P. the swell should not be too big. The swell direction needs to be from W-NE. To get glassy conditions the wind needs to come from E-SW. Obviously the sand bars move around but there are 3 main areas on the main beach.

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The beach has very strong rip currents, especially in the winter after a large swell.

THE PUMP HOUSE


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This area is just north of the kite surf zone. There is no longer a pump house there but a large parking area. When the swell is large from the NE it gets sheltered from La Graciosa. The winds need to be from the E-SE. Care must be taken at high tide as the waves breaks onto the stones at the top of the beach and at low tide when the sand bars are very shallow.

THE BUNKER


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This area is in front of the bungalows in the middle of the bay. This area works best at high tide but is the main area for the surfers. It works with all the swell directions but needs to be small for S.U.P. The best wind direction for this area is S-SE.

 

THE MAIN BEACH


This area is between the village and the bungalows. It gives some protection from large W-NW swells with W-SW winds making it glassy. This area is where all the surf schools go so is very crowded, so discretion must be used. The instructors can get very angry. Be careful nearer the village, as there are rocks at low tide.

 

HARBOUR RIGHT


This is a reef just to the right of the harbour in Caleta de Famara. At high tide there is a left and right-hander just in front of the restaurant. It is not very deep but is a lot of fun. As the tide drops you either go further towards the main beach on a lefthander or take the right-hander into the harbour. The swell needs to be W-N and to get shelter from the wind SW-W.

 

SPECIAL RIGHT

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This is a wave for a big W-NW swell. It works best at low tide but if the swell is big enough it will work at high tide. There is a left and a right-hander but we surf mainly the right. It is very difficult to find the take off as the wave is so far out. This wave is not for the faint hearted and a strong leash is recommended.

SAN JUAN

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This is a famous surf break being visited by the A.S.P tour each year. It is really not a S.U.P wave, as it is difficult and crowded, both with surfers and Body boarders. However when it is small you can find it empty. The rule for this wave is if a surfer comes in you go out.

It is a reef break and works best for S.U.P at high tide and a NW-NE swell. It is open so there needs to be very little wind. The first peak has a left and right-hander, if you are lucky you can connect with the second peak which makes for a long paddle back. The wave looks small when you go to take it but it jacks up very steep.

 

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