Words by lensman supremo Sergio Villalba
Arrecife is the capital and the only city on the island (making up 55% of the total population). It’s the place to hit up if you’ve got any business to take care of (banks, travel agencies, shopping etc.) But that’s about it. Other tourist resorts include Puerto del Carmen, Puerto Teguise or Playa Blanca, but none of these will be of much interest as they all face east/south east and as a result pick up little swell.
Apart from a few beach breaks, the waves on Lanzarote all break on volcanic reef. With nothing standing in its way, the north of the island picks up the full brunt of any North Atlantic swell. This, coupled with the right conditions, affords the island powerful surf potential.
When to go
In Lanzarote you can shred all year round, but for optimal conditions the best time to turn up is October to April (autumn/winter).
The drink is slightly nippier here than you might expect. Although you can get away with wearing a 3/2 fullsuit throughout the winter, at times the strong offshore winds will make you wish you’d brought something thicker.
If you come in autumn/winter you’re going to need a range of step-up boards. Lanzarote picks up the full force of the Atlantic and lacks any sheltered coves for big days, so you’d also do well to bring more than just one shooter.