Category Archives: Kitesurf

El Médano danced to the sound of the waves, PWA World Cup

Two characteristics make El Médano an attractive place for windsurfers: the regular trade winds (300 days a year) and endless beaches with natural sand. They stretch more than 3 kilometres along the coast and have a pleasant water temperature. El Médano is undoubtedly one of the coolest corners of the island, the windsurf capital and the cradle of kitesurfing in Tenerife – a popular “tourist sports area” for active travellers.

tf17_wv_iballa_takes_off-768x512

The Windsurf World Championship “PWA World Cup Tenerife” was held for the seventh time in a row in August. More than 90 participants from 18 different nations came to Tenerife, ready to dance the waves in the most spectacular and sportive way.

tf17_wv_sarah_quita_offringa-768x512

In general, Tenerife is an extremely sporty island; all kind of sports can be practised all year round in nature such as water sports: windsurfing, surfing, boogie boarding, kite surfing, paddle surfing, diving, swimming, fishing… And for those who like to have firm ground under their feet, go running, cycling, walking or conquer the skies with paragliding.

kitesurf-medano-03

Today, however, it is all about water sports. Kite surfing or kite boarding is also becoming increasingly popular.

It has advanced much in its techniques thanks to the new equipment which makes it much more handy and less dangerous than it used to be.

We see more and more comets along the coast of our island. Kiters are looking for new beaches where they can practise this fun sport that connects with the sea, the air and with yourself at the same time.

Another sport that is also “trendy” is paddle surfing. It’s soothing and relaxing, but it is no less exhausting, because many muscles are involved in the paddling and you do not notice it at the beginning. However, it is really fun to explore the coast, alone or with friends, and discover new corners.

paddlesurf2-sb

It has been a very exciting time at the sea and in a healthy environment dominated by the ocean and the wind.

tf17_wv_ricardo_campello_pushloop_forward-768x512

Our congratulations to all participants and winners:

Ranking Men:

1. Philip Köster

2. Victor Fernández

3. Alex Mussolini

Ranking Women:

1. Iballa Ruano Moreno

2. Sarah-Quita

3. Daida Ruano Moreno

Now it is time to dream of the PWA World Cup Tenerife 2018!

Intensive Tenerife Part 3

A 4-day trip – don’t be a tourist, be a traveller!

By plane, car, boat and the most authentic one: by our own feet

From the stars in the skies to the stars of the ocean.

This morning we went to a breathtakingly beautiful place on the west coast of the island, called Los Gigantes, or “Cliffs of the Giants” in English…

Los Gigantes

We swapped our car for a boat and our casual wear for swimwear – can you guess what we did next? Yes, we went journeying out on the Atlantic Ocean where we enjoyed the warm sun, swam in the sea and were overwhelmed by the Cliffs of the Giants. It is hard not to be impressed by the volcanic walls which reach up to 600 meters high and fall dramatically into the ocean. You feel so small looking up at their walls yet so empowered by the experience at the same time…

Apart from the stunning scenery, we did something that I never expected to do at sea in this part of Europe: whale and dolphin watching!
Tenerife has become the most important place in Europe for spotting whales in their natural habitat.
The south-west of Tenerife is home to twenty-one different species of marine mammals that live close by to the coast or are journeying through on vacation like us ;-).
Some of the species you can observe are Bottlenose dolphins and Short-finned pilot whales which settle in the same place all year.

Whale and dolphin watching

It was really amazing to see them jumping out of the water so close to our boat with the families or pods of whales proudly presenting us their cute babies (calves). On board, the children’s eyes sparkled with joy and the adults were moved by the dance of the Cetaceans.

whale and doplhin watching 2
As we drove further out to sea, somebody shouted something I struggled to understand at first…all my fellow passengers’ eyes had turned to watch the horizon. And then I saw a big water fountain and a huge dark shadow… I couldn’t believe it! We were one of the few lucky ones that day to observe the biggest traveller of the marine mammals – the giant blue whale! What an experience!
So, when you are in Tenerife, take this chance to see up close marine mammals in their habitat; I only can not recommend this highly enough to you!

Apart from whale and doplphin watching you can do a lot more activities in the clear blue Atlantic Ocean: kitesurfing, windsurfing, kayaking, stand-up paddle surfing, sailing, diving…

Windsurf

 

Sailing

 

Kayaking

Go on and try something new! A holiday is the best time to challenge yourself.
And this is exactly what I will do on my next trip to Tenerife: diving. I can’t wait to go underwater and see more marine life thriving in their ocean home.

Buceo
So, all there is left is to leave you with all the best water sports companies and diving centres on the island.

This was our third day exploring this little-big island. I can’t wait to tell you about the secrets of Isla Baja, which we discover on the last day of this amazing 4-day-trip. Keep on reading 😉

Yours, Eileen