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Surfing World Cup in Tenerife: Cabreiroá Las Américas Pro 2019

The Tenerife Surfing World Cup has already established itself after the second year. In an intense week, surfers from all over the world have been able to ride the wave “Izquierda de la Palmera”, one of the most famous surf spots of the island. Do you want to know more about the championship?

Qualifying Series, the road to fame

Mundial de Surf en Tenerife 2019

The Qualifying Series (colloquially known as QS) are a must for any surfer who wants to compete in the Olympus of Waves. The athletes participating in the QS will do so with the goal of achieving one of the award-winning and limited places of the World Championship Tour.

The World Surfing League Association (WSL as a short form) organises QS championships around the world. Las Americas Pro was the first test of the year 2019 that covers Europe.

Cabreiroa Las Americas Pro 2019

The so-called “Spanish Left” or Izquierda de la Palmera is the place chosen for the second consecutive year to host this event, a surf spot on a volcanic ground with waves ranging from 1 to 3 metres. It is also located in one of the most important tourist enclaves in the south of the island, with numerous leisure activities and a pleasant temperature throughout the year.

Cabreiroá Las Américas Pro 2019, a championship with two winners

About 150 surfers from around the world gathered on the stage of Las Americas Pro during six days of disputed tests. The championship was broadcast live on WSL’s official YouTube channel, with thousands of views and live comments from hundreds of internet surfers, who connected to see the great atmosphere and the pleasant climate of Tenerife.

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In the men’s final two Frenchmen Paul Cesar Distinguin and Timothee Bisso competed against eachother. Timothee Bisso secured the victory with 15.10 points, thanks to a big wave that brought him directly 8.33 points.

In the women’s final, the Basque Leticia Canales and Daniela Baldini from Tenerife fought to win the championship. In a tight final with only 1.5 points difference, the local hero Daniela Boldini ended up winning and earned the cheers of the audience.

Ganadores Las Americas Pro 2019

For the first time, the amount of prize money in both categories is the same, to create an egalitarian championship in which both women and men are treated equally.

Surfing in Tenerife 365 days a year

In Tenerife, thanks to the good weather conditions, you can surf 365 days a year. Whether you are an experienced surfer or a novice, you will surely find the ideal place to fully enjoy the sport.

If you want to learn how to ride a board from professionals, you can visit one of the numerous surf schools on the island, where they will be happy to teach you the basics and give you the necessary material so that you can start to surf your first waves. What are you waiting for?

Our favourite beaches in Tenerife for 2019  

The beaches of Tenerife are undoubtedly a must for 2019. Whether you are looking for water sports, places to relax and unwind or you prefer lively beaches where you can have fun… In Tenerife you will find exactly what you are looking for.

Beaches for sports enthusiasts

We recently released Tenerife’s “Sports Calendar” for 2019, with many events for every taste and discipline, some even on beaches like El Medano or Las Americas!

El Médano, the favourite beach for windsurfing

Playa De Tenerife El Medano

On this famous beach in the municipality of Granadilla de Abona, the World PWA Windsurfing Championship will be held. Last year participated more than 70 professionals. If you love windsurfing then El Médano is your place to go. It is one of the most colourful and peculiar landscapes in the south of Tenerife.

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Perhaps the best known place for water sports lovers is the “Izquierda de la Palmera”. It’s one of the island’s famous waves, therefore the Las Americas Pro attracts professional surfers from around the world to attend the WSL World Surf League event in February. Some interesting beaches you can find in this area are El Camisón beach and Las Vistas beach.

Family beaches

For a child there is nothing better than spending a great day on the beach. Building sand castles, playing ball games or just swimming in the sea turn a simple day in the sun into an oasis of fun. In Tenerife, there is a big variety of family beaches.

Beach Playa de La Pinta

Playa De Tenerife La Pinta

With a calm swell thanks to its breakwater and a wide range of activities (inflatable trampoline castles in the water, jet skiing, diving …), La Pinta beach is one of the most popular beaches to enjoy with the family in the south of Tenerife. A great option if you are in Costa Adeje!

Beach Playa de Las Teresitas

Playa De Tenerife Las Teresitas

One of the favourite beaches for locals and tourists alike is undoubtedly the beach Las Teresitas. There is hardly any waves on the main beach and its size invites to enjoy long walks with the family. You can even rent a boat and enjoy the beach from the water.

Beaches for hiking

If you would like to explore the natural trails of Tenerife (or even participate in the Tenerife Walking Festival), then many hiking trails have a refreshing reward for the sweaty effort: a natural beach.

Beach Playa de Antequera

Playa De Tenerife Antequera

This beach can only be reached via a difficult path starting from the hostel Albergue de Montes de Anaga or by boat in a trip of almost an hour from Santa Cruz. Its clear and calm waters, in harmony with the imposing rock of Antequera, offering impressive views that are a real treat after the strenuous walk.

Beach Playa de Los Roques

Playa De Tenerife Los Roques

At the end of the path of Rambla de Castro (easier than the previous one of Antequera) you reach this curious stone beach: the beach Los Roques. If you are a lover of photography, then you should not miss the sunset, very impressive!

Beaches to relax

Sometimes we just need rest and relaxation, we have to escape the hustle and bustle of the big cities and just take refuge in a natural sanctuary, only accompanied by the sound of the sea.

Beach Playa de Benijo

Playas De Tenerife Benijo

Playa Benijo is possibly the most photogenic beach in Tenerife. You have to see this fantastic colour spectacle of the sunset, how well it harmonises with the famous rocks. This sight is a true stress killer.

Beach Playa de El Bollullo

Playas De Tenerife El Bollullo

This small beach in La Orotava is located in one of the quietest corners in the north of Tenerife. Only 200 metres wide, it is a perfect retreat, where you will change the noise of the city by the sound of the sea.

And you? What kind of beach do you prefer?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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