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PWA windsurfing World Cup – El Médano 2018

This summer elite water sportsmen and sportswomen came together again on the beach of El Médano in the south of Tenerife. From August 5th to 11th and for the eighth year in a row the PWA windsurfing World Cup took place in the discipline “waves”. Challenging the laws of physics, more than 70 people from more than 18 different countries participated: 48 men, 19 women and 17 new talents in the junior category – all athletes who practise this demanding water sport with love and passion.

Windsurfing World Championship in El Médano

The coastal town of El Médano was full of life this month as hundreds of people gathered to watch the spectacle. Councilor for Tourism, Maria Candelaria Rodriguez, said that El Médano is “one of the best destinations for water sports of this kind”, and the participating men and women proved that with their breathtaking jumps. El Médano and the area of El Cabezo have always been a meeting place for this sport due to the length of the beach and the constant strong winds – simply a paradise for windsurfing! In addition, it is a wonderful place to enjoy the typical Canarian cuisine, with fresh fish and seafood. Tenerife has excellent beaches for windsurfers, such as Playa de Las Américas and La Tejita.

The PWA World Cup Tenerife was presented by the mayor, José Domingo Regalado, the head of the Sports Club and organiser of the event, Daniel Bruch, the Deputy Minister of Tourism of the Canary Islands Government (Gobierno de Canarias), Cristóbal de la Rosa, Deputy President and Tourism Adviser of the Government of Tenerife (Cabildo de Tenerife), Alberto Bernabé, and the Councilor for Tourism, María Candelaria Rodriguez.

The opening of the event took place on August 5th with a rhythmic parade of Bloko del Valle. Under applause of the public, the participants presented themselves with the flags of the countries represented by them.

Adrenaline and emotion to the end

The youngest were the first to participate in the competition on Monday afternoon. María Morales (Médano) and Alexia Kiefer Quintana (Gran Canaria) started first. Alexia won this heat by a hair. In the male sub 13, Tobias Bjorna (Denmark) and Carlos Kiefer (Gran Canaria) faced their jumps; Tobias beat Carlos. In the sub 17, Julia Pascuale (Pozo Izquierdo), Mar de Arce Sánchez and Alexia Kiefer competed against each other, Julia became first, Alexia second and Mar third. The male sub 17 was held in two parts. In the first heat, the Japanese Takuma won, second place gained Jose Casanova and the third took Adrián. In the second heat, Marino Pascuale from Gran Canaria gained the first place ahead of Mike Friedl and Aaron Leonard, who finished third. In the sub 20 Tessa Nikki Coraline and Julia Pascuale competed, Julia was first.

The two qualifying finals were really exciting. The champions Iballa Ruano and Víctor Fernández were crowned in the women’s and men’s categories respectively. Sarah-Quita Offringa was first in the women’s category, followed by Iballa Ruano, second, Daida Ruano and Sniady with the third and fourth place respectively. In the men’s category, Lewis qualified with a wonderful second place and places three and four took Campello and Stone. Last year’s winner, Philip Köster, surprised with his elimination as he could not overcome Campello. Nevertheless, he left us some incredible memories. The huge waves and jumps really gave the audience in El Cabezo a tremendous spectacle.

Congratulations to the winners and of course to all participants, organisers and staff. In the meantime, until the world championship takes place again next year, we just go on windsurfing or try other sports. Because here in the south of Tenerife you can enjoy the sun, the beach, the water, the wind and the waves all year round. Until next year!

Sporting events in Tenerife, what we have experienced and what will come next

Tenerife is a great island for all kinds of sporting events. From tough mountain trails to triathlons which will test all your physical abilities. Recently we have experienced three big events: Tenerife Walking Festival, Las Américas Pro and Tenerife Bluetrail, although there are still big events to be held. Let’s review what we have lived through and what is to come.

Tenerife Walking Festival 2018

Tenerife Walking Festival is the ideal international hiking event if you want to enjoy the landscapes of the island in a more tranquil way. Almost 200 hikers of 14 nationalities came together this year in Puerto de la Cruz. The coastal city in the north of Tenerife served as a base camp to explore the 20 trails of the festival.

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Hiking trails through volcanic, coastal and forest landscapes made it possible to get to know Tenerife in a unique way. In addition, numerous conferences and activities were offered. One of the highlights of the event was the farewell party at the Plaza de Europa with music and local cuisine.

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If you missed this issue, don’t worry. The Tenerife Walking Festival will be held again in 2019, probably in May, and again hiking enthusiasts from all over the world will come together to get to know the landscape, the contrasts and the culture of our island.

Las Americas Pro, the best international surfing in Tenerife

Surf Tenerife Campeonato

At the beginning of the year we were able to watch the world’s best surfers of the World Surf League (WSL) in Arona. During five days, competitions were held with surfers from around the world at the most famous surf spot of the island “La izquierda de Las Palmeras”. The Basque Ruben Vitoria and the Australian Mikaela Greene were among the victories. Even in Siam Park, a small sample of their surfing skills was given on the world’s largest artificial wave.

Tenerife Bluetrail 2018

From the sand of Playa Fañabé to the volcano Mount Teide, crossing Tenerife from south to north. The Ultra Tenerife Bluetrail is the highest mountain race in Spain and the second highest in Europe, reaching 3,555 metres in height in its 102 kilometres of total distance.

Trailrunning Evento deportivo Tenerife

Up to 2,400 runners from 38 different countries participated in the event this year, split into different modalities: Ultra, Trail, Marathon, Media and Challenge. Among the runners was the South American Lorena Ramírez. She set a global milestone, as she ran the ultra-race in her national costume and her “Huaraches”, a traditional sandal from her village Tarahumara.

Ganadores Tenerifebluetrail 2018, Evento Deportivo Tenerife

Yeray Durán from Gran Canaria, along with the Cantabrian Azara García, were the first to reach the finish line in the male and female categories. The podium was completed by Senga Sherpa and Nadezna Surmonina in second place and Antonio Gonzalez and Bernadette Benson in third place. The next Cajamar Tenerife Bluetrail will be held on June 8th, 2019, and registration will start on September 1st. Register in time!

These were the three big events of the year, but we had and still have more to offer:

Infinity Xtreme 2018

Carrera obstáculos Tenerife

This competition is really funny, but also exhausting! You have to overcome natural and artificial obstacles that requires to be in a good physical condition. There are also participants who disguise themselves as superheroes with super powers. This year, on July 14th, the 10th anniversary took place.

PWA El Médano, windsurfing conquers Tenerife

Windsurf Tenerife

The beaches of El Médano with their Trade Winds are a magnet for windsurfers from around the world. Between August the 5th and 11th, they visit Tenerife to participate in the PWA World Tour. Spectacular jumps will await you at one of Tenerife’s biggest water sports events.

Santa Cruz International Marathon

Maratón Tenerife

It is one of the most international sporting events on the island’s capital. In 2017, more than 3,500 runners from 55 different nationalities came together to compete in all three categories: Popular race of 8 kilometres, half marathon of 21 kilometres and the “queen race” of 42 kilometres. This year it is held on November 11th and you can register online until November 4th.

Santa Cruz Extreme

Trail Tenerife

The Santa Cruz Extreme is held in one of the most spectacular places in Tenerife, the Anaga Mountains. It is a 49.2 km long race that passes through places like Benijo or Taganana. On October 21st, the trail running event takes place and you can register until the October 15th.

K42 Anaga-Marathon

Maratón montaña Tenerife

One of the last races of the year is the K42 Anaga Marathon, which is held on the weekend of 8th and 9th December. This marathon also runs through the Anaga Mountains, but this time with San Cristobal de La Laguna as a starting point. The route leads through places like Punta del Hidalgo and Las Mercedes. You can register here until November 30th.

 

And which sport event are you interested in? Whether competitive sports or just an active holiday, discover everything you can do in Tenerife.

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!