In just 20 years, this once sleepy fishing village, only accessible by ferry from Lanzarote has expanded beyond compare. Luckily its waves still remain relatively uncrowded. The all-year-round sunshine still makes Fuerteventura the best winter option for many European surfers in search of plentiful reef breaks.

As soon as you hit the north shore to the west of Corralejo, the first, of many waves to unfold is, The Gallery.Offshore here is a Southwest and with winds mostly increasing through the day, it's often the early rise that pays off with quality surf.

Mike Raven ripping at the Gallery




At every corner another glimpse of the ocean; the swell inceases as the coast opens out to the North and about a mile from Majanichos, the Bubble looms up as a shifting peak in the distance. This is a favourite for many with plenty of barrels to be found.

Simon Tucker into another barrel .

Ian Thomson current British Masters Champion at the controls on a Bubble blaster (right) and in deep at Lobos



Anthony Storer


When the winds settle down, so too the waves and it's time to head west over the range to Cotillo. A sandy beach interspersed with rocky outcrops, the deep water that surrounds the volcanic island gives plenty of punch to the waves which are best at high tide. Further down the coast, better peaks can often be found at Playa de Esquinzo.

Playa de Esquinzo.

Gerry O'Connell


The East Coast Breaks Rarely .(Mike at a secret location)

The Harbour Wall (Lanzarote in the background)

3mm full suit
Short arms, Short legs
Prevaling wind
Prevaling surf
W - NW
NW - N
Shark attacks
None recorded
None recorded
Car hire
Not essential
Yes, Cotillo is 1/2 hour drive from Coralejo
Sea Urchins
Yes, reef booties advisable
Yes, reef booties advisable


S.W France retains all of its charms as Mike Raven (above) and Lee Bartlett (below) , discovered.......

Look on any chart, to the southern corner of Biscay near Hossegor and the deep water of the continental shelf points like an arrow at the shore. Sand dunes extend in each direction and here the summer Atlantic swells are always just that bit bigger and heavier than elsewhere.. a factor that has not unnoticed. Luckily the variety and number of sand bars , keep the crowds down and a short walk is often rewarded with world class waves.

Early morning starts may be hampered by late night finishes in this land of Salt Water Wine.