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Playa de las Américas

Playa de las Américas

Southern Tenerife - Canary Islands , Spain

Surf, Bodyboard

The Las Américas beach is situated on the south coast of Tenerife. It’s long been one of the most emblematic places in the Canary Islands with regards to slide sports because of the peaks, tradition and numerous community.  They breathe surf, bodyboard, SUP, longboard and skate there. It’s also one of the Canary Islands’ main tourist areas as it has one of the best climates in Europe, enjoying spring like weather all year round and an average annual temperature of 23°C. The water temperature is also warm all year round, varying between 18°C in the winter and 24°C in the summer, so a 3 mm wetsuit is more than sufficient in the winter, a 2 mm in spring and board shorts in summer until late autumn.

To get to Las Américas, the best option is to fly to Tenerife South Airport. You’ll find buses which will take you to Los Cristianos – Las Américas in 15 minutes, and if you rent a car you won’t have problems parking but make sure you are cautious and don’t leave any valuables in the car. You won’t need to pack many things, a few clothes, a light wetsuit if you go during the winter, and a towel. You’ll find many facilities at the spot such as showers, toilets, a wide range of accommodation options, bars where you can meet people, restaurants and, of course, many prestigious surf schools, some with great prestige for their tradition and experience. There are also surf shops like ‘Wawa’ which is next to the famous Palmeras peak and where the friendly staff will help to make your surf experience in Tenerife as good as possible.

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The essence of the place and quality breaks are down to the privileged situation of the Canary Islands as it receives swells from fronts far away in the Atlantic Ocean, north in the winter and south in the summer. The volcanic origin of the islands and the successive volcanic eruptions are what have configured the coast and these volcanic rock reefs now have perfectly placed peaks to receive and project any swell that arrives. The original volcanic lava of the reefs are mostly covered in moss meaning that booties aren’t really necessary, although you should take care not to tread in the holes which may contain sea urchins.

To sum up, the Las Américas beach is over a kilometre long and is consistent throughout the year. The incredible quality of some of its peaks, the unbeatable climate and the local atmosphere which revolves around slide sports makes it the perfect place for wave lovers. We should mention legendary Canarian surfers which have honed their skills at Américas, such as Matías Hernández, the Trujillo brothers, Óscar Chavez, David Wilches, and juniors such as Marcela Machado, Nico Aguirre and Alex Bauduin, or the enshrined such as Ascanio and the local idol Jonhatan González who has had worldwide recognition for many years.

Conditions

The Las Américas peaks work with S swells during the European summer and mainly with NW - W swells during the winter which is the official wave season, from October to April. The size that the peaks can hold changes and it can be from half a metre up to three metres depending on the peak. There are few peaks that enter with force from the south but those that do are excellent quality and when they break, the whole world will be there. One of them is Fitenia, an important peak for the locals which is situated next to the beach, in front of the Hotel Mediterranean Palace. It works best between high and mid tide, from 2 to 12 feet and with N wind. It’s mainly a long, fun left which even has a barrel section when it’s powerful. The right is shorter but more intense and powerful and there is a wave that comes from the breakwater towards it. This is very punchy so you’ll be able to do powerful manoeuvres. The other good peak is Piscinas, situated just in front of the Hotel Conquistador, the left is longer than the right and it alternates between vertical sections and other gentler ones. When it breaks well, it’s a wave that ends in the entrance canal for the El Conquistador right. It’s safer to surf at high tide as there is a rock which you’ll see appear when the tide begins to go out.

From there on all of the peaks work with W - NW swell in the European winter. Jeffreys isn’t very consistent and needs a very big swell to reach its maximum splendour. As its name indicates, it’s a long right which is extremely surfable. The best moment is with full tide, although you can surf it with any tide. El Dedo is situated next to the most important peaks, Palmeras and El Conquistador. It’s the most popular wave, not with locals but this doesn’t mean it isn’t a quality wave with power, above all when the sea and swell from W – NW enters with ordered lines and force. It generally opens towards the right, but when it’s not big the left also breaks. The best tide is mid to high. El Conquistador or El Cartel is one of the best waves in Las Américas, situated in front of the Hotel Conquistador, it’s a perfect powerful right that can hold a lot of size and is well-loved by the strongest local surfers such as Matías Hernández. You can sometimes finish on the inside of Piscinas, a zone where you should pay attention to the currents and take care entering and exiting as the rocks stick out. It works with mid to high tide.

El Hueco is a right which works with incredible power in relation to the size which it can hold, no larger than 3 or 4 feet. It’s one of the most powerful waves and ends where El Conquistador begins. Take extreme caution as it is a wave which stays dry on the inside. It works with high tide. El Bunker is a powerful left, above all when it passes El Conquistador. It’s one of the waves which holds the most in Las Américas and a very good alternative option that works with all tides. El Medio, the zone with fun peaks and various waves which open both ways, with more or less power, depending on the moment but it works with most tides. The surf schools often go to this zone. Palmeras, the best wave on the whole beach, is situated in front of the Hotel Palmeras and is the last peak at the extreme right of Las Américas. It’s a wave which reaches world class standards on some days, in fact, it’s one of the spots that is most protected by the locals, and so only with a lot of respect will you be able to get any opportunities with the early morning light, after it gets packed with the locals and the opportunities are scarce. It’s mainly a left that’s more than one hundred metres long with perfect shape, push and barrel sections, but a very good, short and powerful right also breaks there. It works well with all tides, however the best moment is with a mid-rising tide.
Optimal Conditions
  • Wave
    Lefts and rights
  • Wind
    E
  • Tide
    Medium - High
  • Swell
    NW
  • Bottom
    Lava Reef
  • Size
    1 a 10 ft
  • Time of year
    From October to April
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