After surfing for a week at the fantastic Gota d’Agua surf house in Caparica, Portugal, I flew to Fuerteventura. I always wanted to go to the Canary Islands and it finally happened! On Fuerteventura I went to the Surf House of Star Surf Camp and I certainly did not regret it! Here I share some of my experiences and Ill give you some useful tips for when you come to Fuerteventura. This is part 2, (click here to find out more about my first days surfing in Fuerteventura )
Surfing on Fuerteventura
On Thursday I didn’t have surf lessons and which meant that we were free to do whatever we wanted. Together with Lena we had breakfast at Ocean Daily, a nice hip coffee place next to the Star Surfshop. I got a glass jar with yogurt and muesli, a juice, coffee and a croissant with sweet or savory toppings. For me it was a relaxed day at the pool and I went to the beach opposite the apartment complex. At the end of the afternoon another activity was organized by Star Surf. It was a two-hour volcano walk.
It is a lot easier to do and not as steep as you may think. The view is fascinating! Really worth it! The sunset is incredibly beautiful to see from the volcano, but make sure you dont dilly-dally otherwise you have to go down in the dark. Tonight there was no group dinner and so you had the choice to go somewhere for dinner or to cook yourself. Together with Jan, a Star Surf employee, we ate leftovers. I just sat down with the other guests and then went to bed, because tomorrow I will have my last surfing lesson.
My surf lesson was scheduled in the afternoon, so I had the time to do something myself in the morning. I had breakfast with the guests at Ocean Daily before meeting up for lunch with my roommates at the burger bar. I took the quinoa burger, which is not normally on the menu but is very tasty. At four o’clock I had my surfing lesson from Thaila. I also knew him from Oyambre, where Star Surf has one of its other premier surf camps: Star Surf Oyambre .
Thaila is a great teacher and explains everything very well. He told us about the rules of surfing, the surf conditions and where the desired rip’s and swells were sitting. Pro Tip: Check out The Surfer Dictionary A-Z to help you with the surf lingo you will need to know in the water. Thaila is someone you definitely want to have your first surfing lesson with, so I thought it might be a shame that I didn’t have him on day 1. When I returned to the apartments, I prepared for the last communal dinner. This was a barbecue on the roof of a hotel in El Cotillo. Very cozy and delicious food! There is also plenty of choice for vegans. After dinner I went to Coyote Bar and then went to bed!
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Together with Vera and Jan we brunched at Ocean Daily. (Pro Tip: The Chicken Licken is really recommended). An event of the Canarias Surf Film Festival was announced in the evening in the group app. We drove a group in the car from Jan (thanks Jan) to Corralejo. Here we had a truly memorable meal at a nice restaurant, unfortunately the only thing that was not memorable was the name of the restaurant. However, we sat for a long while eating delicious local tapas and drinking red wine all for only ten euros. After dinner we caught the car again and we drove to the film festival. An almost free festival, because the entrance was only two euros. Here four short documentaries were shown about surfing, all of which were inspirational too a group of young aspiring surfers, yet a sadness dawned on me as i realized i wouldn’t be able to surf the waves of Fuerteventura again. After the film festival we drove back to El Cotillo to grab one last drink at our favorite spot: Coyote bar.
Sunday arrived and it was time to go. I would have wanted to stay much longer! Upon reflection, ive realized that atmosphere at Star and the whole holiday in general was incredible and relaxed. The people were incredibly nice and a big shout out deserves to go to the crew and in paticular: Julie, who is always accessible to answer questions and has useful tips! Julie can arrange a ‘taxi’ for 40 euros, much more affordable than the normal taxi price.
Arriving at the airport, it feels difficult to go back to Amsterdam after two weeks of surfing and relaxing. (I really dont want to return to the cold). Star Surf on Fuerteventura is definitely highly recommended and I would definitely go back! The surfing conditions are good for beginners all year round but also for pros. I’ve had a really great time here. I was expecting to go alone, but from moment i entered I had forgotten that this was the case. You meet so many nice people, you’re never alone and everyone’s open to a chat. I have made great friendships and who knows, maybe I will take another surf trip with them, back to Fuerteventura…
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