Peggy learns Spanish and Surfing in Tenerife

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Peggy learns Spanish and Surfing in Tenerife


N 28° 17′ 29.6340” W 16° 37′ 44.8644”

Tenerife is known for its 365 days of spring (Primavera) and you can surf well all year round. The combination of Spanish lessons, sun, meeting new people and surfing, sounded like music to my ears. At the end of October, I fled the beginning of the Dutch fall for the everlasting spring of Tenerife.

Learn Spanish and Surf in Tenerife

After a fairly long flight, including transfer in Madrid, I landed at Aeropeurto Tenerife Norte. I had no transfer but got on the local bus to my destination Puerto de la Cruz. By the way, the entire island is easily accessible by bus. After my first unintended sightseeing through the city, I arrived with a 10% battery in the street or the apartment block. On arrival at the apartment there was nobody home so I could unpack my things in peace.
After fifteen minutes I heard the front door and my roommate came in. He was shocked, however, because he did not know that I was getting company. Hey was an American who also lived in Germany, had been alone in the apartment for more than 2 months and thought it would stay that way for the time being. After he got over the shock, we talked about our lives and different cultures. The next day was Monday and my first
Spanish lesson was on the program.

It was raining cats and dogs but that didn’t spoil the fun. I was classified at level A1 (beginners), not completely crazy, because I had some basic Spanish in high school. Learning Spanish has been on my list for a while, but it has never been possible because of studies and other obligations. The main reason for my trip was that it
seemed useful and fun to be able to speak the second world language and I also wanted to stimulate my language skills.

Surfs up!

 
I soon found out that I was a surfing fanatic by booking, for two weeks, 1.5 hours a day (Mo-Fr) surfing lessons in addition to the Spanish lesson. I immediately fell in love with my first surf lesson due to severe conditions: high waves, high tide and strong currents. Together with one other girl and the instructor, I was the only one in the school in the water. There were other local surfers who, of course, were completely in their element. The surfing conditions were different because of the cove in the bay and the rocks on both sides than I was used to in southern France and northern Spain. There was one spot on the left side of the cove where you could “rest” and a little more to the right, towards the rocks in the middle was the spot to catch waves.
 
You were not allowed to get in the way of the pros so you had to decide quickly and after you caught a wave paddle directly to the left to give them space and not to get under their board. Pretty hard work! The beautiful beach with black sand, the volcano in the background and the palm trees on the boulevard made for a lot of good views. It took me a while to understand everything in the harsh conditions so my surf instructor was not always happy with me and shouted occasionally. By enduring this first tough lesson well, contrary to his expectations, I had earned his respect and received warm hugs when I returned to the surf school the following days.
 
The challenging spot and nice surf instructors made me happy to come back. A downside, however, was that the surf classes became fuller with ultimate beginners, making it very busy in the water and you had to wait a lot before you could catch a wave. So if you already have some experience, it may not be necessary to take 2 or more weeks of surfing lessons. However, it is still a sport that is difficult to master, so the real beginners benefited a lot from the lessons.

Hablamos Espanol – De taalschool

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My Spanish teacher was Sandra and talked Spanish continuously during the lessons. This first took some getting used to but you learn it so quickly and luckily she spoke very slowly, she made many jokes and came up with nice original teaching forms. I started the first week in a class with three other students, the second week we were seven. The small classes and various composition was very nice. One student stays five months and the other two weeks so it is a coming and going of young, old and all sorts of nationalities. There is always someone in between who you can talk about.
 
There were no other Dutch people, which was very nice since otherwise you would be inclined too quickly to speak Dutch instead of Spanish or English. So don’t go all at once if you read this and get excited. The coffee and sandwiches in the school canteen were not unimportant. The Spanish life in terms of food and drink is good and definitely not expensive. The school also organizes various activities to get to know the city better and to practice Spanish. The latter remains difficult and you really have to take the initiative yourself because the working language is mainly English and the levels vary widely. 
 

Tenerife Tips

Puerto de la Cruz
 

Between lessons and surfing there was enough time for a number of trips to other places. Renting a car is handy for this, but that is also not expensive (€ 35 per day). Its also an extra fun to do that with new friends and to get to know each other in a different way. The tourist attraction of the island, volcano El Teide, is certainly worthwhile. It feels crazy to pay € 27 to go up a mountain with the Teleferico (cable car) but the view is crazy and the sun shines on top almost always. The Masca gorge is also spectacular if you survive the narrow motorway to it. There are also plenty of beautiful walking routes, bars and restaurants on the island. In short, plenty to experience and highly recommended! I will definitely come back so I say: Hasta luego Tenerife!

Chris

I am a Journalist, Photographer & Musician from North London. I arrived at SurfaWhile after finishing my Masters in Ancient History at the University of Amsterdam. I aim to find and write about the hidden gems of the surfing world to inspire your next surf holiday as well as interviewing exiting talents in our international surf community.

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