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Las palmas gran canaria | Canary islands Surf School | Don’t Be a Kook- Part 1

You want to skip the step of being a “Kook”? In this two-part edition, canary islands surf school will teach you the basic rules of surfing. How to avoid beginner’s errors, what a surfer should definitely do and what you better let alone

On a summer day in las palmas gran canaria it seems like everyone has gone surfing. Maybe also you decided to join a Surfcamp Europe this year or take part in Canary islands Surf School. However, before you head out into the water of las palmas gran canaria, making a complete goon of yourself, it’s really important that you learn and understand the surfing basics. The following do’s and don’ts explain the main points of surfing etiquette, give advices for practical and social situations,  designed to keep everyone in the water safe and happy


Surfing is by far the most fashionable activity of the summer. This trend has given rise to many people who seem to have an intimate knowledge of surf—except, of course, riding on a surfboard. Surfcamps Europa are booming, consequently beaches and line-ups are crowded.  Through all the hype over the surf culture, one critical point has been completely overlooked: the importance of not being a kook.



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Kook, noun. Pronunciation: \□kük\ Surfer term, generally applied to rank beginners with no understanding of the social and sartorial norms of surfing. In the water, a kook’s cluelessness can aggravate or endanger other surfers by breaking surfer’s unwritten code of conduct. On occasion, kooks can be recognized solely by the faux pas they commit on the ocean in dressing or acting in a wrong way.

We, in Canary islands Surf School know that nobody wants to be a kook. To save you the embarrassment—and to save other surfers in las palmas gran canaria—discover the telltale signs of a kook and learn how to avoid them.


So here you go with Part 1- what a real surfer does and how they distinguish themselves from the kooks :-)



PART 1- Surfers DO´s

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BEGIN YOUR SURFING CARRER IN A SURFSCHOOL 


You can be very sure to find possibilities to learn to surf near any surf spots in the world.  For the first time in the water, many people choose Surf camp Europa. Canary islands Surf school, located in las palmas gran canaria not just offers you great surf conditions year round, but also features perfect weather conditions.

By joining a profession school from the beginning, you straight learn to avoid the most common kook- distinctive marks. Don’t hesitate, book your last minute holiday with us.


SURF AS MUCH AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN


Once you know the basics from your time in Surf camp Europe, it’s time for practice.  Surfing has a really steep learning curve so if you want to improve, surf las palmas gran canaria as regularly as possible. The best thing you can do to transcend kookiness is to get as comfortable in the water as you can. And as a pleasant side effect, you will very quickly learn the most common terms of the Surfinglingo.


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CHOOSE PATROLLED BEACHES AND CHECK CONDITIONS


If you go on surftrips alone in las palmas gran canaria, you should always surf in

areas as designated by the lifeguard’s flags. They are here to make sure that the beach is a safe, fun and enjoyable place for all. Once you´re surfing apart from Canary island Surf School lessons, with no instructor at the beach, it’s easy to get lost with the strong current. Take note of where you should be surfing before you go out, and make sure you stick to this bench mark.


Above that, make sure that the surf is safe before you go in. It might look calm but rips and currents can be dangerous on every beach. You can look up the conditions all from all Surf Camp Europa spots online. If you´re surfing at a spot you are unfamiliar with it, is a good idea to get some advice from a locals surfer, surf shops or life guards.



HAVE A WARM-UP


Even though, there is no surf instructor from Canary island Surf School, that is chasing you around, you should be aware of the importance of doing a quick warm-up and stretch before entering the surf. Exercises will heavily reduce the chance of muscle injuries, torn ligaments and cramps. Above that, it also gives you time to check the ocean of las palmas gran canaria for any rips, currents or best spot to catch a wave.


SURF WITH A BUDDY


Always surf with at least one other person. In Canary island Surf School or any other Surf camp Europe you will always find someone, happily joining you on your tour. Not only will you have more fun if you are sharing your waves and are pushed by each other, but more important you always have someone to help you out if you need it.


BE AWARE


Popular beaches, like the one you will surf during your time in Canary Island Surf School, las palmas gran canaria, tend to be inhabited by more surfers then only you. More people in the water equals more potential danger for injuries caused by collisions. More care and attention are especially required when you begin to spend more time beyond the white water.

You have to deal with much more participants, not just making sure not to hit somebody but also so avoid being injured by someone else. Always keep a good distance away from other surfers or water participants.


If you find yourself caught inside the breaking of a wave, head towards the white water, away from the clean face of the wave where the surfer is heading. Paddle towards the break if someone is surfing towards you.

Never trust that the person from Surf Camp Europe sees you and that he´s going to avoid you. Just remember that they are probably going to run you over if you do not watch where you are going.


HONOR THE LINEUP PRIORITY


The most important role in the water is the Right of waves. Generally, the surfer already riding a wave—or the one closest to the peak of the wave—has priority. If you see someone already on a wave or someone in a better position paddling for it, you’ll have to wait for the next one. No worries, we have plenty of them at the spots of las palmas gran canaria :-)  


Don’t try to catch every single wave, especially if you see the best (or scariest-looking) surfers going for the same ones. If you ever make a mistake, drop in on someone or break the surfing etiquette rules in any other way, just apologize.


KNOW YOUR LIMITS


This is a very important one, especially because surfers (beginners) tend to overestimate themselves. If the waves in las palmas gran canaria are big and you’re not ready for it, you’ll put yourself and other people in danger. Over confidence is not smart at sea, so be honest about your surfing ability. You should respect the sea as being a dangerous environment, otherwise you will learn your lesson quickly and this can really, really hurt. Joining Canary island Surf School you will learn what you can and can’t handle.


BE DECISIVE


“Fear causes hesitation and hesitation causes the worst fear to come true”. Nowhere this phrase is more applicable then in the world of surfing. Therefore, our instructions in Canary island Surf School and other Surf Camp Europe will always advise you:  “Be deliberate with your actions, and if you’re going to paddle out, just paddle and keep paddling”.

In other words, whether you think you are capable and try to catch the wave or you just get out of the way. Be confident with your choices and try to be as concentrated as possible. Once you’ve committed to a wave, stay committed.



WIPE-OUT PROPERLY

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Making fascinating wipe-outs is part of your learning process in Surf Camp Europe that cannot be bypassed. However, there is actually a way to properly fall to help decrease the chances getting Dings, broken boards and injuries.


First important thing when you’re about to wipe out is to get rid of your board. You are far more likely to sustain an injury if you and your board are being washed around together. Try to jump of the back of the board behind the wives, preferred with the butt first.


Once you have surfaced, protect yourself from being hit the board by using your arms to cover your head, grab onto your leash and pull your board back in. Sounds complicated? I promise you’ll have plenty of other chances to practice during your time in the water of las palmas gran canaria :-)


RESPECT LOCALS AND THE ENVIRONMENT


Remember that no matter with water territory you´re entering in your Surf camp Europe, you are a guest and should act like one. Locals aren’t always happy to see interlopers at their favorite breaks—and nobody’s ever happy to be disrespected. So make sure to respect the locals at the beaches of las palmas gran canaria. Surfers who respect others can usually expect to be treated the same, leading to more pleasurable surfing for all.


Above that, do not litter or vandalise the beach or its surroundings. Leave only footprints, take home your bottles, wax bars and banana peel.


USE A LEASH


Nothing’s kookier than tripping over your leash on your way out to the surf session in las palmas gran canaria . So put the lease (please at your BACK leg) on when you´re right at the water to start your class in Canary Island Surf School- not one minute before.  Never go surfing without a lease, its your life insurance, keep it clean and in a good condition. Never lug your lease through the sand.


HAVE FUN


Trivial but damn right. Surfing is all about having fun; keep it in mind when you are out in the waves. Now that you know how to avoid looking like an kook, you can have a great time surfing at Surf Camp Europe.



If you keep this list in mind when you surf, you’ll surely enjoy yourself, prevent troubles, and avoid fighting with the locals.


Therefore REMEMBER- Mind your manners and don’t be a kook :-)




Stay salty- Lowcost Surf Camp Las Palmas, Kelly

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Surfing gran canaria | canary islands surf camp | A rendezvous with a shark

Sharks are among the first danger associated with surfing. Attacks on surf tours are not common in Europe, but there are things you can do to further reduce the risk. Canary islands surf camp will equip you with some useful knowledge

Surfers stay close to reefs and river mouths, they love surf tours early in the morning and of course, they spend lots of time floating in open water having a very similar appearance like a sea lion. Maybe you will be pretty safe from sharks when surfing gran canaria but generally surfers seem predestined for being attacked by a sharks. Doesn’t matter where you will be on surf tours, canary islands surf camp will cover you with some basic ways how you can avoid a shark offensek

Due to the popularity of the recent article “Sharks in the Atlantic Ocean”, canary islands surf camp decided to deepen this apparently exiting topic.

As we learned, it is nearly impossible to meet a shark when on a surf tour in canary islands surf camp.  However, surfers are traveler and you will experience more than surfing gran canaria during your water career. Someday you will paddle out at a place more likely to inhabit sharks like Florida, Australia, California or Hawaii. Even though the risk of meeting a shark on your surf tour is still very low, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared for the worst case scenario. Therefore, Canary islands surf camp will give you some precognition how to fight off an attack, but even more important, you will get to know how to minimize the risk of attacks.

 


10 Ways to avoid meeting a shark

1.) Stay out of shark-infested waters

The best and most obvious way to avoid shark attacks is not to go on surf tours where sharks are known to hang out. Beaches famous for shark attacks are for example New Smyrna Beach, Florida and Long Beach Island, New Jersey. You don’t put yourself in a risk when surfing gran canaria :-)


2.) Avoid surfing at night and at dawn

So-called dawn patrols (surfing the early morning) and late evening sessions are very popular among surfers, also in canary islands surf camp. Unfortunately, these periods are also popular to sharks. At these times, they are generally most active due to feeding and hunting and tend to move closer inshore. In addition, the lack of visibility makes it easier for them to mistake you for one of their favorite meals. So stay out of the waters during those times and shift your surf tour to another timeJ

 

3.) Heed warning signs and advices

Between the flags of patrolled beaches are the safest spots to swim & surf, holds true for surfing gran canaria and elsewhere in the world. Coastal areas where sharks have recently been seen, sometimes post warnings at the beach. Above that, local people may be able to alert you to potential dangers. If happens, don’t test your fate by trying to be brave.l

 

4.) Surf with a dude  

Instead of surfing alone, surf with a group of friends or stay near other surfers. Not only does this keep sharks at bay, but also provide a second pair of eyes and a hands if needed in an emergency. In canary islands surf camp you will always find someone who will happily join you on your surf tour.

 

5.) Stay away from river mouths, channels 

River mouths are areas where food, organic waste and dead animals are washed into the ocean. This attracts predators because it is an abundant resource of food for them. This naturally also applies for all other places in the water where you find dead animals other potential food like schools of bait fishes or groups of sea lions. Where there are seals, there are likely to find sharks. When surfing gran canaria, you are blessed with crystal clear and clean water.


6.) Dress appropriately

Bright, high-contrast or flashy colors have been known to attract predators. Therefore, its better to stay away of wearing a bright-coloured wetsuit or surfboards on your surf tours. Sharks don’t see in colour, but in shades of black and white, using contrast to distinguish objects. Above that, avoid wearing Shiny sparkly jewelry because the reflection of light is similar to the reflection of light off a fish’s scales.


7.) Don’t surf when you´re bleeding

In fact, sharks can smell and taste blood from more than a mile away. Because of this, getting raked across the reef or suffering a nasty fin cut are good reasons to finish your surf tour and exit the water.

 

8.) Beware of drop-offs and sandbars 

Often these are areas that are ideal conditions for surfing but they are favorite feeding areas for sharks. Therefore, avoid steep drop-offs and the areas between sandbars. These are among sharks’ favorite haunts. You will not find such potential danger in canary islands surf camp.

 

9.) Keep away from fishing activities

Also, avoid surfing in areas where people are fishing. Bait, blood, and distressed fish might be in the area. Therefore, you should stay clear of fishing of piers and jetties as best you can.

 

10.) Avoid surfing in murky dirty water

Be aware of entering the ocean after a storm or heavy rainfall when the water turns to be turbid, murky and dirty. The low visibility will make it more difficult for sharks to determine whether you are their usual prey (turtles, seals etc.) or not. Likely, when doing a surf tour in canary islands surf camp you can almost always enjoy perfect weather and clear ocean.


What to do if you encounter a shark

Just for the sake of completeness :-)   we as canary islands surf camp also added some advices how to react if it really should meet a shark on your surf tour.


Stay Calm and just keep cool


This sounds a lot easier said than done but it’s really important.  If you do come across a shark on your surf tour, do not act aggressively because they may react in fear and attack. Like many predators, shark can sense fear and this will only arouse their senses so avoid heavy, agitated splashing. If the shark is far away, exit the water as quick as you can and alert others. If a shark is approaching, be prepared for the next step.


Be ready to fight A dead shark is the only good shark, good shark slayer!


First thing you may do automatically is to get in a position where you are able to defend your front and sides of your body. The only weapon you might have is your surfboard, try to avoid using your hands, but rather use your board as a shield of a barrier. Intend to hit the shark in its most delicate areas through gouging at its eyes or hitting its nose.


Get Aggressive and leave the water


Once you´re attracts, get as aggressive as you can. Most sharks who attack surfers confuse them with prey. However, once they realize that surfers are not their usual high fat meals, they usually let go. As soon as you can, get out of the water and stop the bleeding.


You heard enough ?? Stay out of the line of fire and choose canary island surf camp for your next surf tour!!



Stay salty- Lowcost Surf Camp Las Palmas, Kelly


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Las palmas surf camp | surf trip | Surfboard Waxing-Guide

Get your board ready for your next surf trip. Las palmas surf camp guide you through the world of surfboard wax, explaining how to pick the correct surfboard wax, showing different techniques to apply it, areas to wax, amount to use and lots more you need to know about waxing for surfing in the canary islands

You think choosing a suitable board wax is just a question of smell and aroma? You have no clue why the hell you have to use wax, not to mention how to apply it? Waxing is easy; moreover, you can greatly improve the quality of surfing in the canary islands with a few pre-surf trip actions. In this article, las palmas surf camp will explain everything you always wanted to know about waxing your board

It has a square base, looks like a bar of soap, smells enticing and its surfer’s constant companion on surf trips. What we talk about is Surfboard wax.8

When you are in las palmas surf camp or elsewhere surfing in the canary islands, it’s impossible not so see anyone on beach just waxing their boards or walking around with a board littered with little white lumps on the deck. In fact, waxing a surfboard is relatively simple and straightforward, nevertheless, if you have never waxed a surfboard before or you are just looking for tips to get a better wax job, read our guide how to wax your surfboard before you go on the next surf trip.


1. Why do I have to destroy the beauty of a board with unaesthetic lumps of wax?


Waxing your board for surfing in the canary islands is no question of beauty, it’s functionality.  There is a huge range of surfboard waxes available in the market, all designed for one job only, to stop a surfer slipping off the surfboard. In other words, it is used before a surf trip to provide grip on the surface of the board, to help stick on it while surfing in the canary islands. Properly applied wax on a las palmas surf camp board can make the difference between riding a wave and wiping out.


2. The agony of choice- Which Wax is good for me?


When you´re in Las palmas surf camp, using your free time to strolling through different surf shops, your nose will immediately catch the aroma of the different waxes. There is sweet coconut aroma, fruity pineapple or strawberry smell hanging in the air. But do I decide about the wax just according my preferred flavor?? Wide failed.

There are different types of surf wax for different conditions on your surf trip, more precisely the temperature you´re surfing in the canary islands or elsewhere in the world.


Basically it must be distinguished between two different types of Surfboard waxes. First, there is the so-called “Base Coat Surf Wax” (we’ll come onto this later) to put on the board as a base coat. It might be entirely reasonable but for surfing in the canary islands it’s not strictly necessary. Secondly, there is the proper “temperature wax”, which actually gives you the grip on your surf trip. It should be chosen depending on the temperature of the water you’ll be surfing in. There are four main categories of temperature surfboard wax:


  • Cold Wax: When water temperature drops to 15° C /58°F or below and you definitely need a wetsuit, you’re using cold temperature wax. You will never need that kind of wax in Las palmas surf camp
  • Cool Wax:  If the water you’re surfing in is 15-19°C /59 -68°F, you can wear a cut-off arm wetsuit, cool temperature wax what you’ll need. You will use this wax for surfing in the canary islands between December and March
  • Warm Wax:  Warm water wax should be used for water temperatures 19-24 °C / 69- 74°F which means it’s the wax for surf trips on canary islands for the rest of the year
  • Tropical Wax:  A tropical temperature wax will give you ideal level of tackyness in warm water 24°C/ 75°F and above.

To make sure the wax is at an ideal level of softness in a specific water temperature, different chemicals are added. Most of them are petrochemical based which is not the best for the environment, your skin or your wetsuit. Therefor it worth thinking about choosing organic Surfboard Wax for your next surf trip. Therefore, las palmas surf camp we will provide you with Green Fix. 


Once you’ve decided on t1ahe correct temperature surf wax for surfing in the canary islands, it’s time to choose the brand. Selecting the right board wax, is like many in surfing, more a credo then a serious science. Here are a selection of few wax brand:

  • Matunas (Organic)
  • Sticky Bumps
  • Palmers
  • Mr Zoggs Sex Wax
  • Magma
  • Far King





3. How do I get the grip on my board?


Now let’s go down to wax!! Four easy steps to make your board ready for the next surf trip:


1. Step: Scrape old wax off the board

Before you start to rewax your board for surfing in the canary islands, remove the old wax and make sure the board is clean and free of damage, dirt, sand or dust. Any old wax on the board will sacrifice the integrity of your wax job. To soften the old wax, you can either lay the board out in the sun (!!) or carefully use the blow-drier. On request, las palmas surf camp provides you a wax comb or wax scraper which flat edge is used to remove the soft wax.


2.  Step: Clean the board

Some people also use cleaning products to remove the thin layer of wax still remaining. Once your board looks glossy, you can begin putting on a new coat.


3. Step: Apply the basecoat

As already said before, using a basecoat for your next surf trip might be entirely reasonable but is not strictly necessary, so feel free to skip this step. The top coat of wax will get worn out and rub off as you´re surfing in the canary islands, but the basecoat will remain until the next time you completely rewax your board. Use the edge of the wax stick, not the flat side. Apply until there is a bumpy coat, using any wax job technique explained above.


4. Step: Apply the temperature wax

The top coat of wax you use for your surf trip is much softer than a basecoat so you will not need to push down as hard as with the basecoat. Las palmas surf camp advise you to use a different-colored topcoat wax than your basecoat so it’s more visible when and where to apply new temperature wax. As with the basecoat, use the edge of the wax stick, not the flat side. Apply until there is a bumpy coat, using any wax job technique cited above.


Most of the time you will stick to Step 4, applying the temperature wax, however, there are some occasions where you will end up doing the whole procedure of rewaxing.  Either you bought a brand new board before coming to las palmas surf camp, you want to sell your old board after surfing in the canary islands or your board just looks shit because of contamination after all that surf trips. Moreover, it is also conceivable that you use a nice winter day far far away from the sun to spend some time with your beloved board, taking well care it while dreaming about the perfect wave to ride.


4. Which waxing techniques shell I use?


Surfers tend to use different techniques to put on the wax on the board for their surf trips. None is the corr2aect way and you should do whatever works for you.  As time goes on, you will find one that works best for you.


  • Circle pattern: Rub the wax onto the board in small circles, moving up and down the board until bumps start forming
  • Straight line pattern: Use straight lines, parallel to the rocker
  • Crosshatch pattern: Rub the wax onto the board on a diagonal, and then perpendicular to that diagonal, completing a crosshatch pattern
  • Kitchen sink: Use any direction, using any of the patterns listed above

5. Where to put wax on your Surfboard


The graphic shows the basic areas where you should put wax for your next surf trip. For su7brfing in the canary islands, and in general, wax should be applied in the feet working zones of the surfboard. Las palmas surf camp recommend to add some extra area, in case you need to move on the board or for your hands when you duck dive. Longboarders are the only ones who usually  wax the entire topside board, from nose to tail and edge to edge. Short boards are waxed over the lower 2/3 of the board, from the front logo to the back edge.


6. How much wax to use on a Surfboard?


There can be a lot of variance in how much wax you will need for surfing in the canary islands. Depending on the size of your board, you may need to use an entire stick of wax, or up to two sticks. As a guideline, you can use the graphic as a suggestion of how much wax to use for each board type.


7. What else do I need to consider?


  • Attention with combination of direct sun and wax when surfing in the canary islands- could cause aquaplaning on the board
  • Avoid having your melted wax contaminated with sand- you´re soft hands and tender feet will thank you after the surf trip
  • Remove the wax frequently to check for any unseen dingsor cracks lurking below
  • Don’t carry waxing to excess- otherwise they will call you a waxboy J just do it if it is really necessary
  • When wax starts to get flat and offers less grip, use the teeth of a wax comb to run it in in diagonal scrapes through the wax on your board
  • Think about using a Traction pads as a smart alternative to regular surfboard wax. Traction pads will ALWAYS have grip, no matter where you surf and what temperature dominates. Furthermore, it will guide you were to place the foot and protects the board from pressure dings.
  • As a rule of thumb, you can always use a warmer wax in cold water, but do not use a colder wax in warm water
  • Adding too many wax coats will add weight to a surfboard
  • Surfboards without wax or traction pads are impossible to stay on, so try a few wax brands out, find your favourite and never go for a surf without it!

 

Stay salty,  Lowcost Surf Camp Las Palmas,  Kelly


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Surf Gran Canaria | Surf Safari | Care of Surfboards

Surfing Gran Canaria: How to take well care of your surfboard while you are on holiday on Canary Islands

Taking care of a surfboard should be one of the top priorities on any surf safari (surfari. Here are some basic tips to keep your surfboard in tip-top condition for your next time surfing Gran Canaria

It is very easy to fell in love with surfing during your holidays on Canary Islands. You went surfing the coasts of Gran Canaria, participated in a Surf camp or you already did some guided surf safaris?  You even stood the test being a Grommet/Hodad? Then now it’s time to go one step further. Away from heavy, bulky rental softboards…buying your own surfboard.1

After carefully :-)   reading our surfboard compendium, you know which board to choose and you´re now a proud surfboard owner. When going on Surf Safaris, surf Gran Canaria with your own board you now have to take well care of it.


In order to prepare yourself for your next holiday on Canary Islands, we give you some advises how to treat your new friend to have it around for as long as possible. The same also applies when it comes to your own wetsuits :-)


Contrary to surf Gran Canaria with a plastic material board, when doing a surf safari with a Polyester and Epoxy board, you´re dealing with a very sensitive and fragile material, that deserves special attention.


DING – PREVENTION


Dings are damages on your board because of any kind of violence, letting water leaking into the inner foam core of2 your board and will cause yellowing, delamination, and worst of all, extra weight which is the worst contributor to lower board performance. It’s said that nearly 50% of all dings, occur on your way to your surf safari, carrying it from one place to the other. In order to stay away from getting this ugly damages when surf Gran Canaria, you should keep some things in mind:


  • First note and basic rule #1: treat you Surfboard like a Baby: Be a Protective Parent
  • Avoid putting your surfboard in standing position against a wall- fall down causes major damage
  • Don´t hit or crash your board against any sharp and hard objects (walls, cars, rocks..)
  • Use a board bag at all times you´re not in the water
  • Back from your holiday Canary island, built a rack to secure your boards or installing some L-brackets in order to hang it

In case it was inevitable, repair any damage in your board as soon as possible. Even minor dings can cause serious problems if left untreated. Damages can destroy your surf safari and your whole holiday on Canary island- so better watch out.


SUN- PROTECTION


You will get plenty of sun when surfing Gran Canaria. Your skin will love it but to your board, sun and heat is its public enemy #1. For sure you can´t keep it away from sun when making holiday on Canary island, however, lets you say that too much direct sun and saltwater will cause delamination of your board.


  • Don’t leave your board lying on the beach for a long time
  • Never leave it in a hot barbecue car
  • Finishing your surf safari,  store it safely in a cool, shady spot

STILL MORE TIPS


  • After surf Gran Canaria, wash off salt water
  • Keep your surfboard clean and dry when ending your surf safari
  • Don’t ride right into shore, there are fins to consider!!
  • Before and after your holiday Canary island, remove the board wax to check for damages
  • Use a railsaver to protect the surfboards rails from the pressure of the waves

You don’t want end up as a Baller?  Then take well care of your beloved possession, your surfboard will thank you.


Lowcost Surf Camp Las Palmas, Kelly


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Canary island surf camp | Surfspot Gran Canaria | Surfing & Sharks

Canary island surf camp: judge the risk of meeting a shark at a Surfspot Gran Canaria

You are planning to go to a surf school Europe or even to a Surfspot in Gran Canaria and you´re afraid of sharks? Then read this article and get some Surfscience where sharks attack and were you can feel save while riding the waves.

After a wonderful day in Canary island surf camp you´re heading to one of the great Surfspots, Gran Canaria has to offer to do some late-night sunset-surfing. It gets darker. No one is around you. Just you, the surfboard and the tu22rbulent sea. You seem to be alone. There´s no life guard that will save you. Somehow, you start to feel queasy. Then it comes to your mind: Am I really alone here? Maybe there is a shark, a few feet away from me. A Big shark. A killing shark. Just waiting for me to dip my toes in?


Which is here illustrated slight exaggerated, is a typical chain of thought that every surfer sooner or later has to deal with. No matter if you’re in a canary island surf camp, riding waves on your own at a Gran Canaria surfspots or take part in any surf school in Europe- encountering a shark, is one of the most terrifying experiences any surfer can thinking about.  In fact, according to an American Surfmagazine, 66 % of all surfers think about sharks while they are riding a wave.


We have taken this as an opportunity in this blog to look at the actual likelihood of encountering a shark during your time on a Surfspots Gran Canaria in Canary island surf camp.


First, let´s take a lot at the dirty shark killing facts worldwide. If you decide to visit a surf school outside of Europe then you have the largest chance in meeting such a ocean moster at Surfspots in Australia and the United States. The most unprovoked attacks in the United States and over half of all of the world’s shark attack takes place on the beaches of Florida.  The chances of getting attacked by a shark here are 1 in 430,000 with makes it become sharkspot number one. But generally there are sharks, both dangerous and docile, just about everywhere in the ocean, including in the coldest Arctic and Antarctic waters but most of them in the Atlantic Ocean. According to a study in 2011, there are approximately 400 species of sharks in the world’s oceans.


But now…what’s about Surfspots Gran Canaria and my time in Canary island surf camp?  Do I have to worry about sharks when I paddle out? The answer is YES and NO.


In the waters of the Canaries, you can find different species of sharks throughout the year, especially in spring and summer due to the increased water temperature. Of the more than 400 species of sharks that exist, here in the Canary Island waters there are around 50 species you theoretically COULD encounter during your time in Canary island surf camp.  The most frequent species are the ray sharks, bull sharks, mako sharks and hammer head sharks. Although it is not common to see them near the beach, they can be found near the coast. They live far from land in the open ocean and if they get close to the coast this happens unintended. Attacts remain an absolute exception so you should feel quiet safe in your Canary island surf camp, especially at all Surfspots Gran Canaria.

It’s common knowledge that the occurrence is so rare and that you may should worry more about other dangers associated with surfing like driving to the a Surfspot Gran Canaria, being hit with someone else’s board in your Canary island surf camp or getting crushed by a massive wave. This might is a far greater threat to surfers than sharks. Still, as frequenters of the ocean and its marine habitat, surfers must acknowledge and come to terms with the fact that we’re sharing the water with a wide range of species, a few of which are potentially life-threatening.


Together with the students of the Surf camp Las Palmas we went to the Surf Film Festival of Canary islands and saw the really recommendable  movie about sharks and surf , called surfing and sharks. 



Surfcamp-lowcost, Kelly

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Gran Canaria surf school | canary island surf | How to take care of your Wetsuit

Gran Canaria Surf School teaches you: Take care of your wetsuit while you are traveling aon canary island to surf

When you spent time on the canary island, you will definitely take part in a Gran Canarian surf school. One of the most important and most sensitive equipment you have to deal with, is your wetsuit. This superhero neoprene costume need a special treatment for your time surfing gran Canaria.

Surfing gran Canaria – Yes, surfing in boardshorts is undeniably a cool thing and most of the time the weather here on the canary island makes it possible to leave your wetsuit at home. BUT  a superhero costume made out of neoprene gives a wide range of advantages: It provides ample protection against cooling and high intensity of sunlight, shield you from painful chafing points and other natural factor and along the way, it’s a perfect floater. Also works as a protection from your own or others fins and eventual contact with rocks.2

Although you will get a wetsuit in your Gran Canaria surf school, the time will come when you decide to have your OWN personal superhero costume. Normally good wetsuits are annoyingly expensive but worth every cent. We take this as occasion to give you some tips on how to minimize the wear and tear on your wetsuit and ensure that you’ll get many seasons surfing gran Canarias coasts in your second skin. Here you have some crucial wetsuit care advices.

  • When your Surf lesson is done, slow down when taking your suit off. Don’t tug or stretch the material too hard. Don’t stand on one leg of your suit while trying to yank your foot out of the other.
  • Rinse your suit with freshwater each and every time you use it. Next to the Surf school, with is directly located at the beach, you will find showers.  Salt will destroy your suit very fast, by rinsing, its flexibility and insulation is kept and off odours are reduces.
  • Once you are at home, turn the suit inside out to wash it from there as well. Don’t use hot water. Hot Water Reduces Neoprene Flexibility so don´t boil it.
  • Hang up your wetsuit properly. Not draped over your car’s side mirror nor slung over your balcony or your neck or shoulders- use a plastic hanger and hang it in the shower or the garage. Perfect would be a special special wetsuit hanger. Never use a thin wire hanger. The metal will cause the neoprene to degrade.
  • Dry your wetsuit inside out. The outer surface will be protected and the inside will dry first to make putting the suit back on much easier. In order to have it dried from all sides,  once the outward part is dry, flip it inside out again to dry the other side.
  • You also should wash your suit occasionally using wetsuit shampoo or baby shampoo. Soak your wetsuit in clean, warm or cool water for about 15 minutes, ad a few capfuls of the cleaner and knead it into the neoprene. For bad small you can buy products like Mirazyme, specially made to flatten odors from bacteria and mildew in wetsuits
  • Avoid any contact with oil, gasoline, aerosols, or chemical solvents
  • A wetsuit doesn’t like to get banded, folded or wrunged. Material can breake and water can enter so if you pack it in the suitcase, it’s better to roll it then to fold
1The harsh environments like salt water and chlorine doesn’t spare the great canary islands. All circumstances during your time surfing gran canarias waves will take a toll on your suit and leave you with a delicate, stinky product. In order to spread the expectancy of life of your wetty, be conscientious about its cleaning and being cautious how their suit is stored.
Have fun while surfing the canary islandSurfcamp – Lowcost, Kelly
If you want to learn more about wetsuits: Check out our Big wetsuit Buyer´s Guide
 

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Clases de Surf Las Palmas | Escuelas de Surf dónde Aprender Surf | Diccionario general de palabras canarias

Aprender Surf en nuestras Clases de Surf y la lengua de los Canarios

Las islas canarias ofrecen excelentes condiciones para aprender surf. Surf Camp Las Palmas tiene una escuela de surf situada en primera línea del playa y buenas olas en todas las temporadas. En nuestro Surf Camp no tienes sólo la oportunidad de mejorar o aprender tu surf, tambien puedes aprender algo sobre la cultura de la lengua canaria utilizandola en cada esquina de la Surf City Las Palmas.


Las clases de surf aprender surfing son la razón principal para nuestros huéspedes para ir a las Islas Canarias. Todos ellos tienen el sueño de aprender surf, practicar este especial deporte y disfrutar de uno de los mejores climas del mundo (Las Palmas ha sido reconocida internacionalmente como la ciudad con mejor clima del planeta. Aparte del tiempo aprendiendo en la Escuela de surf, nuestros surfistas tambien pueden sacar provecho de su estancia en el Surf Camp para conocer el pais y su cultura canaria. ¿Y que podria expresar la cultura mejor que el idioma utilizado?


Tanto si hablas con un nativo sobre las condiciones de mar, vas en “gua-gua” (autobús en canario) hasta el próximo surfspot o simplemente compras un bocadillo en la cafetería de la esquina de la escuela de surf, simpre es útil hablar un poco de español. Viajar amplia la mente y la visión reducida que tenemos en nuestros hogares así que déjate ir y expande tu visión del mundo de surf trip!

El Habla Canaria constituye sin duda una de las principales señas de identidad de la nación canaria que es un dialecto del español porpio de las islas canarias (más info aquí). El más definitorio de una región o zona dialectal de los aspectos del lenguaje, suele ser el léxico. Hay muchas palabras que solo existen en las Canarias. Aqui hay algunos ejemplos:


Guagua autobus Tuno higo chumbo
Papa patata Baifo cria de la cabra
Enyesque Aaperitivo Queque bizcocho
Millo maiz Cambao torcido
Calufo calor insufrible Roscas palomitas
Fisco pedazo Pulover jersey
Cholas sandalias Buche aerosol
Fleje muchos Flis trago
Sancochar cocer Canelo marron

¿Pero de donde vienen esas palabras y porque estan tan integrado en el habla canaria?

El español hablado en Canarias es muy parecido al español hablado en Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela y Republica Dominicana y tiene una pronunciacion parecida. Algunas teorías la definen como una fusión entre la lengua portuguesa y el español. Generalmente el hablo canaria esta muy influenciaso por cinco factores:


1.) Vocablos latinos (debido a los flujos migracorios con el Caribe y Suramerica, a partid de la conquista)

Palabras como “papa” por “patata”, “guagua” por “autobús”, “mamoda” por “borracho” tienen raíces Latinas.


2.) Vocablos portugueses (flujos migratorios con Portugal)

El portugués es el idioma que más voces ha proporcionado al español de Canarias. Se trata de una gran cantidad de palabras especialmente de agricultura (“millo” por maíz) y el ámbito del hogar (palabras como “gaveta”, cajón, o “fonil”, embudo).


3.) Vocablos aborigenes (procedentes del amazigh hablado antiguamente).

Se trata de una serie de términos de que sobrevivieron de la antigua lengua hablada en las Islas hasta su caída en desuso en el siglo XVI y XVII. Un puñado de voces de este origen (baifo, tafor, tajorase, tajinaste o taginaste, tagasaste, tabaiba, tedera, gofio, tagora, etc.).


4.) Vocablos adaptados del ingles (por la colonia britanica instalada a finales de siglo XIX)

Del Inglés proceden términos como “queque” (dulce elaborado al horno a base de huevos, azúcar, pasas y otros ingredientes, del inglés cake)  o “naife” (nombre del cuchillo canario típico usado en el cultivo del plátano, proviene de la palabra inglesa knife).


5.) Vocablos arábicos

Del contacto con la costa africana continental ha llegado a Canarias un reducido número de arabismos, relacionados con el mundo del camello (“majalulo”, cría del camello) o “jaique” (traje descuidado y un traje tradicional de Gran Canaria también conocido como “camisuela”)


Básicamente, son éstos los apartados más notables que configuran el “léxico diferencial o contrastivo” de las islas canarias.

Surf Camp Las Palmas, Kelly

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Para terminar aqui algunas expresiones canarias:


Agüita Que pasada!
Al Golpito con calma
Chosss!! se usa para enfatizar algo exagerado
Se me fue el Baifo! se me fue la cabeza!
Que paso? se isa como un saludo
Salpica! Vete, dejame en paz.
Enterao de la Caja del Agua persona que cree que lo sabe todo
Estar abollao tener el estomago lleno
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SURFING | FACTS| HUMOROUS AND CURIOUS THINGS FROM THE WORLD OF SURFING

Humorous and curious things from the world of Surfing

Surfing is Fun – check out our list of 20 humorous and curios facts about surfing

Surfing is one of the most popular water sports around the world. Our surfing students in surfcamp-lowcost often say that it is an amazing adrenaline rush – once they stand up and get the wave, they can’t help but smile. We all agree: SURFING IS FUN !!

To even keep you amused once you’re not in the 1water, Surf Camp Las Palmas listed 20 funny and curious facts about surfing:


  1. The actress Cameron Diaz broke her nose four times while surfing
  2. Patrick Swayze broke four ribs during the shooting for the movie „Point Break“ dating back to 1991
  3. A surfing competition for dogs is held every year at Coronado Bay Resort in California
  4. The Australian female dog “Abbie Girl“ holds the record for the longest dog-ridden-wave: 107,2 Meter
  5. The longest natural ride ever done on a wave was 37 Minutes with a distance of 12,5km
  6. The record for the longest surf ride is 3hr 55min, set by Panamanian surfer Gary Saavedra in 2011, riding an artificial wave created by power boat
  7. The biggest wave recorded was 530 meters in Lituya bay, southern coast of Alaska
  8. In 2009 – 110 surfers lined up on the same ocean wave in Cape Town, South Africa, to set a new world record for the most boarders riding a single wave
  9. According to a American Surfmagazin, 66 % of all surfers think about sharks while they are riding a wave
  10. Kelly Slater is the highest paid surfer. He brought in three million dollar as the ninth time world champion surfer in 2009
  11. Kelly Slater once said:  Surfing is like the mafia. Once you’re in – your in. There’s no getting out”
  12. The first university to offer a degree in surfing is the University of Plymouth. There has been a degree course in Surf Science and Technology at Plymouth University since 1999
  13. June 20 marks International Surfing Day (ISD for the uninitiated)
  14. Australian researchers invented revolutionary colorful wetsuits which supposed to protect surfers from shark attacks
  15. The first recorded use of ‘surfing’ as a mode of using the internet was in 1992
  16. Surf detergent was introduced by Unilever in 1959. It became so popular in some parts of the world that ‘surf’ is the word for detergent in Urdu
  17. Surfing created the sport of skateboarding. It is said that surfers who couldn’t surf created boards with wheels in order to practice surfing in empty pools.
  18. The first Surfboards were simple wooden boards that were heavy, fin-less and very hard to control
  19. Booger and Sponger – It’s another word for a body boarder
  20. A Neptune Cocktail specifics an unintended gulp of seawater a surfer drinks as a result of a wipeout (for more expressions click here)

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Keep on having fun !!!


Surf Camp Las Palmas, Kelly


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Snorkeling at Playa de Las Canteras

Holidays on Gran Canaria and the diversity of Playa de Las Canteras

Snorkeling- Switching from the surface to the ground- Surfers alternatives on the multifaceted Beach of Las Canteras

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Playa de Las Canteras is known to be one the loveliest city beaches in Europe. With its fine 3km stretch of yellow, sandy beach it lies just a few hundred meters west of the city center of Las Palmas. It´s not just perfectly located, it is also superb for swimming, strolling and thanks to the great surf breaks it offers excellent conditions for a day surfing the waves. And as if this wasn’t enough, Playa de Las Canteras is also famous for its variety of marine life which makes it a great place for snorkeling.

People from all over Europe escape from the cold and come down to spendtheir holidays on Gran Canaria to take advantage of the best wind, waves and water temperature to go surfing.  But now and then, especially beginners are getting overextended by the crashing waves and unstoppable strength of the blue Atlantic. Sometimes you just wish you could press a button to hold on the approaching waves to stop the feeling being on spin drying of a wasching maschine. And here comes snorkeling into play.

Why don’t explore the seabed of the island for a day? Relish calm water and barely swell just in the middle of the city. Best Place to go snorkeling at Playa de Las Canteras just next to the Surf Camp accommodation, it the beach sector Playa chica y Playa grande. Thanks to the 1500m stretched chalk reef of La Barra, parallel to the Beach, this place is protected from the open sea and approaching waves which makes it a true paradise for snorkeling lovers. It´s volcanic origin is the key for the rich and unique diversity in species living in it. As far as life underwater goes, you can spot around 350 species of fish and 600 different kinds of algae.

Holidays on Gran Canaria is definitely the choice to indulge into a sea and beach experience where you can choose from a huge variety of opportunities. Playa de Las Canteras has it all !!

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*Kelly*

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