Gran Canaria is one of the best windsurfing destinations in the world due to its constant winds, waves, and rather warm temperatures. The constant winds are the famous "trade winds" that blow mainly in summer.
The island offers a wide range of surf conditions for all levels, from beginners to experts. Some of the most popular spots for windsurfing include Pozo Izquierdo (expert), Vargas (expert), Bahia Feliz (more easy, if the weather is fine), and Arinaga.
Pozo Izquierdo, located on the east coast of the island, is one of the most famous windsurfing spots in Gran Canaria. It is well-known for its strong winds and waves, which make it a paradise for experienced windsurfers who want to ride the waves. This place is normally NOT SUITABLE for beginners.
Pozo Izquierdo and Vargas are not only great spots for windsurfing. These are also excellent locations for kitesurfing. The constant winds and waves make them perfect spots for experienced kitesurfers to practice their skills. However, beginners can still have fun if the wind is not too strong, as there are several kitesurfing schools that offer introductory lessons and equipment rentals.
In addition to the wind, which can be very strong, another difficulty for the practice of these sports in Gran Canaria is the access to the water. Most of the beaches are windy and sandless. The strong currents have led to the development of slippery mosses on the boulders. It is advisable to take into account the tide. For example, in Vargas, it is easier to enter the water at low tide. But there are other spots where a high tide is better, so it is important to be informed.
For beginners, it is best to count on a windsurfing, kitesurfing or wingfoil school, which will almost always take you to Bahia de Formas, a rather rocky beach but protected from the swell.