There's no doubt that Playa de Pozo Izquierdo is one of the absolute Meccas of windsurfing in Europe! You can also take a refreshing dip in the adjacent bay. El Arenal, as the locals call the beach, is the ideal place to start windsurfing. Not only are you spoiled for choice with the different schools and operators, you can also watch the pros in action. When bathing you'll mainly come across people from the region, and typically for an international surf spot, the atmosphere amongst the windsurfers is laid-back.
Playa de Pozo Izquierdo - The best windsurfing spot in Gran Canaria!One of Europe's windsurfing Meccas is waiting for you! There's good reason why lots of surfing pros spend several months in Gran Canaria, mostly here at Playa de Pozo Izquierdo, which belongs to the resort of the same name. When bathing you'll mainly come across people from the region, and typically for an international surf spot, the atmosphere amongst the windsurfers is laid-back.
El Arenal, as Playa de Pozo Izquierdo is known by the locals, is really easy to find because it is very well signposted from the GC-1 expressway in the south-east of the island. You can park in the resort or in the large car parks by the beach, which is divided into two areas - a bathing area and the actual windsurfing spot. Both areas are accessible for wheelchair users and at the surf spot there is even a stand where you can watch what's going on in the water. The beach nestles unobtrusively in the flat surroundings, but the surfing spot is surrounded by small hills.
A paved pathway leads from the car park to the bathing area via the promenade. Although there are no other sports on offer, a lifeguard looks out for your safety on this beach, which is rather exposed despite the breakwaters. In the swimmers' area you can enter the water either via a set of steps or from the sand. The beach slopes gently into the water all along the shore, so even small children and unconfident swimmers can swim here. The crowd is pleasantly mixed and it's mainly families and young people from the surrounding area that spend time here. You can also retreat to the small beach bar, with its direct view of the sea, to relax and watch the pros amidst the wind and waves.
To get to the windsurfing spot, it's only about 100 metres walk from the car park to the stony beach. Here everything is really geared towards windsurfers and their sport. A ramp brings you and your kit straight to the water and you can get yourself and your equipment ready behind wind shelters in advance. The crowd here consists mainly of first generation middle-aged windsurfers and pro-surfers. Beginners are, of course, very welcome as well though. Several surf schools offer courses and equipment, as well as lessons at the slightly quieter Playa de las Gaviotas, which is nearby. Every year in July the beach hosts the Professional Windsurfers Association World Cup, attracting international visitors. Various other windsurfing competitions and events also take place throughout the year, where you can see the pros at work!