Surfing in Lanzarote with the Calima Surf Camp for Kids in the Canary Islands

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If you’re looking for a surf camp for kids in Europe, look no further. We tried surfing in Lanzarote with Calima Surf School and the kids loved it.

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Learning to Surf in the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are little further south than you might realize, but they’re still part of Spain, and therefore part of the EU. One of those islands is called Lanzarote, and it’s a great place to learn to surf in Spain.

Lanzarote is a small island with big waves. However, our kids still need surfing lessons in a safe environment with manageable waves and good instructors that are accustomed to working with kids. Several of the Canary Islands have surfing schools and surf camps, but we chose Calima Surfing School because they have a history of teaching kids. We were very happy with our choice, and the kids learned a lot about how to surf in the Canary Islands, or anywhere else with adequate swells.

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Surfing in Lanzarote

Calima Surf School is located at Playa Famara, a shallow beach the northern half of Lanzarote flanked by a small, steep set of mountains to the east and the quiet, sandy town of Famara to the west. The views from the sand are pretty amazing.

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Calima has a variety of surfing lessons and surf camps available — from first timers up to advanced surfers. They also have kite surfing and standup paddle boarding (SUP) classes. Calima’s surf camps for kids are for three days or five days. Most lessons are in Spanish or English, but check with them for other language options.

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Calima Surf Camp Details

Our camp lasted from 9:45 to 3pm, and that included boards, wetsuits, instruction, and lunch. Some surf campers stay for a week in local accommodation, as well. Transportation can also be arranged, but since we had a rental car, we drove there every day ourselves.

We arrived early on the first day to sign the parental consent forms and get the kids into their wetsuits. If you’ve never put on a wetsuit before, give yourself an extra 5-10 minutes on the first day. Afterwards, everyone jumped into the vans and the instructors drove them two minutes away to the beach.

Like the kids’ earlier surf lessons in Santander, the first part of the Calima Surf Camp was on the beach, learning the strategy of surfing. The instructors taught them how to get up, how to stand on the board and how to balance. The class was divided into smaller groups by age, skill level and language. Our kids were in a group of four kids, with an instructor using English and Spanish.

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Weather for Surfing in Lanzarote

This was the first week of January, so the water was not as warm as it would be in the rest of the year, but the wetsuits kept the kids warm enough once they jumped in. The beach itself was warm enough for shorts and bare feet, but the unusually strong winds on day two made Keiko and I keep our jackets on as we watched the kids tackling the waves from the sand.

During lunch break, all students were required to bring dry clothes to cover their top half while eating. This was January after all, and so as their bodies cooled down, they needed to keep them warm and dry.

After 45 minutes for lunch, they were back in action, playing some games on the beach before hitting the surf again. Playa Famara is fairly shallow with waves that break near the shore. This meant that our girl could actually practice standing on the board in water that came up to her waist or lower. She has taken lessons once before, and at 10 years old, she can say that she stood on the board a few times, for (only) a few seconds. For her age, size (very tall for 10) and present athletic level, that was pretty good.

The boy, however, wanted to go out further for bigger waves, and the instructors allowed him. He did pretty well, riding a lot of waves in on the first day, and less so on the second.

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Surfing in Lanzarote Canary Islands Surf Camp for Kids Calima Surf School surfboard training on the waves

Tips for surfing in the Canary Islands

The rules for spending all day in the waves are fairly universal, but there are a few things you should keep in mind when surfing in Lanzarote or anywhere else.

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That’s salt in his eyebrows. Drink lots of fluids!

Pack extra water & snacks

Lunch was provided by Calima Surf School, but our growing teen is voracious. On the first day, he ate part of his sister’s sandwich. On the second day, we brought him an extra one. Make sure the kids keep downing fluids as well. All that sun, exercise and salty water mean that they’ll dehydrate easily.

Bring sunscreen

Even in January, even when clouds roll though, the sun is working on your skin. Just look at the instructors. Some of these guys are wearing sunscreen so thick that half of their face is white.

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Make sure the wetsuit fits properly

No matter the season, you want your wetsuit to be snug, but not too tight. Same for canyoning.  If it’s too tight, the wetsuit can restrict your movement. If it’s too loose, then water can pool up inside. You definitely don’t want this in the colder months.

Pick up food & supplies early

Calima Surf School is in the small town of Famara, and most of the few shops in town close up for siesta sometime between 2pm and 4pm. That means the nearby bodega and grocery store (and the drinks, snacks and sunscreen sold within) will be unavailable when the class ends at 3pm. There are a few shops and restaurants open, but there’s not much to the town. We saw a small vegetarian/vegan shack on the west side of town (only one main road, really), but didn’t have a chance to try it.

Choose instructors with experience teaching children

There are lots of great surf camps and surfing instructors in the Canary Islands. Whatever island you visit, choose an instructor who is used to working with kids and beginners. It makes a difference. Calima is one of those places.

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Surfing in Lanzarote Canary Islands Surf Camp for Kids Calima Surf School bringing the board back

Have your been surfing in Lanzarote?

Or have you been surfing in the Canary Islands? Where did you go? Where would you recommend? Tell us in the comments below, or contact me directly.

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Disclosure: The kids’s surf lessons were covered by Calima Surf School, but my opinions are my own and I only recommend places/services that I believe will genuinely help your travel. We endorse Calima Surf School, and plan to return when we visit Lanzarote. 

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