Las Cucharas Bay, Lanzarote (Canary Islands)
Las Churachas Bay
Cucharas Beach is located in the Canary Islands on the Island of Lanzarote at the town of Costa Teguise.
The 600m long horseshoe shaped bay surrounded by the hotels and a number of windsurfing centres. It is generally windier than other spots in Lanzarote, which is one of the reasons it attracts windsurfers. With the north-east trade wind, the water is flat and protected on the inside of the bay, and then windier outside the bay where there is a reef creating waves to ride and jump.
Every July the European Professional Freestyle Tour comes to Cucharas Beach to hold a major event, such are the excellent freestyle conditions at that time of year.
The wind is the most consistent from April to September, with the wind blowing over 15 knots (force 4) over 80% of the time. The winds are less reliable between November and January, with February, March and October being in between. The sea temperatures range from 17° – 21 ° throughout the year, with the warmest temperatures between June and august, and the coldest temperatures from January to April. The sea temperatures are a little cooler than the other Canary Islands. Bring a wetsuit with long legs at least for the winter (2/3 mm) and a shorty for the summer. During the coldest days some may prefer a 3 mm long sleeve suit or even a 4/3 mm.SAILING:
The sandy crescent shaped bay of Las Cucharas is a safe location surrounded by beach and shore on all sides.
The bay provides what can best be described as three distinct windsurfing areas that are created by the shape of the bay and the effect of the prevailing north-east trade wind that blows cross shore form the left.
From the sandy launch spots in front of the windsurfing centres, the first 100m or so is shallow and sheltered from the strength of the wind. This provides an ideal training environment for teaching kids and entry level sailors in flat water without too much wind. There are also jetties extending from the shoreline that further shelter the water close to the beach. In the mornings the wind can also be slightly northerly and hence cross-offshore, which further enhances the sheltered conditions.
From 100 m or so until 500 m, the north-east wind gains in strength and becomes much cleaner. The water state remains fairly flat with some small waves coming through. This provides an ideal bump and jump, as well as slalom and freestyle area for intermediate to advanced sailors. It is a fairly safe area, as you will be surrounded by fellow sailors, and there is a conveniently placed platform 400 m out from the shoreline which allows people to attach their boards, have a rest and enjoy the action without sailing back to the shore.
At about 500 m, the Bay becomes open sea, and upwind there is a reef that provides excellent waves between 0.5 and 3 m depending on the ocean swells. The water can be a beautiful turquoise in this area. A key feature of these waves is that they are ideal for the first time wave sailor as well as the advanced. There is lots of space between the waves, and it is possible to exit the waves safely. They break cleanly, and for their size don't have much power. They are ideal for jumping and backside wave riding. There is also plenty of depth over the reef at low tide so as not to damage fins or hurt yourself on the reef. The waves then reform on the inner reef where they become better for entry level wave sailors to practice their wave riding techniques, and due to the water's depth, do not break until they reach the shore which will cause a small shore break.
The best wave for more advanced wave sailors is to be found upwind close to the north-eastern tip of the bay at Los Charcos. Here the wind is also at its strongest. Some local sailors will launch from the shoreline up at Las Charcos but the shore is rocky at low tide.
Even further upwind there is a harbour entrance. On occasions this will produce a very short wave . A lot of locals sail from this harbour. There is a car park and sand to rig on but the launch is a little tricky over a slippery reef.
Best Suited To
- Beginners and improvers in the mornings at all tides.
- Bump and jump sailors.
- First time wave sailors.
- Intermediate and advanced wave sailors.
- Professional level wave sailors when it is big over the reef.
- Best gear to use
There is a choice of water states at Cost Teguise which means that many types of equipment are suitable, depending on the requirements of the sailor, from high wind low volume wave boards to large freeride boards and wide beginner boards. It is also suitable for slalom sailing, and is a destination used by the slalom pros to train in winter, but this is less popular.
Most popular board size:
- 68 –135 L
Most popular sail size:
- 4.7 - 7.0 M.
NOTE: There is no kitesurfing at Cost TeguiseABILITIES:
- Beginners inside the sheltered bay
- Intermediate and advanced freeride.
- First time wave sailors.
- Intermediate and advanced wave sailors and slalom windsurfers.
- Professional level wave sailors.
- Great holiday destination for families, couples, friends
The wind is the most consistent from April to September, with the wind blowing over 15 knots (force 4) over 80% of the time. The winds are less reliable between November and January, with February, March and October being in between. The sea temperatures range from 17° – 21 ° throughout the year, with the warmest temperatures between June and august, and the coldest temperatures from January to April. The sea temperatures are a little cooler than the other Canary Islands. Bring a wetsuit with long legs at least for the winter (2/3 mm) and a shorty for the summer. During the coldest days some may prefer a 3 mm long sleeve suit or even a 4/3 mm.
The windspeed statistics below show the percentage of days with wind above 15 knots (force 4 Bft) and average sea and air temperatures at Costa Teguise:
- Cross-shore 90% of the time (north-east).
- 75% of planing winds over 15 knots (force 4 Bft).WATER:
The water is turquoise blue and temperate in temperature at around 17 to 21 deg C during the sailing season so you may need a light-weight wetsuit during the colder periods. The water is generally flat in the bay and as you sail further out to sea it turns a darker blue and has rolling swell and waves up to 3 m 500 m upwind.RIGGING:
There is room on the white sandy beach for rigging or if you are renting gear that will be rigged at the sailing centre and you carry it from there to the beach.LAUNCHING:
The launching area is flat water with a sandy bottom however it can be challenging on small boards to get out past the rock wall which blocks the wind in what is a narrow channel for sailors exiting and entering the beach.POTENTIAL HAZARDS:
None really to speak of. There can be a little shore break if the swell is high. The waves can get to over 3m off Los Charcos, but can be avoided easily.
There are several windsurfing centres in Costa Teguise providing the whole range of gear for rent as well as lessons for all levels of sailors. These centers also rent surfboards, SUPs and other gear...
- Location Pro Centre Lanzarote is located approximately 200 metres from the launching area up a moderate road/walkway. It is central to accommodation in the area so easy to get to by foot however if you need to drive there is a free public car park nearby. Business Hours Operating hours are 10 am to 6 pm daily, 365 days a Read more...
Costa Teguise Accommodation
Costa Teguise has a great range of 4 and 5 star hotel accommodation, as well as apartments and villas to rent. Most are located within walking distance of Las Cucharas Beach, as well as other services such as the bars, restaurants and shops.
- Star Rating:
Meliá Salinas is a luxury ADULTS ONLY hotel located right on the beachfront on Las Chucaras. There are a variety of room types catering for 1 – 3 guests and many rooms have spectacular views across the ocean plus they look out directly over the Windsurfing areas. Facilities include 2 beautiful pools set in tropical gardens, beach bar, 2 buffet Read more...
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Barceló Teguise Beach is and ADULTS ONLY resort hotel located 150 m from Las Chucaras beach. Rooms cater for singles, twin-share, double and triple-share and all have balconies, private bathrooms, some with spa baths. The hotel has a communal lounge area, buffet restaurant, outdoor pools in a tropical setting, an endless pool overlooking the beach/windsurfing area, bar and fitness centre. Read more...
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- Flat Water Blasting
- Bump and Jump
- Longboard Cruising
- Advanced Wave Sailing
- Intermediate Wave Sailing
- Flat Water
- Small Waves
- Large Waves
- Open Sea
- Warm Water
- Salt Water
- Difficult Launching
- On-site Parking
- Public Toilets
- Windsurfer Shop
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