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Surf, Yoga & Tandem Paragliding in the Canary Island

What else can you ask for? Surf & Yoga in Lanzarote is the best combination when you are planning to take a rest from the stressful city life or when you just need a break. And if you need a change of view, go paragliding in Famara.

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Summer surfing with Lanzasurf!

Surf & Yoga Weekend with Lanzasurf – 10th to 14th March 2016

 

Fancy some Sun, Sea, Sports and Relaxation to get through the long winter?

Join the Lanzasurf family for the 5th Edition of our Surf & Yoga Weekend in the Natural Reserve of Famara, on the island of Lanzarote, Canary Islands, from Thursday 10th to Monday 14th March.

Yoga is an ideal complement to surfing, as have understood many professional surfers around the world: working on maintaining your calm and concentration and on increasing your strength, flexibility and breathing, is a perfect preparation for the practice of surfing.

Experienced certified teachers will mentor participants throughout this short Surf & Yoga Retreat, which will be held in Famara’s amazingly relaxing atmosphere, surrounded by the sea, the dunes and the volcanoes, under Lanzarote’s blue skies.

The Retreat includes 4 hours of Surfing and 2 hours of Yoga and Meditation on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, picnic on the beach, photos, videos, and of course lots of fun.

>> The Surfing part of the Retreat covers both theory and practice, from basic safety rules in the water to paddling and take-off technique, turns, positioning on the wave etc.

>> The Yoga course integrates elements of Hatha, Vinyasa, Pranayama and Meditation.

Anyone wishing to practice Surfing and Yoga is welcome, from complete beginners in both disciplines to intermediate and advanced surfers and / or Yogis.

Direct flights operated by Ryanair and other low-cost airlines are available from most major European cities with a flight time of 2 to 4 hours.

Our guests will stay in our Surf House located in Famara village, facing the dunes, literally 15 meters from Famara beach.

Prices:

– 3-day Surf & Yoga course: €199 all included
– Surf house accommodation: €15 per person per night

For more information and bookings, please contact us at info@lanzasurf.com.

We look forward to welcoming you to our little Paradise in the middle of the Atlantic!

Aloha & Namaste,

Mathilde & Evandro
Lanzasurf

Surf Accident

Is Surfing Dangerous?

 

In the 15 years I have been coaching surfing, many people have asked me: is surfing dangerous?

So I´ve decided to write down my thoughts on this matter.

For me surfing is not dangerous compared to other sports: statistically speaking, you are much more likely to get hurt playing soccer, skating, horse riding, kite surfing, cycling…

I have surfed for 33 years, most of my life, and I´ve only had a few little cuts on my feet from fins when I sat down on my board while waiting in the lineup, my own surfboard hitting me when I forgot to be cover up in a wipeout etc. So basically nothing more than a few bumps and bruises from my own lack of attention.

But 5 weeks ago I had what was for me a life changing accident. I now try to take the positive from that event, and see everything from a different perspective.

In the morning I had surfed perfect barreling waves on a local reef break for 2 hours and everything went fine. I went on to give the surf class at Famara beach, had a fantastic day with super motivated Lanzasurfers enjoying amazing glassy conditions. On finishing the day at the beach, I felt tired but still adrenalized from my morning session, so I decided to go back into the water.

The swell had dropped down massively, but waves were still fun and beautiful. On the 4th wave I took, I pulled an aerial and landed badly back on my board. I wasn’t focusing and I didn´t care if I finished the maneuver nicely, I was not prepared and hadn´t planned the move out properly, so all my weigh landed on my front leg in a rotation, I heard a crack and felt the bone break.

My whole life flashed before me in that moment, I was overwhelmed by a crazy mix of emotions and sensations. I couldn’t feel the pain yet as adrenaline was pumping through my veins, but I knew something was really wrong and my foot was hanging out weirdly. I asked for help then caught the first wave in.

I dragged myself on the rocks, then several local surfers who had seen it all happening were suddenly here grabbing me and carrying me back to land (thank you José, Carlos, Yeray, Darwin, Martin, Sandro, Luis, Will, Hector, Claudio, Amelia and all the others for all your amazing help and care!). This is when the pain hit; it was unbearable until the ambulance arrived and took me to hospital where I finally got the first of numerous shots of morphine.

I want to tell people about this situation with these few words, to help others and myself understand how, when, and why accidents happen, and how we can avoid them.

In my case the main factor that produced my accident was a lack of focus:

  • Where was I? Too much talking in the lineup, not enough observation of the sea, of the waves and of what was happening around me,
  • What was I doing? I didn´t visualize how I wanted to surf, didn’t focus on the moment, my mind was cluttered when it should have been clear.  I should have paid attention to the little signals: how I was feeling, what other surfers were doing, what changes were taking place in the conditions out at sea…

I should have listened to myself and what my body was telling me:

  • Was I tired, weak, thirsty, hungry, cold, stressed?
  • Was I physically prepared to surf that many hours that day?
  • Was there enough wax on my board? Did I have the right fins, leash etc. for the type of surf manoeuvre I was trying to perform?
  • Was I mentally ready? Was I focused, had I planned my surfing session?
  • How long was I planning to surf for?

We must pay attention to these and many other elements to make sure our surf session is safe: are those around me good surfers from whom I can learn, or are they kamikaze maniacs and a danger to me? How are the waves, how are the conditions, are they changing, will I surf the left or the right? Is my body sending me messages I should listen to? Am I ready to quickly react to changing conditions, or get out of the water if needed before putting myself in a dangerous situation?

These are the questions that we should be asking ourselves when we go out to surf. If I had asked them on that day I wouldn´t be nursing a broken leg!

Surfing is much safer than most other sports… as long as you are focused, following basic safety rules, paying attention to what’s happening around you and to the signals your body is sending you.

I hope these words can help you surf well and safely, with more happiness, concentration and determination.

As for me, my leg is getting better each day and I will be back in the water very soon!

Thanks for reading! Please like, share and comment!

Evandro

Lanzasurf

World Surf League’s Franito Pro Junior Surf Contest is about to start in Famara, Lanzarote!

Once again Famara is the host to an International Surf Contest, the Franito Pro Junior, part of the World Surf League’s Qualifying Series.

We look forward to seeing the new generation in action, with the best under-20 surfers in the world shredding our famous local spot of San Juan in Famara!

As for the Quemao class XXL event earlier this year, Evandro will be in the judges‘ box, working hard to crown the winner.

Follow the event live on World Surf League Franito Pro Junior

Video: August surfing in Famara, Lanzarote with Lanzasurf

Choosing the right surfboard – a few tips from Evandro

It is not easy to pick a board that fits you, so here are a few tips so you choose the right one!

First you want to ask yourself what type of surfer you are, and what you enjoy the most: smooth longboard riding, or more radical moves? Do you surf on a regular basis, or just a few times a year? Which size and type of waves do you usually surf? What board will be the most suited to your height and weight?

When people ask me which surf board they should buy, unless they are already at an advanced level I always recommend longboards, evolutive / mini-malibu or fish/egg type boards, with a length of between 9 foot and 6.4 foot. The thickness of the board is equally as important: the more volume, the more flotation, the easier it will be to paddle, catch waves, and stand up on the board before the drop gets too vertical – especially if you do not surf very often. Make sure you also take your height and weight into account: a board that fits your tiny girlfriend perfectly may not be adequate for you if you are twice as big as her, as the flotation will not be the same.

Be careful about what you are being sold: surf shops will often advise you to buy a short board, but this is only because there are many more available on the market than other types of boards – so it is in the shop’s interest to sell those, but another type of board may be a better match for you.

I know – short boards are easier to carry and look cool under your arm… But is it really the most important thing about a board? At the end of the day surfing is all about having a good time: what you really want is to be happy and safe, and progress so that you come out of the water satisfied after each surf session. Remember the best surfer in the water is not the guy pulling the most ipressive manoeuvres, it is the guy having the most fun!

To those worrying about passing through the waves, getting to the line-up and making manoeuvres with a bigger board, I would just suggest you check Jamie O’Brien riding Jaws (famous massive wave in Hawaii) on his 9-foot soft-top board, or Kelly Slater riding a wooden… door! Quite inspiring indeed! If you have the skills you can surf in all conditions and do all the maneuvers you want, no matter which board you are riding – so you may as well learn to do that on a board that will let you off a few mistakes at the beginning.

You also want to take the material into consideration: Fiberglass? Wood? Epoxy? Bamboo? Foam? Each of these have different characteristics when it comes to durability, flexibility, weight and safety. Surfboards are very fragile so if you are beginning you want to go for the toughest and most forgiving board possible as it will allow you a few hiccups.

I recommend you consider buying second-hand: there are plenty of good second-hand boards on the market, and they will be at least 30% cheaper than a new board, which will lose its value the moment you wax it for the first time. When buying second-hand it is important to look out for existing damages on the board. Check the nose, tail, rails, fin box… Lots of paint and / or stickers may indicate that the seller is trying to hide something! A board that is unusually heavy may be filled with water due to a crack. If you are buying from a friend he/she will most likely let you try the board first, which is the best way to check if it works for you – the condition being that you do not damage it, but if you follow our advice on how to behave outside and inside the water this will not be a problem!

If you are really set on buying a new board rather than second hand, keep in mind that many shapers can actually tailor make it for you so that it fits your height, weight, level and surfing style perfectly, and it will almost be the same price as a standard board. In Lanzarote we are blessed with a few excellent shapers of both fiberglass and wooden boards at unbeatable prices.

Lastly, if you do not surf very often, remember that nowadays you can rent all types of surfboards pretty much all over the globe – this will save you board bag fees and damages on the plane, and your shoulder will be grateful for it! In Famara you will be able to rent pretty much anything you want, from short boards to stand-up-paddles.

See you soon in the water, on a new, second-hand or rental board – or on whatever else that floats and can be ridden!

Aloha,
Evandro – Lanzasurf

Evandro tells us more about his experience of surfing in competition

Evandro is Lanzasurf’s founder and head surf instructor. In addition to his daily work in the Lanzasurf family, he has been competing in regional, national and international surf contests on a regular basis since the age of 11. Today we ask him to tell us a little more about this facet of his passion for surfing.

How do you prepare before a competition?

I make a special effort to eat and sleep well, and I train with friends and clients on Famara beach and other spots.

Do you compete often? And why do you compete?

I compete as often as possible! I get very excited when I see that the surf forecast is good and that we will get amazing waves for the contest. When I was a kid I used to compete a lot, and I still enjoy it very much at the age of 37!

I love contests that have a nice family atmosphere. We set up the tent with Mathilde, Chela (our dog!) and friends, and we camp there for the whole duration of the championship.

I really enjoy the training that goes with the preparation for the contest, I find it very motivating as it helps me keep improving my surf level. I also absorb the best of other people’s surfing. I love the adrenalin rush I get during the event, it is very stimulating.

What struck you most last time you competed?

The patience of my girlfriend Mathilde! (laughs)

It was an eventful weekend. It all started on a Friday morning at 6.30am. With a friend we went to surf El Quemao, a 15-minute drive from Famara. It is a very powerful reef break, and that day waves were massive, more than double-overhead (3-4 meters). We jumped in the water as the sun was just coming up. I had a 6’10 board but it was too small a board for such conditions. My friend caught a huge wave with his 7’6 board, it was unbelievable. On his third wave the lip caught up with him and he broke his board, so we decided to go for an energy-packed breakfast in preparation for all the surf that was still to come over the weekend.

We then crossed over from Lanzarote to Fuerteventura where more perfect waves were awaiting us. After a magical 3-hour surf session in perfect conditions, Mathilde, Amelia and Chela joined us and brought us food and water to save our lives as we hadn’t had time to even think about eating or drinking!! We watched the sun go down in the beautiful late afternoon lights and started driving to the championship, which was starting the next morning. We got lost a few times on the way and made it there really late, it was a challenge setting up the tents in the dark!

So tell us more about your strategy in the heats?

I observed the waves a lot: how many waves came in each set, which ones were the best of the set (the ones that were opening all the way to the shore with a nice clean face), length of the interval between two sets of waves, how many waves other competitors managed to catch in the heat, how long it took them to get back to the line-up, how the judges were valuing each type of manoeuvre etc.

During the event I felt a lot of pressure so I practiced yoga and listened to music to stay focussed and calm. I tried to listen to what my body was asking me, stretching, drinking a lot of water, eating well, relaxing and chatting with friends.

What was the result of the championship?

I was lucky enough to make it all the way to the finals.

In the last heat I saw Yeray catch a nice, big wave which seemed to have a lot of potential, but it closed out on him and it took him a lot of time to paddle back to the line.up. Meanwhile I was alone at the peak and a perfect wave came for me. I surfed it like it was the last wave of my life and it got me on top of the podium!

Even though it was just a local contest, it felt so good to win as the level of surfing was so high in that event.

Generally speaking it was an amazing weekend with perfect conditions, no phone or internet connection, just tents, barbecues, nice waves, sunshine and friends. Unforgettable. I can’t wait for the next one!

Video: Surf & Yoga Retreat Famara, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

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