Gran Canaria is the main island of the Canary Islands. It is fortunate to be gifted with trade winds throughout the year and it surely is the windiest of the Canaries. The island is blessed with an acceleration effect which feeds strong winds over the southeast coast of the island. Due to the almost circular geography of the island and its mountains with a height of 2000 meters, the wind often accelerates and even doubles in strength. This phenomenon, which is also called a “crash barrier effect” can cause wind speeds of around 30 to 40 knots in summer.
The wind in Bahía Feliz blows mostly side-shore from the left (northeast). The beach is approximately 50 to 100m long – depending on the tide level. The temperature lies between 20 and 25°C during the winter and between 25 and 30°C in the summer. The water is 18 to 25°C.
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The wind is usually lighter in the morning and sailing conditions are easier for beginners. More action for advanced sailors will be provided around noon when the wind picks up. Inside the bay there are perfect conditions to practice beach and water start or some first jibes. Around 800m further out you will find bigger swell from 0.5 to 1.5m high for wave riding and jumping. On the left side of the bay there is a cape which forms a clean breaking wave on some days of the year, perfect for frontside wave riding.
There is a 60% to 70% probability of planning winds over 4 bft from October to April. In the summer months (May to September) the trade wind is more consistent but comes more northerly. When the wind blows around the island, Bahía Feliz is sheltered and only light winds reach the bay. For that reason we offer highwind excursions to top spots like Salinas de Arinaga or Burrero which are situated near the famous world cup spot Pozo Izquierdo.
The wave conditions depend on the actual tide level. The breaking wave will have more power at high tide than at low tide and the standing area will be reduced with high tide. Especially at new moon and full moon, the shore break can be challenging. For this reason we advise you to pay attention to the tidal table at all times.
The Fanatic Boarders Center team is always there to give you a helping hand and to provide useful advice about the spot, wind and wave conditions. Just ask!