For surfers interested in coming to the Canary Islands, Dylan highly recommends Lanzarote as a destination, in particular Famara or La Santa. “If someone comes to Lanzarote, I would recommend them to go or La Santa or Famara, La Santa is more like powerful waves, Famara has also powerful waves but there’s more variety here” says Dylan.
Famara has some of the best surfing conditions in the Canary Islands and has hosted many World Surfing Championship events. Surrounded by spectacular landscapes with views from the shore of imposing cliffs and the small island of La Graciosa. The ocean floor in this part of Lanzarote has both sandy sections and rocky parts with multiple peaks, making Famara an idyllic location for surfers of all levels, from beginner to professional. There are many surf schools located on the beach that offer equipment rental as well as classes for those that want to either learn the basics of surfing or improve their technique.
La Santa, situated on the north-west coast of Lanzarote, is a great destination for more skilled surfers. With strong waves and lots of rocks and slopes, the port of La Santa provides great conditions for expert surfers 365 days a year, with the La Santa left being one of the most sought-after surfing experiences in the world.
Aoife Donegan, Conor and Dylan’s mother, lives with the boys in Famara, Lanzarote. Surfing is very much apart of the family’s day-to-day life. The boys’ father, Claude, has surfed for many years so, when Dylan and Conor were born it was only natural that they’d go to the water. The Canary Islands offer the family the perfect surf life balance.
Aoife explains, “Famara and Lanzarote in general offers them the possibility to mix their school life with home life, with their surf life and home life really revolves around their surfing. It’s all year round. Lanzarote offers that. 365 days, there’s always ways. Some days are better than others but there’s always conditions to catch a wave.”