I recently had a great experience at the Secret Surf School in Tenerife that I would like to share with you 🙂 . Mid December 2016, I was sitting in my office staring outside. It was raining, literally pouring, and freezing cold outside. I told my colleagues: I really need a holiday. And so it happened. Enjoy this Secret Surf School Tenerife review!
2 hours later I had booked a flight to Tenerife departing one week later. I was gonna spend a week there over New Years, chasing some sun and vitamin D. But, I had not realized this is high season on Tenerife and soon found out that all accommodation was fully booked! I was getting slightly stressed out and started doing some more research on the island. Turns out it’s a great surfing destination! I have already taken tons and tons of surf lessons in my life but still suck, so a surf camp always comes in handy 😉 . I then started to write all surf camps on the island and the only one that managed to get me a bed was Secret Surf School!
I’m super happy to recommend these guys. Enjoy this Secret Surf School Tenerife Review!
Secret Surf School Tenerife Review
I had easy mail conversations with one of the owners Valeria, and booked the surfcamp including accommodation for a week. This gave me 6 nights of accommodation and 5 surf lessons for €295. Not a bad deal at all, especially when you take into account it was booked a week in advance 🙂
The Secret Surf School in Tenerife is located in El Poris, a little seaside village. Bus 111 was an easy ride from the Airport and runs every 30 minutes (both in the direction of the Airport and Santa Cruz). The cost was around €4-5 euros. After approx 20 minutes in the bus, it’s an easy 5 minute walk to the hostel. I was welcomed by one of the staff who gave me a quick tour.
The hostel itself is a huge villa! The biggest advantage of this hostel is that it’s very spacious. Especially the private rooms are quite large and bright, the kitches are big and the living areas are good too. And then of course the outside patio with pool is great!
El Poris is a sweet little village with 2 restaurants and a supermarket. One of the restaurants is Café del mar, a great pick to have a cana (beer) and some tapas after a surf session. Before you know it you’re 5 beers later, but hey, it’s holidays 😉
The Surf Lessons
The surf lessons mostly took place in El Poris. We would meet at the surf school (5 min walk from the hostel) at 9am. We would the stuff the van with wetsuits, leashes, rashies and put the boards on top for a quick ride. The beach that they use for classes is a beautiful small beach without any rocks. Great for beginner lessons and apparently when the swell picks up, also a good place to go for fun intermediate waves.
The size of the group varied widely. Some days it was only a couple of people, some days it was bigger. They try to have a max of 6 people per instructor. Some people were there for the surfcamp, other people would just rock up for day (or 2 or 3).
Valeria and Franco were very nice teachers and had a great vibe going on. They gave me great tips to improve my surfing and would take pictures during the sessions so you could see yourself afterwards.
The one thing about taking surf lessons in cheaper destinations like Peru is that you can have a private session with a teacher. This will get you more personal attention, a teacher with you in the water and you will improve quicker. But for beginner group lessons on fun waves I can definitely recommend the Secret Surf School!
The days on which the waves in the El Poris break were really too small, we would take the van and head out to a beach near El Medano where it was a bit bigger. During my week there the conditions were not great and the waves quite small, so I will definitely be back at some point!
Definitely going back!
All in all I can definitely recommend everything about the Secret Surf School. The hostel, the staff, the vibe, the surf lessons, Valeria and Franco, the whole package 🙂 Also the island of Tenerife itself is really great with lots to explore! You have the Teide Volcano, cute villages such as Orotava, amazing beaches with rock formations as Los Gigantes and much more!
Tenerife was definitely one of these places where you actually feel sad when you leave after a week. But hey, only a 3 hour flight away 🙂 See you soon guys!