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7 surf spots for intermediates

So you want to work on your cutback?

4 minute read. Last update: 7 Feb 2024.

As an intermediate surfer, you want to:

  1. practice and learn more maneuvers.
  2. enhance your reading of the waves and positioning in the line-up,

Let us introduce you with some spots with beautiful waves to ride and practice.

Keep in mind that the weather conditions greatly affect how the waves behave in each spot, so pay attention to the forecast.

⚠ī¸ If you still need to learn to take-off more consistently, and can't turn well yet, read surf spots for improvers instead. We're also planning to write a third companion article, with spot recommendations for beginners, stayed tuned.


Safety considerations

This guide is aimed at surfers who are already autonomous in the water. To ride in some of the spots listed below, you should:

  • be able to assess the weather conditions to determine whether it safe to surf in the spot in front of you: identify rip currents, shore breaks...
  • have endurance to paddle long distances, get away from strong current areas, don't get pushed towards rocks
  • know how to behave in the line-up, stay out of the way of other surfers
  • respect the surf etiquette.

If you do not have this level, check the surf spots for improvers recommendations instead, for your own safety. Or if you are a beginner, take classes with the surf school, it's really worth it.

Punta Blanca

While Punta Blanca is more known as an improvers spot, offering quantity rather than quality, some clean and fun right-handers and A-frames can be found in the outside, when the waves are smaller than 1.7m and come from the North West.

Photo of the outside peak in Punta Blanca surf spot
Photo of the outside peak in Punta Blanca surf spot

On big days, the outside cannot be reached and is full of closing-out waves, only the reforms inside can be surfed, better at mid or high tide.

You can learn more about Punta Blanca by checking out our visual spot guide: Punta Blanca Essentials.

La Caleta

La Caleta is a left-hander surf spot also located in the North shore. It tends to be cleaner than Punta Blanca, but catches less swell. The spot is small, and easily gets crowded.

La Caleta is inside a small bay facing North, and does not get much from swells coming from North-West.

Learn how to surf at La Caleta in our visual spot guide: La Caleta Essentials.

La Derecha de los Alemanes

La Derecha is a beautiful right-hander reef-break, quite exposed to the swells coming from the Northern directions.

The wave is more suitable to shortboards at low or mid-tide, and gets more mellow at high tide, when a longboard gets necessary.

⚠ī¸ The peak is kilometers away from the shore, and there is some strong current, make sure that you have the physical condition and skills to handle that.

Overview of the surf spot La Derecha de los Alemanes
Paddling out at la Derecha de los Alemanes. Based on aerial photography by - CC BY 4.0

Here's the location of La Derecha de los Alemanes, a couple of kilometers to the West of Majanicho.

Majanicho inside

Majanicho inside is a break in the North shore, relatively protected from the bigger swells. It features a nice right-hander point break, which offers long rides and nice reforming sections.

Understand how the spot works in our visual spot guide: Majanicho inside Essentials.

Piedra Playa

Are you up for a challenge? Piedra Playa is a beach break right outside of the village of El Cotillo, in the West coast.

Piedra Playa's wave break super quickly. Be selective to avoid the closing-out waves, take-off, generate speed and get stoke in this short speedy ride.

Of course, don't paddle out when there is a shore break, or if it's too big. The spot is often more interesting smaller days. Movement of the sand banks keep the situation changing.

Discover Piedra Playa in our visual spot guide: Piedra Playa Essentials.

Punta Elena

Right in Corralejo, this right-hander wave needs swell coming from the North-West, or stronger swells from the North, to wrap around Lanzarote.

Far in the outside, a beautiful mellow wave forms for longboarders. Closer to the reef, another break is suitable for shortboarders.

Get out in the sandy beach and paddle wide, instead of walking over the reef, as the rocks are pretty sharp.

The spot tends to get crowded whenever the conditions are good.

Here's the location of Punta Elena.

Playa del Moro

The East coast of Fuerteventura is the place to fall back whenever the swell is too big in the North, or if there is too much wind.

Moro is a pretty classic beach break. Multiple peaks, the channel is not clear from breaking waves, so depending on the conditions, you might need some paddling power and good timing in order to reach the line-up.

Even if the primary swell is small, there might be some interesting wind waves. Pay attention to the wind swell in the East coast's surf forecast: height of 0.5m or more from an Eastern direction tend to be surfable.

Screenshot: activating wind swell display in forecast
Screenshot: toggle 'show details' to display the hourly wind swell.

Here's a map link to reach Playa del Moro's location.

Final thoughts

There are many other spots in the area, some of them also good for intermediates. Some spots are considered as local and are generally not welcoming to newcomers, so if you are not sure, just ask people around you about the spot before paddling out.

Now check the hourly surf forecast and go surfing 🤙!

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