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Gran Canaria is one of the Canary Islands, and is located off the north west coast of Africa, in the Atlantic Ocean. It's name translates into English as Grand (or Great) Canary. Like the other Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is a volcanic island and is 1560km in area. The (only) airport on the island is the Gran Canaria International Airport, and is located to the east of Gran Canaria on the Bay of Gando. One interesting piece of information is that it's lengthy runways make the airport an alternative landing site for the NASA Space Shuttle. Gran Canaria has a pleasant climate with daytime temperatures reaching into the 20's (°C) throughout the year. The island is a popular tourist destination, and receives over 2 million visitors a year. This means there are always plenty of accommodation options for visiting surfers, and that cheap flights are often available.
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Gran Canaria Surf Spot Map. There are surfable spots right around the island but the majority of surf is done on the north facing coast, with it's offshore winds and big swells during winter.
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Renting equipment is possible on the island, and there are several surf shops. Depending on the time of year you intend to visit, you may need big wave boards. Small wave boards are fine in the summer and on smaller winter days.
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