Earlier this year, I spent a few sunny and totally chilled out days on Tenerife at Twin Fin Surf & Yoga Camp. I got a lift from Los Cristianos ferry port, a little way up the west coast with the manager, Antonio. He’s a super guy, really friendly and easy to get along with. The camp is pretty relaxed as well. There are two dorms with about six bunk beds in each one, a cool lounge area with an open plan kitchen that leads to a patio area. A deal-sealer for sure is the fact that you can chill in the hammocks on the patio and watch the sun setting over the banana plantation and the sea.
Super surf lessons
Twin Fin Surf offers yoga lessons, wind surfing and proper wave surfing opportunities or lessons. I’m a terrible surfer – in fact, I wouldn’t ever call myself a surfer. I’ve done a little body boarding but never have really been able to stand up on a board on a green wave. Antonio and the guys are supportive though; very encouraging, kind and patient. They took us out to Las Americas on a small day and talked us through a warm up, etiquette and gave us loads of useful advice. Even if you’re a complete noob like myself, the feeling of accomplishment after paddling out to the back, and getting to sit on your board in the warm water while gazing at Teide, is one of the most amazing memories ever.
If you’re looking for a great place to visit, this hostel has a great vibe. All the other visitors were easy to talk to, down to earth and helpful. Languages ranged from French to German, English, Dutch, Spanish and Italian. Most people (all levels of surfers, and non-surfers) went to bed pretty early and got a good night’s sleep, ready for an equally early start. After surfing, there was often an option to join a day tour, get a transfer to the nearest beach or just hang out nearby. A different dinner was cooked each night and everyone got to sit around at one long table and chat away in a proper communal fashion. It was a great opportunity for networking and just finding out what other people are up to: one guy had a really successful organic restaurant in Belgium looking to open a guest house in the Canaries, someone made snow in the Alps and there was another guy who was en route to Morocco for a surfing trip.
I really enjoyed my stay here, and every so often, try to think up a reason to go back Here are a few photos of the expereince (that don’t really do it justice), starting with the ferry trip views from La Gomera.