La Izquierda / Spanish Left Guide

About La Izquierda / Spanish Left

Just off the beach at Playa de las Americas sits a dark, jagged, lava ledge that lights up when a clean swell rolls in. A critical take-off is followed by long, reeling lefts that can peel for up to 100m. It has sections for top to bottom surfing as well as hollow racetracks, but gets serious over head-high when a good knowledge of the reef is essential. Small, crowded take-off spot and a high standard of surfing means best left to experts.

Source: La Izquierda / Spanish Left Surf Guide

Ability Level

Advanced

Beg Int Adv

Experts for a number of reasons - shallow reef, intense peak and super competitive pack.

Local Vibe

Intimidating

Welcoming Intimidating

Has a reputation for localism, but in truth a humble and respectful surfer can get waves. Not for intermediates.

Crowd Factor

Heavy

Mellow Heavy

Always crowded, not helped by small take-off zone.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Challenging but quality left hand reef with both hollow and smashable sections that gets shallow on the inside.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Paddle round is fine. Can be rippy when bigger.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

Generally OK; there are reports of sewage discharges here through aging infrastructure.

Additional Information

Hazards

Sharp, shallow reef, powerful waves, super competitive bordering on localism.

Access

Easy paddle from beach. There's a number of beach front car parks.

Bring Your

Shortboard, bodyboard

Seabed

Lava reef

Best Season

Best October - March

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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