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EL MEDANO, TENERIFE, JULY 12-26th 2008
All pics by Trudie Moore

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The view from our Hotel room window -the Arenas Del Mar (Newly refurbished and 100€ for half board with a really pimp double room). That's Cabezo Beach, with Harbour Wall mid shot and South Bay in the distance.

This year I decided to skip the usual trip to Fuerte and the speed event, and get some jumping practice in at El Medano. Thanks to Tris of the OTC for sorting me out some accommodation, 4 nights of luxury in the Hotel and then an apartment from Pauline Martinez overlooking Harbour Wall for the remaining 11.

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Harbour Wall at night.

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From Harbour Wall to South Bay at sun down..

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The view from Mount Roja looking upwind -South Bay, El Medano, Harbour Wall on the point and Cabezo behind.

So What of the windsurfing?
Well it blew good 4.7 for the first couple of days. There was a lot of weed at Cabezo and Harbour Wall never really seemed to offer much due to the tides being wrong -needing an incoming low to mid and a reasonable swell.


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Harbour Wall

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hen we had 3 windless days, which were very worrying with rumours of a long waiting spell -but fortunately it soon got back upto strength. 4.7 weather again but unfortuantely the dreaded weed still plaqued Cabezo so it was Harbour Wall..

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Ben at the Wall

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Not easy to get the board back down the wave!

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But occasional good hits.

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And the odd big lump.

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Again, onshore and a pitching lip make life tricky..

Cabezo does actually produce much better waves and more opportunity for jumping, even if the ramps are a bit random and the wind onshore, occasionally you'll connect one just right. Unfortunately Trudie didn't like being the camera girl there, so these are my efforts...

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Gman (Graham from OTC) proving his time in Tenerife is paying off!

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Local PWA World Tour hotshot Danny Bruch floating into an 'Upwind wave 360'

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And a downwind 'Taka'

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Danny finding a good ramp, even the locals would need 2 or 3 runs out back to find a big ramp.

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Sandro with his super high and very stylish backies.

Sandro is the guy that ran the kit storage, he's also a very good sailor!
Check out my video of the local contest, with Sandro and another local Valter making the final rounds...

CABEZO COMP

The contest ran over the final 3 days that I was there. It was windy on the first day but then in typical contest style it faultered for a while before returning to the normal 4.7 weather for my final day.

Most sailors actually hang out and sail South Bay, it's not really a wave spot but is good bump and jump, and far more forgiving than the rocky launches in Cabezo. It's also home to the OTC where you can test all the latest gear from all the main brands.



SO WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO?

Trudies favourite place was definitely the Aqua Park, not cheap at 24€, but certainly great entertainment for windless days.
There wasn't really much else to do or go see but the towns were interesting (especially the Opera house in Santa Cruz) and the scenery pretty spectacular and varied...

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The road beyond Santa Cruz as it starts to wind up the cliffs


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North Tenerife

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The road in..

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Mount Tiede, the humungous Volcano that is Tenerife.

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Inside the crator.

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It's a lot greener than the others!

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Above the clouds.

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Tiede Sunset.

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Much of the landscape really is spectacular, these pics really don't do it justice..

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Woody!

Thanks to Tris at the OTC for helping me find flights/accomodation/lending his surfboard!

Pauline Martinez  616 30 46 48
Taxi/roofrack!  600 63 58 13



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