Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria, has been described by some as the city with the best weather in the world. Whether or not this is true, the sun shone almost constantly the months we were there, and the island definitely lived up to it's reputation for powerful, unforgiving surf.

The island’s most popular surfing area is Las Canteras which offers a variety of beach and reefbreaks, the most famous of these being El Confital, renowned as being one of the best waves in the Canaries and infamous for heavy localism. Luckily we befriended one of the locals who introduced us to the madmen who surf this wave with an obsession.

The paddle out and take off here are easy, it’s only when you bottom turn and look down the line and see the wave starting to build that the nerves can kick in as you watch it almost doubling in size as you race towards the midsection. It’s when over this shallow, razor sharp reef that the lip pitches over you to create a perfect turquoise barrel that it all makes sense why this crew is so dedicated to surfing this wave, and why they protect it so ferociously.