City Review: Longboard Dancing in Fuerteventura
I visited the island of Fuerteventura in October of 2018. Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands, and is definitely worth a visit. I had three main goals on the island – dive, surf, and of course, go longboard dancing!
My favorite ways of describing Fuerteventura is it is still a bit rough around the edges, and you can easily escape the touristy-ness of the island and disappear into its nature. I loved my week and a half here, and really want to visit again. But I know you’re all wondering about one big question, How is the longboard dancing scene on Fuerteventura? Well, let’s find out!
Longboard Dancing in Fuerteventura Overall Score: 2.5
- Riding through the city: 1
- Specific spots for longboard dancing: 5
- Longboard dancing community: 2
- Longboard dancing equipment availability: 2
Riding through Fuerteventura on a longboard
Well, I guess this isn’t really truly a “city review” per se, because I’m going over my review of the whole island experience as I didn’t really stay in one city. But yeah, of the cities I visited on the island, actually cruising to get around on Fuerteventura sucks big time. Most of the streets are super rough, and the vibrations will kill your knees within 10 minutes of riding. If it’s not rough, it’s littered with potholes, if it’s no littered with potholes, there’s sand everywhere, or maybe you’re lucky enough to get all of this at once!
So yeah, as far as a joyful cruise thru the city goes, you won’t get much of this. You’ll end up carrying your board a lot. Granted, there are SOME nice stretches that ride along the beach and stuff, but they’ll be full of people and the other obstacles I mentioned.
Perhaps I’m being a bit harsh, because I did do some beautiful cruising in Fuerteventura as well, but this was on a guided skate tour (more on this later), and that was wonderful! Isolated mountain roads barely on an incline, that could let you dance endless without having to push too often. Problem with this was, I would honestly have no idea how to find these remote roads anymore, because like I said, I found them via a tour haha. The roads I did find and have access to, were absolute junk.
Best spots in Fuerteventura for Longboard Dancing
There are two beautiful spots on the island for getting some dancing done. The first spot is up on the Northern fisherman village of El Coltillo (my favorite area on the island). On the back of one of the main roads, is a charming little Church, and nestled between the Church and a small stage is a gigantic flat and smooth area that’s occasionally used for marketplaces and other events. You can do line after line here and almost never run out of space, and as cliche as it may sound, you can dance your way into the sunset here. Easily one of my favorite places I have ever skated. This spot alone, in my opinion, warrants a 5 for the entire island. The skate spot is simply magical.
My second favorite spot is also in the Northern part of the island, about 15 minutes by car from El Coltillo in Lajares. Lajares is also a charming little town / village with excellent chill vibes. There’s a big open market square where you can also get some dancing in.
Fuerteventura’s Longboard Dancing Community
So the whole time I was on the island, I never saw another “normal” Longboard Dancer. I say normal in quotes, because what you will find there, is Longboard European Champion Carl Fölster. He’s German, but he’s based out of Fuerteventura now, and he offers private and group lessons there as part of his Longboard Masterclass. He’s a great teacher, and an overall fun dude to kick it with. In addition to teaching, he also offers what is called a Skate Safari where he takes you tall these cool places on the island to skate, and he can film you if you like to put together a little montage. I highly recommend taking some sessions with him if you’re on the island, it won’t be something you regret!
But yeah, low score overall on the community because I was dancing by myself most of the time. My only company while I was dancing was Carl, but I mean I was paying him to be there haha.
Getting proper equipment in Fuerteventura
Pretty low score here as well, because I think I only found two general skate shops in the areas I was hanging out in. One was shut down and completely out of business, and the other one was closed despite having a sign on its door stating it was supposedly open at the time I came by.
But again, these were just general skate shops. I’m not even certain they’d have any specific dancing gear, so be sure to show up to the island with everything you need, and backups if you’re prone to breaking and/or losing stuff.
Summing it up – Fuerteventura Style
Go. Go. And Go. It’s an amazing island, and in between dancing sessions you’ll be greeted by amazing food (even for vegans), stunning beaches, and gentle waves even if you’re new to the surfing scene. My best tip would be to bring a group of dancer friends, and make a friend trip out of it. Get a cool Airbnb near one of the skate spots I listed, and get ready for some serious chilling.
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