El Cagao

A short, fast, barreling wave next to the harbour wave El Muelle in Caleta de Famara – El Cagao

It’s a short and very hollow wave, which offers an intense ride. El Cagao is loved by local bodyboarders. The wave breaks over a sharp volcanic reef and finishes only a few meters from the rocky shore in a perfect channel.

Board recommendation for El Cagao

El Cagao is a fast and hollow wave, so you will want a round, round-pin, or pin-tail surfboard to surf it. Sharper rails and some extra nose-rocker will help you to make the vertical drop. Caleta de Famara is full of surf shops, where you can find a wide variety of rental boards.

Surrounding Spots

Next to El Muelle, you will find more quality waves such as El Codito, El Barco, Playa Famara, El Muelle, and San Juan.

Wave direction: rights and lefts 

Surfers Level: Advanced to Pro

Bottom: lava reef

Type of wave: reef break

Best wind: SW-SE 

Best Tide: LOW

Swell window: North West to North

Required swell size: 2m-4m

Shore facing: N

Crowd factor: high on bigger north swells

Atmosphere: tense 

Hazards: powerful wave, sharp rocks, strong rips

Parking: easy

Access: lava rocks

Eat & Sleep in Famara

Famara is a real surf town. There are people in wetsuits, or with surfboards everywhere. Foodies will love our great food. Tapas bars, pizza, fish restaurants, and world-class restaurants, such as El Risco. It was awarded Best Canary Islands Restaurant in 2019. Affordable accommodation is offered by surf schools on the main road in Famara. Check out local flats and surf camps.

Surfing Lessons

El Cagao is definitely not a place for beginner surfers. But only a few minutes walk away is the 6km long sandy beach, where surf lessons are offered daily. Check surf schools in Famara for surf courses and surfboard rentals.