Monica Korsager and I started planning a windsurfing trip to Tenerife for the summer, but being students, money is a problem. We both wanted to spend our holiday windsurfing together, but could we afford it? Either we had to shorten down the trip and work for longer at home in Denmark, or live really, really cheap – we chose the last option! Tenerife was our first choice as we both love the consistent summer windsurfing conditions, we knew other people who would be there and the PWA wave competition would be taking place in early August.
As we decided to go for the cheapest possible option, we bought a plane ticket and a tent. Unfortunately buying the ticket last minute made it quite a bit more expensive to get there. When living in Århus buying a Ryanair ticket from Billund Airport is always the cheapest option, unless you can find a cancelled flight on the Internet.
I arrived In Tenerife on 5th July, and luckily Monica found a place we could crash for the first week.
There was no wind that first week so it was really nice to have a place to stay, especially as no wind in the summer normally means ‘Calima’ (hot and sandy air from the Sahara desert!). We had decided to try and live healthy at the same time as cheap, which we managed really well for the first week with all the convenience of living in an apartment with a kitchen! With the lack of wind we spent loads of time relaxing, working on our suntans and talking about what moves we were going to try and learn this summer. To be ready for the windsurfing we stayed fit by swimming every morning in the clean, clear and warm water of El Medano bay.
When Christopher Friis, came back from the PWA comp in Pozo we handed back the apartment and started our camping days. I had brought a festival tent from home and we borrowed some mattresses and sleeping bags from a local friend. Another friend had a piece of land which he hadn’t built on yet, so we were allowed to camp there. The place even had a nice view of the sailing spots, a half pipe, an old rusty van and a wall all around it PERFECT!! The wall made it a safe place to be and we did not have to worry too much about our stuff getting stolen. The van worked well as a wardrobe (every girls dream to have a big walk-in wardrobe!). We used the van as a windbreak and to tie our tent down, so it would not fly away in the wind. The skate pipe was perfect to dry our bikinis and towels on. There were none of the amenities we are used to, no kitchen, Internet or bathroom! Showers? Hmm it’s not too necessary when you’re in the water every day. When we weren’t in the water we had a shower on the beach. Unfortunately it was in front of the Chiringuito (beach bar), but hopefully we made a nice view!
We managed to keep our food cheap, but healthy was a bit hard without a fridge or cooker. Breakfast and lunch was bread with cheese and avocado, which luckily happened to be my favourite food! I enjoyed it everyday when I was there, but haven’t had it since!
Dinner was either the same or we would treat ourselves to a cheap meal in one of the many restaurants/cafés in El Medano.
We were having a great time in El Medano, especially as the wind had come back!! Our windsurfing gear was stored just behind Cabezo beach, only a few minutes walk from our camp. We would spend all day at the beach, sailing a couple of sessions a day and get motivated watching all the pros training. I felt confident in my level of windsurfing and thanks to the cheap living I was able to afford the entrance fee to my first PWA event – Womens waves in Tenerife! A record 20 girls entered the comp. Getting the opportunity to sail with and compete against other girls was an experience I wouldn’t have missed!
Windsurfing in Tenerife is amazing to me as I get to sail comfortably on my favourite size sails, Severne S1 4,3 and 3,6, and with mainly head high waves. These are the conditions I love and I’m able to improve my skills the most. The standard on the water at Cabezo is really high, with sailors such as Dany Bruch, Adam Lewis and Alex Mussolini, choosing to train and live there. There are always friendly people on the water to sail with and push your limits against.
El Medano is a small town on the southeast side of the Island, only 10 minutes taxi ride from the south airport. If you bring your own equipment you can get board storage in South Bay or Cabezo at cheap rates. From the Bay or Cabezo it’s easy to sail to all the spots in El Medano, which work at different tides.
This is not a travel article, but an article trying to show that even if you have limited money, if you’re prepared to live without some of the comforts of home, it is possible to pursue your dream of windsurfing in warm and windy locations. Travelling on a tight budget always gives a lot more surprises and funny experiences, which makes it an even more unforgettable trip!
See you on the water!!
Sara Sommer, D-107, supported by Severne Sails
yeah! I don’t care about your mast baby! Just leave a message next time, you can stay in my appartment! 😀
sexism at its best
Come on guys. Sounds like Severne sponsors her. I’m sure they give some gear or discount but no money.
Its a cool idea for a travel story especially since everyone complains how expen$ive is windsurfing.
Besides this is how windsurfing should be! Carbon boom before food or house!!!
Hahaha your right : Windsurf or die !!!
Greg is right. The enigma sevene carbon boom alone is somewhere around 700 euro if you are lucky to get one, not to mention the super duppa high tech bla-bla severne sail and a red line mast(I suppose)… So Missy, apart from your good looks and healthy nurtured body, I dont think lots of people will be impressed with your budget experience. I bet your mom and dad are with substantial means so to say. No hard feelings,btw.
Is somebody jealous? There are plenty of student windsurfers who have nice gear because they scrimp in other areas, like not having central heating in the house (its freezing this week), don’t be a prick
I’m a student and spend half my money on windsurfing. Bloody worth it – windsurfing keeps me sane and I’ll happily live on pasta and 2min noodles.
“red line mast(I suppose)” Pretty much sums you up as a person. Bitter and negative. Quit whining and get a life you miserable tosser. Life must suck for people who bitch and whine at everything like you do
I have to agree with the others … i always had the best equipment possible, even when i was in my education and had not much money. I only had one 5.0 Sail in the beginning and a 100l Freestyle board … but i didn’t care because windsurfing was (and still is) my everything. Plus one can really get skills in minimizing your expanses if you don’t buy stuff you don’t necessarily need. And whats more .. i have met Sarah a couple of years ago in Denmark, she is really down to earth … so thumbs up for that… Read more »
There is always a way to live cheaper. Thanks for sharing ! BTW you have really nice gear for a student 🙂