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Drive along the northern costal "road" from Correlejo to El Cotillo, when you get to Manjanico turn right toward the ocean and head up to the point.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
BottomFlat rocks with sand
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, NorthEast
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at and holds up to
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movement
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdFew surfers
machanicho actually consists of 3 different spots. most of the current description describes what is called machanicho inside. machanicho inside actually works best with no wind and incoming tide. it holds only up to 5ft and works best if the swell comes in from nw. the ride is about 20 to 40m at best. rips and currnts are pussy, so enjoy the ride
standing on the reef you can see machanicho outside on the right edge of the bay entry. its quite a paddle out there and the incoming water will push you back. wave works starting from waist high up to doh. it can be powerful but is mostly ridden by longboarders.
if you stand on the reef and look right. you can see waves breaking on the left edge of the bay. i consider them hardly rideable. a bit more to the middle of the bay a nice and gentle longboard wave starts to wrok of the swell on the outside reefs exceeds 3m+. it breaks over a large rock (size of a bus-visible at low tide only), so make sure you are in front of the rock or on the side. its an a-frame and has to exceed overheadsize before ist rideable. take a bid board and ride it till the middle of the bay. current may get strong depending on tide.
The rip is not strong dont worry. If per chance you do wipe-out in the impact zone try not to get pushed on the shallow part of the reef.
its a fun spot and works under an amazing variety of conditions. many people know that, and it may get crowded sometimes.
By Anonymous , 16-01-2008
surfing etiquette - so what would you do if you live here and there was every day a new bunch of smartasses who would paddle around you to sit deeper and take off and then just paddle back out again , paddle around you and take the next wave ?
Or every week a new bunch of kooks who drop in on you or bail their boards in front of you or who try to scratch over the shoulder instead of giving way to the surfer and head into the foam ?
The behaviour of ALL travelling surfers has a huge influence on the way the locals treat them,what comes around ,goes around.
Maybe explain some wave etiquette in a comment here,
beeing a experienced surfer you might help others to become a experienced traveller and better surfer...
Give a smile ,get a smile
By anonymous , 17-11-2005
Tar Road now to the middle of the north track - Go to Lajares and as you come in on the Corralejo side there is a football ground. Turn right onto the tar road there. Follow it all the way at high speed all the way to Manjanicho fishing village. This is right on the coast right in the middle of the whole north shore track. Not all but most spanish/canarian surfers are not welcoming to any foreigners and have no wish to follow any surfing etiquette, EVEN IF YOU CAN RIP, ARE ON YOUR OWN AND SIT BACK QUIETLY WAITING FOR THE NON SET WAVES. I think if any cocky spanish visit your break then single them out for the some treatment because they are not about to change their behaviour in this lifetime. Habla this...most of the mullet heads really need to put in more time on their surfing and less on their attitudes towards people paying into the tourist industry keeping them in employment.....
By anonymous , 07-11-2005
Fun but certainly not powerless! - Surfed this at well overhead and there was plenty of power. Lots of fun and easy to paddle out and sit on the shoulder in the channel and get your confidence up (important when you're new to reefs!)
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