Whilst things are looking up for windsurfing in Gran Canaria, it has now come to our attention that beaches in Lanzarote are having the same issues, and have been for a while.
Below are the full details, translated from Spanish so it’s quite tricky reading, but the general message is that the road leading to the beach has been closed, yet again meaning that windsurfers can now no longer access this great windsurfing beach.
Click here to sign the petition. The windsurfers are now taking this action as talks have so far not lead to the access being reinstated.
“Help recover access to Jameos beach (Lanzarote, Canary Islands).
In July of 2006, the committee on planning and environment of the Islands, agreed final approval of Jameos beach for scientific interest and conservation measures. They also enrolled a list of places of community interest and part of natura 2000 network as a special Conservation area. The purpose of protection is keep the volcanic tubes with lakes and inland aquatic habitat underground. The conservation of the Jameos prohibit sic transit rolled by the only access has always used to reach the coast, and that we have reduced for more than three decades windsurfers , surfers and users of this site .
By these rules to persons were coming down now with car that is the only access from the road to the beach, no longer can do. Without notice, no signs of any kind, or any course chain o barrera , la Guardia civil seprona unit for 3 years started with fines of punishment 600 a 5000 euros , all vehicle will enter for such way. Take years to explaining the problem would have to city council, city council of lanzarote and environmental counselling and territorial canary and we have not given any solution, part of a good words and promises to be diluted in time. Beach wear Jameos being a place to practice and water sports ( windsurfing , surfing ) for more than 30 years , being kept and respected by all users and sea lovers of nature a model sustainable use without equal in all Lanzarote island .
By the situation we have lived and we are experiencing all users of Jameos we have decided to be called a concentration or representation for jameos , the best spot to lanzarote and one of the best in the world for the practice of these sports, back to have the open access standard and as the situation is that suffer shame, by pass punishment follow with car and how much cabildo environment government Canary because we have no solution, although we three years and this serious problem.
Treated as criminals and we only want more practice what we like, we are sick of this injustice and want an urgent solution:
– to be enabled access or access needed to power down to the beach, you will meet these standards of protection jameos a reality and that note to users.
– punishment to stop a vehicle who access to the beach.
– valoren that has been use made so far ( no negative impact to the environment)
– that values and consider the history and the reputation of this site for windsurfing and surf ( championships spain , international events , etc.) , since the closing is confronting with alleged by bet Lanzarote sports tourism .
– to treat this place like a special place sports interest .
– that jameos every year is visited by tourists from all nationality arriving to here to enjoy the spectacular conditions of wind and waves with the benefit means for the economy of lanzarote and value provided Jameos island in abroad.
– evidence that allow windsurfing celebrate as this practice promotes sports and sports tourism attract the island. Today with conservation of scientific visit this site is also prohibited .
– the stamp of windsurfing sailing in Jameos value is part of having the place for tourists as a percentage of visits to large van to resort ” jameos water ” also lower your camera to do and see photos of near the show that the supposed windsurfers and surfers in this amazing beach.
– windsurfing equipment weight around 18 kg , we add if the winds between 20 and 30 knots when we practice that usually have this sport is required to access are as close to the beach and that from where we have put a poster of water is forbidden to around 500 meters with a pretty considerable desnivel .
– have been punished by penalties and is prohibited road traffic by the only access that would be used in case of accident or injury severity that with a high degree of chance can happen and have happened to be treated sports risk.
– do not valid excuses , we are using this beach rules before all those that have approved account without anybody .
– access to ask you again jameos your status quo”