The Town Hall of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, through the Council of City of Sea, supported by the Surf Schools Association of Gran Canaria, promotes the development of a Competitivity Plan of the Surfing sector to position the city as ain international surf destination. The group of government will therefore apply at the City Council to be held on Wednesday the 26th of February, to support this initiative.
The Councillor of City of Sea, Mimi González, the president of the Surf Schools Association of Gran Canaria, Sergio Álvarez the coordinator of the Surf Product Club, Judith Darias, presented this proposal as a key element to consolidate this sector in the city and to enable the competitivity of the enterprises, hence to help creating jobs.
The document to be discussed at the City Council proposes the creation of a Surf Product Club as a public-private management and planning tool that would be useful to make the surfing activity a Tourist Product.
Mimi González explained that surf “represents a key growing potential, specially among young people who have turn their favourite sport into a lifestyle”.
Surfing is a dynamic sector in this time of economical crisis, with a 14% of annual growth worldwide. The Grancanarian capital shows a trend of positive growth in the economic activity. In this regard, around 20 thousand people practise surfing yearly at Las Canteras Beach. Among them, more than the thousand of foreign students participating in the ERASMUS programme of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
The economic impact of surfing in the surfschools and theme accommodation services available in the city has been quantified in around 500.000 euro per year with nearly a hundred of direct jobs, and 37 enterprises and entities related to this activity including tour-operators, themed gastronomy, media, gear, equipment, board shapers, event organisers and sponsors.
In 2011, the Town Hall started the strategy ‘Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Surf City’ whose first consequence was the inclusion of the city in the “World Surf Cities Network” along with San Sebastián (Spain), Santos (Brazil), Arica (Chile), Durban (South Africa), Hossegor (France), Ericeira (Portugal), Gold Coast and Newcastle (Australia).
Surfers are capable of travelling to the other end of the world in their quest for new waves and to share their experiences with other surfers. In this regard, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria boasts having a diverse mep os spots (places to surf), a wide and dynamic commercial offer, a network of surf schools and qualified coaches, and also a tradition linked to this sport for decades.
The support to local, regional and international championships that take place throughout the year in the area of La Cicer; the improvement on the surf signalling at Las Canteras Beach, and the start of the proyect “Dreaming on Waves” that allow blind people to initiate in this sport, are some of the actions carried out by the Council of City of Sea to give value this sport and its strength as a developing economic sector.
The boats of the 28th edition of the transoceanic Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, ARC, a true reference in the long distance world sailing circuit, set sail from the capital city of Gran Canaria on November the 24th.
In this 28th edition, 226 boats with 1400 crewmembers from the main nautical destinations in Europe will sail to the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia in an ocean crossing of 2700 nautical miles.
The boats have passed the compulsory security gear check, whilst crews enjoyed a wide leisure offer in the city before starting such an oceanic adventure. On Friday the 22nd of November, they also enjoyed a fireworks display after the official farewell party at the City Marina.
On Saturday the 23rd of November the crews were busy on their final preparations and food supplying operations to get their boats ready before the last technical briefing by the organisation.
The farewell of the rally started on Sunday the 24th of November at 10am with the departure of the participant boats from the City Marina to the start line. The boats started sailing into the exclusion area, next to the seafront promenade between Juan XXIII Street and the Guiniguada ravine, waiting for the start signal to be given.
The Maritime Action Ship Rayo of the Spanish Navy gave the starting signal for the Multihull Division at 12.30pm, then at 12.45pm to the Racing Division and, last but not least, at 1pm, the start signal was given for the Cruising Division, the largest of them all.
The main novelty of this ARC 2013 has been the establishment of a new nautical route, the ARC+, linking the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with Mindelo in the Cape Verdes archipelago, located 800 nautical miles south of Gran Canaria. The ARC+ departed on Sunday the 10th of November from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with 46 participant boats and 200 crewmembers.
The ARC Rally is an strategic event to reinforce the international promotion of the island and the city, strengthen its position as a worldwide nautical tourist destination. In this regard, the sailors who have spent several weeks at the city marina have generated an economical impact of more than 2.2 million Euros in this 2013 edition. Most of this income was nautical equipment and gear, technical services, fuel and berthing fees. Other related expenses are accommodation, food, and supplies for the crossing.@LpaVisit
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has already started to see the arrival of the crews of the transoceanic regatta ARC 2013 (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) one of the most important international sailing events. In this 28th edition, more than 230 boats under flags of 30 countries will set off next 24th of November from the Bay of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria heading to the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, a 2700 nautical-mile-long crossing which is already a reference event into the world sailing agenda.
Around 1500 people from 30 countries, including children of less than 16 years of age, form the ARC sailing crews. The most represented flag is Great Britain whereas other countries are highly represented such as Australia, Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain, France, Denmark, Russia, Sweden, Finland and USA among many more.
The majority of the cruisers are familiar boats who face the Atlantic crossing – which will take them, around 18 to 21 days depending on the sea and wind conditions- for the pleasure of sailing and t olive a unique experience.
With less than two weeks for the departure of the ARC+ (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria-Cape Verdes-Saint Lucia) and three weeks for the start of the ARC (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Saint Lucia), the crews can enjoy a wide leisure offer before embarking in such a demanding crossing.
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