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Es­cap­ing the North­ern Euro­pean win­ter is a wise idea at least once a sea­son. Get your­self some wel­come vi­ta­min D, see some sun­shine, get some fresher than fresh seafood down your gul­let. If you can team that up with scor­ing some world class surf then all the bet­ter.

One op­tion that al­ways crops up in the 'where to hit for a win­ter run' dis­cus­sion is the Ca­naries. 60 miles off the coast of Morocco they're far enough south to be ac­tu­ally warm, but close enough to not be a has­sle travel wise. Plenty of wave op­tions from mad bar­rels to be­gin­ner beach breaks and with easy­jet and co now run­ning flights it's also a bar­gain des­ti­na­tion flight wise.

The vol­canic is­lands once known as the For­tu­nate Isles didn't get their name from tweety birds but from dogs, 'Is­las Ca­narias' comes from the Latin name 'Ca­nariae In­su­lae', mean­ing 'Is­lands of the Dogs'. But they're a lot nicer than the Isle of Dogs in Lon­don, that's for sure.

There's surf on every is­land but we al­ways grav­i­tate to the stun­ning vol­canic land­scapes and reefs of Lan­zarote and Fuerteven­tura.

Both is­lands have been pop­u­lar with Brits since the surf po­ten­tial was un­veiled in the late '80s and there's a thriv­ing surf scene wher­ever you go. Be­ing pop­u­lar with nor­mal tourists also means rental cars and food are well priced and get­ting sup­plies is a dod­dle.

Of course lo­cal knowl­edge is key for any trip so check out the crew fea­tured here that of­fer ac­com­mo­da­tion and coach­ing. They'll get you wher­ever is best for your abil­i­ties and make sure you get the max­i­mum en­joy­ment from your mis­sion. Not to men­tion point­ing you in the di­rec­tion of the best bars and restau­rants.

An an­nual Ca­naries mis­sion is as es­sen­tial as the sum­mer Europe run ... get stuck in.

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