When it comes down to getting seriously involved with ‘extreme sports’ I have to admit that I drew a big line under that one as soon as I reached the tender age of ’50’, having already survived ’13’ crashes whilst unofficially racing motor-cycles around the highways and by-ways of Europe and North Africa. I had also accumulated numerous battle-scars on my body, after many years of fighting in the dojo, and competing in various martial arts tournaments up and down the UK -and to top all of the aforementioned antics, I had also been fool-hardy-enough to treat myself to a death-defying sky-dive in Las Vegas (in my forties) and a monumental bungee-jump in Tenerife the following year, which almost put-pay to me altogether!Read more
Over the past few months I have covered many sporting activities which are available in Tenerife, from relatively sedate past-times, such as golfing, fishing and swimming, to the somewhat more energetic sports, including lawn tennis, paddle-tennis and marathon running. I have also written several blogs on many of the water-sporting activities (above the waterline) which are at one’s disposal on the island, such as water-skiing, jet-skiing, banana-boating and parascending, along with several aqua-activities ‘below the waterline’, including snorkelling, scuba-diving, bob-diving -and also a wonderful submarine adventure.Read more
Masca village, which is home to less than a hundred residents (and is often acclaimed as Tenerife’s answer to ‘The lost World’) lies at an altitude of 650 m, in the north-western part of Tenerife, at the foot of the Macizo de Teno Mountains. The setting of the village, between the Masca and the Madre Del Agua Gorges, is simply magical, and its houses, which are precariously perched on the narrow ridges of dramatic rock formations, produces an unbelievable landscape which is nothing-less than breathtaking.
Masca -with Mount Teide in the background.
The village of Masca -with Mount Teide in the background. Photo courtesy of Ronny Siegel@Flickr.com
Jon ‘G’ (the ‘G’ simply stands for ‘Gibson’) was born on 25th January 1963, in ‘Lennox Castle Hospital’ in Lennox town, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland -an establishment with a rather lurid past regarding its mentally disturbed inmates “Which kind of suits me to a tee”, Jon joked, as we began our interview at the Clear Blue Skies offices in Playa Fanabe. Jon, who has never been married, and has no children, spent the best part of his childhood moving around Scotland with his two sisters (one older and one younger) and his parents, until sadly their father passed-away aged only 49. John has always had a love for music, playing the coronet and trumpet as a schoolboy, which unfortunately included being continually bullied by his peers, who took great pleasure in kicking him and spitting at him in-between lessons and after school.Read more
Jet-skiing around the south coast of Tenerife is more than just a fun excursion; indeed it is both an exhilarating and exciting experience that one will never, ever forget. My first ride on a jet-ski came right out of the blue one day, whilst I was in the middle of building a multi-storey sandcastle with my three children, Liam, Carl and Hayley, on Las Americas Beach. My daughter was contentedly filling her bucket with water from the ocean (which she intended pouring into the moat I had just built around our ‘castle’) when she suddenly spotted a guy bombing-along the horizon on a jet-ski -and immediately she was hooked!Read more
Tennis is a wonderful sport -for people of all ages, who are generally in good health -the fitter the better, of course -depending on what level one wishes to play at! Whether playing in a ‘singles’ or a ‘doubles’ match, one can normally be assured of sweating-off a few pounds over the course of a couple of hours -particularly if one is playing in a sub-tropical climate, such as we enjoy here in the beautiful Canary Islands. Just like golf, tennis is a very popular sport in Tenerife, and there are several tennis clubs dotted around the island -along with scores of tennis courts belonging to dozens of holiday complexes, both in the south and the northern half of the island.Read more
Move-over Cannes, London and New York, because between the 8th and 11th October 2015 Tenerife will welcome to its shores the “Canary Islands Surf Film Festival” -a truly magnificent sporting event which will include surf-riders from all over the world. Passion for the environment, the influence of the trade winds, waves born on the ocean floor and rich biodiversity, have made the Canary Islands an ideal location for the world’s top photography, film and advertising directors in the adventurous and adrenaline-flowing world of surfing, windsurfing, kite-surfing and body-boarding. Turismo de Canarias will be announcing the winner of this magnanimous event during the ‘Canarias Surf Film Festival 2016’.Read more
Golf is certainly one of the most popular past-times for many of the residents in Tenerife -along with being one of the main attractions for many thousands of tourists who visit this paradise island on a regular basis. With average daytime temperatures hovering-around the seventy-degree mark -all-year-round, and well-over 300 ‘dry’ days (especially in the south of the island) to look-forward to on an annual basis, it would be extremely difficult finding anywhere else in the world that could equal these amazing -and somewhat unique climatic conditions.Read more
In keeping with my ‘Life-on-the Ocean-wave’ (or under the ocean-wave, as the case may be) theme this week, I have decided to do a blog on the pleasures of Parascending -which many people would believe is not for the fainthearted, but let me assure those of you with a little sense of adventure out there that it is completely safe -and undoubtedly one of the most exhilarating and exciting excursions on the island. I first tried my hand at this amazing experience with a handful of friends on the Balearic island of Mallorca -and the results were nothing less than hilarious! At first we were all taken out to a floating platform, a few hundred metres out to sea, where we disembarked our speed-boat, while our ‘captain’ began setting-up the winch, which would be pulling us along behind his boat, before attaching the huge zeppelin-sized umbrella, which would be lifting us into the air with the greatest of ease, before gliding us around the coastal fringes of Magaluf Bay.Read more
In May 2000 I decided to learn to scuba-dive (SCUBA stands for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus by the way), primarily because my eldest son, Liam, had just turned 12 in the February, and so he was now old-enough to learn to dive with me. Actually, they had just reduced the age to 10, but Carl, my youngest son, would not be 10 until the 10th July -and Hayley had only turned 8 on Christmas Day -and so the pair of them did the ‘bubble-tank’ course, where they are taught all the principles of diving in the confines of a swimming pool -the same as Liam and I would be doing, -only they would not be allowed to do the final dive in the ocean at the end of the course.Read more