Tenerife Views From Distant Visitors

Wed, September 25th, 2013 - By Colin

Just suppose you arrived in Tenerife with no preconceptions, would you be impressed?

With Puerto Colon in Costa Adeje staging the 2013 World Waterski Racing Championships there was a large influx of participants and supporters from beyond out normal catchment area so what did they make of our island?

Jeanette and Judy made the long trek from New Zealand to support family and friends in their team. “ We didn’t know anything about the Canary Islands let alone Tenerife’ said Judy. “No one told us about the duty free and bargain prices. 3rd September is Fathers Day in New Zealand so we hired two cars and drove to Santa Cruz to shop, prices were well down on back home. We bought some designer sun glasses for a third of what we would normally pay.”



Driving was a bit of an eye opener for the women. “We did a fair speed up the motorway but still got plenty of beeps from behind and some interesting hand signals!” they both laughed.  “Tenerife has really impressed us, the climate is wonderful and the people so friendly. Before we do the 36 hours of flights back home we are going to check out Siam Park and the Jungle Park and would definitely come back again.”

The USA also brought over a good sized contingent, the family and friends of skier Erin de Yager were doing a roaring trade in Team USA t-shirts on the harbour wall. “We are from California and all we knew before traveling was that Tenerife is near Africa. We have found prices pretty similar to back in the states but have done plenty of shopping for presents.”



It wasn’t just the younger members of the party that tried the nightlife, they all showed it wasn’t just the skiers that had fancy footwork. “We soon heard about Playa de Las Americas and checked out Veronicas, it was a real fun place. We tried several of the bars and clubs. It’s been a good trip for us, everyone has been so welcoming and the weather has been perfect.”



The Australians had plenty to smile about as they scooped all six race categories. There were rest days between the main races and they made the most of them. Trudi Stout won the Open Women title “I love it here. Some English friends had told me a little about Tenerife but it was still a big adventure. A few of us went out and about to Puerto de la Cruz and Santa Cruz, both were amazing, lots of different shopping choices and nice places to eat and drink. We were a bit unlucky, we went up to see Mount Teide but it was closed off, it was still good getting up in the hills and seeing the views.”



A possible storm with high winds was the reason for the Teide limits, the good news was it passed by and all four days of racing were on time and mobbed by thousands of spectators enjoying the free spectacle. There was plenty of Dorada and local wines being consumed in the pits area once the racing had finished. A wave of memories and photos are about to find a new audience on the other side of the world.

Posted : Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 at 10:00 am
Category : about tenerife
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