Lanzarote: Small Stone

The colour of the sand at Famara

My eyes itch with salt and the wind arrives, fresh as a slap from a wave ducking you under. There are grains of multi-coloured sand that pour through your palms, refined stones, crushed shells; each grain of sand holds a complete identity that shifts in a rainbow between your fingers. Flecks of purple, red, pink scattered among the usual white, black rock, blue oyster shell.  You find green even, a luminous shade of green that you think must be human-made somehow part of this beach by ceaseless ocean effort. There’s a plastic bag on the surf that later you see caught on the rocks, it inflates with the wind like a spare lung pulling at the ocean air, sucking it in, a white transparent jellyfish gull-pecked baggage.

Pebbles tumble in the tide and create dark ripples in the smooth sand, our footprints swallowed by the sea, no trace of us left moments after it has foamed around our ankles. Is it warm or have we become numb to its chill? A dog plunges into the current with no fear, our hesitation keeping us near the shore while the surfers go wave seeking till they are stick figures rising and falling. In one surfer’s hand a paddle takes them against the current. My fingers still dusty from the dry sand that I dug into to feel the warm sun baked body close around my wrists like a person dragging me towards a rooftop. The vertigo of watching the waves, the world swings and the view tumbles like a tide caught pebble, tossed back up to the shore finally to rest, giddy and tired.

Bit of general info on Caleta de Famara:

Famara enjoys possibly one of the longest stretches of beach on the island of Lanzarote, curving round under the cliffs, which stand like sentinels protecting it from the rest of the island.

The strong currents mean that it is not advisable to swim in the sea at Famara — most people you find in the water are experienced surfers. With the beach of San Juan playing host to international surf competitions and the geographic position creating ideal conditions, it is a magnet for the European surfing community.






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