This year Flag beach will have been here 30 years! It seems a lifetime away when Ben Thomas secured a beach licence and plonked a Maersk shipping container on a windy and deserted beach close to the small fishing village of Corralejo. It was the 1980s and windsurfing was booming. The island was a predominantly German tourist destination. A quiet, windswept desert full of roaming goats and nudist lovers on the wide open beaches. Hardcore windsurfers drove their old Suzuki jeeps across the dunes to check the wind and waves. There were crazy tequila nights at the Arena Bar and Kiwi bar or later Corkys as the only watering points after a ‘Big Wednesday’ at Cotillo or a long session down in Jandia. Corralejo became a surf Mecca alongside attracting the masses to its sun worshipping weather and easygoing culture. Corralejo is now a mass of restaurants, shops and bazaars with an incredible and international vibe.