Tarifa has become an absolute haven for water sports enthusiasts…
Tarifa is a small town situated on the very southern tip of Spain. With it’s propensity for wind it has become an absolute haven for water sports enthusiasts, particularly for those sports that need wind and plenty of it!
Kite surfing and wind surfing are particularly favoured and are what the town are best known for, and the beach becomes littered with enthusiasts throughout the summer months.
There are several big international tournaments and competitions that are held there each year attracting pros from across the globe including World Championship events.
Wind surfing is a very popular past time in Tarifa and was the first sport to really put it on the map. There are several good schools to be found in Tarifa. Supposedly the most fun you can have with your shorts on, wind surfing is attractive as you do not need to be super fit or have an enormous amount of strength. Women generally are better equipped for wind surfing apparently because of their natural balance.
The wind and sea conditions are ideal for beginners to learn in and there are many qualified and experienced teachers waiting to get you started. They will also hire out all the equipment you would need including wetsuits, boards and sails.
As mentioned previously, the high season brings with it a variety of competitions and events. The atmosphere at the beach takes on a competitive edge as the crème de la crème battle it out for the crowning glory. Speed-sailing and wave-sailing events are held as well as of course as all types of surfing and by that I mean wind, kite and just the good old-fashioned type!
Kite surfing has really taken off in recent years and Tarifa acts as a Mecca for enthusiasts all over the world.
A cross between power kite flying and surfing, the beach covered with kites can really be quite an extraordinary sight in summer. There are many schools that offer courses for the complete beginner up to those who are more experienced but who just perhaps need or would like a little advice and supervision to help them reach the next level. It is popular because it requires less wind than wind-surfing does and it is suitable for all ages. An able body is the only requirement with no previous neck or back problems.
Coordinating both your kite skills and surf skills can be a challenge, but no pain, no gain, right!?