SHAPING, THE ART OF HAND MADE

A lover of any variation of surf understands full well the difference between riding the waves on a standard board, or riding with a customized one.

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The artisans always tries to make their next board be the perfect board. A unique model, custom made; like a carpenter or a tailor, but with a much more technical product. This is why the first decision before buying a board should always be choosing between standard or made-to-order.

Tarifa, the small town in southern Spain, has some of the most renowned board shapers in the world. Let’s meet some of them:

Rick Shapes is an Uruguayan who settled in Spain in 1983. He is the man behind Gisela Pulido’s boards, the tarife├▒a 10 times world kitesurf champion.

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Heading Tarifa Fin Company is Bob the English, the only artisan in the world who still make the fins of its board by hand.

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Finally, we have Dani Vallejo, the person responsible of having Fly Cat make the most spectacular boards on the planet. The attention, details and finish of all of his boards have made professional riders such as Jaime Herraiz their board of choice for all of their competitions.

Standard or made-to-order? You choose.

THE LARGEST, SMALLEST, BEACH BAR IN THE WORLD

Among pine trees, boards and sand, in one of Spain’s best beaches, Los Lances (Tarifa), sits Agua Beach Bar. More than a beach bar, it is a magnet for those beach lovers who want to enjoy the best mojitos in Cadiz. If you are not in the mojito mood, switch gears and enjoy a fine pi├▒a colada. The selection of cocktails, smoothies, beers and other chilled beverages will suit everyone’s tastes.

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From any of its lounge chairs you will enjoy life as it goes by, take a long siesta or watch a postcard-worthy sunset. If you also enjoy kitesurf, this will become your new sanctuary: with dozens of flags waving in the air, test your balance or watch boards, boards and more boards fly up in the air.

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A unique, young ambiance in a spectacular location. If you visit Cadiz to enjoy your TARIFAs, don’t forget to stop by Agua Beach Bar. You might never want to return home.

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Chiringuito Agua
Location: Los Lances Beach, Tarifa
Website: Facebook

TUMBAO , VALDEVAQUEROS, TARIFA

As summer arrives to Tarifa, it is definitely the time head for its beach bars, chill outs, and sunsets with entertaining background music. Today we want to introduce you to a renowed hangout in Tarifa, Tumbao, an iconic place envolved in a relaxed atmosphere and located on the spectacular beach of Valdevaqueros.

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Run by the three Whaley brothers and located on Valdevaqueros Beach Bar since 2010, Tumbao is considered by many as the ideal place to relax ‘tumbao’ (lying) on the lawn next to the beach, enjoying a refreshing mojito or beer, while watching the flying kites of those kitesurfing.

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Although their mojitos of different flavours are excellent, you cannot leave Tarifa without trying one of its burgers. The magic of this place is also enhanced with the spontaneous or planned concerts which bring a lot of interesting and different folks to this place.

Because a full beach day in Tarifa starts early and ends late, you better not leave without lying at Tumbao.

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Tumbao
Location: Valdevaqueros, Road N340 Km 75
Opening: from Easter to mid September
Phone: 651020559 // 651020559
Website: Facebook