KITESURF IN TARIFA… A BRIEF INTRO

Tarifa’s beaches have recently turned into a venue of choice for kitesurf lovers, who helped by their kites, enjoy riding the waves with their truly impressive moves. But, where and when was this adventure sport born?

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Although Kitesurf has a recent story, the use of kites as propellers dates back to the XII century, with the Chinese and Indonesian civilizations. Nevertheless, it was not until 1977 when Gijsbertus Panhuise patented a navigation system for riding a surf board pulled by an adapted parachute, becoming the father of this sport. Later, in 1996 and after 15 years of tests the Legaignoux Brothers officially presented the first kitesurf that was similar to those you find on the market today.

The historic event which most relates to the creation of kitesurf was its development in the 80s, as a response to the need be able to practice windsurf in conditions that did not have the sufficient wind to practice it. In 1985, the Legaignoux Brothers, inspired by a Catamaran propelled by a kite, showed their first creation, used for sailing with a prototype which had a structure of preformed inflatable tubes and a simple bridle system for the wingtips. This way of manufacturing kites was replaced quickly by surfboards with bindings, and in 1995, Neil Pryde bet on these brothers, and together built the first modern kite brand called Wipika. Kitesurf was now a reality.

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Years later, the sport reached Tarifa, with windsurfers flooding its beaches. Nacho Yuste together with Jaime Herraiz “Oru”, where among the earliest in trying to make themselves some room for their kites among them.

In the early days, kites were designed with just 2 lines and they didn’t even have a security system for controlling their speed. Slowly, the control systems started to develop. Joan Ubide in 2005, traveled to Tarifa to visit Nacho to show him the first Cabrinha Crossbow, and he liked it so much that he decided to set up a kitesurf school in Tarifa, Kite Obsession, the first one using these kind of kites.

In parallel, many workshops and stores specialized in kitesurf started opening, such as Fly Cat, No Work Team, Fun Works, Nomad, Rikishapes, Tad… All these factors transformed kitesurf into a safer and popular sport, ready to give you the freedom to enjoy the waves and the wind in a new and unique way, which millions of people enjoy today. Grab your kite and jump in the water!

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BOLONIA, TARIFA AMONG TOP 10 BEACHES IN EUROPE

Travel site TripAdvisor has just published the best 25 beaches in Europe, and as one would expect, Tarifa enjoys one of them: Bolonia.

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Along its 4 kilometers (2,6 miles) of fine sands and moderate waves, you find a wild and virgin beach, a paradise for windsurfers and lovers alike. Its natural pools, its amazing dunes and the ruins of Roman city Baelo Claudia make this beach a unique and special location, with nothing to envy from other top beaches in Europe.

Bolonia is joined by other Spanish beaches in this selection. Ses Illetes and Cala Comte in the Balearic Islands are also in the list, unique places to enjoy memorable sunsets listening to the chill out sounds from any nearby beach lounge.

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The beaches of Las Catedrales in Barreiros and La Concha in San Sebastian round off the list of Spanish beaches, in this case, both in the north of the country.

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But the first place goes to Sicily, to the beach in Isola dei Conigli (Rabbit Beach) in Lampedusa. Its golden sands and crystal clear waters bring sea life aficionados from around the world looking to enjoy such environments in a dream location.

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At Tarifa and Company, we think the best way to build such a list is by visiting them and building your own, so why not? Pack your TARIFAs and travel around Europe’s beaches! It’s always summer somewhere!

5 REASONS TO LOVE TARIFA

In the most Southern point of the Iberian Peninsula we find a unique spot where the Atlantic and Mediterranean meet. We are talking about Tarifa, a favorite coast destination that is worth a visit any time of the year.

In Tarifa we can find much more that extended beaches: large natural parks, biology diversity, the possibility to enjoy multiple water sports, archaeological remains and incomparable views of the African coast.

If all of this still doesn’t convince you, here are five reasons to visit Tarifa:

Dream beaches. Golden sand, blue water and great conditions for water sports. In Tarifa you will find some of the best virgin beaches of Spain, where you will be able to not only spend a day in the sun, but take a swim or go on a horse ride.

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Surf and turf sports. Considered the wind’s Mecca, Tarifa is the ideal place to wind or kitesurf, or any other water sport. But it also offers great trekking routes or cycling courses in it natural parks.

Location and climate. Included within the El Estrecho Natural Park, its sunsets with views of the African continent are indescribable.

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History. From Guzman el Bueno’s Castle to the Guadalmesi Tower, Tarifa’s old town is full of monument and historical buildings you should not miss.

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Gastronomy. For pescaíto (fried fish) lovers, Tarifa is a foodies paradise. Tuna, redbanded seabream, or snapper are also local specialties. Don’t forget to stop by the near Conil or Barbate to taste these delicacies in any of their picturesque restaurants or bars.