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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3 DIVING DESTINATIONS

Water sports don’t always require perfect beaches, strong winds or chiseled bodies. Beyond these attributes, nature lovers enjoy diving into hidden treasures in the ocean depths.

From TARIFA and COMPANY we leave you here with a short list of very attractive places to dive into the water.

Coral Reef in Eilat, Israel. Located in the north point of the Red Sea, it enjoys reefs of great beauty and an incredible underwater world, with hundreds of fish species and other types of aquatic life.

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Water conditions are great year round, with temperatures between 21º and 25º degrees celsius (70-77 Fº) and clear blue water than allow 20 to 30 meters (65-100 feet) of visibility.

Diving can be done from the shore or from a boat, in a range of settings that go from shallow coral gardens to deep-water dives. You can also swim among sunk boats, while night diving is also an experience you should not miss.

Great Blue Hole, Belize. In the center of the Lighthouse Reef we find this incredible limestone hole with depths that reach 400 meters (1.300 feet). Considered by Jacques Cousteau one of the best diving spots in the world, the Great Hole is a magnet for the most adventurous divers.

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Among its stalactites, stalagmites and columns, you will be able to enjoy an astounding marine life full of sponges, barracudas, corals and a great number of sharks, that patrol the limits of the hole.

Great Coral Reef, Australia. This wonder, found in the coast of Queensland, with 1.200 miles, is considered the largest living organism in the world.

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Its waters house a sea life treasure of more than 4.000 fish species and the greatest variety of algae in the world. You will enjoy diving within its coral canyons filled with turtles, starfish and corals of every color in the rainbow.

Any time of the year, put on your swimsuit and enjoy a good diving spot!

KITE GUINNESS RECORD IN TARIFA

Nine-time kitesurf world champion, Gisela Pulido, along with entrepreneur Javier Pérez Dolset, led an army of 352 riders, covering a distance of a mile in Tarifa waters.

Professional and amateur riders from all over the world came together for this initiative that has entered the history books. With a strong levante wind that took three days to appear, the participants managed to break the Guinness World Record set at 318 riders last year at the British beach of Hayling Island.

After the record setting, the seventh event for the PKRA World Tour kicked off, which returns to Tarifa after a six year absence.

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If you are near Cádiz, don’t miss out of this experience!

From TARIFA and COMPANY we congratulate all participants!

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