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Tarifa

Tarifa

Tarifa - Cádiz - Andalucía, Spain

Kitesurf

Tarifa is one of the most important destinations in Europe with regards to wind sports. It’s a town in the province of Cádiz, Andalucía and is located at the southernmost point of Europe, nearest to Africa in the Strait of Gibraltar. The good strategic location has meant that the town has been home to various cultures which have left an indelible architectural and cultural imprint. Tarifa enjoys an exceptional climate all year round, with mild temperatures in the winter and warm weather in the summer. The average annual temperature is 18º C and it has 250 windy days a year.

tarifa-kitesurf

The wind is constant and its spots, which are known worldwide, embrace many riders. It has lovely white sandy beaches like Los Lances, Bolonia, Valdevaqueros and Punta Paloma; all with crystal clear waters. The main reason that Tarifa is a kitesurf mecca is because of its location on the border bewteen Europe and Africa in the Strait of Gibraltar where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea. This geographic situation means that the strait acts as a funnel where the E and W winds meet. The Levante wind, E – SE component, is stronger, hotter and gustier whereas the Poniente wind, W component, comes from the Atlantic and is colder and less gusty.

Conditions

In Tarifa, the wind is practically guaranteed throughout the whole year. The annual percentage of windy days with more than 4 on the Beaufort scale (11-17 knots) is approximately 80%. From December to February, the Poniente (W) wind prevails and during the summer months, from June to August, the Levante (E) wind prevails and blows strongly in the Strait of Gibraltar. Valdevaqueros or The Dunes is the most well-known spot in Tarifa and it’s always packed during the summer as it works nearly every day. With Levante (E) it can get gusts of 40 knots, usually blowing side-offshore with around 5 to 20 knots. With Poniente (W) it’s normally very strong and it can often be gusty due to the sand dunes. When in Tarifa and there is no wind, you can be pretty sure that there will be enough wind at Valdevaqueros due to the thermal winds which are produced because of the temperature difference between the cold water and heat of the dunes. The Balneario zone is a spot for experts. It works with Levante (E), reaching between 15-30 knots.

The winds blows offshore and is slightly gusty but the water stays completely flat. The only danger is that there’s no rescue boat so if you need to release the kite you’ll have to swim back. It’s also prohibited to sail there during July and August. The al-Jaima or Campo de fútbol is another spot for days with Poniente in the winter. The wind is normally side-onshore between 18 and 25 knots and leaves flat water between the small waves. On stormy days there can be up to three metre waves. This spot is also prohibited during the summer. It’s the access point for the famous lagoon which is ten minutes upwind. It usually works during high tide.

Dos Mares is the largest and most popular beach in the summer so it has a large area dedicated to kitesurfing. The wind is usually side-onshore, Poniente (E), between 15 and 25 knots, and the water can be choppy. Arte Vida works in the summer and the winter. It receives Poniente (E) and is a little more side shore. It can generate waves of up to 3 metres, above all in the winter and it’s the windsurfers’ favourite spot.
Optimal Conditions
  • Type
    Wave, Freestyle, Race
  • Wind
    W, E
  • Tide
    All
  • Bottom
    Sand
  • Time of year
    All year round
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