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 Post subject: Questions about November Faro, Tarifa and other spots nearby
PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:27 pm 
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So planning to go somewhere in November with fairly tight budget.
Plan has been to fly to Malaga and rent a car.
Few questions

Is tarifa crowded at this time? Or is there plenty of room in the good spots? Not too fun to ride on spots where you have to be looking out for other kiters all the time.

What is the changes of getting good wind in Faro area?

Any suggestions what places to look from that region at that time?

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 Post subject: Re: Questions about November Faro, Tarifa and other spots ne
PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:31 am 
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We're also going to visit Tarifa in November. Arriving to Malaga 04/11 till 11/11. This will be the first time in Spain, so need information about possibility to kiting in this period too.


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 Post subject: Re: Questions about November Faro, Tarifa and other spots ne
PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:59 am 
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Hi there,
We are also planning to stay in Tarifa form 2-11-2010 to 12-11-2010.

Hope that there will be windy that time.
If you like to catch some contact, this is my e-mail

g.borkowski@ingarden.eu

Best regards
Grzegorz Borkowski






Some info about the spots near Tarifa:

Tarifa has two prevailing winds, the south easterly known as the Levante and the westerly known as the Poniente. This is because of the mountain ranges on either side of the straits which not only bends other winds but also acts as a funnel, intensifying it.


However strong winds are also the result of other conditions such as the temperature difference between the Atlantic and Mediterranean and the high and low pressure zones that place themselves on either side of it's coast. The wind, and the weather in general, can change very quickly here and even the most accurate weather forecasts are not always reliable.

In areas such as Casa de Porro it is further accelerated due to thermal differences between the sea and land. This also explains why the winds are strongest between 14:00 and 18:00hr.



Great for windsurfers who want to both sail and stay out late at night. (yeah!!!) Harder for the beginners who normally have to start their courses at 10:00. (sigh :-()

As a rule the Levante is stronger, blows night and day and can last for weeks. Because it blows from land, it is warmer and does not form waves. The Poniente blows from the Atlantic. It's colder and brings in waves, mostly in winter. Nevertheless the best wave seasons are spring and autumn, specially when the winds coincide with full moon. Tides are negligible for the average surfer, but if it's waves you are looking for, it's always best whilst the tide grows.

Still not convinced about Tarifa's wind reputation? Check thecoparative charts.



Valdevaqueros

Although much smaller then other beaches, Valdevaqueros is a great spot. Surfers go there in both Poniente and Levante. The beach there isn't very wide and there are rocks at one end of the zone, so it's not the best spot for learning. The rocks will only be a hazard to your kite, board and body during Poniente, so if you're still at that 'losing control of your kite for unexplainable reasons' stage, stick to Dos Mares; zone is much bigger and you're less likely to crash into other kiters and there are no rocks to drag yourself over when your kite is misbehaving….ouch!

Where On the Tarifa beach, direction Cadiz turn left after 8km through a Valdevaqueros arch sign post
Level Good level is necessary as there are rocks to avoid.
Wind With both Levante and Poniente the wind is side shore slightly on shore. Usually slightly weaker than in Casa de Porros and less gusty.
Notes One of the most popular beaches and can be hard to park when the crowds turn up. Excellent bar and Mistral surf centre. Adapt for both windsurf and kitesurf but check to see when restriced.


Dos Mares

The Dos Mares zone has the advantage of being long and rockless. The beach there is also very wide which makes it perfect for lessons and practicing your kite skills before you hit the water with your board. This zone however, is a no go zone in Levante winds (very off shore) - you rarely see even the top talent kiting there……if you drop your kite in the sea, and can't relaunch it……say goodbye to one of your most expensive possesions and swim back to shore crying, or hope that you catch the headland past Valdevaqueros (5km away - not recommended) ……or perhaps Morocco!! Seriously though, if you are faced with this problem and all your efforts to relaunch your kite have failed, you will need to do the following:
• Open your quick release so you kite won't relaunch its self.
• Swim towards your kite, rolling your lines as you go.
• Take air out of the main chamber of your kite and try to swim back.
• OR…. alternatively……always go kiting in the safe zone of Valdevaqueros during Levante!
Wind & kite center at the Dos Mares Hotel

Where Drive approx 5km Out towards the beaches (Cadiz) Turn left once you corss the river and then right on the dirt road on the beach
Level All levels. Very good spot for practicing waterstart as waves usually small and water shallow for quite a way out.
Wind Side , slightly Off Shore with Levante, slightly on shore with poniente.
Notes Windsurf:, ideal, loads of space, winds not as strong and not as busy as Valdevaqueros.
Kitesurf: Great for learning on the beach, less so for learning in the water.



Las Dunas

This is Tarifa's supreme spot. Also known as Casa del Poro or Spinout slightly towards the est. The winds are reinforced here in the afternoons making the already strong winds even stronger. The beaches are huge, walking to the beach with your kit can be some walk. It is the windsurfers ideal spot because the waves are slightly bigger and with levante if something should happen you end up on the dunes shore.
Parking too is plentiful even in high season as is the beach, even if you will have to share it with crowds of people. There are two windsurf centres, The UCPA and the Spinout at the Chiringuito bar. This is where the jet set hangs around, and where the most beautiful girls come to sun bathe. Well worth coming even if you have no intention of going to the water!
Where On Tarifa's beach, turn left afte 9km at Casa del Poro, just after the backeries, or from Punta Paloma turn left after the Campsite.
Level All levels if the winds are not too strong.
Wind If the wind is strong in Tarifa here it will be hard to stand up straight, if at all! The beach curves round but is generally side shore - on shore
Notes Ideal for learning to waterstart unless there are too many people on the beach. Make sure you no your right of way, to avoid accedents.




Casa de Porro

This is Tarifa's supreme spot. Also known as Las Dunas or Spinout slightly towards the est. The winds are reinforced here in the afternoons making the already strong winds even stronger. The beaches are huge, walking to the beach with your kit can be some walk. It is the windsurfers ideal spot because the waves are slightly bigger and with levante if something should happen you end up on the dunes shore.
Parking too is plentiful even in high season as is the beach, even if you will have to share it with crowds of people.

There are two windsurf centres, The UCPA and the Spinout at the Chiringuito bar. This is where the jet set hangs around, and where the most beautiful girls come to sun bathe. Well worth coming even if you have no intention of going to the water!
Where On Tarifa's beach, turn left afte 9km at Casa del Poro, just after the backeries, or from Punta Paloma turn left after the Campsite.
Level All levels if the winds are not too strong.
Wind If the wind is strong in Tarifa here it will be hard to stand up straight, if at all! The beach curves round but is generally side shore - on shore
Notes Ideal for learning to waterstart unless there are too many people on the beach. Make sure you no your right of way, to avoid accedents.


Spinout

This is Tarifa's supreme spot. Also known as Casa del Poro or Las Dunas slightly towards the west. The winds are reinforced here in the afternoons making the already strong winds even stronger. The beaches are huge, walking to the beach with your kit can be some walk. It is the windsurfers ideal spot because the waves are slightly bigger and with levante if something should happen you end up on the dunes shore.

You will have to pay for the privilage ofparking here in high season. There are two windsurf centres, The Spinout at the Chiringuito bar and the UCPA . This is where the jet set hangs around, and where the most beautiful girls come to sun bathe. Well worth coming even if you have no intention of going to the water!

Where On Tarifa's beach, turn left after 9km at the Camping Torre della Peña II.
Level All levels if the winds are not too strong.
Wind If the wind is strong in Tarifa here it will be hard to stand up straight, if at all! The beach curves round but is generally side shore - on shore
Notes Ideal for learning to waterstart unless there are too many people on the beach. Make sure you no your right of way, to avoid accedents.

Rio Jara

This spot is very similar to the Dos Mares spot; long and rockless. The beach there is also very wide which makes it perfect for lessons and practicing your kite skills before you hit the water with your board. This zone however, is a no go zone in Levante winds (very off shore) - you rarely see even the top talent kiting there……if you drop your kite in the sea, and can't relaunch it……say goodbye to one of your most expensive possesions and swim back to shore crying, or hope that you catch the headland past Valdevaqueros (5km away - not recommended) ……or perhaps Morocco!!

This area has no bars or windsurf centers. The only sidn of civilisation is the Rio Jara Campsite.
During the equinoxes and with high tides the sea invades the river, just enough to allow surfers te enter and reext it at top speed. With a correct timing increadibly high jumps are acheived.

Where Drive approx 5km Out towards the beaches (Cadiz) Turn left once you corss the river and then lefton the dirt road on the beach
Level All levels. Very good spot for practicing waterstart as waves usually small and water shallow for quite a way out.
Wind Side , slightly Off Shore with Levante, slightly on shore with poniente.
Notes Windsurf:, ideal, loads of space, winds not as strong and not as busy as Valdevaqueros.
Kitesurf: Great for learning on the beach, less so for learning in the water.

Los Lances

This spot is also known as campo de futbol and Speed Spot, which as the name suggests is where the speed world cup is held, and as far as I know still detains the world open sea speed record. The water was not very clean here but since the depurator has been installed it has got a lot cleaner.

Where Behing the football pitch, and the discoteques, on the edge of the town
Level Good. Wind is completely off shore, if you brake your on your way to Brazil
Wind With Levante very flat water and off shore, with Poniente waves.
Notes This is the ideal speed spot but not much good for anything else.


Playa Chica

This is Tarifa's local beach. The locals sunbathe here and are not too happy to have wind or kitesurfers whizzing close to them. It is also taken over by wave surfers when the conditions are right.
Where Just head towards the beach...
Level Good. Can be dangerous, crowded when sunny
Wind With Levante very flat water but off shore, with Poniente big waves and brakes on the rocks.
Notes You really only want to come here because you cannot be bothered to drive or want to impress the local girls



Secreto


This was Tarifa's best kept secret spot, till now that is! Also known as Punta Paloma. It is a bit tricky to get to but well worth it were it only for the view. The absence of bars windsurf centres and easy car access make it a no go area for most people. Very popular with the odd nudist. I still suggest you use a wet suit to surf in.

Where Turn left for Camping Paloma, carry on straight after the turning for las Dunas and park you car after 1-2km. You will be stoped by the military if you go on too far. Take a little path on your left and follow it to the beach.
Level Good. Rocks on either side, and if you have problems you are by your self.
Wind Strong even if not as strong as in las Dunas. Side shore with both levante and poniente
Notes Not easy to get to and not the best conditions. Clean beach.. keep it that way!

Hurricane

This location changes from year to year depending on the winter storms. The bed is rocky but at time most may be covered by sand which makes it easy to surf in but otherwise quite a pain if you spend most time in the water rather than on your board.

In winter, with Poniente and thanks to its rocky bed, the wave are biggest here. When this happens the area if fairly crowded. Best when the tide id rising and the water is not too shallow. The Hurricane beach bar not only has some of the best food but also has one of the best views, and all considering you do not pay too much for this pleasure.

You will also find a Windsurf Centre, who also own the Valdevaqueros Center. When conditions are not good they will allow you to rent at this location.

Where Drive approx 5km Out towards the beaches (Cadiz) Turn left one you see Hotel La Peña on you right.
Level Good level. Excellent with waves, no go area if you are still struggeling with your waterstart
Wind Side , slightly on shore with Levante and more so with Poniente.
Notes Small beach so not very good for kitesurfing. Rig your sail at the car park and walk down the ramp.


Bunker

The bunker so called because there are still the remains of General Franco's defences. The spot is next to Valdevaqueros and shares its characteristics. The spot however is much smaller the car park much smaller and wild. No local structures are available which make the place very virgin and not very frequented. This is the place to go if you want some privacy but don't want to renounce to the ideal surfing conditions.
Straight out of this spot is a sunken ship which, at times, make a good wave spot.

Where Drive approx 7km Out towards the beaches (Cadiz) Turn left at the Aguila de Oro appartments and park on the grass
Level Good levels. Some rocks and no services so it yu are in trouble you have to be able to sort it out by your self.
Wind Side , slightly Off Shore with Levante, slightly on shore with poniente.
Notes Not much space but very secluded. Have to climb over a fence to get to the beach.



Arte Vida


This spot is just next to the Dos Mares zone has the same advantage of being long and rockless. The beach there is also very wide which makes it perfect for lessons and practising your kite skills before you hit the water with your board. It gets a bit busy on the weekends in Summer, a beach chosen by the locals for their Pick-nicks
The wind is side shore and with Levante often a shadow of wind just in front of the hotel which will make you have juggle or swim to reach the windy bit. Ideal if you are just learning, frustrating otherwise.
With Poniente it is very good, possibly not as good as the Hurricane but with less people and no rocks on the bottom, surfing in much more a pleasure here!
Where Drive approx 5km Out towards the beaches (Cadiz) Turn left where you see the sign post for Arte Y Vida Hotel
Level All levels. Very good spot for practicing waterstart and learning in general with levante
Wind Side , shore with Levante, slightly on shore with Poniente.
Notes Pata Negra Windsurf school and beach bar available. Very relaxing place out of all the hub bub of the trendy places


Bolonia


This is one of my favourite spots. It is the furthest away of all the Tarifa beaches, in fact, although still under Tarifa’s jurisdiction, this is a small village all to itself. The beach is unspoiled and the landscape has just a few scattered houses and some beach bars (really good fish restaurants). The beach is long and wide. This spot is popular when the Levante in Tarifa is just a pinch too strong and has slightly bigger waves.

Wind & kite center but sorry don't remember the name.
Where Drive approx 12km out towards the beaches (Cadiz) Turn left at the Hotel Del Valle. Once in Bolonia turn left and follow the road till the end in direction Tarifa.
Level All levels. Very good spot for practicing waterstart as waves usually small and water shallow for quite a way out.
Wind Side , slightly on Shore with both Levante and Poniente.
Notes Windsurf:, ideal, loads of space, winds not as strong and not as busy as Valdevaqueros.
Kitesurf: Great for learning on the beach.


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