I wrote a travellogue from my 2-week trip in Tarifa from 2/19/2014 to 3/5/2014.
I am a bit late but my studies won´t allow me to do that earlier. I still hope that you like it !
My name is Karsten, I am 20 years old and student from Germany. I had a friend with me, Luca, together with his father.
Day One- The Arrival
Our first day was a Wednesday. We took off early in Weeze, Germany and we arrived in Malaga after a three hour flight.
Both of us had a package of 45 kilos, mainly Kite stuff- of course !
The transfer from Malaga to Tarifa was quite easy. We took several travel busses to get there. Malaga-Marbella-Algeciras-Tarifa. There is also a direct bus line but we don´t wanted to wait four hours since this bus is driving only twice the day.
Despite the heavy weight we felt great! Sun, 20° and WIND. The wind was quite a big surprise because the forecast of 10 knots was not too promising. After a four to five hour bus ride we finally arrived in Tarifa where first kites already decorated the sky.
The last task we had to manage was the walk from the bus station to our appartment. Unfortunately our travel agency had siesta so we had to wait another one or two hours which was quite annoying.
Great sight from the airplane! Is it wind? YES! It is !
But after so many hours of travelling the patience finally paid off :
We had our first Tarifa session! And thats not all, it is also the premier for my new W-Series which I had bought a week before !
The conditions were great for my 12m Torch and the waves.. forget about the waves ! Still they were as good as the usual North Sea conditions. I only ride unhooked close to the beach anyway.
At this point I should add that I weight 65 kilos so that you can imagine the wind a bit better. Still I ride kites 70-75 kilo riders use normally :p So if you are 75+ add a kite size and 65- take a size less.
Highly motivated the only thing on our list was kiting! We had a session in the morning, little break and a session in the evening of approxiamtely 3 hours each.
The wind was onshore (poniente) and again good for 12m kite and going unhooked. The waves were quite similar to the day before, 1-1.5 meter high and quite messy.
This day was quite the same, a lot of kiting! The wind was a bit stronger so that we decided to take the 9m kite.
A funny thing was a small paddle, 3 meters wide, 20 cm deep and approximately 50 meter long.
A great speed track !!
Finally I arrive at my old level after the more or less soft winter!
This one is unfortunately without wind.. Still is was not the worst thing that could happen. Our muscles hurt insane! The weather was good so we decided to lay down at the beach and play a bit in the waves with our wetsuit on, the water is relatively cold! We also made a trip to the town where we ate spanish food and drank a few beer.
Day 5- Levante!
Finally! Levante ! This wind is even known by people who never been in tarifa. It´s offshore, gusty and strong !
In the morning we went to the dune where the wind comes in sideshore. The water was extremly choppy and my 7m kite was from underpowered to overpowered within seconds. Still it was manageable to kite and make some big jumps and loops.
After a relatively short time of two hours we went back to the town because that session was more fighting than kiting.
What we saw then was awesome! A few locals were kiting directly behind the island where the water was super flat and expect the up to 2 meter waves which came in crystal clear.
We took our 7m kites again and went for some loops which felt much saver as before because the wind was steadier.
Just awesome ! One of the best conditions I ever had !