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I've sort of been inspired to take up a regular blog on here whislt we're in Tarifa for a month, not least because of a few incidents over the last couple of days, so as ever as they say a picture paints a thousand words etc etc
These superstars (the ones on left of picture) are here for the Naish dealer conference, and one of the big things is the Wind Wing. Which does bring back some memories of the Wind Weapon we had at Sussex Windsurfing way back when none of us could get to grips with it.
This is really light and very easy to use (no harness required), and with the foil the board comes up really quick.
The video below was shot this week here in Tarifa at the conference.
I've managed to get out four times now on the 8 though maybe a ten would have been better but as I only have a 12 can't be bothered, though yesterday whilst I was on the 8 others were on 12's and 13's!
Kiting in the Levante (from the East) best to go down towards the Dunes at Valdevaqueros and it's crazily busy, so once launched I'll stonk up wind to get away from the hordes.
Earlier before I met Robbie I also bumped into the antithesis Robbie and Brian, South Coast local, young Tom Seager who has just signed to Naish and is starting out on his journey as a Pro.
Since then I've also met Sally and John from Shoreham, and an amusing conversation was had when I asked them where they're from in the UK and do they know of this site.
We're now on Tarifa time, getting back from the beach around 18:30 and not going out again untill 22:00 and then getting up a tad later than usual.
Today looks like wind is back to a Poniente(from the West) so might go out on the bike on a circuit I've done a couple of times and if I time it well I get a good tail wind back to Tarifa.
BEEN NIGH ON 25 YRS SINCE WE WERE LAST HERE IN TARIFA
We left Serre Chevalier Tuesday 14th May after one final ski tour the day before.
First leg of the road trip was two days in Leucate, though as ever wind did not show up.
Does ooze loads of potential though, however just about everywhere was closed as their season does not really start till the beginning of June and the French don't like to work too hard.
What was amazing were some of the windsurf shops, with many boards stacked up outside, really like the old days!
On the return leg if the road trip we'll stay there again as the kiting potential is massive, with a huge lagoon on one side and open sea on the other.
On the way down to Tarifa we stopped off in Valencia and Antequera.
Tarifa I'm glad to report has hardly changed, the nigh on 9km of coastline from the town to the Dunes is still pretty well the way it was the first time we stayed in the Huricane Hotel some 35 years ago.
The town itself has expanded a little but is still compact, there is now a very cool crowd, and not just all surf bums etc
There are so many shops, cafes and bars and it's obvious there are many non Spanish who have made it their home, in some ways quite similar to a ski station, though the difference being that they live here all year.
However the biggest change is.....
There's hardly any evidence of windsurfing!
When we were last here kiting did not exist and all the shops were windsurf orientated, I've hardly seen any shops with windsurf gear though sure they must exist.
I've been out on the water twice, and being a Sunday it was very busy with many Spanish having made the trip to Tarifa for the day, but I think I only saw one or two sails out on the water!
If you're a kiter and you've never been to Tarifa, it really is a "Must Do" as the bill boards say it is the KiteSurfing Mecca of Europe.
However be warned, July and August is crazily busy, and like I often say, dear old Costa Geriatrica (Worthing) is probably one of the best places to be in August!
After some superb kiting / windsurfing and body bashing sessions you might want to let your body recover. Sports & Body Massage Therapist Siggy Baylis, my daughter, is doing special kite and windsurf massages, at her treatment room in Ebenezer Chapel, Portland Road, Worthing. Check out her website: www.sportsandbodymassage.com and call her on 07854 332667 for an appointment.