From KitePassion Tarifa Kiteschool we will advise you on the best spot to navigate, always taking into account the direction of the wind and its power at any given moment. This will determine the choice of the best place to practice kitesurfing in Tarifa, in which there are three important points: Los Lances Sur, Los Lances Norte and Valdevaqueros. In addition to the alternative to the strong Levante de Palmones in Algeciras.
In Tarifa we have basically two types of wind: Levante and Poniente. Although sometimes, during the winter, we can find north wind and south winds. With this article, we are going to explain you where to go to enjoy the safe and fun way. We are also going to give you all the clues about sea conditions, since in the place where the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean shake hands, currents can become important when it comes to kiteboarding.
Levante is a type of offshore wind, so you should carefully choose the place where you are going to sail, as it is a strong and gusting wind. On the beach of the southern lances:
- Football field
- Jara River
The wind is totally from land to sea, so if you have the slightest unforeseen, you can see yourself in a compromised situation. Always value the situation as an independent rider and keep in mind that any situation can occur while you are sailing.
If you lose the board or break a line, you or your team will inexorably go deep into the sea. In these cases, we advise you to navigate from March 1 to December 31 in the Los Lances Norte Area (From Camping Río Jara to Chiringuito Waves) with the support of rescue boats. Also another possibility throughout the year is with the east wind in Valdevaqueros, where most days the wind is cross or cross and if you have problems you can end up in the Dune. Security is a fundamental premise.
During the summer season, the rescue company New Angels Tarifa is in charge of rescuing the students on the Lancesbeach. Do not forget that you must get a rescue bonus so that you and your team are rescued.
Prices of the rescue bonus that you can buy in Chiriguito Agua:
2 Rescues: € 40
5 Rescues: € 60
We strongly advise you, if you are going to sail in the Chiringuito Agua area (School area in Lances Norte) always have the rescue voucher. Since the boats have the obligation to rescue you, but not the equipment. So be careful, choose the best wind and the most space this beach gives you and get your voucher.
With the west wind (on shore) the star sites in Tarifa are the Lances Norte: Chiringuito Arte y Vida if you are a lover of the waves, or the Lances Sur: Soccer field. Remember that during the summer months it is forbidden to sail in front of the town, this is an area for bathers and the delimited area for kitesurfing begins at the buoy of the Río Jara Campsite until the Aqua beach bar.
Therefore, remember that from June 15 to September 15 kitesurfing is prohibited in front of the town and even the Río Jara Camping. During the spring, autumn and winter months you can enjoy the best poniente in Balneario, soccer field and even in periods of full moon with great tides in the lagoon that forms in front of the town, which is spectacular.
Remember that when the lagoon is very small it is forbidden to sail in front of the bird watching (delimited and restricted area with sticks) and you will be fined. However, when there are large tides or live tides you can enjoy the best wind and the lagoon that sometimes runs kilometers away from the Chiringuito Waves to the Spa in Tarifa Pueblo.
Equally, there are many possibilities. And this past summer of 2019, we have seen that the thermal wind in Valdevaqueros has been habitual, while in the sets there have been large wind gaps. So, in summer you will have guaranteed wind in the cove, the problem is the large influx of people in front of Ion club and Tumbao.
Also point out that only if you are an experienced rider, you cannot miss sailing with the east wind in Balneario or Río Jara, flat water and cannon wind thanks to the local Venturi Effect, with a medium wave that will help you fly if you sail in twintip or to surf the wave if you are strapless. In these spots it is prohibited to sail alone and always having respect for the conditions, since it is an advanced spot.
One of the most famous spots in Tarifa is the Valdevaqueros cove that meets a number of peculiarities that make it special for kitesurfing and windsurfing. Plus; in fact it seems to be designed for wind sports.
First of all, you should know that this place is divided into three zones:
- Valdevaqueros (Ion club)
- Porros House area (Tangana beach bar)
- Punta Paloma.
For being right in the center and for all the comforts that come with it, we love the Tangana Beach Bar.
We begin to tell you … During the summer months the wind works in the cove with both easterly and western winds. Well, as we were telling you, during the summer with zero wind days in the rest of Cádiz, in Valdevaqueros beach we can find a spectacular thermal wind that only concentrates in this area due to the proximity of La Peña with respect to the sea and which generates land / sea temperature difference creating a local thermal wind that you will only find here and otherwise only a few kilometers away in the Lances there is no wind. Of course … Get ready to dodge kites because the influx of kitesurfers at this time is quite important.
With the east wind, Valdevaqueros is a safe place where the cross shore wind always sends you to the dune in case of unforeseen. The quality of the wind is often not the best for kitesurfing because it is quite gusty. You should know that the first two days of Levante, being a wind from land to sea, the wind comes gustier as it has to go through many obstacles. On the other hand, when the wind stabilizes it is much more constant in this area. As well as the last day of Levante from south (southeast direction).
As for the wind, you already know one of the best spots in the world. In relation to the direction, boundaries and types of wind with which this place works as well. Now all that remains is for you to enjoy it to the fullest and above all navigate with prudence and respect the priorities of passage in a place as crowded as this so that everything runs safely and calmly.
As for the wind, you already know one of the best spots in the world. In relation to the direction, boundaries and types of wind with which this place works as well. Now all that remains is for you to enjoy it to the fullest and above all navigate with prudence and respect the priorities of way in a place as crowded as this so that everything runs safely and calmly.
SCHOOL AREA LOS LANCES NORTH
The area of Schools that the City Council of Tarifa enables for schools is delimited in its main part from the Chiringuito Agua located on the beach of Los Lances north, to the left towards Tarifa to Camping Río Jara. This entire area is fully enabled until the months of November and December included, since New Angels rescue boats are available until December 31, 2020, both east and west.
As you already know, the direction with lift is from land to sea (off shore), so the rescue boat with this direction is essential. You have the possibility to take out the ransom bonus of 2 and 5 ransom that the company: New Angels Tarifa.
Private rescue offers you from March 1 to December 31. We recommend that you take out this rescue voucher or on the other hand go to Valdevaqueros. But both the wind quality and the space available in Lances Norte is much better than in Punta Paloma. In the Valdevaqueros cove, the wind is usually gusty and stronger with the east.
From the KitePassion kiteschool we want to indicate two parameters. The first is that this 2020 season, at dates when we are
until the end of December, will continue to work with the Sea Angels rescue boats that do a spectacular job. And on the other, that of informing all independent riders who can navigate to the right of the Agua beach bar, direction Arte y Vida. For your safety and that of beginners, it is recommended to leave this area for schools and that kite for everyone is more fun and safe.
Every year the seasons are longer and being able to enjoy kitesurfing on the beach of the sets with rescue boats is a luxury because it has more space, more security and more wind quality than in Valdevaqueros.
From KitePassion Tarifa we always propose a plan B in case the famous and sometimes feared east wind gets very rough and the practice of kitesurfing becomes impractical in Tarifa. We always advise at school that it is as bad to have 5 knots as 50. Equally complicated is our discipline in these extreme wind and sea conditions. So we have to look for softer and less gusty winds on the other side of the mountain and where the venturi effect is much less powerful: Palmones, in Algeciras.
The wind and the sea at this point only have advantages with respect to Tarifa these days of very strong east:
- Side on shore wind, so if you have any problem sailing or taking classes you always go back to shore
- Constant and clean wind that rarely exceeds 25 knots. So this makes it safe and you enjoy kiteboarding to the fullest.
- Flat water at low tide that makes it easy to navigate and learn
With this we do not mean that our main spot is Tarifa and that when we have west or moderate rise as our paradise there is nothing. But always having a plan B is perfect and an option like this is always highly recommended. Another point that we ask you from KitePassion is not to navigate in the area of the lagoon as it is a protected area and that during this year 2020 it will be highly persecuted by the Civil Guard.
- That is why we must make people who sail in the lagoon / marsh aware that it is not possible to do the kite there because it is a protected area and that when arming the kites we do it with the utmost respect for the residents of Palmones.
Hopefully this summer if you continue to push the east and always with respect for everyone, we can continue to enjoy the best sport in the world there in Algeciras, which is also a source of income for many businesses in this part of the town of Los Barrios and Algeciras.
You have two ways to get to the Palmones spot. On the one hand you can enter through the Algeciras part leaving the car in the parking lot of the Chiringuito Botavara and walk 10 minutes along the Playa del Rinconcillo to the kitesurfing area.
We prefer to enter through the Barrios and park near the Playa de Palmones beach. Keep in mind, that from June 15 to September 15 the practice of kitesurfing is prohibited and we only have the first option which is to walk through the part of Algeciras.
Do not think about it and come to Tarifa to enjoy paradise!
More info: Juan I. Fernández 615683051