Kitesurf is an increasingly popular sport but, like skiing, you must be aware that its practise also entails risks. That is why we recommend to all those starting in this sport that they take some time in the beginning to learn about the most important elements or factors involved in this sport. Later, you will be able to enjoy kitesurf much more and get the most out of your practise. In this blog, we will give you some tips to practise kitesurf for the first time if you visit the province of Cadiz. We hope you find them helpful!
You should hire a kite course or school in Tarifa.
Although it may seem simple at first glance, kitesurf is anything but simple. Like other sports such as skiing, it is advisable at first to take a course and get the know-how from professional experts. In addition to basic knowledge, tips and tricks, they will advice you on the most suitable materials and what to keep in mind while practising kite. Theory classes are an essential part of these courses, although they are usually held on the same beach and can be just as fun as the practise in the water.
In Tarifa there is a wide range of schools that offer kitesurfing courses for all ages. They also offer private improvement classes. You just have to walk along the beach to discover these different schools. However, one of our tips for kitesurfing is to gather information about what are the best kite schools before coming to Tarifa. This way, you can avoid any bad experiences.
Whether you want to practise kitesurf or windsurf always start in the sand.
First of all, you should never start kitesurfing directly in the water. All initiation courses always start in the sand, and are essential for learning to move the kite. This practise in the sand is necessary to correct beginners mistakes and prepare you for different situations. Therefore, it is recommended to repeat these exercises constantly on the beach. As they say, “practise makes perfect”.
Ask for advice when purchasing the necessary equipment
Whoever wants to learn kitesurf knows that to invest in equipment is not cheap. In Tarifa, there are good shops where you can find all the necessary equipment to practise kitesurf. In any case, you should ask a specialist because there are differences between the types of boards and kites. But that is not a problem in Tarifa since it is one of the reference places for this sport. The best brands and manufacturers are represented in the different kitesurf shops around the city. You will be able to find anything you need to enjoy this fantastic experience. Andalusia and Tarifa are different.
Although tempting, start without the leash or boardleash
Before using a boardleash (the leash that holds you to the board), we advice you to practise without it. Why? Really simple: it is important to learn bodytrag so that, in an emergency, the kite can lead you back to the beach. The more you practise it, the better. Although you do not want to lose your board, if you do not have enough experience you can suffer injuries using the boardleash such as cuts, bruises, or fractures. If you master bodytrag you will no longer have to worry about losing the board. 🙂
Be careful with the wind direction
This part of our tips to practise kitesurf is extremely important. If you are a beginner and cannot control your kite completely, the strength and direction the wind takes in Tarifa can be very dangerous. If you fall off your board or have any problem, returning to the beach can be very difficult because of the wind that will push you out to the open sea. Even the most experienced kitesurfers have great respect for this type of wind and advice not to leave in Kite in these conditions. We also recommend that you look for areas with shallow water. In Tarifa, there are some areas where you can stand up and practise at ease. Because Tarifa is a windy city, you also have to be careful with the waves that the wind can generate.
To get started, find a good kite school and have fun learning with experienced professionals. You will enjoy a unique and exciting experience!