Learn kitesurfing at KBC Tarifa | Spain

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Kitesurferin hält einen Kite am Strand von Tarifa

Learn kitesurfing in Europe‘s Capital of Wind

Learn kitesurfing in Tarifas F-ONE Kitesurf School

Season: open all year

Tarifa has always been a center of the water-sports scene: it’s where the pro-kiters meet and the kite-addicts live but as well where beginners make their first kite-experiences. Our Team at KBC Tarifa helps you to improve quickly and safely at our spot: Our professional, English and German speaking IKO/VDWS licensed Kitesurf instructors will guide you step by step through your experience in this amazing sport. For both, classes and rental, we provide you with the latest F-One equipment in top condition! We recommend you to stay in the Surfers Residence which is located in the heart of the wonderful old town. Here you can also find our KBC-Office.

Endless beaches, perfect conditions for water-sports, stunning nature, a beautiful old town and the famous night life and food are highlighting Tarifa as an outstandingly vibrant place. Relax, meet friends for life and experience an unforgettable kite holiday!

We are looking forward to welcoming you at KBC Tarifa!

Anabel & Franky
Station manager
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[Translate to english:] Franky & Anabel vom KBC Tarifa

Learn to kitesurf where the pro's train

Kitesurfing Instruction

kitesurf instructor and students at kitebeach Tarifa

Beginners Level

Our philosophy of sustainable training should enable each participant to use the kite and board independently – and above all, safely – after completing the course.

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Intermediate/advanced level

Intermediate/advanced level

If you already know how to use a kite and board and have mastered the theory behind the sport, then our advanced training courses are perfect for you. In this course, you’ll learn the water-start procedure and how to safely ride those first few metres.

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kitesurfing in the waves

One-on-one instruction and kitesurfing in the waves

Are you interested in private instruction? Are you too advanced for our group classes and would like to learn something new, from beginner techniques through tricks and kiting through the waves? Your kite instructor will tailor the course content to your personal level and be at your side to safely guide you step by step towards your goal.

There’s a well-tempered wave for beginners right on the kite beach, where you can master your new techniques quickly and safely on our top-quality wave kiteboards from the rental office. Our experienced instructors will show you how to approach and ride the wave with a kite.

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KBC Event Tarifa

KBC Event Tarifa

At a KBC Kiting Event, you will spend a week under the professional guidance and coaching of our teaching team. These events are designed for all kitesurfers – from absolute beginners with no previous experience through intermediate and advanced levels – and include a varied social programme. 

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Equipment rental

Material pool

Book upfront and the perfect gear will always be available for you, also when you need to change gear multiple times a day. To be able to rent gear, you need to have a level 3 VDWS license (available on the spot).

  • Kites from F-ONE in all sizes from 5 m² to 14 m²
  • all current F-ONE freestyle, freeride and waveboards in all sizes
  • Harnesses (Manera, Prolimit und Mystic) in sizes XS to XXL as well as children’s sizes
  • Neoprene suits (Prolimit und Mystic) in sizes XS to XXL as well as children’s sizes
Rental Price & Booking

Equipment booking

At KBC Tarifa we only provide you with the latest kites and boards from F-ONE. Book in advance to make sure you will always have the best suitable equipment, even if you need to change size a few times per day. To make it easier for you to find us on the beach, we mark our spot with a flag and you can recognize our staff and the other guests by our eye-catching KBC-Lycras.

For renting you need a license, equal to VDWS-license level 5 (available to acquire in Tarifa as well).

Rental fees & booking

Test & Buy

What about kite gear of your own – now, that would be something! But which kite size and which board? There’s only one thing to do: start testing! You can test everything for up to 30 minutes at no charge, check the carrying capacity, get advice and buy directly from us: kites and boards from F-ONE and harnesses from Manera. Just let us know.

We’ll be happy to advise you!

Centre Profile

Kite beach & spot

In Tarifa we have two dominant types of wind. The cool Poniente is coming from the west- the warm Levante is blowing through the Strait of Gibraltar from the east. Depending on the strength and direction of the wind, as well as your personal level and experience, there are several spots in Tarifa and close by, that we get to choose the best suitable from.

Los Lances: Los Lances (the landing strip): this is our homespot. We can kite and teach here with Poniente as well as with Levante. Los Lances is a very wide, long and sandy beach with a lot of space, that gives us very good training conditions. With Poniente the wind blows side-on-shore and there are moderate to medium sized waves building up close to the shore. Levante on the other hand is blowing side-off-shore and makes the water nice and flat. During the main season, there is always going to be a rescue boat out in the water that will bring you back to the beach if needed. This service (included in all our courses) allows us to teach and kite even in off-shore wind. Kite level: Beginner to Advanced. There are good parking possibilities and a few beach bars that invite you to chill, eat or relax in the sun.

Valdevaqueros: Alternative Spot during thermal Poniente – side on-shore, flat to small waves; or Levante when there is no rescue in Los Lances (off season) – slightly side off-shore to side shore, glassy to choppy; Kite level - Beginner to Advanced; wide sand beach ending in a massive sand dune, some rocks at both ends of the beach, less space on the beach than in Los Lances, parking possibilities and world famous beach bars to relax, chill in the sun or party at sunset.

Rio Jara: Small, tide dependent lagoon, working with Poniente as well as Levante - standing deep and shallow water, Kite level- Beginner to Advanced; sand beach, limited training space, no parking possibilities, walk from Los Lances necessary. Not anymore an official kite spot now more a natural wildlife reserve.

Los Caños de Meca: Alternative spot during strong Levante, side on-shore, small to big waves; Kite level – Intermediate to Advanced; sand beach with some pebbles ,some rock reefs in the water ,there is a clear sandy area to enter the water. Depending on wind conditions and size of waves the spot is ridable for kiters with intermediate to advanced level. Beautiful scenery over the natural park cliffs and the famous Trafalgar lighthouse, good parking options, beach bar, ride 50km.

Palmones: Alternative Spot during strong Levante, Side-onshore wind, small tide dependent lagoon as well as open sea with small to medium waves; Kite level - Beginner to Advanced; narrow sand beach, very limited space in the lagoon, bigger space in the open water zone, good parking options, ride 30km.

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Child Care

You’re bringing your family and both parents end up on water at the same time? No worries! We can arrange hourly child care for your kids. Please let us know in advance, if you want to book a babysitter.

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Fotoservice

Do you want to have a unique memory of your kite holiday? Book a private photo shooting Our photographer concentrates 100% on you and your tricks. He/She will be shooting loads of sequences so you will have a huge selection to choose the best pictures from. The most beautiful ones will be edited and put on dvd. Simply book your personal photo shooting at the reception.

Book your private photo session on-site at the reception.

Food and restaurants

At most of our spots you can find a small bar that provide you with refreshing drinks and small snacks. After a successful day of kitesurfing you can enjoy a cold drink on the rooftop of our club hostel with a nice sea view. The perfect place to get started before heading into Tarifa’s well-known nightlife.

In Tarifa there are plenty of good restaurants and tapas bars. As our Surfers Residence is located in the middle of the old town, all of them are reachable for you in a very short walking-distance.

One or two times per week we organize a big dinner in the hostel. Paella, Barbecue and more... ask at the reception to find out what theme and dish will be up next and enjoy a nice evening with us!

 

 

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Activities

Beside the ideal conditions for kitesurfing, KBC and Tarifa are providing a big range of activities for non-kitesurfers and kitesurfers to survive a day without wind:

  • rooftop with a stunning view
  • chill-out area with bean bags
  • table soccer
  • jetsurf
  • surf courses and rental
  • SUP courses and rental
  • wakeboarding
  • climbing tours
  • kayak rental and tours
  • jetsurf
  • paragliding
  • mountainbike rental and tours
  • trips to Morocco
  • trips to Cadiz

We are happy to advice you on site or

send us an email in advance.

Party & Nightlife

Tarifa’s nightlife is legendary. You can find a lot of relaxed bars and clubs here. You’re welcome to ask us anytime and we will give you the best tips and secret hints where to go. Our top 3 recommendations in advance:

  • Beach Bar Agua: Located directly at the beach of our home spot and very well-known as a perfect chill-out-place after kiting. Sitting on big, cozy couches with funky retro music while watching the sunset and drinking one of Tarifa’s best Smoothies (or Cocktails) makes Agua the perfect place to end the day and get ready for the night!
  • Surf Bar Tomatito: In the heart of the old town and surrounded by a lot of other cocktail bars, Tomatito is the place to start the night. Mostly everyone that you met on the beach earlier will meet up here for a few drinks and some table football to have a chilled night or warm up for a big one to come!
  • La Ruina and Café del Mar: Inside of the walls of the castle, these 2 clubs are the places to go to for those who have got enough energy to keep going all night! Go dance along to somedeeptechno and house beats, but not before 2 AM – welcome to the Spanish party-routine!
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The kite centre

KBC Tarifa is located at the entrance of the Surfers Residence. That’s where we meet every morning. Here you can find the kiteschool , the rental and our shop. If you brought your own material, you can store it here. Please book „Supervised Kiting“ to take advantage of the beach service, rescue boat and the shuttle service.

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Supervised kitesurfing

We keep you updated about the wind-, waves- and weather- conditions and provide you professional help in launching and landing. We are standing beside you for questions about coping with the spot assessment or riding technique. You will recognize our staff by the KBC Lycras and we mark our spot with a flag, so can you easily find us at the beach. Depending on your level and the conditions of the wind and waves, we offer you to discover Tarifa’s big diversity with us. During a good Poniente we offer you the possibility of a stunning downwinder together back to our station in Tarifa city. Overnight you can store your kite material comfortably in the school.

  • Our experienced beach staff is helping you with starting and landing of your kite
  • the rescue boat of the Sea Angels is helping you during Levante, in case you have a problem
  • articles of value can be left in the KBC bus
  • showers and toilets at the spots

For supervised kiting you need a license, which corresponds the VDWS-Lizenz Level 5 (possible to purchase on site as well). If your partner or friends are not kiting, they are always welcome to join us going to the spot.

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Kite repair

We’re working together with a huge sails manufacturer in Tarifa, they are pro’s when it comes to kite repair. We take care for you to get your kite ready for action again as quickly as possible.

  • repairing of holes in the bladder,leaks
  • replacement of damaged valves
  • professional replacement of front-tubes, struts and main canopy tears.
Ask us on-site for a kite repair.

Checklist for Tarifa

Don’t forget:

  • Your passport or ID card: it has to be valid for at least 6 more months
  • boardshorts, bikini or bathing suit
  • flip flops, beach slippers
  • Sport-sunglasses with band, preferably polarized
  • sun hat or cap

Things you’ll need but can rent or buy in Tarifa:

Things you can leave at home:

  • Your kite pump – we have hand-operated pumps for all popular types of valve.
  • Electrical adapter (if you are travelling from Central Europe); otherwise, you will need to bring one along.

We will be happy to answer any further questions you may have!!  

Wind & Weather

Forecast

The wind forecast for Tarifa is available on Windytv.

Windstatistics

[Translate to english:] Windstatistik KBC Tarifa in Spanien

Wind

Tarifa is often called the capital of the wind. The Strait of Gibraltar makes the wind speed up like a jet! Levante, coming from the East and the Mediterranean, is a warm and usually dry wind, blowing approximately 40% of the year.

The Poniente, blowing from the Atlantic Ocean and the West, is a fresh and amazingly smooth wind that shows upabout 40% of the year as well. On the rest of the days, usually in winter, the wind can come from the north or south and in eventual combination with big waves and storms. In Tarifa the sun shines all year long and lets us enjoy nice and warm temperatures. It is not getting too cold in winter (daily max temperatures from 12°C – 20°C) and staying warm but fresh enough all summer (22°C - 30°C). From June to September we recommend bringing a shorty, for the rest of the year a long wetsuit is needed.

Levante The Levante, related to our main spot is a side offshore, on some days more side shore blowing wind. The wind direction can stay the same for one day only up to several weeks – you never know! As the wind is blowing offshore, there are almost no waves and only flat water which gives us nice training conditions. The strength of the wind variates from fresh to very strong. In the afternoon, especially with the high tide it is usually getting stronger than in the morning. From June until October, there will always be a rescue boat out in the water, so we can teach and kite and stay safe even with offshore wind! Should the Levante be getting too strong and gusty, we might decide to move to another spot close by.

Poniente
The Poniente is a side onshore wind coming from the west. During the summer- on sunny days -a thermal effect will make this wind stronger than predicted and it will reach its peak in the afternoon. This allows us to have great conditions, even if the forecast seems like it might not be strong enough.
Especially in winter this wind can reach gale force (storm). It is arising as an effect of low-pressure areas. With Poniente, small-to medium-sized waves are breaking close to the shore.

South wind
Typically during winter months, the rainy south wind is blowing fully onshore and brings in big waves.
Most of the time it is blowing very strong in the morning and already decreases around 2pm.
On rainy days it can come in intervals, increasing before numerous rain periods that might be rotating with sunshine approximately every half an hour.
During south wind the beach often gets flooded and a huge lagoon on the beach is arising. A perfect flat water spot which usually remains several days.

North wind
With the cold wind from the north, Tarifa bay is unfortunately laying in the wind shadow so the wind might just be reaching until the opening of the Rio Jara. But in El Palmar and Conil you might find Australian-like surf conditions during north wind.

Arrival

Flight

Day of arrival
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Flight
The journey by airplane from anywhere in Europe to Andalusia is very easy, short and cheap. You can fly to 4 airports and the time of the flight is approximately 2-3 hours. From Germany it’s best to fly to Malaga or Jerez de la Frontera. To these two airports you can fly with Ryanair, EasyJet, Condor and Germanwings. From Switzerland you can fly with Ryanair or Swiss, from Austria with Austrian Airlines. A bit further away but also possible to fly to is the airport of Sevilla. If you are coming from England, the closest and most popular airport to fly to is the airport of Gibraltar.
Die Entfernungen der Flughäfen nach Tarifa betragen: Gibraltar 43 km, Jerez de la Frontera 130 km, Málaga 152 km, Sevilla 214 km.

Reaching Tarifa with a rental car is the easiest way and the prices can be unbelievably cheap, especially during off-season and directly from Malaga Airport. Check it out online. Otherwise you can book our transfer or use the public transport (busses).

Let us find the cheapest offer for you.

Transfer

We are happy to organize your transfer from the airport to Tarifa. Our driver will be waiting for you at the exit of the arrival hall. He or she will be carrying a sign with your name.

Airport transfer

Transfer - Ariport Malaga (one way)
Airport transfer for maximum 4 person plus 2 boardbags.
140,00 € Book
Transfer Airport Malaga (Arrival and Departure)
Transfer Airport Malaga (One Way)
280,00 € Book
Transfer Airport Jerez (One Way)
For maximum 4 person plus 2 boardbags.
110,00 € Book
Transfer Airport Jerez (Arrival and Departure)
For maximum 4 person plus 2 boardbags.
220,00 € Book
Transfer Airport Gibraltar (One Way)
For maximum 4 person plus 2 boardbags.
65,00 € Book
Transfer Airport Gibraltar (Arrival and Departure)
For maximum 4 person plus 2 boardbags.
130,00 € Book
Transfer service (1 day)
Lift to to spot
10,00 € Book

On-site mobility

Rental car

The most comfortable and cheap way is to get a rental car at the airport. These are very cheap, especially during off-season. Street signs will lead you easily and safe towards Tarifa and the surroundings .With a rental car you will be more flexible and independent during your stay.

Club hostel Surfers Residence

Clubhostel Surfers Residence You live in Clubhostel Surfers Residence, where the kite center is also located. Clubhostel is located in the heart of the old town of Tarifa. The rooms are modern and practical. We have 3 apartments for 4 persons, with kitchen and bathroom, as well as 5 double rooms. If you stay in one of the double rooms you will find a generous and very well equipped kitchen, as well as 2 bathrooms which you can use together. In Tarifa you will also find accommodation: hotels, apartments, hostels and campsites. The offers range from simple to luxurious. Book you accomodation.

Or send us an e-mail, we are happy to help you.

Apartment Don Juliaan In Apartment Don Juliaan you can live with up to four person. It has a living room with small kitchen, dining area, TV, safe and a double bed, a bedroom with double bed and a bathroom with shower and WC.

Book Apartment Don Juliaan.

Apartment Balneario Apartment Balneario has space for up to four guests. It is barrier-free. It has a living room with small kitchen, dining area, TV, safe, two double beds and bathroom with shower and toilet. From Balneario you have access to the inner courtyard.

Book Apartment Balneario.

Apartment Valdevaqueros In the apartment Valdevaqueros you live a maximum of two. It has a living room with small kitchen, dining area, TV, safe, a double bed and bathroom with shower and toilet. From Balneario you have access to the inner courtyard.

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Double room Pepe Estupendo 135/5000 The large double room Pepe Estupendo is a spacious room with double bed, desk, wardrobe and bathroom with shower and toilet.

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Double room Poniente The bright double room Poniente is a spacious room with double bed, desk. The bathroom with toilet and shower is located in the hallway. You share it with the neighboring double room.

Book double room Poniente.

Double room Levante The cozy double room Levante has a double bed. From here you have a great view of the old town. The bathroom with toilet and shower is located in the hallway. You share it with the neighboring double room.

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Double room Levante The cozy double room Levante has a double bed. From here you have a great view of the old town. The bathroom with toilet and shower is located in the hallway. You share it with the neighboring double room.

Book doble room Levante.

Personal Advice

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Personal advice

Our travel specialist Rosi Mayer always finds the best possible prices, can give you detailed insider tips on the region and looks forward to creating a complete package for you, including your flight, transfers, accommodation and all you need for kitesurfing.

KBC Travel | Rosi Mayer
Tel. +49-8677-6686099
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(Mon-Fri, 9am to 7pm)

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Club hostel Surfers Residence

The Clubhostel Surfers Residence Tarifa is happy to help you:

Clubhostel Surfers Residence Tarifa
Calle Aljaranda 8
11380 Tarifa Spanien
Tel: +34 640 025 038

www.surfers-residence.com

info@surfers-residence.com