Kitesurf Tarifa


Gabri on epic day in Balneario, @doystra

Tarifa is a great spot to learn and progress with your kitesurfing

Tarifa has two prominent winds: Levante, wind from the East and Poniente from the West so it is normally blowing in one direction or the other, the season runs from the mid March all the way through to mid November.

If you love the sea and the idea of being powered by the wind as you fly across the water then give kitesurfing a try.

Learn how to kitesurf school in Tarifa
Gabri showing to guest kitesurf safe zone riding area in Tarifa
Push your kitesurf skills to the next level
We teach kitesurfing from beginner to advanced kiters
Wave riding kitesurfing clinics with Gabri in Tarifa Explora Watersports
Nasser testing new kitesurf equipment for rent in Tarifa Spain
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We provide all included kitesurfing holiday pack in Tarifa Spain

Understanding the Kitesurfing Stages

How to become a kitesurfer

1 Control the kite

The first lesson is always on the beach, focusing on understanding and building your kite flying skills and to ensure you understand the theory and the safety. You will first fly a 2 line and then a 4 line kite. You will practise setting up your kite, launch and landing it successfully as well as learning various manoeuvres which you will then take into the water on your second lesson.

2 Propelling yourself through the Water

The second stage you will go into the water, first practise what you learnt on the beach, you will then learn how you can move yourself through the water, this is called body dragging. You will master one handed and two handed body dragging downwind and upwind.

3 Adding the board : The Waterstart

This is the stage when it comes together and we introduce the board, you will learn how to ride your first few meters on the board and then extend your ride downwind.

4 Improve your body position to ride upwind

Improving your body position to enable you to ride upwind, perfecting your transition turns to make you a confident independent kiter.

Instructor teaching kitesurf basics on the beach
Instructor showing how to feel and fly a kite
You fly the kite alone with a kitesurf instructor
Start your first kitesurf session

Tarifa Beginner & Intermediate Kitesurf Lessons

You can have a taster kite lesson which is 2 hours through to as many hours as you want, If you are a beginner and have 3 or more days then we would recommend the 12 Hour course as this will take you through the first 3 stages of learning how to kite so you should have experienced your first ride on the board by the end of course and hopefully be riding downwind a bit and beginning to think about your posture and stance to ride upwind. If you are already at the water start plus stage then we would recommend a mixture of lessons and rental so you can continue to progress and practise on your own in-between the lessons. We have an attractive Intermediate Kite Package including 6 Hours of semi private kite progression lesson plus full kite rental for the week, this of course also includes your launch, landing and rescue service.

Kitesurf Pricing Lessons / Rentals / Storage


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Kitesurf Lessons Types

We run 3 types of lessons

A Group

In Tarifa the group kite lessons are more social, so there will be a maximum of 4 of you with 1 instructor. You will share the equipment with another person, so 2 sets of equipment for the four of you. This is for safety reasons.

B Semi-Private

Semi private kite lessons in Tarifa are normally chosen by friends and couples who want to learn together. It will be only the two of you with an instructor and your own equipment.

C Private

Our private kite lessons in Tarifa are 1:1 so just you and the instructor, depending on your level we also use bbtalkin headsets which enables even faster progression once you are in the water. This mean the instructor can communicate with you at all times.

Kitesurf Rental & Storage

For kite rental we have the 2020 Duotone gear about to hit our centre in Essaouira from mid September onwards. For kites we have Neo, Dice, Rebel, Evo and Vegas, for twin tips we have Jaime and Team Series, as well as a selection of wave boards and foils. For Kite Storage in Essaouira we have lockable lockers as well as full use of the facilities in our centres from showers, changing room, as well as a launch and landing and boat rescue (hopefully not required) We run downwind and kite trips as and when required, they are a great way to see the surrounding area and stunning coastline.

What to expect

#instructors In Tarifa we tailor the lessons to suit you and your learning style. We continue to review and adapt our teaching methods to ensure you get the maximum out of your lessons with us.

Get World class Kitesurfing Lessons in Tarifa

For all of our lessons you will be taught by a fully qualified

  • instructor who also has a Spanish teaching licence
  • We have the latest kitesurfing Equipment and buy new gear each year. We currently have Duotone gear.
  • We are all about safety and will ensure you learn in a structured safe way as well as making sure each lesson is fun.
  • Kitesurf hire as a group, semi-private, or private. We give you a range of lesson options, from group to semi-private to private — select lessons from two to twelve hours long.
  • Choose your kitesurf rental type. Hire equipment as well as get extras, like kite trips and downwinders.

Tarifa Kitesurf Spots

#spots What about today Kiting somewhere else? We run daily kite trips to different spots they are a great way to see the surrounding area and stunning coastline.

Here are Tarifa main spots We organise daily tours

Los Lances Tarifa – Main Spot KM4

Our centre on the beach is in Los Lances which is one of the main kite beaches. The beach is long and the wind direction is poniente it is side on which makes it very safe. The beach is sandy, the ocean can be flat or choppy so a great spot to learn and progress. There are also numerous chiringuitos along the beach where you can relax with a cold refreshment and a bite to eat.

Valdevaqueros Tarifa – Main Spot KM8

This is the busiest kite spot in Tarifa and runs from Punta Paloma to the Huricane Hotel. Again if the wind is Poniente it will be side on, the beach is all sandy bottom so another great spot to kite. The beach bar Tumbao has bean bags and moijitos so a great place to relax after a good session on the water.


If the Levante in Tarifa is too strong then head to Canos de Meca where the wind will be less strong and more manageable. Canos de Meca is large bay area with a reef break so nice waves if it is a spring tide. The spot only works in Levante and only when it is really strong in Tarifa. There is also a great cafe right on the beach where you can grab a bite to eat and cold drink after a good kite session.