On the southern tip of Spain, Tarifa has rising kudos as a sun-kissed weekend party town and is now a hot spot for windsurfers and kitesurfers - the Strait of Gibraltar channels perfect, warm winds right onto the sandy beaches here. Since 2005, it has hosted a leg of the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association World Tour on its Valdevaqueros beach. The world’s best kiteboarders plus accompanying rad dudes, surfer girls and adrenalin junkies descend for a week in September, alongside the boho-luxe crowd who love this part of Spain.
The competition has three sections: the Freestyle, which appraises technical difficulty and innovation; the Big Air Tricks, which is about how high you can fly; and the Boardercross slalom, which is all about speed. As crowds gather on the beach to gasp at the spectacular aqua-aerobatic circus, the wind riders’ daredevil energy breezes into the beach shacks and tapas bars of this white washed town, creating a fiesta atmosphere throughout the tournament.
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