7 essential tips for safety setup for Kitesurfing

Kitesurfing is indeed one of the most amazing water sports that exists nowadays.
Nevertheless, let's not forget that it is an extreme sport and should only be learned with official schools and professionals of the industry. Here are the important points to take into consideration when setting up your kitesurfing gear.

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What you really need to know about Morocco

So… is Morocco safe?

 

A good check point to start would be the embassy site of your country of origin regarding the situation in Morocco. France is one of the closest countries, economical and actively involved with Morocco, whose embassy site goes through all details regarding visiting or even living in the country. (Their site is in French and English).

Indeed it is hard to ignore the global threat and the consequent paranoia when it comes to terrorism, which is the question everybody asks at the end of the day.

 

So what is the reality? Is it really safe to go to Morocco?

 

The answer is YES!

 

In our current political situation, unfortunately, no country in the world will assure you 100% safety from any terrorist attacks. That is a sad reality. Even Europe has high levels of risk when it comes to terrorist threats and some, as France had to live the horror of it very recently… (FREE YOUR MIND EST CHARLIE)

So what to do? Not travel at all…? Not get out of your house, live in fear hoping it will not happen to us…?

 

That is indeed a possibility but you could also come with us and discover by yourself what’s the real deal when it comes to go to one of the most beautiful countries in the world: Morocco!

The most open Muslim country you can find, full of contrasts, beauty, breathtaking landscapes, absolutely wonderful people, while learning their culture, food, mentality and of course learning to kitesurf, surf, or improve your already known knowledge in one of these sports.

And what else…? Well it is only 2 or 3 hours flight away from most of European capital airports.

 

Let’s go through some details then about this amazing country and people:

Morocco is a constitutional monarchy with a bicameral parliament and independent judiciary. The King Mohammed VI, is the dominant authority. Population is estimated to be almost 34 million. It is one of the fastest developing economy, modern tourist facilities and means of transportation are widely available. The constant presence of military and police does give a big sense of security as they really make a point of having their population and tourists safe at all times.

Once arrived, you will be able to enjoy spice-market smells, rainbows of colors, and urban orchestras of sounds, it can be indeed quit overwhelming at first!

It mixes Middle Eastern magic, Berber traditions and European elegance. An incredible panaché of cultures, religions and nationalities, that makes Morocco one of a kind, at all levels.

In the last 15 years, tourism has more than doubled (more than 10 millions tourists per year), and by 2020, the King Mohammed VI wants to increase the annual visitors to 18 million!

 

Could that many people be wrong? The answer is no.

 

Add to this a program of ongoing social, political and economic reforms, and Morocco is one of the most moderate and peaceful countries in the region.

 

So don’t think of it twice…get to know this little haven on earth that is Morocco, travel and meet our team, to get a trip of a lifetime!

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Hire and Rental of kitesurfing equipment in Tarifa

Being the wind capital of Europe, there are plenty of spots to choose from (except during the high season which is the 15th June until 15th September when restrictions apply)  and the the conditions can vary greatly.

 

So if you’re an occasional kitesurfer, you have your own equipment and you’re coming to Tarifa, the question is:

Do you bring your own equipment or rent when you arrive?

 

It might seem like a no brainer, however these are a few things to think about:

  1. Do you have the kites for the conditions? Due to the variety of the spots the conditions here may be very different to what you have at your home spots.
  2. Being fully prepared for the wind and waves can mean bringing up to 3 kites and 2 boards.
  3. Is it worth dealing with the hassle of transporting the kite bag on the airlines.
  4. How old is your equipment? Things have changed a lot in the last 3 years and the equipment today is just easier to use, allowing you to improve much more easily and quickly.

Having considered these points, if you think that renting is right for you. I'd  like to let you know what we provide over and above just renting you the equipment.

  • Spot selection - Choose the best spot for the weather conditions on the day.
    • Most spots have unique characteristics that change with the weather.  Each day we will recommend the best spot for that day and make sure you have the right equipment for the spot. We want you to get the best value from your time on the water.
  • Supervision: If you’re good enough to rent but not so confident to just take off into the unknown.
    • We offer supervised sessions so you have your freedom, but, safe in the knowledge that someone is looking out for you. The conditions can change quickly and if you're not experienced in reading the weather, wind and currents. Its easy to get caught out.
  • Rescue boats: During the summer months in offshore conditions (called Levante) we are covered by the Sea Angels.

What do you need to provide:

  • A card from a recognised authority that says you are a competent kiteboarder who can ride to an approved standard. For example:
    • IKO (International kitesurfing Organisation),
    • VDWS (Verein deutscher Wassersportler),
    • FAV (Federación Andaluza de Vela),
    • BKSA (British Kitesports Association),
  • some photo ID such as a passport or driver's license

 

Why rent from Free Your Mind?

We are the European test center for the Zian Kiteboarding brand so we have all the latest equipment which is well maintained and includes:

  • Kites - freestyle, wave and freeride.
  • Bars
  • Boards: twin tips and wave boards
  • Harnesses: seated, waist and freestyle
  • Wetsuits and pumps

To know the best spot of the day or get guidance you can pass by our shop, call us or follow our “Kite Conditions & Forecast” updates on our twitter, facebook or instagram

 

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9 Things you need to avoid when learning to kitesurf in Tarifa.       

So you want to learn to Kitesurf and you’ve chosen Tarifa as the place to do it. Great.. you have chosen well; Tarifa is a fantastic place with a lovely vibe and really is the wind capital of Europe.

 

Now all you need to do is choose a kite school and you're set to become a true legend with a kite!

 

But hang on a moment......

 

If you're new to kitesurfing... Just what do you need to know when it comes to choosing a kite school and booking your lessons to make sure you're not one of “those” people who fail to get past the water start.

 

Fortunately you just need to know a few key points and we have listed them for you in this blog post.

 

Follow these points before booking your classes and you will end up with a great value and successful learning experience.

 

Enjoy

 

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Surf City Tarifa // Ciudad del Surf

Article about mega project surf city // ciudad del surf

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Tarifa - Surf City // Ciudad del surf by Metrovacesa

Project Ciudad del Surf // Surf City Tarifa

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FyM-News: Kitesurfing - Right of Way

Kitesurfers are underprivileged in the paragraphs.

At sea, we are treated as floating tires, on lakes after all we enjoy sailing rights 

This means once we have another vehicle close to us, we must avoid it.


But there are certain priority rules that apply not only among kitesurfers, but under all wind-powered sports equipment.
Whoever holds off, not only has more safety on the water, but also more fun!


Be always safe on the water with the following priority kitesurf rules:

 

(right of way means in this usage: you should stay the course and not work out any new tricks at the moment)

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A wonderful kitesurfing, surfing and SUP movie from Madagascar !

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It´s friday! Kitesurfing and surfing time!

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Have a nice watersports weekend!