Saturday, November 08, 2008

Seasons in the Sun - Tarifa's Wonderful Weather

The world spins, it travels round the sun and there goes another wonderful Autumn in Tarifa. We had every kind of weather this time - fog, rain, dead calm, glorious sun, offshore Levante wind and finally a high tide which flooded the lagoon due to the Force 7 Poniente (yes - that nice steady cross onshore wind that we get all winter ... usually).

So the choice of clothes, activities and location was done on the spur of the moment and often changed three times in one day. Still we had a wonderful time - exploring, cycling, wrestling with the beach tent, flying kites, watching sunsets, drinking shandy (!) and whilst the town was a bit quieter than usual, there were still plenty of bars / restaurants open and interesting people (and camper vans) to watch.

Oh, and the new building developments behind us on Los Lances are almost complete - so just a couple of cranes remain on the skyline and I guess, despite the credit crunch, we will start to see a few more new faces next year.

Here are a couple more piccies to keep the blog up to date - remember, you can find lots more pictures of Tarifa and its area by joining our Facebook - use this link or just search for 'Tarifa Studios' on Facebook.

Friday, August 22, 2008

The Time Goes By So Quickly ...

Can't believe that we have been back out to Tarifa a couple of times already and September has come round again!!! Thought we would drop a few nice piccies from our last trip onto the blog to keep it current.

I used my brand new Naish Helix 14mtr loads of times, which worked really well in the very variable conditions we got and my Naish Shockwave 9mtr in the stronger stuff. Set up with the new Naish Smart Loop bar and lines, I felt really comfortable and in control. Sadly, a novice kitesurfer had drowned the week before whilst under instruction, which reminded us all that safety is so important in this extreme but awesome sport.

Jan smuggled in a kidnap victim from her school canteen and he looks like he had a wild time.

We also met a whole bunch of lovely people - of various ages and had lots of relaxed fun. We even did a bit of dancing outside the new improved Serengeti beach bar just next to La Tortuga I on Los Lances Beach.

Jan took some really great pictures - you can see lots more of them on our TarifaStudios Facebook site.

UK seems very cold and dark now - cant wait to get back out in October.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Tarifa Time Again!!! (with link to our Facebook)

Just a short message this time to get a couple of new piccies onto the blog - including our new kittens, Domino and Da Vinci, who had to stay in the UK while we were away and got even sleepier and bit bigger.

We had a great time out in Tarifa this Xmas, including a very uplifting midnight mass with the locals in San Mateo church. We met Chris Skone-Roberts (photographer and dog wrestler) and Karen (photographer and dog chaser) from Lazy Blue Skies - check out their web site to see some great kitesurfing shots. They live out in Tarifa and are often seen out and about in their funky van or on the beach / in the water - depending whether they are working or playing!

We had lots of different weather this visit but it was just great to be on the beach, messing about, trying out new kites (with my neighbour) and trucking all over town on our trusty (not yet rusty) mountain bikes.

Our TarifaStudios Facebook is starting to build up - I can see how people get addicted to the thing - its great fun just trying to figure out what to look at, what to join and what to ignore. We have joined the 'ikitesurf' Facebook group (thanks for the tip Chris) where I found a really great Tarifa based business / website run by Kev and Lisa (

We will still keep this blog going but it is SOOOO much easier (and quicker) to post our photos to Facebook - so if you want to see lots more about Tarifa - then use this link to ask to become a 'friend'.

We can't wait to get back out to Tarifa again but we have plenty to do in the UK before then (Burns Nite Supper, Cirque Du Soleil, Edinburgh and even a trip to Mull) ... oh and do some work (I nearly forgot!!!).

Hope to see you on the beach ... soon!

David & Jan