1. Je kitování pro každého ?
Yes, in our kite school in Tarifa we start kite surf lessons for kids from age 8. But of course it depends on every child. To ensure the full safety for children during the lesson, we recommend taking a private lesson, one to one with the instructor. In the group courses (2-4 people) the instructor has to switch between the couples and he cannot spent the whole time with the kid. Or another option is also semiprivate lesson (2 people), where one of the parents do the course as well. So he learns all about kitesurfing, safety, weather, launching and landing the kite and all important information about to start with kitesurfing.
2. Potřebuji předešlou zkušenost než začnu s kitingem ?
No, mostly people are complete beginners. You just need to know to swim. But during the kite lesson you use life jacket, so you don't need to be very good swimmer.
3. Co musím přinést na kurz ? Nemám ani kitové vybavení ani neoprén.
Bring just something to drink, swimming costume, towel, sun glasses, sunscreen (high factor !! in summer we use 50+). The rest, as kite equipment , wetsuit, helmet, life jacket ect. provides our kite school Dragon.
4. Musí být kurz zarezervován předem ?
Yes, Tarifa is very busy during the summer and the lesson should be book more less 1 week before. We need to plan the instructors. You can book the course per email o per phone. Our staff in the surf shop speak English.
5. Je bezpečné se učit kitovat ?
Yes, if you learn it with experienced instructor in any kitesurf school. During the lesson you learn not just to control the kite and stand up on the kite board but also the necessary information about the wind, kite spot, currents, tides...
6. Můžu se učit kitovat v zimě v Tarifě ?
Yes, our kitesurf center is open the whole year. In winter we have between 15-25 degrees. In the evening is colder. You will need warmer clothe.
7. Kde je místo setkání na kurz ?
We meet us in surf shop Dragon Tarifa. The address is Polígono La Vega 203, 11380 Tarifa, Cádiz. If you GPS can not find it, try Linea de la Concepcion. Dragon shop is just by the 1. exit from Cadiz or 2nd exit from Malaga direction.
8. Co je lehčí se naučit, kitovat nebo windsurfovat ?
Definitely kitesurf. Once you learn to control the kite and stand up on the board, the progress is very fast. To learn to turn you need 1 day. People who does wakeboard or snowboard ride on 2nd day of course in both directions. 8 from 10 people learn to kite.
9. Jak dlouho potřebuji, než se naučím kitovat ?
It depends on each person and on your knowledge in another water sports as wakeboard or snowboard. The mostly people need around 3-5 days.
10. Potřeji speciální pojištění ?
During your class you have 3rd liability insurance and basic accidant insurance in the price included. We recommend for independet kiters and for those who trevels a lot, to have kitesurf insurance for the case something happen to you or you should hurt somebody else. If you contracted travel insurance during your holidays, check exact if it covers also kitesurfing. Stay safe on the water !
1. Co mám přinést s sebou na kurz ?
Just a sunblock, something to drink, a towel, a swim costume or shorts and good mood :-) In winter bring warm cloth.
Surf boards and wetsuits are provided by our water sport centre. It is included in the price lesson.
2. Kde začíná kurz a v kolik hodin ?
We meet us in surf shop Dragon in Poligono La Vega in Tarifa, see the map. Come please 10 minutes early to fill out the booking form.
Surf sessions in the morning (spanish morning :-) start at 11:00am and afternoon sessions at 2pm. But of course, the exact hour of beginning depends on wave conditions.
3. Musím umět plavat ?
Yes, you should be able to swim minimum 50 meters. Better swimmer you are, easier will be surfing for you.
4. Je bezpečné se učit surfovat ?
Yes, if you learn surfing with experienced staff. Surf instructors teach you not just how to stand up on the board and how to paddle but also all about waves, currents, tides, local spots and everything what you need to know for to surf safe.
5. Jak dlouho potřebuji než se zvednu na surfovém prkně ?
It depends on each person, people are very different, but mostly of our students stand up on the first day surf session.
6. Je surfový kurz omezen věkem ?
We recommend to start from 8 years. It is good, if the kid do another sport, like skiing, snowboarding ect. There is no upper limit, so if you have moode to start, just go on :-)
7. Je Vaše surfové centrum otevřeno po celý rok ?
Yes, our water sport centre is open the whole year around.
8. Musím se přihlásit na kurz předem ?
Yes, it is better, so we can plan the instructors and surf material.
9. Můžu přinést můj vlastní neoprén a surfové prkno ?
Of course. Size of your board should be corresponding to your level in surfing.
1. Co je to SUP ?
Called also stand up paddleboarding. It has its roots in Hawaii and was made very popular by surfer Laird Hamilton. It is kind of surfing, similar to canoeing. It is very easy to learn and can be done in lakes, rivers, ocean and in flat water or waves.
2. Je vhodný tento sport i pro děti ?
Yes, it is sport for all family and suitable for all ages !
3. Je potřeba umět plavat a mít předešlé zkušenosti se surfováním ?
You need to know to swim. But don´t be worry if you are not the best swimmer, we recommend to use floating device the whole time on the water. You don´t need to have any experience, you will be fast on the board already on your first SUP lesson.
4. Jak se postavím na prkno a jak udržím rovnováhu ?
It's easier to kneel on the board rather than to stand directly upright. Get onto the board into a kneeling position, in the center of the board. The nose shouldn't pop up out of the water and the tail shouldn't dig in. First stand up on the board one foot at a time. When you stand up, your feet should be parallel, about hip width, knees bent and your back straight. Balance with your hips
5. Jaká je správná technika pádlování ?
If you surf to the right, your right hand is lower and on the paddle shaft. Your left hand is on the top of the grip. Keep your arms straight and twist from your torso as you paddle, using your abdominal muscles. Push down on the paddle grip with your top hand. The paddle goes by pushing the blade all the way under the surface, pull it back to your ankle, then out of the water.To go in a straight line, paddle about 4 or 5 strokes on one side, then switch to the other.
6. Otáčení se
Easy method for beginners is to paddle on one side until the nose turns in the direction you want to go. Want to turn right ? Paddle on the left. It´s called a sidestroke.
Or paddle on your dominant side, f.e. left foot forward, paddle on your right side. Bend your knees and put more weight on your back foot. This allows the board to pivot and turn quickly.
Another fast way to turn is to simply drag the paddle or paddle backwards on either side of the board, it´s called a backpaddle.
Plant your paddle towards the front of the board and take a long sweeping stroke towards the tail. This is called a sweep stroke.
7. Mám něco přinést na hodinu ?
Swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses. In Tarifa is SUP done barefoot, so you do´t need water shoes.
8. Jak přepravím tak velké prkno autem ?
There are 2 kinds of board for paddle surf. Hard one or inflatable one. The inflateble one is so easy to put in the car, to carry. You just pump it on the beach. The hard surf board you transport on the roof rack. It's best to use a bar pad on the rack in order to protect the board. Be sure to stack the board on the roof with the fin up.
9. Můžou se oddělat finy z prkna ?
Yes, for travelling or storage, but of course you won't to paddle without them :-)
10. Voskuje se paddle surf prkno ?
Our rental paddleboards have a traction pad on the top of the board, what provides reliable grip without waxing.