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Kitesurfing

in Andalucia, Spain
By Nick Nutter | 5 Oct 2020

In November 2017, Alex Caizergues zipped across the water at 57.97 knots (93.60 kph), on a surfboard whilst being towed by a kite, thus establishing a new world record for kite surfing.

Kitesurfing, also known as kiteboarding combines aspects of wakeboarding, snowboarding, windsurfing, paragliding and sailing into one extreme sport. A kiteboarder uses a kite to pull him across water, land (on skates) or snow. Apart from the speed, kite surfers are often pulled into the air, Michael Mac Donald holds the record (2020) for the highest deliberate jump with 33.9 metres. The record for the longest hangtime is held by Jesse Richman with a hangtime of 22 seconds.

Kitesurfing at Tarifa

Tarifa, nicknamed windy city, is the European capital for kitesurfing. Wind, funnelled by the mountains to the north and south of the Gibraltar Strait, whistles along the coast. The stretch from Tarifa, seven kilometres northwest to Punta Paloma, is where the kite surfers hang out. The wide, sandy beach backed by dunes is ideal for the sport. To give some idea of the notoriety of this coast, the local hostelry is called Hurricane Hotel.

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About the Author

Nick has lived and worked in Andalucia for over 20 years. He and his partner, Julie Evans, have travelled extensively and dug deep into the history and culture, producing authoritative articles on all aspects of the region. Nick has written four books about Andalucia and writes articles for other websites and blogs.

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