Beginner Kitesurfing Course Tarifa is a real passion for team leader Gray Robinson. If you want to learn, he wants to teach you. Gray loves to introduce new people to the sport and loves helping them progress from rookie to rockstar in a fewteam easy steps. Our 3 day beginners kitesurfing course is your ideal starting point if you want to learn kitesurfing.

We’ll teach you everything from scratch. Although kitesurfing can seem daunting at first, with expert guidance you can progress much more quickly than you might think. By the end of the course you’ll know where it’s safe to do kitesurfing, how to fly a power kite and have the skills and confidence you need to get up on your board and ride.

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Our beginner kitesurf course in Tarifa is scheduled to be done in 3 days. We recommend a private lesson for beginners – it’s the fastest way for you to progress, progress will make you happy, and we want you to be happy!

Everyone progresses at a different rate but this is roughly what you’ll be doing on each day of the course.

Day 1 begins with spot identification, reading the weather and safety procedures. Then you’ll learn to set up and fly a trainer kite and a full size kite. You might move on to body dragging and even board starts.

Day 2 kicks off with a refresh of what you learn on day 1. You’ll probably do a recap of body dragging then some board starts and if your confidence and skill levels are high enough move on to some short rides downwind.

Day 3 starts with another recap, and everyone should be getting up on the board, trying some downwind riding and with a bit of luck and a following wind you’ll attempt some upwind riding and your first transitions.

For a detailed breakdown of the minimum we’d hope to teach you take a look at the day tabs at the top of the page. If you’re ready to learn more than that, we’re here to teach you how.

We’ll never push you harder than you want to go but we’ll always try and help you make as much progress as possible.


Tarifa is a fantastic place to learn to kitesurf.
Our unique location on the Strait of Gibraltar means it’s almost always windy in Tarifa.

The presence of the Sea Angels rescue boats on the main kite beach at Los Lances mean that every wind direction is kiteable here. Check out all the Kite Spots in and near Tarifa!

The tidal lagoons at Los Lances and Valdevaqueros are ideal spots to practice your first board starts. Don't worry about being dragged around by waves or getting a mouthful of salt water!

There are more sheltered beaches at: Bolonia, Palmones and Los Canos de Meca!
When the wind is too strong in Tarifa there are plenty of options only a short drive away.

The consistent wind and variety of spots on offer are the reason that Tarifa is the kitesurfing capital of Europe. If you learn to kitesurf here you can kitesurf confidently anywhere.

Tarifa is probably the best place in the world to learn to be an independent kite surfer.


Gray has devised a teaching methodology that will help you learn in the way that suits you best.
Choosing between private and group lessons depends on your experiences with watersports!

The fastest way to success

  1. Starting with private lessons
  2. Mastering all the basics
  3. Switching to group or semi-private lessons as soon as you got the key skills
  4. Our Rookies switch to  advanced lessons in no-time!

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Chiringuito Aqua, Playa de los Lances
Location Map
DEPARTURE TIME 30 minutes before course is scheduled to begin
RETURN TIME 30 minutes after lesson ends
WEAR Whatever you like, so long as you have something snug on underneath that will fit under a wetsuit. And bring a towel.
Professional instructor Transport to lesson site
Kitesurfing equipment Kite, Board and lines
Harness Wetsuit
Safety equipment Lifejacket
Helmet Leash
Fun Progress

Additional information

GroupsizePrivate Lesson, Semi-Private Lesson
Duration6 hours kitesurf course, 9 hours kitesurf course

Level 1A

  • Understand safe wind directions and conditions for kiting
  • Identify hazards in a kitesurfing spot
  • Set up a trainer kite
  • Learn the use of kite safety systems

Level 1B

  • Learn to fly a trainer kite
  • Launch and land a trainer kite with an assistant
  • Twist and untwist the lines while flying the trainer kite
  • Walk and change directions while flying the trainer kite
  • Understand the wind window

Level 1C

  • Set-up a leading edge inflatable (LEI) kite with a full de-power system
  • Learn how to check safety equipment and settings before flying the kite
  • Learn how to check equipment and settings in flight
  • Understand and use the international communication signals
  • Launch and land the kite to an assistant and as an assistant

Level 1D

  • Control the kite while it’s hooked into the harness
  • Understand the de-power system and learn to use the safety systems
  • Learn advanced flying skills with the de-power kite
  • Gain full control of de-power systems while the kite is in flight

Level 1E

  • Learn to use the quick release and activate the leash
  • Learn to recover the bar and kite
  • Self land the kite

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Level 2F

  • Enter and exit the water independently and safely while controlling the kite
  • Water re-launch the kite
  • First body drag downwind
  • Maintain correct kite position in the wind window
  • Change direction to the left and right while body dragging
  • Recover the kite and bar in the water

Level 2G

  • Upwind body drag to recover board
  • Upwind body drag holding the board with one hand
  • Enter and exit at the same point while upwind body dragging

Level 2H

  • First board starts and holding your edge
  • Combing correct Kite control and power with board start
  • First Superman (intentional or not)
  • Control Edge of Board and power of Kite while maintaining speed

Level 2I

  • Water starts in both directions and ride a short distance
  • Come to a controlled stop
  • Understand weather forecast, tide and wind effects
  • Determine the wind strength, direction and quality
  • Learn the right of way rules
  • Know equipment set up and choice

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Level 3J

  • Control the riding speed by edging
  • Consistent riding in both directions

Level 3K

  • Consistent riding in all directions including upwind
  • Ride amongst other riders and water users and respect right of way rules

Level 3L

  • Change of direction without stopping
  • Self- rescue and full pack-down in the water

Level 3M

  • Risk assessment and awareness of the riding area
  • Self launch

Level 3N

  • Make a toe side turn
  • Knows the theory and the safety rules for jumping.
  • Land a basic jump

When you learn all that you’re good to go kitesurfing on your own!

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