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Surfski Center Tarifa visiting Oslo

Boyan Zlatarev from Surfski Center Tarifa and EPIC has the coolest auto reply ever: Thanks for your message. I am currently on the road driving from Tarifa to Stockholm and back with few additional stops in between (about 8000-9000 km). I am trying to reply to most messages as quickly…

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The real purpose of this crazy ride is of course a visit to Oslo to do clinics as Oslo is currently the scene of a virtual surfski revolution with races and clinics dotting the calendar like never before and new paddlers joining the sport. Just great. September 8th & 9th it´s time for Sean Rice clinics in Oslo following the annual Oslo Surfski Race.

If you´re in the area please share this and consider joining on of the clinics as outlined below.

Original invitation in Norwegian

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Friday at Oslo Kayak Club (OKK) there will be private clinics including an option to paddle a V10 Double with Boyan. The V10 Double is a fast bout, and with Boyan in the front bucket even new paddlers will feel safe, enjoy the speed and learn a lot. Private lessons are two hours costing nkr. 1.200, 1.500,- for couples.

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Saturday there will be a group session at OKK from 10:00 to 12.30 costing nkr. 600,-

Following Oscar Chalupskys 2013 technique clinic at OKK, this clinic will begin with a few technique drills and then focus on runs and rides – downwind technique. Catching even the smallest waves of the Oslo Fiord.

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Come to our surfski clinic. You are going to learn:

Part 1 (45 min)
– How to set up correctly your surfski and paddle for maximum control and efficiency.
– Forward stroke basics and improve stability during paddling.
– 3 paddling drills that will help you change and improve your paddling technique.

Part 2 (45 min)
– Basic wave theory ( learn how to see and utilise waves).
– Basic downwind tactics and skills (the 3 principles of catching waves correctly).
– Open water safety skills (brace stroke, get to shore emergency technique, remount).

Part 3 (45 min)
– We have some fun together practicing what we learned in part 1 and 2.

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Private clinics are built around the same blocks, but you´re free to choose your special focus.

Contact:
Boyan Zlatarev: boyan.zlatarev@icloud.com
Boyan Tlf: +34 683 512 653
Sune Wendelboe Mob : 9073 1073

 

Surfski Center Tarifa, a quick review

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A few months ago I had the opportunity to visit Surfski Center Tarifa. I knew that it was one of Europe´s leading surfski destinations, but as the sport is small up here, what did this even mean?

A short video I made trying to capture the feel of surfskiing in Tarifa

It was December and ice was forming on my home waters – the Oslo Fiord. Meanwhile in Southern Spain, not far from the major hub of Malaga,  the temperature was at a comfortable Scandinavian summer level.

The drive from Malaga to Tarifa via Ronda was winding roads making their way across Andalucian mountains and through small white washed villages. While  daylight at noon back in Norway was at the same level as at midnight in June – Spain was pure autumn wrapped in soft golden sunlight

 

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Tarifa is the southernmost point on the European continent and lies south of parts of Africa. As you drive nearer winds pick up, hundreds of windmills dot the landscape. The oceanic climate that makes winters warm also generates the wind that drives much of Tarifa’s tourism industry. As you descent from the coastal ranges into the plains surrounding Tarifa you see the gentle sweep of the bays on both sides of Tarifa and get a feel of the powerful winds and begin to understand why the surfski centre is located here.

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On arrival in Tarifa I was greeted by Boyan Zlatarev who runs the place and who is an expert surfskier.

Now the Straits of Gibraltar is quite an intimidating place and a quick look on Wind Guru can make you wonder what it would be like drifting all the way to Rio de Janeiro. But any hesitation just evaporated as Boyan went through the theory, security drills and checks before paddling.

As not many surfski paddlers come with any certification Boyan took me out in the V10 Double to assert skills. If you get this opportunity – take it. The ride was fast, bumpy, fun and gives you a feeling of the fast conditions in Tarifa.

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V10 DoubleBoyan in the front bucket 

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Another happy downwind student, Jens H. Bond, in the double with Boyan Zlatarev

Next up was downwind in a V8. Where many people frown a bit at the thought of paddling a V8, Surfski Center Tarifa uses it widely even though they have the entire range at disposal at the Centre. The V8 – the surfing machine – is very stable and catches runs easily.  On one occasion when we were 4 sort of intermediate paddlers going downwind – one chose a faster boat and was instantly passed by three happy V8 paddlers.

The V8 is a great platform to learn downwind and technique from as you don´t have to worry about stability. Stability before ability as Oscar Chalupsky puts it.

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While you sit in a stable V8 and feel like king of the world, Boyan will – typical for him – tell you to get out of the bucket into large breaking waves and far from shore. When you try to remount he will go “that looks like your comfortable side, try the other one…” and then “ok, but try it again until it´s one fluid motion”.

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When the driver parked the surfski van 17m further than necessary from the howling shoreline Boyan was there again with a piece of friendly advice on parking vs. carrying a light surfski in strong winds. Safety before fun and respect for the equipment that will take you across the bay in howling winds – that´s Boyan – this focus on safety and detail might come from paddling a potentially dangerous body of water everyday. We can all learn from this and in the end it makes you feel very safe as a paddling student and it lets all paddlers at the centre enjoy the fun much more knowing that all precautions have been taken.

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Tarifa has great many combinations of wind directions and currents. This produces quite a challenge but when combined with the knowledge found at the surf ski centre it also produces  new and exciting paddling opportunities every single day.

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Tarifa has the right conditions and Boyan has the right skills, huge knowledge about local runs and is a very dedicated teacher. If you come with an open mind you´ll enjoy personal instructions and will be able to take home a lot of very useful knowledge no matter what your pre-school paddling level was. Great value for money.

Basically I had a great time in Tarifa and warmly recommend it to paddlers of all vessels and levels of experience. I learnt a lot and will be back in a few months.

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-Sune Wendelboe,  July 2014

All images © 2013 Sune Wendelboe.

 

Find much more information on  Surfski Centre Tarifa’s own website:

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