After a really successful camp in Brasil back in September… we decided to add in another last minute coaching week with Youri Zoon before the end of the year… and as it’s a place he visits frequently and knows well, and it’s easy to travel to, we decided on Tarifa as the ideal location for our last camp of the year.
Tarifa is known as Europe’s wind capital… and we certainly got a lot of it… we also got quite a bit of rain to go with it but that was not going to dampen our motivation for the week! With a really cool mix people, a really young and motivated group, we all arrived to Arte Vida surf center and hotel the last week of November… ready to fight our way through the rain and learn as much as possible over the following seven days.
Arte Vida is a cute hotel, really simple but with a great location right on the beach. The staff are amazing and helpful, and made us feel really at home during our stay. Hector who runs the Tarifa surf Center was always helping us out, supplying us with surf boards when the wind was too light to kite, and sorting us out with kites when we needed different sizes etc. A great place for lessons and rentals in Tarifa. The hotel only has about 10 rooms, so it was perfect for us as we pretty much took over the whole place for the week. Breakfasts over looking the ocean, and a great view to watch while we waited for the wind to kick in.
We had a few good sessions directly in front of the hotel… and then moved down to the lagoon whenever the tide was right… always looking for the best conditions possible. We had a combination of 5 guys and 3 girls for the coaching… Youri spent some time going over the theory, what each person wanted to work on. Then spending time on the water with each one, pushing them to learn and keep trying and to stay motivated. Although the conditions we had were definitely not the easiest, everyone did good and we got a decent amount of time on the water. On the days where is was not so windy we went to the cable park for the day, did some surfing, and even a good cross fit coaching session with Youri.
We moved around a lot in the evenings.. heading for tapas, pizzas at Tribu, great meat at Vaca loca, and some great sushi and drinks at Banti on the last night.
To sum it up, not the easiest of conditions, but our great coach Youri Zoon still managed to make sure people got the most out of themselves and the conditions… Tarifa is always good fun, so much to do when off the water also. We had good fun, lots of laughs, and got to know some amazing people…
Thanks to Isabeau and family, Jon, Manue, Cherryfat,Valentin, Christian,Rover,Pawel, Adrien, Kseniya,Sveti for joining us on the camp, Hector and everyone at Arte Vida for looking after us.. and to the coach Youri for another great camp!
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Big thanks to Arte vida hotel, Surf center Tarifa, our great coach Youri Zoon, and our super photographer Svetlana Romantsova for catching all the action.