Hotstick Kite School have shop fronts in Tarifa, one up near the old town and one on the way out of town in the slick retail cluster near the Mercadona supermarket. The Hotstick kite school has been operating since 2000 and their international team of instructors using the latest gear provide easy, safe learning. The shop stocks everything for kiting, windsurfing, surfing, boogie boarding or SUPing, plus clothing and accessories. Tilo is at the helm of the kite school, let's hear from him in Shop Showdown.
+34 644 205 442 / Cell: +34 956 683 140
Who are you?
Tilo from Hotstick Kite School
Who do you work in a team with and can you explains where you centre/shop is?
We work together with a few IKO instructors from all over the world. Our team has been pretty much the same for three years, which is great as everybody knows their roles and work really well together. Our shops are on the main street of Tarifa - the older one is up near the centre of town and the bigger one is further out along the same road towards the industrial area next to the Mercadona supermarket.
How long have you lived/worked in Tarifa?
I've lived and worked here for ten years.
When people come into the shop and want to know about the history of kitesurfing in this area, what stories do you tell them?
That ten years ago everybody just wanted to go big in strong Levante winds.
Tell us the top three things about kitesurfing in Tarifa or at your spot?
1. It's windy almost every day, especially in summer.
2. The beaches are very long and wide and kitesurfing is allowed all year round.
3. You can find lots of different conditions, from a butter-flat lagoon to side-offshore waves.
When does the magic happen?
For the party animal in summer, for the hardcore kiter, in winter.
If you could choose one kite and one board to ride here all year what would it be and why?
A 9m like the Core GTS2 or the RRD Religion and a 6'0'' kite surfboard. That set up is almost always right.
Lots of the world's best riders visit Tarifa each year. Who is your favourite to spend some time watching and why?
Ruben Lenten - because he has no fear.
If you had one tip that you could give to someone visiting this area to make their trip even better, what would it be?
Get a rental car and stay close to the centre of Tarifa.
Describe your perfect day in Tarifa.
Winter morning surf session with no wind and nice waves in El Palmar, then an afternoon kitesurfing in Levante at the Rio Jara spot.
Where serves the best after-session beer?
Stoked, Gunlao and La Tribu.
Where is your favourite place to eat out in Tarifa - both as a special one-off and as a daily chow down?
A special is El Tesoro outside of Tarifa. Daily choice would be Lolas tapas restaurant.
If a customer walks into the shop saying they've had too much kitesurfing and need a day off to do something else, what do you recommend?
Stand-up paddling, diving, mountain biking, whale watching or a trip to one of the white villages.
What is the most useful Spanish phrase that you could teach us? And what does it mean?
No pasa nada! Nothing happens / doesn't matter...
What is the best gadget you sell?
The new Core Fusion carbon twin-tip.
See inside the shop - Click on an image below to enlarge: