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TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence ★★★★★

Explora is awarded for the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence has been awarded to us this year! We are thrilled that we have had so many people having a great time at us!

The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence stands for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews that are submitted on TripAdvisor over a one-year period. To be selected a business must have an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five!

TripAdvisor Certificate of ExcellenceThanks so much to all our awesome visitors for leaving these great reviews on TripAdvisor about Explora. We hope to see you again and we will keep pushing the boundaries to keep up the good work and chilled vibes!

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AFRICAN VOICES

African voices: Explora’s exclusive interview for CNN

So proud of Nasser and Majid, they were interviewed and filmed for CNN programme ‘African Voices’ this is the final edit which will air this week on CNN. It shows a great insight into Essaouira, surfing, kiting and them! We love it ! Check it out now!



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The wind in Tarifa

Blow up your kite skills with the Spanish Levante and Poniente

About the wind in Tarifa… As you´ve probably heard Explora has come back to its roots in Spain to re-enjoy the wind in Tarifa! Yep, our kiteschool popped up in Tarifa and now we´re all set up on the sunny coast of Andalusia.

The wind in Tarifa is unique due to Tarifa´s privileged location where the cool Atlantic and the warm Mediterranean meet each other. Here is where the distance between Africa and Europe is the shortest, both continents are divided by only 14 km of water! This explains why Tarifa is the wind mecca of Europe. The wind bundles up in the Strait of Gibraltar with a huge Venturi effect. Kitesurfers and windsurfers from all over the world come to enjoy that awesome tunnel of wind!

There are two main winds in Tarifa. When the wind comes from the Atlantic, it´s called the Poniente (Spanish for “west”). The Poniente is your chilled out wind for finetuning your riding and tricks. It’s usually a calm, steady wind of around 5-6 bft, so no excuse not to head straight out on the water.

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The wind from the east is called the Levante (Spanish for “east”) and this is the naughty, tricky one, which means you are in some serious fun. Don’t mess with the Levante or you will find your ass ending up in Philadelphia, USA! That is correct, the Levante results in a (more or less) offshore wind in Tarifa. The Valdevaqueros beach is the place to kite from when the Levante is blowing as the shape of the bay means you will be safe and not end up in America! The Levante wind tends to be stronger and can be gusty but it can also bring flat water condition so great for tricks or the perfect barrelling waves.

In case you are a beginner – don’t worry at all about the Levante, because our kite instructors in Tarifa know very well how to handle it after many years of Levante-experience! The Levante is the dominating wind in Tarifa in June and July.

wind in Tarifa - beaches mapTarifa offers every type of wind, mixing perfect, easy training conditions with the rough and tough challenging conditions of the Mediterranean winds which can help you progress and build your confidence. Wherever the wind is coming from, due to thermal effects it increases during the day. Whether it is Poniente or Levante, windless days in Tarifa are the exception. Tarifa is year-round windy, especially in summer. Expect 75 % or more kiteable days all year !

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NEW: the KPL Kite Park League

The crown jewel of wakestyle kiteboarding

The world’s most influential wakestyle kiteboarders have united to set up the Kite Park League (KPL), the brand new kiteboarding league in the discipline of wakestyle kitesurfing. The founders of the Kite Park League and other slider and kicker riders have collectively been pushing the discipline of wake kiteboarding for years. With success: the launch of the KPL means that wake kiteboarding reaches a whole new level!

Kite Park League, Alexander Lewis-Hughes, Ozone team rider

Alexander Lewis-Hughes, Ozone team rider (source: flyozone.com)

What is the Kite Park League?

The Kite Park League forms the overall ranking of all the major kite park contests around the world. This means that KPL champions can call themselves world champions of wakestyle kiteboarding! The Kite Park League also announces the rankings and news from all competing wake kiteboarding events.

Kite Park League, Karolina Winkowska, triple kiteboarding world champion

Karolina Winkowska, triple kiteboarding world champion

The Kite Park League is set up by 21 leading wakestyle kiteboarders who all compete and want to continue to push the boundaries of the sport. Members of the KPL organisation are for example Karolina Winkowska, Billy Parker and Craig Cunningham. Recently the group has announced 5 KPL spokespeople: Eric Rienstra, Sam Light, Colleen Carrol, Brandon Scheid and Alexander Lewis-Hughes will take the lead of further developing and evolving the Kite Park League!

The group behind the KPL is ambitious and realistic. Right now they will focus on three things: growing the number of kite parks and events, unifying the format of these events and creating output that will show the best of the sport. In the future the group intends to set up official world championships, comparable to the IKO and IKA official kiteboarding world championships.

Kite Park League, Wakestyle kiteboarding

Wakestyle kiteboarding

Events in the KPL series are included based on the quality of the kite parks, only kite parks with slider and kicker features in the 100 % park format can opt to join the league. Read more about how and what the KPL does in this Kiteboarder interview — http://www.thekiteboarder.com/2016/05/kpl/ with Colleen Craig and Craig Cunningham!

To sum it up, prepare for the most progressive kiteboarding events that boosts sensational pro-rider action and chilled-out freeride wake sessions in the world’s premiere kite parks!

KITE PARK LEAGUE EVENTS 2016

January 13 – 19th 2016
Porto Princessa, Palawan, Philippines

The first International Slick & Slider Kiteboarding Competition was held in Porto Princessa in the Philippines. The competition also formed the official launch of the first Kite Park in Asia!

June 04 – 10th 2016 UPCOMING ★★★
Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, USA

The 11th annual event of the famous Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational hosts the top 32 wakestyle kiteboarders at REAL Watersports in Cape Hatteras. Cape Hatteras its unique geography offers the best spot for kiteboarding in the USA!

August 5 – 11th 2016
Hood River, Oregon, USA

The Hood River Slider Jam at the Hood River in Oregon is a Slider and Kicker competition which is open to everyone! The competition works with an invitation list and a qualifying jam.

August 15 – 21th 2016
Blaga, Russia

This Russian Kite Park is the largest in the world at 6 slider and kicker features. The park has hosted many kiteboarding pro’s in the last years, including Aaron Hadlow, Sam Light and Eric Rienstra.

September 24th – October 2nd 2016
Rhosneigr, Wales, UK

North Wales knows constant winds during spring and autumn and has a flat water pool with slider and kicker features in Rhosneigr. The UK rail event that is held here has been on for several times over the last few years!



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  • Colleen Carroll & Craig Cunningham in Florida



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IKA announces two official events in Morocco this year!!

We are jumping with and without our kites today because the International Kiteboarding Association ( IKA — www.internationalkiteboarding.org ) has announced two official kitesurf events in Morocco! The first event will take place in Essaouira, Morocco in July 2016 and the second event will take place in Dakhla in November 2016.

IKA Goldcup tour in Morocco this year

The first Wave World Cup of 2016 is to be held in Essaouira this year. Essaouira is of course the place to be for wave riding and has hosted successful (wave) events in the past. Now Essaouira fulfils the same role again and will play host in the 2016 IKA Kiteboarding World Championships. From Friday the 1st of July to Wednesday the 6th of July Essaouira will be home to the world champions of wave riding! We can’t wait to see it right on our home spot!

Then in the first half of November 2016, we will be seeing action on and above the water at the KiteFoil Goldcup! The KiteFoil GoldCup is the official World Championship of the IKA KiteFoil class. The hydrofoil kiteboard class is open to prototypes of any kind. The first two acts of the Goldcup will be held in Italy and Korea, the third act will be in Dakhla in Morocco and the finals will take place in Qatar. With its glassy flat water and constant winds, we can imagine that Dakhla is added to the list!

According to the IKA, both kitesurfing events in Morocco are organized by the Association Marocaine de kitesurf (AMKS) with support of the Moroccan sailing federation (FRMV).



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We are Explora Tarifa

Tarifa, here we come back !!

As a lot of you know we lived in Tarifa for 8 years, it has always been a special place for us, it is where we had our mini monsters and where we made some amazing friends and of course where we had an awesome time kiting!

Explora was dreamed up in Tarifa while sitting on our terrace looking out at the sunset with two friends who also then went on to create Alwayswindy in Turkey at the same time.

So that is right Explora has now crossed the Moroccan boarders jumped on a ferry and crossed from Africa back to Europe. Where we have put our flag in the sand and expanded Explora to also be in Tarifa .. The wind Capital of Europe…

Tarifa Tangana Valdevaqueros

tarifa taco waySo what makes Tarifa have a place in our hearts it is not just windy and sunny, but overall a lovely place to be, the old town with its crooked streets with an abundance of Tapas bars, cafes and clubs, it is the people and the vibe, the 7km long stretch of beach is just one big place to hang out.

tarifa playa de los lancesExplora Tarifa is all set up with different kite packages, daily kite lessons and kite rentals on the beach and an own Tarifa Surf house. Every day the crew and the guests meet up and head together to the beach by car. Depending on the conditions you will discover different kitespots! The beach is 7 km long providing heaps of space for lots of kites and likeminded people who all share their passion for the ocean.

tarifa - chill at Bar Waves - playa de los lances

You will share your kite sessions in Tarifa with Gabriele (Gabi). Gabi is our Swiss head instructor and he has tons of kite and teaching experience. When he’s not teaching he makes stylish big airs, holding his strapless board in his hand! Must see!

Adiós en Tarifa, amigos!



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Dutch Wave Championships

Jalou and Kevin Langeree both no. 1 at the Dutch Wave Championships

On the 24th of April, the first official wave championships were held in Holland. Yes, Holland, the country famous for its outright flatness (who doesn’t define Holland by its butter flat grounds and lack of waves?) turned out to be not quite that flat! The Wave Championships burst of competitors, four weather seasons in one day, heaps of tacks and rolls, endless waves, and not to mention the presence of two kitesurf world champions…

With over 50 participants at the Wave Championships, all striding to win their trophy in the discipline of wave kitesurfing, the success of the first Dutch Wave Championships was a fact before the day had even kicked off! The entire morning was one big blast with two big contest fields in the ocean, two juries, two chances for every kitesurfer to show what he got in the waves, 12 kiters continuously on the water and a massive crowd enjoying the spectacle!

The morning didn’t really offer those perfect weather conditions that we’re all dreaming of every night though. The early morning hours were cold at 1 degree Celsius and accompanied with rain, hail (not that desirable for the average kitesail…), snow (no, definitely not on our wish list!), no wind, hard wind, side shore, onshore and everything in between. Luckily the weather gods eventually gave their blessing to the Wave Championships and Sunday resulted in a fairly sunny day accompanied with a steady 22-25 kts until sunset. Just another average kitesurfing day in Holland…

2016 dutch wave championshipsThe temperature, wind, waves and sunbeams increased in the afternoon, and so did the level of the riders. Our favourite brother-and-sister duo had a little family gathering during the contest. Kevin and Jalou Langeree did not just catch up with each other and with their fellow Dutchies on the water, they both came out on top of the list! A big chapeau to that! Surely Kevin Langeree (2009 world champion, 2014 Redbull King of the Air and numerous other victories) could smell the victory before even setting one foot in Holland. He didn’t plan to compete, but then happened to be around and hey, why would he not give it a go at making his prize plank a little bit more endless? 2016 dutch wave championshipsThe same for Jalou Langeree (world champion wave 2012, eightfold Dutch national champion), who is well-known for her killer-surfer abilities. How could she nót win a wave championship? She defended her title with style and action that left people wondering why she would not just compete with the men. Jalou and Kevin apparently have the same winner genes and a high dose of wave dedication running through their veins.

Ok, maybe it wasn’t a big surprise that Kevin and Jalou won the championships, but that surely doesn’t spoil the fun! The whole day was epic and busy with wind, kites and loads of people. Congrats to all from Explora, with special congratulations to the top 3 wave masters! Hope to see more of you in the waves! These are the days that make us stoked to wave-kiting : )

Top 3 results:


Ranking Men
1Kevin Langeree
2Rick de Jong
3Sander Bos

Ranking Women
1Jalou Langeree
2Suzanne Kuiper
3Franka Tempelaar


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The 2016 Wind season is ON !!

Winter has come to an end and the 2016 wind season is ON!

DCO160307866The winter season and the wind season has been fantastic, as usual :p.. with waves, big waves and super big waves all winter long! We’ve seen professional and experienced surfers who have been around to catch the supersized ones. We’ve welcomed newbies and intermediate surfers at our surf school who have progressed and had a lot of fun in the water! Our winter surf and yoga camps were amazing and we met some great people. Plus winter has been windy with some great days spent on the water, which was especially good news for those wind ‘n wave lovers.

But now… a new time has come… you can’t see it but you can feel it…

The weather’s been saying goodbye to those winter waves. Explora gives a big shout to all wind fanatics: the wind season is ON! Grab your kites and sunscreen and head for a windy session at Explora in Morocco’s Essaouira. Bye waves, HEY wind!

Whether it is to learn in one of our lessons and experience your first ride or you want to master kiting in the waves or on the learn new tricks at the flat water spot, lots of people and every type of kitesurfer and windsurfer are already visiting our Explora surf centre and kiteschool. We can’t wait to welcome YOU also!

So if there is no wind at your home and are you in for a windy holiday? Pack your suitcases to head to Explora! The wind season usually lasts until end of October. We provide beginner and intermediate kitesurf lessons and windsurf lessons to get you going and we also have lots of packages, hotel deals and other beach activities available… Ask Sara for your questions and tell us what your plans are!

PS: Are you still thinking if this whole wind-thing is something for you? Listen to this song to get in the wind mood for the Moroccan wind season… 🙂



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Fitness for kiting and surfing

Fitness for kiting and surfing .. Not just what you do on the water but what you do off the water too!

Thinking about kiting or surfing? Not quite brave enough to head into the cold waters, and havent as of yet booked your next holiday, then why not get prepared with some nice fitness sessions for when you do head to the water!

Magic Majid our centre manager and all things fitness guru .. If you want to get a six pack then he is your man to speak to!. Has prepared his top 5 tips to maintaining a strong and healthy body for kiting

Fitness for Kiting

With kiting your arms, abs and shoulders are worked a lot as well as your legs, most of these are natural movements but when you are looking at tricks and manoeuvres this can put pressure on your knees and back.

Majid 5 tips to maintain a healthy strong body

  1. Firstly cardio to stay fit and build your stamina – whether you jog for 20 minutes a day or aim to run a 10k, I do some form of cadio twice a week. I try and run for 60 minutes twice a week to maintain my level of fitness.
  2. Interval training is great to strengthen your core and build your level of fitness. I do some form of interval training again twice a week. I always start with running on the spot for 30 seconds, squat jumps for 30 seconds, bum kicks for 30 seconds, squad jumps 30 seconds, star jumps 30 seconds and squat jumps for 30 seconds and then either weights or kettle bells for 10 minutes various swings and strengthening exercises, the same fast 30 seconds again, 2 minute break and then 10 minutes with the kettle or weights focusing on your abs. 5 minute warm down
  3. Yoga is a great way to stretch your body and build the flexibility we have a team yoga session each week, and is something I would recommend to everybody.
  4. Stretching – always stretch for 5 minutes before you head into the water.. Warming your body is key to avoiding any injures.
  5. Food is key… The right food fuels your body.. As we are in Morocco we are lucky as lots of the food is organic, there is no magic diet but just a heahlty balanced view about food. I focus on eating fresh organic vegatables and fruit which are plentiful in Essaouira. What is available changes depending on the season.. Lots of it and plenty of fish – Essaouira is famous for its fish and especially sardines ! BBQ sardines and tomato salad is a must after a long session the water


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Instructor of the Month › Rachid

Surf instructor at Explora™

Guess what? February is full of surf at Explora™. We have just finished our first surf & yoga camp! We are surfing big waves! Aaanndd… our surf instructor of the month is surf star Rachid!

Rachid - surf instructor at Explora™Surf instructor Rachid is a surfer and surf teacher in heart and soul. He is super passionate about surfing. He is on the water all day long, teaching surf lessons and helping others to climb to the next level in there surf journey. He is famous for doing this with the style of a moviestar! When Rachid tells a story about how to surf he does it right. He always makes a new, fresh and exciting story of it. He uses big gestures, and unlimited enthusiasm for teaching and drags you and your emotions in the sea. When he’s on the board himself you might see him surfing on one foot! Sometimes he even gets caught kitesurfing too …

When Rachid is not on the water he is watching surf movies to get inspired. Kelly Slater is of course one of his number one favs. He rides around on his scooter with shiny sunglasses. Surf instructor Rachid is more than a surf instructor. He is also outgoing and always in for some fun! He knows Essaouira like no other and loves to show people around. He will show you the hidden places to get the warmest breads, best Moroccan tea and freshest fish from the grill. He will show you unique and traditional restaurants in Essaouira. While enjoying a tea with him he will tell you stories and anecdotes about whatever you want to know.

A moviestar is not a moviestar without good looks and a great smell ; )

Rachid has a vivid and surfy fashion style and smells like aftershave all evening long. He pays attention to his nutrition and his smile is bright!

The last thing you should know about Rachid is that he is nicknamed blondie!

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