(Agencies) Local Police have recently confiscated a number of large surf boards and kites, mainly at Los Lances beach in Tarifa, from people using them in areas where these are forbidden.>PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ITEMS SUCH AS THIS MAY BE SUBJECT TO SUBSCRIPTION IN THE FUTURE but you can make a donation NOW, too! Please click here for more information on how to help us continue. (This item was not translated, but researched and written.)
The equipment, which was also confiscated at other beaches in the area, is waiting at the police station to be picked up, and fines of up to €600 to be paid. There is a procedure for this purpose but most of the confiscated boards and kites come from people who have either been warned at least once, or denounced by a bather at the beach.
While this sport is very popular in Tarifa and has revived tourism there over the years, there is a danger to beachgoers because the kites can easily get out of control in gusting winds, even by the professionals. This, obviously, could cause injury to anyone on the ground. The police have been campaigning to keep them clear of certain areas on the sand. (See 80 yr old woman dragged by kite surfers in Tarifa.)
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