GWA Tarifa Wing Pro Event 2024 from 9 – 12 October

Gawd, were we pumped to find out that this brand new event has actually managed to pull off it’s first edition during covid-times and travel restrictions! And even more amazing was to see how committed these 23 athletes were to make it down to Southern Spain just before the new year – many of them having having competed at the SuperFoil Fortaleza in Brazil just a few weeks before!

They arrived from 9 different countries, including Switzerland (which was half the podium for each of the girls and the boys), France, Italy, Spain, Czech Republic and even Brazil. Amongst them 2 Foil World champions and the Swiss First Couple of Wingfoiling: Balz Mueller & Eva Wyss (watch our exclusive interview with Balz as well). Sunday, the 27th of December was a gorgeous sunny day with bright blue skies, and the city of Tarifa, as well as the event’s organisers, were ready for them to arrive on Balneario Beach, a super spot for this kind of waterspouts tournament. The camaraderie amongst the crowd was ever present, many of them having known each other, and competed against each other, for years. All the athletes, event organisers and press had a PCR test before entering the event bubble, so that everything was above board regarding covid regulations.

Once competition rules were explained to everybody on the first day, it was straight to business in the afternoon. The tournament was to be competed in three categories: Surf Race, Freestyle and the Expression Session. These kind of competitions are always depending on wind directions on the day, so more often than not, it’s wait and see! A strong Poniente wind coming from the Atlantic was most desirable, and as expected on day 1, the Levante wind of the morning changed to Poniente in the afternoon. That meant the heats were on – excellent!

Day 2 was a different ballgame altogether, so for the Freestyle part of the event, it meant to decamp the athletes to Playa Chica on the Mediterranean side of Tarifa, in less than comfortable conditions: a Southern wind of 35 knots bringing hefty waves, rain came too and it was properly cold. Hat off to all the guys who were just fierce out on the water. It was spectacular to see those backflips, jumps, spins and turns by a determined team of athletes, who were just not going to give in.

Day 3 saw the wind change yet again, so all back to Balneario Beach for what was a perfect day of Poniente wind and seriously choppy waters. Order of the day: the surf race and expression sessions were to be fought out. 19 Athletes took part in the surf race in total, amongst them Olivia Piana for the girls. She is literally fearless – competing against the guys, she managed to overcome landing in the water and actually finished 8th! Olivia, we salute you 🙂 The action on the water continues with the expression sessions. Heats out of the way, Titouan Galea and Olivia Piana shone the brightest and walked home with the 1st prize. Unbelievable what was these two pulled off out on the water, landing on the top spot of the podium for their relevant sexes in both the surf race and the expression session categories.

Day 4, and it’s time for the prize giving! The relief on the athletes’ faces was completely visible and so everybody was just totally pumped to pick up their trophy and celebrate into the New Year with friends and family, as well as a great sense of achievement. Congrats and a very well done to all the athletes who took part so impressively! The event organisers and the city of Tarifa produced a brilliant tournament, about which Jaime Herraiz, the man in charge, said, that there will be many to follow. And we cannot wait…see you in Tarifa next time round!


  • 16 – 25 February: Sal/CAP VERDE – Wave
  • 06 – 14 April: Leucate/FRA – Surf-Freestyle & Surf-Slalom
  • 1 – 4 May: Tarifa/ESP – Surf Freestyle
  • 03 – 06 July: Lanzarote/ESP – Surf-Freestyle & Surf-Slalom
  • 09 – 14 July: Gran Canaria/ESP – Surf-Freestyle & Surf-Slalom & Big Air
  • 19 – 24 July: Fuerteventura/ESP – Surf-Freestyle & Surf-Slalom
  • 27 Sept – 06 Oct: Dakhla/MAR – Wave & Surf-Slalom
  • 18 – 26 Oct: Ibiraquera/BRA – Wave
  • 19 – 24 Nov: Jericoacoara/BRA – Surf-Freestyle, Freestyle-Slalom

Wingfoiling: The Latest in Board Sports

Wingfoiling, also known as windfoiling, is a brand-new sport and has to be one of the coolest surface water sports ever! It consists of a wing, that is not attached to a Hydrofoil board, being carried or held by the rider, whilst having to maintain their balance, steering the board with the wing. It is an exciting and demanding sport, requiring strength and stability. Although it can be practised on either land or water, not much wind is required for this sport, therefore its popularity has grown massively.

However, countries with great wind conditions, such as Hawaii, Brasil, Portugal and Spain, have seen the practice of this sport soar to lofty heights. Hence, the GWA (Global Wingsports Association) was born, with the aim to provide a safe and exciting community to globally promote wing sports. TA-DAH.TV sent their team to Southern Spain to cover the GWA’s first ever Tarifa Wing Pro event, staged on the city’s Atlantic side of the Strait of Gibraltar. The prospect of wingfoiling having been included in the Paris Olympics in 2024 promises as super exciting future for this sport on a global level – the only way is up!

Tarifa Wing Pro  Event

Tarifa is known as the wind capital of Europe, a fantastic environment for wing sports. So, it is no surprise that the GWA decided to host their first ever Tarifa Wing Pro event on Balneario Beach on the beautiful Costa de la Luz – the first of many to come, they promise.

That the competition was even possible in the first place was utterly awesome, as it also drew a close to the end of a year troubled by many cancellations of sports events in general – and it was the perfect follow-up from the Superfoil Fortaleza 2020, the first event by the GWA Wingfoil World Tour held in Brazil. Riders were arriving from all over Europe (including Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy, Poland), as well as Brasil, and even the Southern Hemisphere was present with a participant from New Caledonia.

Staged from the 27th and 30th of December, the event was non-stop from day one, consisting of various competitions. With the Covid-19 pandemic having delayed their other events in 2020, this competition took place according to covid-19 guidelines, so all participants and press were asked to take tests before entering the secure bubble of event attendees. The competition saw a turnout of 19 men and 4 women from 9 countries battling it out head-to-head in the water, a turnout the organisers hail a great success, considering all the travel restrictions throughout the year.

Across 3 days, both groups of men and women went out onto the water to compete in the two disciplines of Wingfoiling; Surf-Freestyle and Surf-Race, as well as an additional Expression Session. On day 2, weather conditions were not that great on the Atlantic coast, requiring the organisers to change beach to the Levante side of Tarifa.

There, the strong wind conditions certainly made this event an artistic spectacle, with all athletes giving an exhilarating performance full of tricks, jumps, twists and turns, whilst displaying their ability in the water. Towards the end of the action packed few days the last day was designated for the prize giving. The mood amongst riders was one of total relief, an incredible sense of achievement, and well-earned pride!

It was really impressive to see the commitment by all participants to make it down South and be part of this historic event. The city of Tarifa was certainly an excellent host, committed to staging an unforgettable, but most of all, safe event on the Spanish shores.

Competitors included the current Foil Freestyle World Champions Balz Müller (men) and Eva Wyss (women), as well as Titouan Galea, Maxime Chabloz, Fernando Novaes, Halim Basri, Abel Lago and Francesco Cappuzzo, amongst many others.

Congratulations to all of the winners, as well as to the rest of the riders, who made the competition such an exciting one!

The event was a huge success and great fun for all involved! With the support of the Junta de Andalucia, the Diputacion de Cádiz, the Ayuntamiento de Tarifa, Duotone/Fanatic, Red Bull and Balneario beach Club, Tarifa has once again proved itself to be the perfect host city with a perfect location for wind and water sports. Why not plan your next beach holiday there?

Wing Foil World Tour

2021 was the first tour for international wing foil events and is not to be missed by lovers of wing sports! With 5 of the best locations across the world set in their events calendar, there is a lot to look forward to throughout the new year in this sport. From Portugal to Brazil, the GWA have gone all out in setting up this world tour to be a display of skills from the best pros around the world. They have stated the event is open to the public with limited spaces for pros to register. The event, unfortunately, will be subject to change in relation to the pandemic. We are looking forward to this event, and many others as the success and popularity of wingfoiling continues to grow across the world.

Foiling at the Paris Olympics 2024

Foiling as a branch of windsurfing is growing year on year, and just to prove it, it has been introduced as a new discipline for the Paris 2024 Olympics! Many see this a transition from windsurfing, as foiling beings to explode across Europe. Placing foiling onto a global stage such as the Olympics is a great way for this electrifying sport to be introduced to 100s and 1000s of fascinated young people interested in learning new sports. It will be thrilling for both lovers of wind sports and newbies to see this developing sport take centre stage in Paris.

30th Raindance Film Festival London from 26 Oct – 5 Nov 2023

Without culture, we have nothing – and film festivals are the perfect outlet to learn about your own and foreign cultures too! Inviting you to visit and experience the culture of the festival’s venue is yet another way of bringing us all closer, whilst enjoying the razzmatazz and glamour provided by all the film stars & directors, the glitzy locations do the rest.

What do we take away from visiting and taking part at a film festival: enjoying its locality, hospitality, food & drink, getting to know its peoples, as well as making friends is just the start. Learning about a country’s artistic talent is another, and learning about other countries’ artistic talent and another nation’s social issues, or whatever a film’s subject might be, will be yet another highlight of being part of it all.

Whether you might visit a metropole or make the effort to travel to a boutique event, the adventure starts right at the beginning. Seeing your favourite stars in the flesh is where the highlights continue and making it a city break, staying somewhere in style, gives it all another dimension. Try Berlin, Vilnius, Istanbul, Krakow, Rotterdam, Málaga, Munich, Brussels, Cannes and Locarno, and you’ll experience a wild variety of all sorts of adventures. Check the list below for the best film festivals in the most picturesque locations in Europe and then start making plans…

Leading European Film Festivals:

  • 26 Jan – 06 Feb: Int’l Film Festival Rotterdam (
  • 10 – 22 Feb: Berlinale, Berlin Film Festival (
  • 04 – 20 March: Borderlines Film Festival/ UK (
  • 11 -20 March: Sofia Int’l Film Festival/ Bulgaria (
  • 17 – 31 March: Vilnius Int’l Film Festival/ Lithuania (
  • 8 – 19 April: Istanbul Int’l Film Festival/ Turkey (
  • 28 April – 9 May: IndieLisboa/ Portugal (
  • 17 – 28 May: Cannes Film Festival/ France (
  • 29 May – 5 June: Krakow Film Festival/ Poland (
  • 13 – 18 June: Annecy Int’l Animation Film Festival/ France (
  • 17 – 26 June: Transylvania Int’l Film Festival (
  • 23 June – 2 July: Munich Int’l Film Festival/ Germany (
  • 23 June – 2 July: Brussels Int’l Film Festival/ Belgium (
  • 1 – 9 July: Karlovy Vary Int’l Film Festival/ Czech Rep (
  • 21 July – 31 July: Jerusalem Film Festival/ Israel (
  • 3 -13 Aug: Locarno Film Festival/ Switzerland (
  • 12 – 19 Aug: Sarajevo Film Festival/ Bosnia & Herzegovina (
  • 18 – 25 August: Edinburgh Int’l Film Festival/ UK (
  • 31 August – 10 Sept: Venice Int’l Film Festival/ Italy (
  • 16 – 24 Sep: San Sebastian Film Festival/ Spain (
  • 22 Sept – 2 Oct: Zurich Film Festival/ Switzerland (
  • 2 -9 Oct: Málaga Film Festival (
  • 5 – 16 October: BFI London Film Festival/ United Kingdom (
  • 11 – 22 Oct: Film Fest Gent/ Belgium (
  • 14 – 23 Oct: Helsinki Int’l Film Festival/ Finland (
  • 26 Oct – 5 Nov: Raindance Film Festival/ UK (
  • 9 – 20 Nov: Stockholm Int’l Film Festrival/ Sweden (

Paris – Centre Pompidou: Sounds Like Kandinsky until Dec’21

Who doesn’t love a cheeky weekend in ‘gay Paris’? After your Bateau Mouche tour on the Seine, go for lunch in the 4th arrondissement, where you find Les Halles and the Centre Pompidou.

Little restaurants and eateries line the pavements here and this world famous art space just sets the scene perfectly. The original building was ground-breaking at the time, and still hasn’t lost its charm after all these years! A bientôt…

Centre Pompidou in Paris

Centre Pompidou in Paris is famed for its vast collection of modern art collections from the 20th and 21st centuries. Within the centre you will find the Bibliothèque publique d’information (a huge public library), the Musée National d’Art Moderne, and IRCAM, a centre for music and acoustic research. The building itself is not recognised as your typical Parisian architecture, in fact the building was quite ground-breaking for its time and is a sight to behold, with its escalators to the exterior and large coloured tubing and the much-loved addition of a panoramic view of Paris from the 6th floor.

Designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, the architecture is just the start of what Centre Pompidou has to offer. Home to the National Museum of Modern Art, works from iconic artists are displayed here. Including from the likes of Matisse, Picasso, Andy Warhol, Niki de Saint Phalle. Alongside their permanent collections, the exhibitions they host throughout the calendar year are internationally renowned, adored by visitors from around the world.

Currently, in celebration of the reopening of Centre Pompidou and the wide range of exhibitions now open to the public, visitors can marvel at the current exhibitions and permanent collections with the unlimited ticket ‘Destination Pompidou’ allowing you unlimited access to the museum until September 30th 2021.

The history of the Centre Pompidou

Named after Georges Pompidou, President of France from 1969 to 1974, who commissioned the building, with its official opening hosted by President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing in January 1977. Based in the Beauborg area near Les Halles (excellent shopping) and rue Montorgueil in the 4th arrondissement of Pairs. This centre of art and culture soon became popular with Parisians and tourists alike, welcoming 180 million visitors since its doors were opened.

Through a process of planning throughout the 60s, the idea of the centre was born due to a demand for both a free public library and a wish to renew the idea of Paris as a leading city of art and culture. During the planning process it was also decided the IRCAM would live within the structure. The build was then left to architects, Rogers and Piano, to take on the project.

The design certainly caused some reaction, a bit like marmite, you either love it or hate it! Many people were in awe of the design which the architects decided to design the building to resemble that of a beating heart.

Once opened, the new institution for art and culture in Paris found huge success, quickly becoming one of the five most-visited monuments in Paris. Which, in a vast city full of historic attractions, is certainly an achievement.

Exhibitions at Centre Pompidou

With a wide range of exhibitions hosted throughout the calendar year, here is a snippet of what is currently on offer and what is to come and what we would love to see here at TA-DAH!


Tribute to Georges Rouault Holy Anger – 9 July – 3 October 2021
Petits papiers du 20e siècle Destribats donation – 19 May 2021 – 31 Jan 2022

Coming soon:

Georgia O’Keeffe – 8 September – 6 December 2021
L’image et son double – 15 September – 13 December 2021
Saul Steinberg, entre les lignes – 29 September 2021 – 28 February 2022

Centre Pompidou centres in Europe

Centre Pompidou, Metz

A sister institution of Centre Pompidou, Metz has its own programme, whilst utilising the notoriety and network of its larger sister to draw in popular collections and visitors.

Based in Metz, capital of Lorraine, region in France, the space has been created to offer visitors a unique experience, allowing them the chance to discover artistic creation in numerous forms, with additional events also taking place year-round. Proven popular since its build, Centre Pompidou Metz has become one of the most visited cultural venues in France outside Paris.

Centre Pompidou, Málaga

In the El Cubo building, in front of the beautiful Bay of Málaga, Centre Pompidou Málaga resides as a modern landmark. One of the first centres the Parisian institution has opened outside of France, offering the public a chance to experience the collection of Centre Pompidou.

With Málaga as the birthplace of Picasso and a hugely popular European destination, there is no better place across Spanish territory for this world-famous institution to welcome visitors and tourists alike.

Satellite Museum Plans

New Jersey – With a prospected opening date for early 2024, a new museum aligned with Centre Pompidou, based in New Jersey will open for visitors as a major attraction. The plan outlines to serve the area with a “multidisciplinary art laboratory” for cultural and educational programmes, using the wide range of works as part of the Pompidou’s modern and contemporary art collection.

Asia – A collaboration is already in place already with the West Bund Museum in Shanghai, so curators at Centre Pompidou hope to branch out further across Asia. With plans to open a satellite space within South Korea, plans came to a halt because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hopefully, things will start to progress again when we all return to business as usual.

South America – There have been rumours circulating that a potential pop-up satellite museum could soon be appearing in Brazil, but no details of when or if this project will come off the ground have been confirmed.