Photos: Svetlana Romantsova

The Butterfly Effect Takes Spain

The Butterfly Effect (BE) Tarifa presented by Gemsita and Mala Mujer was another amazing stop on the 2014 BE Tour. Although the Butterfly Effect has made stops in several European countries–including France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, and Italy–this is the first year the BE Tour hit Spain.

The Spanish community showed support by coming out and getting involved in the event, which included more than 50 women paddling and participating in all the BE activities throughout the day, as well as spectators lining the beautiful beach of Tarifa. The day began at Tangana Beach, where BE women registered and received a goodie bag with gear, including a special event lycra. Beach Yoga kicked off the activities with ‘butterflies’ deep breathing and stretching to warm up for the water sports.

All the participants paddled Tarifa on standup paddleboards, some trying their hand at SUP for the first time. After the paddle, participants enjoyed a traditional Spanish Paella lunch on the beach. I lead a hula lesson, followed by a speech of “Aloha” and the overall mission of The Butterfly Effect–not only empowering women in water sports and giving back to local charities, but to activate awareness of our individual impact on the world and how one small positive change can ripple out to bigger changes. Sometimes, these changes can become even bigger than ourselves and more than we could ever imagine.

The afternoon was packed full of different activities, including an intro to windsurfing, beginner and advanced kitesurf clinics, and zumba. While the sun set and the day concluded, we had a live Batucada band and two DJ’s set up in our beach lounge.

The night prior to the BE event, the participants met up for sushi at Banti so everyone could get to know each other. And, the fun didn’t stop after the event, as women met up for breakfast the following day to chat about their experience with BE, and learn how to longboard skateboard! –Tatiana Howard

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