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After reading and having exploited the valuable information of Fabio's and other riders' reports available on Waterwind.it, it seems fair to reciprocate the windsurfers world community with the description of the spots I visited during these summer holidays :-) .

I hope you find these information useful for your trip to Greece, one of the few areas in the Mediterranean sea, that, on August, has a high probability of high winds!

 

Windsurf spot reviews: Paros and Mikonos (Greece)

 

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PAROS


Paros was the first leg of my trip; we arrived by ferry after landing in Mykonos, in early August. The island is quite large, so we rented a scooter to move, but you can also rent a car visit it. I would suggest staying near Naoussa, the most pretty and lively city of the island where you can find restaurants, bars and nightclubs, but without exaggeration. Definitely worth visiting the various beaches suggested on the maps, 'cause the sea is really nice! If you also want to have the opportunity to do some windsurfing board, in addition to sunbathing, I recommend the following spots.

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Church at  Antiparos, with Paros, in the background


Santa Maria (see map at end of article), in the north-east of the island is a beautiful beach about 15 minutes from Naoussa, where I rented equipment to the windsurfing center on the beach. The spot is not among the best on the island, and it'is a bay where the wind blows parallel to the shore, but remains quite disturbed by the rocks surrounding the bay. To find the best wind you have to go very far from the coast. There was not much available equipment to choose, and of it was of mediocre quality. For those who do not do windsurfing, the beach is full of areas equipped with sunbeds and music bar, so that it is one of the busiest of the island! You also have a camping-site, virtually 10 meters from the sea ...

 

Sea between Paros and Antiparos


Golden Beach, in the south-east of the island is among the best spots; the wind blows side-off shore, so the water remains flat, and allows you to plane for a long time at full speed. Here too, you have an area equipped with sun beds, and you find lots of bars. I rented at the Force 7 Center (http://www.force7paros.gr/), where you can choose from three levels of equipment: beginner-standard-premium. I opted for the premium one: Jp All Ride 106, and a Neil Pryde sail of 6 m2. Here I had a little inconvenience, that made me realize how important it is to check the status of  the gear ... In a while when the wind dropped, and I could not do waterstart, the recovery rope broke, when I was recovering the sail! Luckily I managed to tie it again in some way (not without some difficulty), but I have to say that with the current pushing toward open sea, it was not a good experience ...

 

Paros   Golden beach

 

 

New Golden Beach, is near and to the north of Golden Beach. I could not see it for lack of time. Too bad, because from what I read, here, PWA Word Cup were organized years ago. I think conditions are similar to Golden Beach. I mark to you the windsurfing center link: http://www.parosurf.gr/.

 

 spiaggia parasporos   paros

 


Ultima spiaggia che ho visitato è quella di Pounta, sul lato opposto dell'isola, che si affaccia sull'isola di Antiparos. Questa è frequentata al 90% da kiters perchè, oltre a essere piuttosto lunga, non ci sono stabilimenti balneari (qui il mare non è bellissimo), e quindi non ci sono problemi di convivenza coi bagnanti. Il vento rimane parallelo alla spiaggia e piuttosto costante, si surfa nel tratto di mare tra Paros e Antiparos, peccato che quando siamo arrivati era fine pomeriggio, e il meltemi era calato... Sul sito del centro kite (http://www.paroskite.gr/) si vede che c'è anche la possibilità di noleggiare windsurf. Qui ho visto il tramonto più bello di tutta l'isola, impossibile non lasciarsi andare a mille pensieri...

 

The last beach that I visited is Pounta, on the opposite side of the island, overlooking Antiparos. This is attended up to 90% by kiters, because, besides being quite long, there are no bathing facilities (here the sea is not beautiful), and therefore there are no problems of coexistence with bathers. The wind remains parallel to the beach and fairly constant. You surf in the stretch of sea between Paros and Antiparos. It's a pity that when we arrived it was late afternoon, and the Meltemi had dropped down ... On the kite center website (http://www.paroskite.gr/), you can see that there is also the possibility to rent windsurf equipment. Here I saw the most beautiful sunset of the island: impossible not to indulge in thousand of thoughts ...

 

Paros   Pounta

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MYKONOS


The island needs no introduction, as his reputation as a home of fun and happy hour in Greece is acknowledged ... and of course everything is more expensive than in Paros. But, here, I had my best windsurifng sessions, thnaks to days of more intense Meltemi than in Paros.

 

5 sul windsurf   Ftelia  mykonos

 

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The only beach where I found a windsurfing center is Kalafati, in the south-east of the island. The center is a German management (http://www.pezi-huber.com/) and here I have found the best equipment both in quality and in quantity: latest Fanatic boards for all levels, and North Sails and Gaastra rigs. The wind blows off shore, and basically is gusty, but the sea surface is very flat. Here, I remember that in gusts I reached really impressive speed, and thanks to the almost total absence of waves and to the easy Fanatic Gecko board, I had the best glides of my holiday. Sails used: 4.7 - 5.3 meters. The beach is quite large and has all the amenities for wives and girlfriends, as well as a good tavern where you can taste Greek specialties, just at the seaside ...

 

Mykonos   Kalifati

 

spiaggia ftelia mykonos

 

spiaggia paraga   mykonos

 

A couple of notes: you have the Meltemi, the wind blowing strong from the north, only in July and August. So organize your holiday during these months if you want to do some gliding!

Second note: if you arrive in these islands with your equipment, there are many other spots that can give you almost solitary rides ...

In conclusion: would I recommend Mykonos and Paros for a purely windsurfing vacation? Probably not, but I think they are a good compromise for a holiday in search of beautiful sea and beaches, entertainment, nightlife (for those who seek it), with the opportunity to have nice rides!

Hang loose. 

Davide

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