Kitesurfing in Greece has become extremely popular in recent years, both in the Greek islands as well as on the mainland. Find the best 20 kitesurfing clubs in Greece below ❤
Kitesurfing is a watersport easier to learn than windsurfing, therefore many kitesurfing centers have started operating in Greece during the last years, since many younger tourists have started requiring this boost of adrenaline during their holidays in Greece and the Greek islands. At many kitesurfing centers you can rent the necessary kitesurfing equipment or take lessons.
Where to go for kitesurfing?
Greece is surrounded by two seas: The Aegean Sea to the East and the Ionian Sea to the West. Kitesurfing can be practiced almost at any beach in Greece, but some of them are especially favored by kite surfers.
Meltemia winds in the Aegean Sea
The Aegean Sea can get very windy and the seasonal Meltemi can blow for many days. The wind can get extraordinarily strong especially during the summer, from May to September. The winds that blow during July and August are known as “Meltemia”. “Meltemia” blow mostly during the day, for about two to four days at a time. Depending on the location in the Aegean Sea these winds do not follow the same direction. In the northern Aegean, they come from the NE, in the central Aegean (Cyclades) from the North and in the South Aegean from the NW. Also, the intensity of the winds depends on the area where they blow. Apart from the summer, strong winds blow in the Aegean Sea during the winter with speed of 8-9 Beaufort.
Best kitesurfing spots in Greece
Some of the best kitesurfing spots are located in the Aegean Sea on the islands of Kos, Naxos, Paros, Rhodes, Karpathos and Lemnos, but if you spend your holidays in Mykonos or Santorini you will find great kitesurfing spots there as well.
The best spots are: Mikri Vigla in Naxos, Pounta in Paros, Prassonisi in Rhodes and Mastichari in Kos.
In the Ionian Sea on the western side of Greece, the Ionian islands offer thermal winds starting at noon and blowing a good 15-25 knots until sunset. Here the best kitesurfing spot is located on the island Lefkada at Agios Ioannis, a beautiful and very long sandy beach.
On the peninsula of Attica (where you find Athens on the western coast), it can get windy on the eastern shores towards the Aegean Sea where some clubs are available.
What is kitesurfing?
Kitesurfing or kiteboarding is an adventure surface water sport that has been described as combining wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, and gymnastics into one extreme sport. Kitesurfing harnesses the power of the wind to propel a rider across the water on a small surfboard or a kiteboard (like a wakeboard). The terms kiteboarding and kitesurfing are interchangeable. There are several different styles of kiteboarding, including freestyle, freeride, downwinders, speed, course racing, wake style, jumping and wave-riding which is focused on kitesurfing big waves using a directional board like a surfboard.
What is the best season for kitesurfing?
For both the Aegean and Ionian islands, the best months to practice kitesurf are June to September. For the Aegean, the windiest month is August. The weather is very warm.
Kitesurfing clubs in Greece
- Horizon Surfing Center – Kos, Mastichari
- Big Blue Surf Center – Kos, Psalidi
- Flisvos Mikri Vigla Centre – Naxos, Mikri Vigla
- Naxos KiteLife – Naxos, Mikri Vigla
- Naxos Sports Thalasea – Naxos, Mikri Vigla
- Naxos Kitesurf – Naxos, Glyfada
- Cape Drepano Kite Center – Patra
- Ion Club – Karpathos, Afiartis
- Bigdayz Kitesports – Karpathos, Pigadia
- Paroskite Pro Center – Paros, Pounda Port
- Santorini Kite – Santorini, Monolithos
- Keros Surf Club – Lemnos, Keros
- IDAS Kite Center – Lefkada, Agios Nikolaos