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The Island of Paros is frequented by windsurfers from all over the world. Unique weather conditions, ideal for sailing, together with quiet areas of unspoiled beauty and modern facilities built to cater to the tourist trade, combine to make the island one of the most popular in the Cyclades islands.

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Paros works a special kind of magic that draws visitors back time and again, so that, eventually, they realize that they never really leave her. So, if it is your first time on the island, be warned that it will likely not be your last. Chosen by the P.W.A. (Professional Windsurfers Association) for the sixth consecutive year as a World Cup site, Paros ideally suited to all types of windsurfing, from competition level, to learning the basic skills of the sport. The P.W.A. (Professional Windsurfers Association) World Cup, the only professional race in Greece, has been taking place in New Golden Beach (Nea Chrissi Akti) since 1993. Each year sees the participation of more athletes and more fans of the sport. The ideal conditions of the beach, regarding both the purely sailing standards and the level of organization and services, have established it as an official P.W.A. site, one of the top three in the world. The event is held in early August and is truly spectacular. 

The best beaches for windsurfing are along its eastern coastline. The strong winds from the north, ‘the Meltemi’ blow consistently during the summer and this is intensified by the channel which separates Paros from its eastern neighbour, Naxos, creating an amazing wind tunnel for these kinds of activities. Many beaches have wind/kitesurfing facilities and clubs for beginners and experienced surfers. The best beaches however are Pounta (on the western side of the island) and, on the eastern side; Santa Maria, Golden Beach and New Golden Beach, which is thought to be the windiest place on the island and where, every August, the World Windsurfing Cup competition is held. We recommend the following:

Sun Wind Surf Club. Located on the beautiful Golden Beach next to the PWA World Cup site. The owner of this surf club, local man Theo Fisilani, has 20 years experience and is a fully qualified instructor, certified by the Hellenic Sailing Coaches Association and also has a Lifeguard Certificate. Windsurfing lessons are available for all levels from beginners to experienced surfers who may wish to perfect their manoeuvres. There are also novice lessons for children. Lessons last for one hour and can be one-off or a series of lessons. Sun Wind Surf Club, apart from tuition and board rentals, also offers facilities for board storage and repairs, sea kayaking and water skiing and tubes.