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Windsurfing in Karpathos

Windsurfing in Karpathos in Greece is something for all skill levels

  • Advanced
  • Expert

General info

Karpathos is the second-largest Dodecanese island after Rhodes. Since 2011, the island forms a municipality with the island of Saria and other rocky islands in the South Aegean region. After main town is Karpathos, formerly also called Pigadia. Karpathos is located on the eastern South Aegean archipelago. The island is characterized by small resorts with diverse beaches and bays, Greek tradition and unspoiled nature, the vacation island is a real insider tip.

Karpathos is something for everyone, whether for groups, families, couples or singles. There is something for everyone and everyone gets their money's worth.

Two surf stations await you on site:

ION Club Karpathos

Der ION Club erwartet euch mit 2 Surfstationen. Die Hauptstation ist in der Gun Bay und liegt in einem Gebäude mit der Taverne & Bar „Club Anemos“. Die zweite Station liegt in der Chicken Bay. Von der Hauptstation aus kann jederzeit in die Chicken Bay gesurft werden und auch ein Wechsel zwischen den Stationen ist jederzeit kostenlos möglich.

Own equipment can be stored at the ION Club only at the Gun Bay Center. The bays in front of the two stations are constantly monitored and 2 lifeboats are available.

Sports/Activities: Video training, beach volleyball, SUP

Meltemi Windsurfing Center

The former station of Chris Schill was taken over by Meltemi Windsurfing 2019.

With two stations, surfing fun for beginners & surf freaks is offered. You can book a station of your choice (Paradise Bay or Chicken Bay lagoon), whereby a free change of station is possible on site, depending on availability.

Storage of own material is possible at both stations.

There is a possibility to borrow foil windsurfing and SUP equipment on site.

The varied course program of Meltemi Windsurfing has something for everyone: Whether beginner or crack, the VDWS instructors will actively support you in your desired maneuvers. The step courses are held with a maximum of 3 people, and the beginner and taster courses with a maximum of 6 people. This means that each participant has enough time and the learning success is all the greater. Training takes place at both centers, the taster and beginner courses take place in the shallow lagoon.

Travel period

Travel period

01.05.2024 - 31.10.2024



Spring, Autumn, Summer

Family friendly

Family friendly

Skill levels

As a beginner you've never surfed before or maybe you've only had a taster course. Here you will be brought on the board from the beginning.

You can already call yourself advanced if you already have solid basic knowledge.

As an Expert you feel comfortable at all spots and can handle difficult conditions very well.

Services &

The trip includes the Accommodation as well as the Flights and the Transfers. You can book surf lessons, material & Co individually. We are happy to advise you.

Included services

Included services




Additional services (Exclusive)

Surf courses

Individual excursions

Travel period


Price from €600

& Catering

In Karpathos you can choose from three different accommodations the Hotel Irini, the Thalassa Studios and the Blue Lagoon Studios.

Hotel Irini
When talking about Karpathos and windsurfing, one name comes up again and again: Hotel Irini. No wonder, it is one of the absolute classics in Afiartis. The location is unique, because from the airport it is only a few minutes transfer and at the same time you have the best possible starting position into the windsurfing pleasure. Due to the nearby airport, there may be noise disturbances at times.


Gun Bay: ca. 600 m / 10 Gehminuten

REMOVAL SURFSTATION - Melmeti Windsurf Chris Schill:

Paradise Bay: approx. 500 m / 8 minutes walk

Chicken Bay: ca. 800 m / 10 Gehminuten

Thalassa Studios
The complex is located about 100 meters from the beach and the center of Afiartis. The small complex with comfortable and modern studios and apartments is surrounded by a well-kept herb garden and offers a great view of the sea.

100 m / 2 minutes walk

Blue Lagoon Studios
Renovated in 2015, Blue Lagoon Studios are located directly on the beach of Gun Bay, next to the ION CLUB Windsurfing Center. Free Wi-Fi and parking are available at the accommodation.


50 m / 1 minute walk

Room types

The rooms in the Hotel Irini can accommodate up to three people and have a bathroom with shower / WC, a telephone and a balcony or terrace. Air conditioning, a safe and a refrigerator are available for a fee. There are 2 studios with kitchenette, which both have a connecting door and can be converted into a family apartment.

The Thalassa Studios are about 30 m² in size and have a fully equipped kitchenette with refrigerator, electric stove, coffee maker and microwave, a bathroom with shower/WC, air conditioning, free WLAN, satellite TV and a balcony or terrace. The apartments have about 40 m² and offer with otherwise the same equipment additionally a separate bedroom. There are two studios and one apartment on each floor. They are all equipped with a double bed or two single beds and an additional sofa bed. The rooms on the first floor have a terrace with garden access and deck chairs. (Max. occupancy studio: 3 persons / apartment: 4 persons).

All Blue Lagoon Studios/Apartments are in the two-story building, have terrace or balcony and a beautiful view on the Gun Bay and the surf happening and are newly renovated. The total of five studios are simply furnished and consist of a living/bedroom with kitchenette and refrigerator, bathroom with shower/WC and have air conditioning and satellite TV. There are also three larger apartments, two of which have separate bedrooms.

Double rooms




At Hotel Irini it is possible, Breakfast or Half board to book.

In the other accommodations is no catering included.



Basically you can rent the equipment around surfing in the surf centers.
This equipment is available on site:

ION Club:

JP & Fanatic Boards & Duotone/North Sails

Meltemi Windsurfing:

Fanatic, Tabou and RRD Boards & approx. 70 Duotone, Gaastra, RRD Riggs

& Arrival

Windsurfing at the south of Karpathos in Chicken Bay, Devil's Bay and Gun Bay

Interesting spots/trails

Windsurfing in Karpathos is for everyone Windy! There are 3 surf bayswhere everyone gets his money's worth. The Gun Bay & the Paradise Bay are real high wind areas.

Paradise Bay

In Paradise Bay the wind blows 1-2 Bft. stronger than in Gun Bay and in midsummer it can be 9 Bft. that challenge you! Paradise Bay is the only bay without wind cover, in which surfing can be done directly under land. This is also the reason why the Speed World Cup takes place there every year.

Windsurfer in Karpathos
Gun Bay

The shallow water the Gun Bay near the shore is best suited for neck training and the offshore headland offers safety. In strong winds, an approx. 1 m high wind wave builds up in Gun Bay after about 300 m, suitable for both the novice jumper and the loop jumping specialist. All those who are looking for the right kick, simply surf from Gun Bay into the next bay, Paradise Bay.

Windsurfers in action in Karpathos
Chicken Bay

The Chicken Bay is suitable for trainings of all kinds. The wind here is about 1-2 Bft. weaker than in Paradise Bay. However, experienced surfers do not miss out in the lagoon: Outside the 90 m large standing area there are very good freeride/freestyle conditions. Through a channel you can surf from the lagoon into Gun Bay & Paradise Bay. The lagoon is also suitable for families with children - here you will find, among other things, children's boards and rigs.

Windsurfers on the beach in Karpathos

Travel options

The journey takes place by airplane (bookable with RETTER Sports) or on your own. Flight possible from Vienna, Graz

Julia und Gernot will be happy to advise you!


Insider tips

As everywhere in Greece, also on Karpathos there are the typical Greek dishes like Tsatiki, Moussaka, Gyros, Bifteki, which you should try.

Packing list

In addition to your bathing suit, you should take the following things for yourself:

ID card

Toilet bag

Any medication

waterproof sunscreen (at least SPF 30+)

Light sturdy shoes

Sun hat/cap

Beach (hand) towel


You can design your own program in Karpathos. We are happy to help you and book for example a surf course for you.

Tips & Info

We recommend for this trip a Travel insurance with cancellation protectionso that you are on the safe side if something should happen before or during the trip.

Just click here to see all the travel insurance information. 

Price from 600 € p. person