Christophe Meletiou interview, a French-Cypriot kitesurfer
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Tuesday, 21 August 2012 22:17
Hi Christophe and thanks for giving us the opportunity to learn more about kitesurf, this will be an interview that all newbies will enjoy...
- Did you see any increase in people learning kitesurf in the last 2 years? I think the sport has reached a plateau and has been pretty stable for the past few years as far as newcomers are concerned. What has changed is the percentage of persons continuing to kitesurf after a course which has increased. This is certainly due to the fact that improvements in kite design make the sport less extreme than years gone by...
- Kitesurf evolves year after year but being a new sport it still has some way to go in order to be more user friendly, in your opinion which is the most important section of this exciting sport that needs improvement? Like so many other sports kitesurfing will never be 100% safe. Getting newcomers to the sport learn the fundamental rules of kitesurfing at an early stage is crucial. We need more experienced instructors with better qualifications. The kitesurfing qualification needed to become an instructor these days is so low some organizations offer a “License” to teach within a week. No other sport offers this... Result , an abundance of mediocre “qualified” instructors. It is down to the point where saying you are qualified does not look good anymore as a good instructor does not need certificates to justify his competence.
- Any advice, tips or even warnings for anyone looking to dive into the world of Kitesurfing? Make sure you have a lot of time to spare because you will waist a lot driving around and waiting for wind.
- Being a Kitesurfer some times hurts a lot, which part of the body in your opinion should be looked after when exercising this sport? Kitesurfing stresses your body differently depending on different disciplines within the sport. You basically need strong legs, especially for kite racing, common freestyle injuries are knee and ankle related with also broken ribs because of jumps and hard landings, wave riders need to have strong cardio vascular and to be good swimmers. When there is no wind I train by swimming and cycling.
For the first time in north Greece, Alpika S.A, in cooperation with certified and well-experienced kiteboard instructors, presents the premier integrated Kite-Camp, with the duration of 5 days, from the 17th to the 21st of August 2012.
The camp will take place in the facilities of the «Tsaf Tsouf» summer camp (Ofrynio beach, Strymonas bay).
Getting to know and learning more about this new Olympic sport will be enabled through a structured programme that includes:
Healthy breakfast Video projections, history of the sport and getting to know the participants; what are their hobbies, fears and questions.
Warming-up with a personal trainer, power-yoga from certified instructors.
Lessons, taking place in the fully organized beach, with a rescue-boat and small group of max. 6 people for essential learning.
Break for branch – relaxation.
Assessment of the situation/requirements between the instructor and the learner.
Video-based lesson; de-briefing the day with purpose-made videos.
Kite-clinic, with trampoline (air-born lesson) for all those who start with jumps and not only, skateboarding mini ramp, longboards, balance boards, slack lines, swimming pool.
Alternative activities with “Master craft ” for Wakeboarding DJ sets, beach parties, barbeques and more.
Person in charge and coordinator: Mr. Kostas Tourtsakis, experienced and certified instructor by the International Organization of Kiteboarding (IKO) since 2009. * For more information, contact: Mr. Kostas Almpanidis, Alpika S.A., 00306972717525 /
Last Updated on Friday, 13 July 2012 16:11
2nd Open Kitesurf Festival at Drepano
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Sunday, 08 July 2012 11:46
This is the 2nd and last day of the 2nd Kitesurf Festival at Drepano. Check out some videos and pics below.
1st Open Kiterace and freestyle exhibition at Agios Nikolaos, Vonitsa this Sunday August 5th.
Race is divised in 3 categories:
Event sponsored and managed by Municipality of Aktio-Vonitsa.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 19:10
PKRA Mykonos 2012
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Monday, 27 February 2012 15:53
Nivea Kitesurf World Cup Mykonos 2012
Mykonos island is this years stop for the Nive Kitesurf World Cup. Dates that the event will run are between May 30th and June 4th 2012. This event is expected to host Freestyle discipline kitesurfers from around the world, making it one of the best kitesurf events of this summer. Ftelias beach is located in the southern part of Mykonos(see map below) and to be honest its considered to be a wind blowing machine making it difficult even for experienced kitesurfers to ride under 20 to 30 knots winds.
You can register either by sending an email to
or by visiting PKRA official website. Registration costs 105 euro until May 20th 2012 and an additional fee of 25 euro will be charged if you register either later than this date or onsite.