ION CLUB KARPATHOS
The Best of Surfing Elements
Location : Karpathos, Greece
Season : 1st May 2020 till 15th of October 2020
Opening hours: Daily 9.30 am – 06.00 pm
Deserted beaches, idyllic mountain villages and cozy tavernas - this is Karpathos. The charm of the island is her virginity and originality. Karpathos is located on the eastern South Aegean island arc and is 46 km South-West of Rhodes. For many years, Karpathos has been a destination magnet for windsurfers returning year after year, thanks to the wind record.
Come in summertime and you will find everything surfers hearts wish for! The island stretches between Rhodes and Crete, and the Meltemi blows from the north through the high mountains.
High wind days in July and August are the rule rather than the exception. However, in May, September and October steady winds also delight many windsurfers. A partially pine-wooded mountain range crosses the island from the north to the middle. While altitudes above 600 meters can be found in the north, Kali Limni rises up to a height of 1,215 meters in the central island area.
These are some of the highest elevations of the Dodecanese which are usually laced with trails and gravel roads. This was an important reason to open a ION CLUB Mountain Bike Center, so now our guests have the opportunity to explore the island with the latest SCOTT Mountain Bikes.
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“ION CLUB Karpathos is one of the best windsurfing destinations to me because the wind keeps blowing. The choice between 2 spots (beginner and advanced), the equipment quality and a reactive services team make a real difference.
Also, for the most adventurous, Mountain biking and rock-climbing is possible and raise the fun even more.
Finally this authentic and preserved Greek island with the clearest turquoise waters, offers some amazing beaches, traditional villages or beautiful hiking trails. Combine this with the relaxing locals genuine hospitality, the delicious Karpathian cuisine, or the international ethnic food of Anemos Restaurant and you have the perfect windsurf holiday destination.”
Best spots in Karpathos
Gun Bay is a true high-wind spot where you can let off steam and forget the rest of the world. The flat water near the shore is perfect for practicing jibes and the spit off the coast guarantees your safety. Those who are looking for a real challenge can surf out of Gun Bay to Paradise Bay – a bay which definitely deserves its name. Here the wind is about 1-2 Beaufort stronger and the perfectly flat water delivers superb blasting conditions. ATTENTION – INFO FOR KITESURFER For safety reasons kitesurfing is not allowed during the opening hours of the windsurf centers from 9.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m. in all three surf-bays.
Only 5 minutes walking downwind from the center. Chicken Bay offers ideal conditions for beginners, intermediates and freestylers, due to an 80 meters wide shallow water area. In Chicken Bay the wind also blows cross offshore but with 1-2 Beaufort less force.
Flat water, stronger wind than at main center. Here the wind is about 1-2 Beaufort stronger and the perfectly flat water delivers superb blasting conditions.
May, June, July, August, September
Gun Bay is a true high-wind spot where you can let off steam and forget the rest of the world. The flat water near the shore is perfect for practicing jibes and the spit off the coast guarantees your safety. Those who are looking for a real challenge can surf out of Gun Bay to Paradise Bay - a bay which definitely deserves its name. Here the wind is about 1-2 Beaufort stronger and the perfectly flat water delivers superb blasting conditions.
May, June and September especially for beginners, in July and August strong wind days must be expected in the Chicken bay.
Bump & Jump conditions at Gun Bay, no shorebreak, chop up to 1 meter in strong wind about 500 meters from the shore, good for jumping, no wave riding. Flat water at Chicken Bay and Paradise Bay.
HOW TO GET THERE ?
From Karpathos airport
The ION CLUB Karpathos is only about 500 meters from the airport. Take the main road from the airport and turn right into the first road (signpost: ION CLUB and Anemos). Stay on this road and you will reach the ION CLUB Karpathos after about 300 meters.
Karpathos 857 00, Greece
WHAT TO DO AROUND KARPATHOS?
Karpathos is a beautiful island and there is no better way to explore it than by mountain bike. The island is 50 km long and 11 km at its widest point, and the highest peak on the island is Kali Limni with an altitude of 1215 meters. Our center uses Scott Bikes, the “Scale 760” hardtail mountain bike, the “Spark 760” full-suspension mountain bikes and the “Speedster 10” road bikes.
Rock climbing is the perfect activity to discover Karpathos from a different perspective. Karpathos with its amazing mountains (highest point Kali Limni 1215 meters above sea level) offers vast climbing opportunities for all levels. There are various spots with climbing routes covering the whole range of difficulties. All of it are sport climbing routes which means already prepared with bolts and abseiling points on top of it. Most of the rock is lime stone, which provides perfect climbing experience.
Explore the white and pastel houses of Menetes, Olympos with colourful houses or the village of Mesochori.
A story of pioneer since 1985
The story of the ION CLUB tells of people who have turned their passion for windsurfing and kitesurfing into a profession. Since its founding in 1985, customer orientation, team spirit, innovation and professionalism have been the top priorities of our corporate philosophy.
The ION CLUB / Club Mistral has gained a lot of experience in the 30 years of its existence and has developed more and more into a company that focuses on communicating with guests and fulfilling their needs and wishes.
With 16 water sports schools worldwide, we are one of the leading companies in this field. ION CLUB has a network of international partners in different countries. We strive to be international and multicultural and express this through the selection of our employees, who currently come from 24 different countries.
Frequently asked questions ?
Which equipment do you have?
We have almost the full range of Fanatic boards and Duotone sails. Boards are available from 60 litres wave board, till 156+ freeride board. Sails we have from 3,0 till 7,8 sqm, plus smaller kiddy sails. Mast which we use are RDM min 75% carbon. Vario harness lines on black series booms. Upgrade to carbon boom available.
Non windsurfing activities?
We can offer guided bike or climbing tours. There are plenty of nice places for hiking( Kali Limni, Profiterias, Arkasa, etc.). We also offer Yoga sessions with Vero. We can help you to organise a diving excursion together with Dive center Karpathos.
What about the safety on the water?
Your safety is our priority! Always one team member is on the baywatch checking the whole area. Mastfoot and board number for crosscheck. Free of charge GPS locator, with SOS function.
What to visit in Karpathos:
Main town Pigadia – shopping + nightlife
Kali Limni – hike to the highest mountain
Best of the beaches – Achata – swim to the cave
Apella – beach of the year 2006
Olympos – traditional mountain village
Saria – inhabited island on the north
Tristimo – big natural harbor in the north part
What can my (not windsurfing) partner do while I am windsurfing ?
Your partner can first relax on our sundeck or they could sip vitamins from Anemos Bar just above in an international and friendly atmosphere. They could also energise with Yoga and enjoy excursions, mountain biking or rock climbing. Exploring a nice beach, Hiking, discovering the karpathian secrets : villages, curiosities...
A good place to learn for my kids?
Chicken Bay is a magic „kid bay“: sand, shallow water, horseshoe shape beach. Then our specific beginner and kid equipment is designed for it. The school sail range is from 1.0 to 3.0 m2. Then our multilingual and experienced instructors will bring fun into learning and everybody will have a good time.
Do you do radio teaching?
Yes, we use radio helmets but only for private teaching sessions either in GunBay, either in Chicken Bay. Come and ask in our office.
What is your GPS safety thing?
This system is free of charge for our guests. It comes with you in the water and send us automatic alarms when you are windsurfing. For example if you go too far out of the "surfzone", the station will get an alarm and you as well. And most important, you have the option of pushing the alarm button manually in emergency cases.
Do you have a WLAN/internet?
Yes a free WIFI is available from our Anemos Bar.
How far is Anemos/Gunbay from Chicken Bay?
It is about 800 m apart. Walking along the coastal road is nice and easy and takes 5 to 10 minutes depending on how many pictures you take!
Where can i leave my valuables?
We recommend you to leave your valuables in your hotel room. But Karpathos and the station are safe places.If needed the office can keep small things during opening time. Anyway by experience if you forget something on the beach you will find it there the next day, or in the water pushed by the wind .
Minimarket , few km, delivery possible. Supermarket, 20 min drive, in Pigadia or Arkassa village. Fruits and vegetable at the local shops is recommended!!!