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Free kitesurfing is no longer “free” to Greece

2 June 2011 | 8:15 pm

Hellenic Coast Guard recently made a decision establishing some rules in Greece for the recreation activity of kitesurf in Greek waters along with procedures and restrictions that have to be followed by the clubs renting kitesurf equipment for safety purposes.

According to the above decision, kitesurf as a recreation activity is only allowed in beaches that have been rented by private persons or companies (clubs) for kitesurf purposes only.
As a result, kitesurf has been declared as an illegal recreation activity to all other beaches in Greece.

In addition, many of the restrictions included in the related decision, made kitesurf activity looks like an impossible mission!

KiteMag.gr Editorial Team, after consulted legal advisors, we started a protest by developing a petition and announced it to the Greek Kiteboarding Community, requesting their support by signing it. The petition has been send to the proper superior authority of Hellenic Coast Guard which is the Secretary General of Security – Maritime Navigation of the Minister of Citizen Protection.

Secretary General of Security – Maritime Navigation suggested a meeting with KiteMag.gr Editorial Team in week 23. The aim of the meeting is to claim our arguments and suggest our proposals in the frame of keeping kitesurf recreation activity free. We do understand that logical, functional, and safety rules have to be established in respect of swimmers and all other sea activities.

please EVERYONE sign this petition:

http://www.petitions24.com/allowing_again_kitesurfing_in_greek_waters

6 Comments »

  • yves bourdoulous says:

    Please save the kitesurf in Greece

  • john a says:

    This is outrageous! Very very sad! There are so many rich kitesurfing tourist that comes to Greece every year. I bin to Greece many times, but know I will never go back to Greece with this kind of stupid legislation.

  • Gustavo Herrera says:

    Come on guys I was planning to go to Paros y Naxos next year, what is going on, this is a sport which brought a lot of tourist to a country and the people benefits of that, this is a very sad legislation for Greece and for the kitesurf, please don´t do it

  • jim lanzer says:

    Sadly the people that helped to get the sport banned never cared about kitboarding near swimmers and beach goers.
    The attitude is that this is my sport my beach and do whatever I want.
    We put into place a kiteboarding club here where I live and set rules, and most of the kiteboarders here respect the rules with a few exceptions.

    The hard part is sometimes enforcing the rules, but with enough members that care about having a place to kiteboard we can make a difference.
    We setup a launch zone and agreed with the state to stay out of the airport launching zone, shorebreak and the swim zones to name a few.
    We also stay away from fisherman, canoes or other non powered boats.
    See what a few years of effort working with the community (not one man for himself) can make a difference, still there is work to be done.

  • olga botoni says:

    NEW LAW allows FREE KITE:)))
    big problem passed:)

  • kitemag.gr says:

    Everything is OK now in Greece… you
    can kite everywhere .It is legal in Greece..

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