MYCOSMOS GIRLS KITEBOARDING WEEKEND

Last weekend, the beaches of Attica got a taste of kiteboarding thanks to the MYCOSMOSview Girls Kiteboarding Weekend, organized by GWA, the Greek Wakeboard and |Last weekend, the beaches of Attica got a taste of kiteboarding thanks to the MYCOSMOSview Girls Kiteboarding Weekend, organized by GWA, the Greek Wakeboard and Kite Surf Association. The event was marked by the participation of Japanese kiteboarding champion and Cabrinha Team rider Tomoko Okazaki. On Saturday 5th of July, the events took place in Karavi, Schinias, and on Sunday 6th, in Nissakia, Loutsa. The event was entirely dedicated to girls and Tomoko led the show. Ileana Lakafosi and Sandrine Roussou (GWA) were also in the water ripping. Girls had the opportunity to test their abilities in kiteboarding under the supervision of GWA/IKO qualified instructors. And through an SMS game, anyone could win free lessons and other gifts. Tomoko Okazaki: “I had always wanted to visit Greece, seeing so many photos of white houses contrasted by the bluest blue water so when I heard about this opportunity, I jumped on it. On Saturday, the wind started to blow a bit around 4 but it was straight onshore which is really hard for us to go out especially when hundreds of people are lying on the beach. I can see how it can be dangerous to kite in Athens area, and I hope that in the near future, the port police will figure out a way to get some designated areas for kiteboarders and create safe areas to go kiteboarding, because the wind is wonderful and the water beautiful here. I got to meet some Greek girls who kiteboard and that was fun, it is always nice to meet girls who are into it, we need to encourage each other more than guys do because it is a very intimidating sport and we need more girls to get into it. On the second day, we went to Loutsa. It was already windy when we arrived there and my heartbeat got double speed! Some port police officers showed up to make sure everything was ok, (GWA had to have special authorization for the event) and I went out first, and the other girls followed out right after, and it was so beautiful kiting there with 2 little flat island outside. Wind was about 20 knots or so, and water was clean and warm. This weekend was a great success with meeting happy kiteboarders and good conditions. I am very looking forward to explore other spots in Greece and meet more people along the way during the Cycladic island tour. Last but not the least I really want to thank Cosmote to sponsor this event, and Sandrine and GWA to give me this opportunity to come here and share the stoke with Greek people. Kiteboarding is a new sport and we still need a lot of guidelines to enjoy it safely and make it for everyone. But it is a sport that gives you this sensation of living the fullest. And I thank all of the Greek kiteboarders to let me share that with them.”

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