Style: Freeride, Freestyle
Level: Good, Specialist
Unspoilt Kokkari is a picture perfect fishing village on the northern coast. The beautiful beach has plenty of waves and winds and the windsurfing friends who frequent here love it.
Medium Months: May, June
Wind Type: Local Winds, Frontal Winds
Main Direction: N, NW, WSW
Main Wind Direction: Side Onshore, Side Shore, Side Offshore
Blowing at: Afternoon
Wave Tack: Port (from the left)
Kitesurfing in Kokkari is almost impossible due to the high cliff upwind of the bay where the beach of Kokkari is situated, that creates a massive wind shadow all over the beach. The local mountainous landscape generates a regular afternoon thermal. Windsurfers go outside the bay for better winds. The wind is not thermal, but is influenced by it. It blows side shore from the left, creating great freeride conditions. A shallow, wind protected area near the center allows beginners a safe start with the cross on-shore wind. The further out the stronger the wind with increased wind-chop and sometimes generating ramps up to 2 m on the outside. For beginner and early intermediate lessons, there is a teaching area with flat water in a sheltered spot for less strong winds. With easy access to the water via a ramp.
Sometimes the wind can change from 6 Bft within 30 seconds to 1 bft. Also very dangerous for kiting the wind can change direction when it is as extremely gusty as described above for 90 degrees, even 180 (turns completely offshore, there is no rescue service!). At least go and ask the windsurf center what the forecast will be to avoid these days. Even the airplanes sometimes cannot land due to this extreme instable wind from different directions.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
Attention: Currents, Rocks, Stones
Deep, clean waters and waves are the main characteristics of this lovely beach. A shallow, wind protected area near the surf-center allows beginners a safe start with the cross on-shore wind. The further out the stronger the wind with increased windchop and sometimes generating ramps up to 2 m on the outside. When it is windy enough to surf there are hardly any swimmers due to the rough sea.
Bathers Period: June, July, August, September
Kid Friendly: Yes
Attention: Rocks, Concrete, Road
Kokkari is situated on a wide bay, in the northern coast of Samos. The complete beach is very narrow, about 7-10 m maximum. Launching and landing a kite here is dangerous and hazardous for others. The windsurfing club is very close to the big cliff which creates the wind shadow. Launching there is no option because there will not be enough wind to go out. And if you go out you might be overpowered, even on a flat-kite. Recommend to bring surf shoes as there is a pebbled shore line.
Access to Kokkari: The transfer time from the airport is just 20 minutes. From Samos drive NW along the north coast until you reach Kokkari Village. From there, the spot is only 5 minutes’ walk.
Access to Samos:
Arrival by Airplane: The airport of Samos Island is located 3 km from Pythagorion, on the southern side of the island. It serves domestic flights to Athens and Thessaloniki all year round. The flight time from Athens and Thessaloniki to Samos is 45 minuts. In summer, it also serves charter flights from abroad and there is air connection with other Greek islands, such as Kos, Rhodes, Chios, Lesvos and Crete.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: Samos is connected by boat and high speed boat with the port of Piraeus, the largest port of Athens. The conventional boat trip lasts about 12 hours (the boat stops at various islands in between). The high speed boat trip lasts 6 to 8 hours. Moreover, Samos is connected by boat to Kavala, Northern Greece, and many Aegean islands: Chios, Lesvos, Syros, Tinos, Mykonos, Paros, Ikaria, Fourni, Patmos, Kos, Leros, and Kalymnos. It is also connected by boat to Kousandasi in Turkey. Samos has two main ports, Vathy and Karlovassi, while in summer another port, Pythagorion, also operates.
Bus: Samos is a big island with a quite well organized network of public transportation means. There are buses that connect Vathy and Karlovasi to most of the beaches and to the biggest island’s villages. There are also monthly bus cards available with a discount of 30%, whereas the local buses’ company organizes special tours upon request.
Taxi: Taxis are available at multiple spots on the island.
Boat: Samos has some amazing isolated beaches, especially on the western coast of the island, which are accessible only by boat. Boats trip services are available at Karlovasi.