Style: Freeride, Freestyle, Slalom, Speed
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
The fact that this place has officially been renamed “Paradise Bay” is widely overlooked by the windsurfing community, as in summer Devil's Bay lives up to its reputation for delivering a wicked amount of wind. The unspoilt bay is a perfect place to hone your skills, and it also works in a northerly wind. Those who are looking for a real challenge can surf out of Gun Bay to Paradise Bay. Here the wind is about 1-2 Beaufort stronger and the perfectly flat water delivers superb blasting conditions.
Karpathos has organized the World Speed Cup by ISWC for three times in Paradise (or Devils) Bay, hosting the world‘s fastest men and women in the speed windsurfing scene.
Medium Months: September, October
Wind Type: Thermal Winds
Best Direction: N, NW
Main Direction: N, NW
Main Wind Direction: Side Offshore
The winds here tend to come at you from a northwesterly direction and this is also the direction that works best here. Thermal winds kick in, particularly during July and August. In Devils Bay, true to its name, boasts high wind velocities (about 1-2 bft stronger than in Gun Bay) and the perfectly flat water delivers superb blasting conditions. The spot is well-known for crazy conditions up to 10 Beaufort side offshore.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
Warm, perfectly flat water inshore delivers superb blasting conditions in front of the center and in Paradise Bay (stronger wind), chop up to 1 - 500 meters from the shore -great for small jumps.
Access to Devils Bay:
Devils Bay is about 2 km north of the airport and 13 km from Pigadia central port.
Access to Karpathos: Karpathos is an island half way between Crete and Rhodes. Due to the long distance from Athens, it is difficult to travel to Karpathos by ferry. However, the island can also be reached by plane or by ferry from closer ports.
Arrival by Airplane: The airport of Karpathos (AOK) receives domestic flights from Athens and the flight time is 1¼ hour. Also it can be reached with direct flights from Kassos (15 min, daily flights), Rhodes (30 min, 1-3 flights per day) and Crete (1 hour from Sitia, daily flights) all year round. During the holiday period (April-October) there are also few charters and international flights from abroad, mainly from Germany and the Netherlands. The airport is located on the southern side of the island, at the region of Afiartis.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: There are two ports in Karpathos handling several ferry itineraries. Diafani is the small port of the island while Pigadia the big and central port. Ferries to Karpathos depart from Piraeus 3 times a week. The trip is very long (between 18 and 20 hours) but connects Karpathos with many other Greek islands, including Milos, Santorini, Anafi, Kassos and Chalki. There are also ferries to Karpathos from closer ports, such as Rhodes and Crete 3 times per week. These trips are shorter: from Agios Nikolaos and Sitia to Kassos (3-5 hours) and Karpathos (about 6 hours). The boat then goes to Rhodes (another 5-6 hours).
If you plan to travel during July and August, it’s best if you have booked several days or weeks earlier to avoid hitches. You should also know that round-trip/return ferry tickets come with a considerable discount.
Local transportations: In Karpathos you can easily travel by buses, which have itineraries from Pigadia towards almost all the island, but also by taxis available on the island. You can always rent a push bike, a motorcycle or a car for easier and more comfortable travelling during your stay in Karpathos. There are several rental agencies on the island but you can book the car or motorbike of your choice online before your arrival at the island.