Kitesurfing Downwinds in Cape Drepano, Patra
Beginners - Downwinds
The most important thing for a beginner in order to get up on the board and kite is to be able to drift downwind, to go with the direction of the wind, step up on the board and ride. If you don’t have the space to drift (because of too many people around, onshore winds, etc) then it becomes more difficult. The Kiteboarding School team can provide you many different downwinds tours according to your skills to be able to enjoy your trip while learning kiteboarding.
The downwind tours are taking place between Patra (Cape Drepano) and Akrata at the western part of Greece (1:30 – 2:00 hours from Athens) from the beginning of March until the end of October. We can arrange accommodation and transportation for you if you prefer, so don’t hesitate to contact us
Cape Drepano Downwinders
Cape Drepano is probably the best spot in Greece right now and we operate there since 2007. Every day we are doing small or big downwinds (with a rescue boat) according to your needs to be able to enjoy yourselves learning kiteboarding away from the crowd and completely safe.
The area around Aigio is probably one of the best places for downwind kitesurfing sessions since the wind is blowing always side or side-onshore. With an experienced kiter or teacher with you and a 4X4 following from the land, you will be able to kite for 1,2 or 3 hours without thinking of staying upwind.
For all of that, you have done your lessons and you still strangling to get up on the board we strongly recommend a downwind session. Don’t miss the chance this summer for a downwind session with Kiteboarding School team.
Experts - Downwinds
Due to the morphology of the Corinthian channel (Western Greece) usually, we have strong winds throughout the whole coastline of the North Peloponnese (30-40 N.miles). The two major winds are the west and the east that are blowing strong for 8 – 9 months. It’s rare that we don’t have any wind throughout the coastline and when we do we go out for some fishing games. The madness started 3 years ago and now every day with strong winds we organize a small or big downwind tour according to the weather. The King of the downwind tours is the ‘Cape Drepano Downwind Tour’ which is a 20 N.miles downwind run with a couple of flat spots on the way and a lot of kiteloop fun on the way. For the safety of the participants, we have mobile communication with the shore, 3 4×4 jeeps, 1 rescue boat with us and 2 standing by and 1 or 2 lifeguards with us.
Attention: We strongly advise not to do the downwind sessions by your own unless you know the area too well and you have a rescue boat standing by. The Corinthian channel it can be very vicious with waves over 8 feet and wind up to 9+bf. The depth is reaching 800 meters and it has a lot of currents and the wind can change rapidly to offshore. Our team with more than 100 downwinds in the area, will brief you and organize for you such sessions with safety.
Under no circumstances, we will be accountable for any accident if you decided to do a downwind session without our supervision.
Downwind Session Rates
Short RideMax. 4 people (2.5 - 3 hours)
Riding the flat side of Cape Drepano
Crossing the Corinthian Gulf towards the mainland
Kiting in front of the old Castle of Nafpaktos
Drifting downwind finding another kite spot called Junkpark
Drifting downwind to a river mouth
Kiting to a super flat and shallow area
Crossing the gulf again towards Peloponnese
Getting back with the speed boat at Cape Drepano
Long RideMax. 10 people (5 - 6 hours)
Short Ride Features
Downwind in the middle of the Corinthian Gulf where really big waves are formatted
Amazing scenery kiting in the middle of the channel with high mountain from both sides
Reaching the Town of Aigio and kite with the locals at Cape Aliki with a nice beach break
Drifting downwind close to shore to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Aigio
Reaching the protected bay of Nikoleika where we stop our tour and head back