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Aegean Adventure Playground For all

Published on April 13, 2015 by   ·   No Comments

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Name some Greek Islands: Crete. Rhodes. Corfu. Kos. How about Lemnos? No, me neither.

It’s in the Aegean, has about 30 villages and the same number of beaches, and is known for its cheese, yoghurt and fruit ‘n’ veg – oh, and Surf Club Keros.

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Established in 2008, Surf Club Keros was the result of a global search for the ‘playground of dreams’ for a group of passionate ‘waterboys’ (windsurfers, kiteboarders).

Keros Bay on the remote, pure, unspoilt Island of Lemnos was deemed to be the perfect spot.

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Today the centre offers professional kitesurf and windsurf instruction in waist-deep water where the wind will always naturally bring you back to the 3km stretch of beach.

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The bay is flat, shallow and turquoise in the north, choppy in the midsection and creates some impressive but manageable waves in the south – beginners, intermediate and advanced, all covered. And now, another group of surf enthusiasts are also catered for – disabled people.

Giannis Doumtsios, Co Owner and Managing Director of Surf Club Keros, explains, “A few years after opening we had an idea to make our resort fully accessible. In 2014 we had the pleasure of meeting paralympian Makis Kalaras, a world champion discus thrower and the only Greek at the Sochi Paralympics participating in Slalom and Giant Slalom.


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Makis’ visit to Lemnos kick started and inspired the creation of Keros For All. We are now making the resort fully accessible for those with physical disabilities as well as creating a watersports lesson plan and active holiday package. The aim is to keep any demanding traveller satisfied – disabled or able bodied.”

Claiming to be the first European active holiday resort fully accessible and friendly for individuals with physical disabilities, Surf Club Keros now has specialised cata kites, kite buggies, sit kite boards, sea kayaks, modified SUPs, and more, teamed with IKO (International Kiteboarding Organisation) certified instructors and top-notch beachside lodge facilities.

Giannis continues, “In order to put Keros For All into action for 2015, we’ve consulted with outdoor disability experts who will help clients out while planning a trip and during their stay, informed and educated all our wonderful team on disability, in particular physical disabilities, and made the camp, luxury safari tents and surf station on the beach wheelchair friendly. We will be holding four week-long camps in the summer, in May and June, and we’re really looking forward to sharing our ‘playground of dreams’.”

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Weekly Keros For All packages start from 770 euros per person to include seven nights B&B accommodation in a Luxury Safari Tent, ten hours of kitesurfing lessons based on a group of two, transfers to and from the airport (less than half an hour drive) and a daily shuttle bus to and from the beach from camp.

Visit surfclubkeros.com for more information.

 

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