Skateboarding is a very famous extreme sport all around the globe, and Greece is no exception.
The main skate spots here are right in the middle of streets and big monuments, as formal skate parks were not really an option until a few years ago. The steps under famous buildings in Athens, and the town squares of suburban areas are the best gathering spots, for those who seek to skate in the most traditional way.
In a more professional manner, there are skateparks located in many parts of the country now with the most famous locations being at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, in Agrinio and in Thessaloniki.
Nevertheless, Greece is high on the skating list, and anyone who travels to the country and loves to skateboard will not be left unsatisfied.
If you are a fan of a high speed, high adrenaline, dirt covered experience, motocross will be the answer for you. Motocross is a sport that takes years of practice and patience to master, as the difficulty level of it is very high, and it demands a lot of hard work to become great.
In Greece it is not a very well known sport, but it does exist. There is a Panhellenic Motocross Competition that happens once a year, and the best of the best in the country gather up to win the grand prize.
Granted that Greece is not known to have the best riders in the world, there is certainly a lot of potential and a lot of will to get closer to the top by many ambitious riders in the country.
Photo Credit: Andrew Motocross
Free running or Parkour as it is also known, is an “acrobatic and athletic discipline founded by Sébastien Foucan, who wrote a book on the subject. Foucan started what he termed “freerunning” in 2003, which he developed as a more inclusive form of parkour. Parkour’s development from military obstacle course training gives it and freerunning some aspects of a non-combative martial art. Freerunning is a version of parkour that includes acrobatic moves that are purely aesthetic, most practitioners do this art fluidly. Freerunning may also include some Tricking.”
In other words, it is an extreme sport that takes a lot of guts and courage to do, as you literally jump from rooftop to rooftop, and spin over and under walls through the city. This is an extreme sport that I would not be willing to try as I believe my thrill level does not go that high. Also, my endurance is very low for so much running and jumping around. It is a sport that I love watching videos of other people that do it, and I admire their skill and abilities to overcome such obstacle, while not getting tired easily.
In Greece the sport has been on the rise as many youngsters are following the footsteps of professional free runners from around the world. I have seen a lot of people do parkour around athens, but with small obstacles. I have also seen others who take it up a notch and jump over some medium sized buildings from one roof to another. Talk about adrenaline right there.
Parkour needs a lot of strength and control of your movements. It needs patience and creativity, as well as a lot of imagination to be able to use the environment around you, as many professionals say.
Recently I saw a video online of some free running professionals that came to the island of Santorini, Greece, and jumped through all of the rooftops, and ran through all the allies of the island. Their skill is inspiring and their words of wisdom can motivate anyone to do anything. The scenery of the island is also breathtaking, which is something that makes the run a lot more worth while. Here is the video for you to enjoy and get inspired by:
One of the most beautiful aspects of Greece is the sea and the beautiful clear blue waters. So why not take canoeing to the deep blue waters too?
Sea canoeing/kayaking is an amazing experience and one I would recommend to anyone that loves the sport and the sea. One of the best places to do that in Greece is at Halkidiki, near Thessaloniki. It will be an unforgettable adventure that will definitely stay in ones memory forever. And what better place to go sea canoeing than Halkidiki, Greece.
Skydiving in Greece has gained a lot of followers over the past few years, with more and more people seeking the thrill of holding on for dear life at 12,000 feet.
For anyone seeking this adrenaline pump of jumping off an airplane, one of the best locations and skydiving teams in Greece is known as Sky Dive Greece (very original, I know). This skydiving center is located 45 minutes outside of Athens, at the town of Megara, but their team goes all around Greece for certain periods of time to fulfill more people’s skydiving seeking thrill. For example, my cousin that lives on the island of Crete went and found them at the city of Chania this past summer, where they re located for a few weeks for the summer time.
Another more stunning and “natural” skydiving location in Greece, but definitely made for the experts of the sport is that of the free jump skydive at the island of Zakynthos, over the famous Navagio Beach of the island. More specifically this type of skydiving is known as base jumping and for anyone that desires to do such a jump must have significant experience in order to keep their cool and deploy the parachute on time. The view of this base jump is, to say the least, magical, and anyone who has the experience, and craziness to want to do it Zakynthos is definitely a perfect place to go.
For me, skydiving is on my to do list of extreme sports, but not anytime soon. It needs some further thinking, as my fear of heights does not allow me to follow through with it yet. Who knows though, maybe if I do decide to go skydiving I will overcome this fear and live to tell a beautiful story. After all, life is about making memories and we must overcome our greatest fears to truly become fearless. HA … no one is fearless, but we can certainly get close. The goal is to not let hard situations hold you back from what you truly want to do in life, and skydiving can be a start for me to brake through my fear of heights. You never know, one day I might be the one in that picture base jumping off the cliffs of Navagio Beach in Zakyntho.
Kitesurfing is another extreme sport that one can find in Greece. It has started to become very famous over the last few years and ever since then it escalated, with more surf schools opening up and more surf stations becoming available at windy beaches on many of the Greek Islands.
One of the most famous Kitesurfing stations is at the island of Paros, where one can also find one of the most famous surf shops around the world, Bit of Salt Paros. The island attracts many lovers of the windy thrill every summer season, and many professional kite surfers travel from all around the world to surf the beautiful Aegean waters.
Photo Credits: Haidee Pittas
Location: Karpathos Island, Greece
Windsurfing is another one of my favorite extreme sports, and lucky for me, I am from an island famous for its heavy winds and perfect windsurfing conditions.
Ever since I was a little girl my family has been pushing me towards windsurfing during the summer time when we would go for three months to Karpathos, our home. The truth is I didn’t start windsurfing until I was 20 years old. I don’t know why it took me that long, but what comes to mind with this is “better late than never”. I’m not going to lie, but it is a very tough extreme sport to keep up with. The immense strength, balance and coordination that it needs will definitely give you a run for your money in your beginning days. I know I had the mast and the boom fall on my face at least 10 times when I first started windsurfing. Nevertheless, once you get your feet on the board and the wind hits your sail and you start to pick up speed, everything becomes effortless and your adrenaline kicks in. The rush of excitement you get, gliding on the sea at full speed, is out of this world.
Karpathos island is one of the most famous windsurfing locations in Greece, and it attracts foreigners from all over Europe, that come with their RVs and stay on the island for months at a time, windsurfing from the first until the last light of day. Most of the visitors are professionals and they are sponsored by big windsurfing companies, but for those wanting to find and rent equipment on the island and not bring their own they can. Honestly, there is a place for everyone at any level. From beginner to expert, there are many locations on the island that can accommodate everyone’s needs. Even if you want to go windsurf with waves there is a chance for that too. Just name it and it’s there.
The most devastating time for all of the windsurfers of course are the days with no wind on the island, and yes we do have those on occasion. But nevertheless, they still go out in the water to work on freestyle tricks, because a day with no windsurfing is not a good day at all to them.
Photo Credit: Myrtianna Avgoustopoulos
Tis the season to be jolly falalalalalalala.
Winter is here and it’s time to hit the slopes. Whether you ski, snowboard, or just love the snow, the re are many ski resorts that are filled with fresh powder and are waiting for the lovers of adventure to visit them.
Personally, my two favorite places to go skiing here in Greece are Parnassos Ski Center and 3-5 Pigadia Ski Center. Both places have a fantastic landscape and many slopes to choose from whether you are a beginner, an expert, or a freestyler. They also have beautiful chalets in the surrounding areas where one can stay for several nights and enjoy the snow as well as have a relaxing time in front of the fireplace.
What I love the most about going to the mountain and skiing down the beautiful powdery slopes, is that it gives you a sense of freedom and belonging. You become one with nature, and you feel as if you can do anything. The sense of risk and adrenaline is always there reminding you that you are indeed human, and that is also what pushes you to brake your limits and challenge yourself a lot more. The fresh, cold air is very refreshing and as you glide down the slopes you can feel it rushing through your skin, rejuvenating your every particle.
Even the hits you take are fun, even those that might lead to a more serious injury. They are memories of the time when you felt most alive. Memories that will stay with you forever. Memories that are built through time and will engrave a very dear place in your heart. And isn’t that the purpose of living? To live?
WELL YES IT IS. Life is about living it and creating memories that will last a lifetime. So hit the slopes and get moving. Do not waste time thinking what if, start doing the things you love no matter where they take you. The road might be difficult at first but the journey will stay with you forever, reminding you that you truly lived and that time was never wasted.