Did you know you can surf in Crete?

May 26, 2024 | Travel | 0 comments

Eyes shut, bum out – but I’m up & riding a wave, that’s all that matters – right?!

Yes, you heard me right, you can surf in Crete! Who knew? For those of you who think that the Greek island is just a summer holiday destination – then think again.

Admittedly I was on a traditional summer holiday with my parents staying at the Atlantica Kalliston Resort & Spa in the northwest of Crete in the Nea Kydonia region and wasn’t even really thinking about surfing.

The surf line up, on the beach opposite my hotel!

The surf line up, on the beach opposite my hotel!

By chance, I was messaging the lovely Sophie from Mad to Live.  Anyhow, I saw Sophie mention on Instagram @sophiemadtolive that she was coming out to Crete around the same time we were on the island. A few excitable DMs later, and with encouragement to go find some surf, I found out the beach (Glaros Beach or Kalamaki spot) in front of our hotel had a surf hut.

Off I trotted down the beach to Surf Island to get the low down on the surf. And, thankfully the next few days we were due to have waves for days. This made me feel both excited and nervous as the last time I surfed was two years ago in Portugal with Tiny Whale Lodge and lost my confidence surfing trying to get out back as I kept getting pummelled by the waves and actually gave up surfing after a few days and went SUPing instead. As a competitive sportsperson, I don’t like giving up that easily but just knew I’d have more fun on the board SUPing rather than falling off every few minutes in the surf.

I booked a group surf lesson with the lovely Thomas, and within minutes found my surf mojo again and was catching consistent white waves and even green waves. Just like riding a bike, right?!

First day catching Cretan waves with Thomas from Surf Island Crete

First day catching Cretan waves with Thomas from Surf Island Crete

And guess who was there during those surf sessions to get some snaps – my long-suffering Dad! Who I think enjoyed trying to photograph surfers rather than horses for once.

With my newfound surf chica confidence, the next day there were still some beaut waves and the lovely Sophie from Mad to Live was in town. We managed to have a cheeky surf together, catch some great waves, put the world to right on our boards and grab Greek frappe. Little did she know that when she first surfed out back like a sleek gazelle, I tried to follow behind elegantly, but managed to be more like a bambi on the water nearly stacking it – standard Becky!

Putting the world to right with Sophie from Mad to Live

Putting the world to right with Sophie from Mad to Live

Sunsets in Crete were mesmerising and I loved having a drink on the balcony watching the surfers catch the last of the waves. They made it all look very easy.

Prime viewing of the evening surfers from my hotel room balcony

Prime viewing of the evening surfers from my hotel room balcony

I did get a bit greedy and go for one final surf on our last day but spent most of the time getting thrown around washing machine style. I think I was just tired and wanted to make the most of the waves as I didn’t know when my next surf would be. But then those negative little gremlins started creeping in and bit me on the bum making me think what if something bad happened… so I got out. I managed to ride one decent wave at least. It’s all about mindset.

Eyes shut, bum out – but I’m up & riding a wave, that’s all that matters – right?!

Eyes shut, bum out – but I’m up & riding a wave, that’s all that matters – right?!

So, my advice to anyone who is going on holiday and loves water sports – do some research. Check out the Surfline (formerly Magic Seaweed) or the Windy App to see if there are any surf spots or any places to go SUPing.

And if you’re going to Crete – check out Surf Island Crete for Surf, SUP & Wind Surf lessons & equipment. They have 3 spots in Crete – Kalamaki & Falasarna in the north west & Elafonisi in the south west.

Have you ever surfed in Crete? What did you think? Or have you ever surfed on holiday when you least expected to find waves? Would love to hear your stories.

If you enjoyed this travel story I’ll be growing my travel posts – go check them out here.

Becky x

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