Windsurfing is a water sport that combines both the characteristics of sailing and surfing. Windsurfers use a board to stand or kneel on and operate the sail with their hands. First invented in California, it has become a popular recreational activity in Crete. The regular winds of the island and stunning scenery make it the perfect water sport to try out. There are a few locations in Crete which offer good conditions for windsurfing – with Elafonissi being one of the top spots. Surf Island is one of the top surf schools in Crete with stations in Chania, Falassarna and Elafonissi. The bay of Souda also offers an ideal place to start with a nice beginner’s breeze! Almyrida Sports is located in Almyrida and they offer windsurfing hire.