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Naxos hosts windsurfing spectacular

- by Andy Cornish

The Greek island of Naxos has been showing off it windsurfing skills in style at the biggest freestyle event in Greece.

The weekend event was held on the beach at Agios Georgios at the beach hotspot known as the Laguna, close to the Naxos town capital.

Naxos is a popular target for windsurfers any time of the year with this marks the highlight of the Greek Freestyle Windsurf Tour that began in May at Drepano in the Peloponnese.

Scores of athletes turned out to make waves at the resort that attracted some of the top names in the sport.

Naxos island regularly attracts thousand of windsurfers each year with many south and east coast beaches having the perfect combination of shallow shorelines and the strong northerly Meltemi winds.

The Laguna has a reputation as an ideal natural windsurfing spot and an excellent location for world-class competitors to display their skills at slaloms, flips and stunts.

Event organisers, the Water Board Sports Festival (WBSF) are old hands at these sorts of events and handle many water competitions throughout the year including windsurfing and kitesurfing.

This year's Naxos event has been organised with the Laguna Beach Park, the Flisvos Sports Club and Flisvos Watersports and the event was described as ne of the best with clear skies and good winds.

Participating athletes have been able to enjoy free accommodation and the possibility of cash prizes at the three-day event that has become one of the biggest in the Greek sporting calendar.

Music events, beach parties and dancing added to the atmosphere.

The island of Naxos sits at the heart of the Cyclades group. It's a big island where most of the tourist beaches along the south-east coast.

Beaches are mostly long stretches of golden sand backed by dunes and fertile farmland.

Inland are some impressive mountains with Mount Zas dominating the island.