Kayakers from around Greece will meet on Poros to compete but also celebrate the world’s most popular paddlesport when Kayak Greece kicks off its second year from the island. Poros Mayor Yannis Dimitriadis said some 400 kayakers are expected to compete in Kayak Greece, which will be held on Poros during the weekend of May 9-10 in the Poros harbor.
The island was chosen as one of the three Kayak Greece venues for 2015 after meetings between the mayor, the organization’s founder and project manager Alexandros Tsakonas, and Dimitris Spyridakis, president of the Poros nautical club (NOPT).
Kayak Greece uses sea kayaking, one of the most accessible water sports, as a means of highlighting competitive sport, exercise, volunteerism, and environmental awareness. Poros is an ideal year-round venue for kayaking, thanks to its sheltered strait. NOPT has a strong tradition in the sport and its athletes include members of the Greek national kayak team. The races will be complemented by a full program of parallel events, including a zumba demonstration. Visitors will have an opportunity to learn about kayaking first-hand and participate in charitable activities.