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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaya surfboard in Macaroni, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.
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Jeff Flindt, Dane Zaun, Sam Hammer, Nat Young - total disrespect. and get your facts straight. you have been warned. once. aloha
Updated - updated some spots, now just have to wait for a month or so b4 wannasurf puts m up
sick of it - sooo sick of this CST bullshit, i'm Bart i live on the south coast of Crete(Ierapetra), we get pretty decent swell in the winter, i welcome everybody to come share the waves and stoke with me, i got a few spare boards i case u can't bring urs (and a spareroom if u need accmdtn) i'm updating the spots in the area, hope to see you out there and if there's no waves... lets have a beer (or 2) ;-) don't hesitate to contact/mail me
- CST is real. - hei. Where do you live? I LIVE ON CRETE waves are precious in the Med.. what you think? I spent 10 days in crete in summer 09 with my girlfriend and a few boards. being a mediterranean surfer i understand the issue with summer tourism and with the local keeping the spots under control with authorities NEVER MET ANY AUTHORITIES IN THE LAST 20 YEARS, ONLY IF UR A TOTAL DICK AND GO SURFING WHERE THERE'S A 100 PEOPLE SWIMMING.. MAYBE THEN THEY'LL SHOW and foreign surfers AHHH RIGHT THOSE 100'S THAT INVADE OUR ISLAND ALL YEAR ROUND :-P. It is not easy for them to deal with this situation OR ANY SITUATION IF THEM THAT EGOCENTRIC CONTROL FREAKS so you'd better contact them beforehand and listen what thy say. and if they say NO than it will be NO, in yourown interest. HAHAHA IS THAT A THREAT? I had a great time with them and scored good surf. If it was not for CST i would have been kicked out of the water at any given beach. YEAH RIGHT They are super nice and welcoming if you behave good, do not litter, and keep a low profile.. LIKE ANY NORMAL SURFER WOULD IN THE FIRST PLACE or it can easily turn into a nigthmare NOW I'M SCARED ;-) if you show up with 10 wannabe pros on an attitude. THERE'S ONLY ONE WANNABE PRO ON THE ISLAND. Sure they are in charge on all the spots around the island so do not think you can do the trip without them, or going unoticed. WOOHOO NOW THEY GOT SPIES EVERYWHERE.. Big respect for CST. Detractors do not even know what the f.u.c.k they are talking about. CST brothers keep up the good job. Una fazza, una razza. THIS WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY ONE OF THE 2 - 4 MEMBER CST
CST is real. - hei. Where do you live? waves are precious in the Med.. what you think? I spent 10 days in crete in summer 09 with my girlfriend and a few boards. being a mediterranean surfer i understand the issue with summer tourism and with the local keeping the spots under control with authorities and foreign surfers. It is not easy for them to deal with this situation so you'd better contact them beforehand and listen what thy say. and if they say NO than it will be NO, in yourown interest. I had a great time with them and scored good surf. If it was not for CST i would have been kicked out of the water at any given beach. They are super nice and welcoming if you behave good, do not litter, and keep a low profile..or it can easily turn into a nigthmare if you show up with 10 wannabe pros on an attitude. Sure they are in charge on all the spots around the island so do not think you can do the trip without them, or going unoticed. Big respect for CST. Detractors do not even know what the f.u.c.k they are talking about. CST brothers keep up the good job. Una fazza, una razza.
locals only??? - may i ask how often it has happened that a non-cretan surfer came to one of "your" spots and didnt respect the locals? Is it really necessary to write a whole page with locals-instructions and so on, or is it just that you need attention? I m greek and from rhodos and I dont know anybody over here who has some kind of local only attitude, because with maximum 10 non-local surfers a year it is not really necessary.
cst not real - This person making the long posts is not to be trusted. He is a local gypsy that will rob you blind if you get in touch with him. Be careful of others claiming to be locals. This is Greece, nothing is illegal. Waves are for everyone!
summer in Crete 2009 info for surfers - Use wannaurf.com here for "spots"...here's some info from our website (email us for the URL):
Surfing in Crete is illegal by law when the "red flag" is issued by the Port Authority (usually anything over 6 BF windscale/waist high waves) and all watersports and small water craft are not allowed to enter the water. This includes even body surfers and surfers believe it or not (ffor some reason, windsurfers don't get hassled by the law). The process is simple: the hotel owner of any such beach tells his watersports center to not allow any water sports (including surfers who may happen to appear just after the "red flag" is issued) and he makes sure the lifeguard is strict. The hotel owner is the one who dictates the action in front of his beach. Period. The hotel owners and police do NOT understand what surfing is; they are just starting to understand what windsurfing is (that's a start at least). If there is a swiiming or surfing accident or worse, a drowning in front of the hotel, the owner is in serious trouble (huge fines is just a start of his punishment for allowing people in the water during a red flag day), with the police and local mafia, who try to let the tourists abroad think of Crete as a safe destination, especially in the water (ever notice how all postcards of Crete have no waves whatsoever?). Capishe? It is all business with them, and rightfully so. They can take things into their own hands the Cretan way to protect their investment and economy, so be warned. Because tourism is down by a huge percent here, ego's are flaring up more quickly for those in the business side of things. It's all about money, money, money for them. The good thing is that most of the local authorities are our friends or relatives, so we have found a way to by-pass this when there is a decent day or two OR if you need serious help. We've been fooling around in the surf since the 70's here, so we know what's going on.
Crete mostly gets heavy winds and decent waist to head wind chop - the rare good clean waves happen once or twice a year - so don't expect a "great" epic sesh here. It is not a surf destination to say the least. Tourism is the bread and butter for the economy here and as the local government officials/media/mafia, etc see it; the less drownings, the better (see above). The police and port authorities do enforce and uphold the law especially in touristic or crowded areas if called by a lifeguard on duty or a business owner, etc. so it is always best to respect the law and the local businesses here (repeat for emphasis). The local "authorities" have the right of way always. Do not mess with them. In other words, if you are thinking of surfing here univited by a local surfer, best DON'T. It is best to find a real surf destination; don't waste your time, money, and vacation time here on wind chop and aggro authorities. Too many people come here and think they can score a clean, head high wave only to get majorly skunked. That is why most of us locals travel a lot abroad to get our real surf fix. As for the local surfers here, we do our best to keep it on the low down and be as friendly as we can with travelling surfers. When they are cool, we are cool. We are Cretans by blood. We are very hospitable on one end; and on the other end, if provoked and the necessity to restore order occurs: just remember the Cretan motto is "Freedom or Death" (we always choose "freedom"... so chill out). The locals rule here. This is our home. You are a guest of the island and of the people here. Period. In fact, locals all around the globe should (and do) rule their own backyards, it is just part of surf culture. Nothing new here. Just the way it is. We just wanna be able to surf the few decent days a year here with our crew and rip it up without a crowd. Can you dig that? If we were Hawaii or Indo, there would be room for everyone. But Crete is NOT a great surf island. It is great for windsurfers and kite surfers, but we are NOT into that. We don't have good waves here unless you like wind chop and sea urchin-infested shallow reefs, so best try the other spots in Greece that are more accomodating. So if you do show up suddenly and you are at our local spot, just know that we can all get along in and out of the water. It's entirely up to you. Capishe?
*** Remember: if you give respect, you'll get it back. If you cross the line, .... you know the answer. Be cool. Be safe. Be real.
Contact us (locals) at: cstgreece (@) yahoo.com
Respect and stoke brothers and sisters, and surf it up real and with da flow...cst
Info on surfing in crete - Surfing in Crete (Greece) website providing important information on the illegalness of surfing in a touristic vacation spot. Site explains surfing in Crete by the locals that have been surfing since the 70's in Crete.
Surfing around Hersonissos - I am going to Crete in a week and am really craving a surf. Can anyone suggest any beaches close to Hersonissos on the island Crete?
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