Paroskite Pro Center in Paros
Location: Pounda Port
Paros Kite Pro Center was founded in 2002 by George Prounjos and Petros Kaparos. Both Kiteboarders at that time, realized that the region around the port of Pounda is the perfect spot, not just for advanced Kiteboarders, but also for beginners to learn the fast rising extreme sport of Kiteboarding. George became IKO Instructor and Paros Kite Pro Center started off for the first season as IKO affiliated center. Later also Kay-Constantin Livas joined the team.
The big request of kiteboarding lessons made Paros Kite Pro Center to grow continously. Over the next two years, several pro riders passed by Paros Kite Pro Center like Marc Doyle, Dimirti Maramenidis, etc.
By the end of 2003, Pounda and Paros Kite Pro Center had become one of the best kiteboarding spots in Europe. This lead to the decision to organize the PKRA World Cup in Paros . In July 2005 PKRA World Tour stopped in Paros and brought more than 60 of the top kiteboarders from over 28 countries to challenge for the title.
Riders like Aaron Hadlow, Leshai Miller and Damien Leroy stayed almost one month longer at Paros Kite Pro Center to built and hit the biggest slider ever. The slider was 27 meters long and 5 meters high and was consisted of two parts with a gap in the middle, and a kicker at the top end.
In July 2006 Paros Kite Pro Center became again host of a world tour stop. The 2006 KPWT Paros Kiteboarding World Cup. More than 45 riders, male and female from all over the world came to Paros to battle for the titles in the discipines freestyle, hang time, best trick and long distance race. This year the wind was up as supposed and all challanges were held in best possible conditions. Big showdown was the live TV coverage on Saturday 15th by Supersport channel, showing all finales from 8 different cameras, one even up in the sky located on a helicopter.