Whipping Downwinder in Athens, Greece

Whipping Downwinder in Athens, Greece

Come late July, the focus of the downwind world is solely focused on that famed stretch of water between the Hawaiian islands of Molokai and Oahu. But while the M2O takes center stage, howling winds were setting up a perfect downwind run halfway around the world. Check out this footage off the coastline of Athens, Greece where paddlers were blessed with long bumps and 35- to 40-knot winds.

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