This well-known and popular windsurf, kiteboard and watersport shop opened eight years ago in 1993, the same year as Paros became one of the P.W.A. (Professional Windsurfers Association) World Tour venues, consequently increasing the popularity of the island as a serious windsurfing location for anybody interested in the sport, whether beginner or professional.
Bit of Salt stock a large range of windsurfing and kiteboard equipment - both new and secondhand - and if they dont have it in stock can usually have ordered items within 2 or 3 days (this also applies for other watersport equipment such as water ski, wakeboard, kayake, tubes etc.) They also offer a professional and reliable repair service both for boards and sails. This service is usually next day except in severe weather conditions (when everybodys broken something!), when the P.W.A. Tour is on site (got to have your priorities), or due to epoxy drying times!
The Parian owner, Petros, has spent fifteen years on the beach as a windsurf instructor, so can easily assess your windsurfing needs and give reliable advice on technique and equipment. During the winter he shapes and designs boards to fit the specific wind conditions found on the island - these are also available for sale.
But if you find the idea of water sports a little too stressful, they also provide for those other holiday sports - such as chilling out on the beach or enjoying the nightlife!
Bit of Salt also stock the largest range of beachwear and fashionwear on the island including such brands as:- Oxbow, Chiemsee, Scorpion Bay, Sundeck, Surf Team, Billabong, Jet Set, Killer Loop, Protest, F2, JPK, Reef, Arnette, Animal, Mantra, Nixon and Jaga. So, whether youre looking for binoculars, watches, knives, torches, sunglasses, sandals, flipflops, sports shoes, socks, bumbags, rucksacks, wallets, goggles, hats, caps or a towel, or simply want to look cool and be comfortable - pay them a visit.
Theyre also pretty good at offering other useful information, such as where to go and what to do on the island, including nightlife, daytime activities, secluded beaches or other intriguing island locations and enterprises. Theyd like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has supported them over the years, especially the locals and those of you who visit Paros year after year and, as they say have become our friends and a part of our lives.
Open daily from 10am to 10pm, you can find them on the road from Marpissa to Naoussa, tel: 42757, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Sad Footnote from Bit of Salt:
We are very sad and sorry to hear that the P.W.A. has been cancelled this year, due to lack of government funding! It seems little thanks to two people who have not only put Paros, but also Greece, on the Windsurfing map. One would have thought that a World Cup event of any sport would be good for the publicity of the country, especially running up to such a big sports event as the Olympics. However, having suffered serious personal financial loss last year when they were let down by the government at the last minute, obviously they cant take this risk again. Still, the Theodoridis Brothers dont give up that easily and are now in the process of negotiating for the European Windsurfing Tour to pass through Paros from 3rd to 8th October 2001.