My name is Effie Karin Vrakas, and I was born in Athens Greece, on July 20, 1992. I’m half French from my mother’s side and half Greek from my father’s side. I’m a Greek surfing ambassador in international championships and a world surf traveler. I also work as a fashion director and model. My passion besides surfing is running, dancing, cooking, and dreaming.
So far, my greatest achievement is having been 7th at the Asian Surfing Championship for the year 2013.
Being a Greek surfer, one of the biggest challenges I face is the inconsistent nature of the swells. As a result, surfers in Greece have to travel a lot in order to find somewhere to train.
Also funding for professional athletes is not available to surfers in Greece, and so the other main challenge that I face is finding a way to finance my surfing.
For me, the best feeling ever is when I catch a good wave and make good turns on it.
I try to follow the swells as much as I can (by following weather maps to find the best locations), so when I’m in Greece I travel to Peloponnese, the Greek islands, and to the east coast. When there are no waves I usually do pilates and jogging.
I would say that the key for me is being able to train in as many different places as possible, so that I can gain more experience. The more I travel, the better I surf.
I always feel constrained while competing by the time limit for the heat.
Someone once told me that if you don’t chase the wave, the wave won’t chase you.
Implementation period: Summer, Autumn (upon request)
Trail distance: 8 km
Route type: Ascent, Descent
Activity duration with breaks: 5-6 hours
Suitability: Suitable for all / relatively good fitness is required
Meeting point: Mountaineering refuge of EOS Sparta
Participants should have with them:
- Bottle of water
- Sun cream (during summer months)
- Hiking shoes or trainers (Open shoes, sandals or flip-flops are unsuitable)
- Hiking backpack (if available)
The price Includes:
- Tour planning – Sightseeing
- Picnic with local products
- Walking poles, Backpack (if necessary)
- Transportation to and from the start and finish points (if necessary)
- Photographs from the tour
Explore Messinia reserves the right to modify or cancel any outdoor activity due to bad weather or technical difficulties. There is a minimum number of 4 participants required for the implementation of this outdoor activity. Explore Messinia reserves the right to postpone or cancel the activity in case of non completion of the required number of participants.
The Orlias gorge is located in Dion Pieria, on the northern northeastern slopes of Olympus and is divided into three parts.
We leave the cars in the small chapel of Saints Constantine and Helen located at the 4th km of the forest road Dion – Koromilia. This is the starting point of the trail that leads up to the shelter Koromilia. We can leave the trail in several points and admire the beautiful waterfalls from far away.
Crossing the trail and after hiking for 20 minutes alongside the stream bank through impressive vegetation, we reach the entrance of the gorge.
Section III is a small and short part of easy difficulty level, ideal for children over 8 years and large groups of beginners as a good introduction to canyoning!
After an amazing route lasting 2.30 to 3.30 hours with 3 rappels 3m, 7m and 9m respectively, water slides and diving into the vathres (small lakes) with crystal clear waters we reach the exit of the gorge and the cars.
The best time to visit is from May to October.