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.
BOOST YOUR SKILLZ!!! (Advanced Course)
You must have completed the full beginners course for this course.
Minimum 3 hrs lesson.
Riding upwind, Transitions, Style improve, First jumping, First tricks.
Basic strapless riding changing foots, gybe, tack. Hydrofoil basics.
Group lesson price from €120
Private lesson price from €160
The canyon of the Mills is located on the Alkyonides bay. The exit of the canyon is located next to the place called Mavrolimni. It is a typical narrow crack rock in 50 meters distance from the road.
The approach of the canyon’s entry is done by dirt road (2.5 km), which starts 500 m after the exit of Mavrolimni. The canyon has 13 rappel descends that does not exceed 10 meters and one big descend of 25 meters.
The canyon starts in the open field and continues narrowing impressively until the end. Water runs through the canyon from November till the end of spring.