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.
1 hr intensive one to one lessons for complete beginners and advanced riders tailored to your needs and skills for rapid progression.
One of the most beautiful rivers in Greece for Rafting is Arachthos !
Start: Bridge Politsas – Bridge Tzari, Class: III degree of difficulty, Duration: 4 hours (25km)
Easy route for Rafting ideal for beginners. In the middle of the way we stop for a swim in the waterfall Klifki before continuing the Rafting. We start the Rafting in Arachthos impressive with many springs, waterfalls , coming out of the canyon Arahthos we pass the bridge of Plaka, the largest arch bridge in Greece and we continue at Bridge Tzari ideal for high water level with huge waves!
Meeting point Ioannina -Bridge Plaka
Included: Transfer with mini-bus, Rafting boats, uniforms , shoes neoprene, helmets Rafting -life-jackets, paddles, waterproof gloves and neoprene Rafting (in winter periods), dressing rooms, photos on CD, GoPro video camera for extreme sports (Bring USB 8GB with you).
Specific weather conditions create ideal routes for Rafting and kayaking all seasons.