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.
Canyoning is a complex activity (extreme) that combines hiking, climbing, snowboarding rocks, passing river and swimming. When encountered waterfalls, including jumping from a height into water. According to the dictionary, “a canyon is a narrow, deep and steep ravine formed between two mountains or hills due to the continued erosion of the soil by the waters of the impetuous torrents.”
In Greece, canyoning is a relatively new activity but grows quickly, winning many fans.
Conditions for canyoning: Always in small groups led by an experienced guide and after proper planning. The individuals involved must be physically fit and know swimming.
How are canyoning: It starts at the entrance of the gorge, which is usually the highest point. The output is at the lowest point of the gorge, following the river flow. Many times you need to walk in the river, and even swim. There are natural barriers, such as, small waterfalls and potholes, which descend with the help of climbing equipment and ropes. Their height range from 5 to 20 m.
Canyoning Gorge-Papadima: The tour starts from the village Charokopi and ends in Tsimpovo Bridge Charokopi.
Moderate route, Duration 1.5 hours, Area of Tzoumerka Ioannina
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The course lasts approximately 3 hours and you will spend at least 45 minutes underwater.
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