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.
The Enipeas gorge has everything you would like to see and experience especially if you love nature and adventure, combining river trekking and canyoning! It is located on the eastern slopes of Mount Olympus in the area of Prionia at 1000m altitude, it is 6km in length and divided into three parts. Alongside the Enipeas gorge passes the most famous international trail E4.
We leave the cars at the monastery of St. Dionysius and after 10 minutes of hiking the trail we are at an altitude of 790m into the Enipeas gorge.
This Enipeas section is of moderate difficulty level and accessible even to young people aged 13 and over. It is generally open with lush vegetation and crystal clear waters the summer temperature of which does not exceed 5°C, forming natural pools and waterfalls.
In the middle of the route, the passage narrows and after downhilling for four hours, passing by beautiful waterslides, diving from a height into the vathres (small lakes) with crystal waters and 2 rappels of 12m and 15m, we return to our cars at an altitude of 670m (Altitude difference 120m) through the E4 trail after short hiking for about 1 hour.
The best time to visit the canyon is from June to August.
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No previous scuba diving experience necessary!!
The Discover Scuba Diving Experience is great for all those who have always wondered what it would be like to breathe underwater. When you discover scuba diving, you discover adventure and excitement – serenity and freedom. Nothing compares to the “weightless” exhilaration of breathing under water. Only a diver could know the feeling!
A beginner’s two hour mini course: As part of the Discover Scuba program, and under the guidance of a well-qualified PADI professional, new divers learn basic safety concepts, put on their equipment and swim around underwater in a closely supervised environment.
To participate in the Discover Scuba Diving experience, you must be at least 10 years old and also complete the Discover Scuba Medical Statement.
If you would like to continue your fun part of scuba diving, then Discover Scuba Diving II (DSD II) is made for you. This part includes another dive from the boat, to a different dive spot.
Prices include: Full SCUBAPRO equipment, PADI instructors, full DAN insurance, mineral water, towels and free underwater photos upon availability.
PADI Discover Scuba Diving I 85 € / PADI Discover Scuba Diving I + II (Same day) 135 €