Nondas is a professional freestyle motocross rider since 2006. He has competed along with some of the best riders in the world like Andre Villa and is the first Greek rider to do the Backflip. He is also into custom builds of motorcycles rebuilding body and engine, a motocross trainer and mechanic on Turkish Husqvarna team.
As I am already a 30 year old professional athlete, I am lucky enough to have accomplished more than what I even had in mind by performing a back flip in an official gap.
My greatest achievement is that with the help of freestyle motocross, I have traveled around the world and managed to turn my hobby into my profession.
The first difficulty is mainly financial since FMX is an expensive sport plus the cost of transferring your bike in places you should be since you cannot drive around with it. The second difficulty is that in Greece, there aren’t many professional riders and it’s hard to organize something big cause you’re on your own.
When I ride my bike, what matters for me the most is the sense of freedom I get and the fact that I experience this very moment so intense that is like nothing else in the world matters
I was lucky enough to have some very good friends who gave me an open field in Livadia, about 100km away from Athens. This is where I have set up my personal motocross piste and practice.
I try to redo the same tricks I perform in shows but even more impressive just for me to enjoy and of course I always try to learn new ones.
I have seen people from all ages cheering up for me but it doesn’t matter to me who the biggest fan is as long as I make people smile with what I do.
You have to start thinking that tomorrow is the day that you’ll make it!
My future plans include the making of 2 new videos in 2016 and to practice on some new tricks that look scary to me for now.
Implementation period: All year round (upon request)
Trail distance: 8,5 km
Route type: Circular
Activity duration with breaks: 3-4 hours
Suitability: Suitable for all / No previous experience required
Meeting point: Gialova, Divari beach
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 50 minutes alongside the stream bank through impressive vegetation, we reach the entrance of the gorge at an altitude of 550m, where the section Orlias I ends.
Section II is of medium difficulty level and one of the most beautiful and entertaining at the same time in Greece with downhill duration 5.30 – 6.00 hours. Children aged 12 and over can participate in this section.
Here we find seven beautiful consecutive rappels from 8m to 30m, impressive water slides and diving from a height into the vathres (small lakes) with crystal clear waters! The breathtaking scenery and adrenaline blast will make your activity truly memorable!
We enter the trail again at an altitude of 320m (Altitude difference 230m) and after 15 minutes hiking we are back in our cars.
The best time to visit is from May to October.