My full name is Konstantinos Polychronopoulos, aka Kapetan Garidas. I am an athlete from Greece and my sports are: Stand Up Paddle Race, Stand Up Paddle Wave, Snowboard, Downhill, Windsurf, Indoboard, Surfskate. I was born in Hagen, Germany and very soon my family and I moved to Athens, Greece.
From an early age I started snowboarding, which is my big passion. I showed great sporting talent and in 1999 I acquired my first snowboard.
What I love most about snowboarding is backcountry pow and free ride, both representing my style. I perform mostly on terrain around Greece. I am most familiar with the backcountry routes in Vassilitsa and Kalavrita ski resorts.
MOUNTAIN BIKE – DOWNHILL
In 2007 I started mountain biking and became an expert in downhill mostly on the mountains of Parnitha and Immitos.
I have achieved good racing records by participating in various contests in Greece. Every year I achieve continuous progression.
WINDSURF – SUP
In 2009, I started windsurfing which led me to SUP, where I found absolute excitement.
I have taken part in all of the 30 official contests in Greece from which I won 10 distinctions.
In 2012 I became a resident Sup and Windsurfing instructor at Andros Surf Club.
Since 2010 I have been sponsored by Fun Sports Store.
I am a founding member of the (HSSA) Hellenic Sup and Surf Association Certificated by ISA (International Surfing Association) founded in 2015.
And in 2016 I officially became National Team Rider JP Australia Sup: My profile in JP Australia
Since 2015 I am writing a column at Dots.gr extreme sports web magazine.
My instructor profile is also featured in Waterinstructor.com and xtrememe.gr
I am a mechanical engineer here and that is also my daily job. In my spare time I am always involved in my favorite sports (snowboard, SUP, windsurf, mountain bike), which make me feel extremely happy and renewed. My dream is to be able to live off my favorite sports, either as an instructor or as a pro rider.
It was definitely when I became a SUP national team rider, sponsored by JP Australia in 2016. In the same year I also won 1st place in the 9km SUP Amateur Race Eurotour in Marathon, Greece which I’m very proud of. And not to forget my 1st place in the Greek SUP Series 2015.
Ιn Greece, infrastructure for extreme sports is deficient and often nonexistent. This makes it very difficult to train and evolve in any of my sports. For this reason I have travelled to Switzerland and Germany, to gather experience.
“Ride your passion” – this is my motto and tattoo on the back!
In my hometown Athens, weather is always great throughout the year. This makes it possible on one day to SUP or windsurf and next day mountain biking or even snowboarding. To keep myself fit I practice on indo-board and trampoline.
Every time I train or practice my fav sports I feel blessed and free. This is the key to my success.
My family of course, my best friends and some of my co-athletes. My parents have always been very supportive, although they would prefer to see me married and with kids. Of course this will also happen someday.
Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone. Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.
Period of operation: Year round – Best season 20/4 to 20/10
Duration: 7 days (6 nights).
Activities: Hiking, Mountain Biking, ATV, Cooking Lessons, Sight Seeing
Skill level: Suitable for all skill levels.
Minimum participants: 2.
Minimum age: 5 y/o
You can take your pick and design your own schedule. Get in touch and get a price!
Pick up from your country entry spot, El. Venizelos airport or Athens or the port of Patra or Kalamata Airport and transfer by car to the place of residence, in Langadia, 200 km distance and over 2 hr and 30 min drive.
The remainder of the day is free for you to get settled in and relax. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner consisting of a plethora of local dishes, drinks and more.
08:30 Traditional hearty breakfast at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma” consisting of: coffee or beverages of your choice, trachana soup, traditional homemade bread toasted on charcoal, butter and homemade jams, natural fruit juice, local free-range eggs and honey, pies and local sweets.
09:30 Departure for the traditional settlement of Dimitsana (Peloponnese), Tour the Open Air Water-Power Museum, visit the Monastery of Prodromos and Ancient Gortys.
The Open Air Water-Power Museum, in Dimitsana (Peloponnese), highlights the importance of water-power in traditional society. Focusing on the main pre-industrial techniques that take advantage of water (from the renowned source of Kefalari Aï-Yianni) to produce a variety of goods, it links them to the history and daily life of the local society over the ages.
The Monastery of Prodromou is built on the foot of a steep cliff/rock face on the left side of the Lousios Gorge close to the beautiful villages of Stemnitsa and Dimitsanas.
The river forms a deep, narrow gorge. Its length is approximately 15 km from north to south and its width is approximately 2 km wide. The gorge is very popular amongst hikers. At the northern end of the gorge lies the town of Dimitsana. Much of the gorge is heavily forested, and there are steep cliffs. The church of St. John of Prodromos is an inspiring single domed basilica adorned with remarkable frescoes. Wall murals can be found outside the church magnetizing the gaze of every visitor.
The archeological area of the ancient city of Gortys with the temple of Asclepius can be found at the southern end of the gorge. It is accessible by road from the villages of Elliniko (6 kms) and Atsicholos (4kms). It is also accessable from the Monastery of Prodromou. Ancient Gortys was an important city of Arcadia in ancient times. Even today the ruins still attract the interest admiration of visitors, combined with the natural beauty and tranquility.
14:00 Lunch at a nearby village in the region in return for Lagadia
Relaxation – Leisure
7:30 Traditional Greek breakfast at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma” including coffee or beverage of your choice, trachana soup, browned hand-made bread, butter and home-made jams, natural fruit juice, local fresh eggs and honey, traditional pies and local desserts.
9:00 Day hiking in the 1st Certified Greek trail “Menalon Trail”, route 8 Valtessiniko-Lagadia (duration 4-5 hours, necessary hiking equipment). Mountain guide upon request. Stop for rest and brunch at the spot of “Grias Lithari”.
The Menalon Trail received a certificate of competence as one of the Leading Quality Trails (Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe) and is now proposed by the ERA to all European hikers as a coherent, interesting and safe mountain adventure. The Menalon Trail is the 8th European path that has received this important quality and safety guarantee.
15:00 Lunch at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma”
16:00 Relaxation – Leisure
19:00 Cooking Lessons – Seminar of local dishes preparation
8:00 Traditional Greek breakfast at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma” including coffee or beverage of your choice, trachana soup, browned hand-made bread, butter and home-made jams, natural fruit juice, local fresh eggs and honey, traditional pies and local desserts.
9:00 Depart to the archaeological site of Olympia (65 km – 1.5 hours) –Visit to the Museum
An amazing route connects the village of Lagadia with Ancient Olympia. The harmonious alternation of landscapes gives the feeling of traveling through time. Deep dense canyons, lush vineyards, pine-covered slopes and riverside areas. The Ladon River meets Alpheus that passes through the valley of Olympia near the archaeological site. Words are just unnecessary…
One visit is just not enough in the place that gave birth to the Olympic Games. The greatness of the ancient Greek culture never ceases to impress. In this corner of Peloponnese you will love the father of Gods, Zeus in his holy place. Just imagine raised in front of you one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world, the imposing gold and ivory statue of Zeus of 13.5 m, sculptured by Phidias. You will also admire with awe the famous Hermes of Praxiteles. You will feel the aura, glory and wisdom of a culture that enchanted the whole world and also that you are in the starting line for a trip back in history, to the glory of ancient Greece.
14:30 Return – Visit to a river trout farm and meal
Relaxation – Leisure
8:30 Traditional Greek breakfast at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma” including coffee or beverage of your choice, trachana soup, browned hand-made bread, butter and home-made jams, natural fruit juice, local fresh eggs and honey, traditional pies and local desserts.
10:30 Transfer to a natural beauty area of the Menalos Mountain for mountain biking
14:00 Lunch in a traditional tavern of the area with local delicacies
16:00 Return to Lagkadia – Rest
18:30 Tour of the traditional village of Lagkadia – acquaintance with the local sightseeing’s, the history and culture of the place.
A short walk around the neighborhoods and streets of the village feels like a travel back in time, when stone was the primary material in the hands of the skillful craftsmen whose chisels resound in the narrow village streets.
In the neighborhood higher up, close to the church of St. John, one can see the old stone mansion of Deligiannis (former Prime Minister of Greece) and feel his presence still strong around. The central road of Lagkadia is particularly impressive. It once was a very commercial one, since Lagkadia are situated in the central road connecting Tripolis with Pyrgos.
The pride of the village is the church of the Archangels, built in 1808 with the monumental steeple-clock (1910) proudly superimposing among the buildings of stone. In the central squares, the huge trees surround its views. Further up, one can see the school, built in 1864, dominating over the stone steps bringing up memories from the historical days when the first practical high school opened its doors after the revolution of 1821.
The afternoon stroll is finishing with a visit at Panagia of Gounaris where, weather permitting, the majestic sunset over the Ionian Sea will steal your heart. End your thirst in the natural spring below the chapel.
Relaxation – Leisure
08:00 Traditional Greek breakfast at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma” including coffee or beverage of your choice, trachana soup, browned hand-made bread, butter and home-made jams, natural fruit juice, local fresh eggs and honey, traditional pies and local desserts.
10:00 Transfer to a natural beauty area of the Menalos Mountain for an ATV ride on the mountain route.
14:00 Return to Lagkadia for lunch at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma”. Rest – Free time.
18:30 A visit to the Lousios springs (Agia Paraskevi meadows) – meeting with the Arcadian horse
Relaxation – Leisure
08:00 Traditional hearty breakfast at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma” consisting of: coffee or beverages of your choice, trachana soup, traditional homemade bread toasted on charcoal, butter and homemade jams, natural fruit juice, local free-range eggs and honey, pies and local sweets.
09:00 Departure to visit the Kapsia Cave. The Kapsia Cave is around 15km outside Tripolis and 1.5km away from Kapsia village. Experts rank the Kapsia Cave in the top 10 list of the most valuable caves in Greece. The cave is located in the confined geological basin of the Mantinean plateau and is associated with the complex system of natural sinks, a characteristic of the aquifer. Among the findings in the cave, are human bones and pottery of everyday utensils.
10:30 Departure for one of the following : Mykines or Ancient Korintos or the Acropolis Museum, upon communication with the group. Greek fast-food lunch – gyros souvlaki. Return to the airport for departure.
Our role starts at the entrance point of the clients/groups in our country (airport, port or other) and finishes again at the point of departure.
We take care of everything required for a pleasant and safe stay of our clients within our country.
These include the below:
- Transportation from the point of entry to the place of accommodation and return to the same point for the departure. The transportation includes the equipment and luggages carried along for the purposes of their activities.
- In the case where special equipment is needed for each activity, this has to be made known in advance so we can arrange for it if possible. Where this is not possible, the clients are required to arrange for it themselves.
- All transportation’s by car/bus within Greece, needed to complete the activities, including additional costs (tolls etc).
- Accommodation and breakfast. Our choices of accommodation include fully-furnished apartments and rooms, with bathrooms and kitchen equipment, terrace with view, free
- Wi-Fi, private parking, maximum capacity of 23 beds
- One lunch or dinner per day, at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma”, or other place depending on the schedule.
- Drivers fee, mountain guide, safety escort, trainer or anyone else necessary or as mentioned in the schedule. All aforementioned escorts are chosen upon presenting relevant certifications on the skills needed.
No expenditures are included for transportation on own initiative whether in group or individually which is not included or needed for the purposes of the activities.
Museum tickets or tourist guide’s fees if requested. These often change and may not interest everyone.
Any other activity or need beyond the ones described in the suggested program, unless previously agreed with the organisers.
Travelling costs from an individual’s or group country of residence to Greece and back are not included in the total cost of the excursion, hence must be arranged by the individual or group itself.
The schedule may be modified by the organizers according to the number of participants
Implementation period: All year round (upon request)
Trail distance: 5-6 nautical miles
Route type: Circumnavigation
Activity duration with breaks: 4-5 hours
Suitability: Suitable for all / No previous experience required
Meeting point: Pylos Marina (Depending on the wind direction)
Participants should have with them:
- Bottle of water
- Sun cream (during summer months)
- Extra pair of shoes that will get wet. Suitable shoes are lightweight trainers, flip flops, sandals or sea shoes. Avoid bulky shoes
The price ncludes:
- Full Sea Kayak equipment: boat, paddle, life jacket, spray-skirt, waterproof jacket
- Extra equipment: waterproof bags and cases, pumps and paddle-float
- Snorkeling equipment (goggles and respirators)
- BCU trained and certified guides
- Sea Kayak course
- Tour planning – Sightseeing
- Picnic with fruits and Traditional delicacies
- Transfer from the exit point to entry point (if necessary)
- Photographs from the activity
- Liability insurance
- All taxes
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.