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.
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 1 hour of hiking the E4 trail we arrive at the entrance of the II section of the gorge at an altitude of 620m.
The scenery here will fascinate you offering a natural environment of incredible beauty with magnificent high walls and rare rock formations, lush vegetation, water slides, swimming, diving from a height into the vathres (small lakes) with crystal clear waters and 3 rappels 5m to 40m! This section is of moderate difficulty level and young people aged 16 and over can participate.
Leaving behind this part and after descending for 5.30 – 6.00 hours, we hike for 1.30 hour on an easy trail to Milous (a tavern outside Litochoro village) at 470m altitude (Altitude difference 150m).
The best time to visit the canyon is from June to August.
Implementation period: All year round (upon request)
Trail distance: 8 km
Route type: Directional
Activity duration with breaks: 3-4 hours
Suitability: Suitable for all / relatively good physical condition required
Meeting point:Verga or Kalamata
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.