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.
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.
Recreational scuba diving is the name given to the use underwater breathing apparatus (tank – BCD – breathing regulator) – in fact, “scuba” is an acronym for “self-contained underwater breathing apparatus”!
There are many international diving organisations, but the most well known and the one that trains the most divers is PADI.
If you wish to become a certified diver, but you don’t have a lot of spare time, then the PADI Scuba Diver course is your best option. This certification requires less time and covers a portion of the Open Water Diver course.
- You are in good general health.
However, it should be noted that anyone can dive regardless of their physical condition (within reason) because diving is more about hovering in the water than it is about swimming.
You will be asked to complete and sign a medical questionnaire and, if necessary, you will be asked to provide a medical certificate.
What the course entails:
- In the theoretical part of the course you will learn about diving equipment (suits, tanks, breathing regulators, etc.), the physical laws governing the sea, elementary medical issues, planning dives, etc.
- The practical part of the course covers a wide range of simple diving skills in which you will learn, for example, how we move and breathe underwater to how we remove water from our masks without having to head to the surface.
- The theory part takes about 4 hours and is completed in 2 days (the theory is conducted alongside the actual dives).
- The practical lessons consist of 5 dives (from an initial depth of 1.5 m/4 ft up to the maximum (for OPEN WATER) of 12 m/39 ft).
The dives take place over 3 days (2 dives a day) and usually require a weekend, but the program can be configured according to your needs…
With the PADI SCUBA DIVER course you can dive to 12 m/39 ft, but you must always be accompanied by a Divemaster or Instructor. In addition, you can always continue and complete the full Open Water Diver course later on.