www.gre78.gr/


Date of birth:
1978.03.23
Hometown:
Athens, Greece
Sponsors:
KOUSgroup, Neipryde Sails, Starboard Boards, Gecko Head Gear,
Hobbies:
SUP, Biking, Training in the Gym, Swimming
Favourite athletes:
Bjorn Dunkerbeck, Philip Koster

BIO

Thomas KOUSioris, GRE78 was born in Athens in 1978. In the last year of high school, he started getting involved with windsurfing but only during the summer time. You could notice someone falling all the time. He was up and down all the time trying to learn the balance and how to get planning at his local spot Alepochori.

He was lucky though because Greece’s most famous and recognized Gymnastics academy writer and Professor Mr. John Satratzemis happened to be watching him, having his own countryside house near the beach at Alepochori. Mr. John Satratzemis had already been windsurfing and offered plenty of help to him during his early progress in the windsurfing arena.

After finishing high school, he decided to go study in the University of London in order to become Electrical & Electronic Engineer. Being in the centre of London was a hard task for planning and going to the sea for windsurfing. So once he got the BSc degree, he continued to complete his studies in the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

As he had more spare time there, he organized the university windsurfing club and when it was windy, he started training himself together with Local Scottish windsurfers (Martin and Big Dave) down to Barassie and Troon beach. He traveled all around Scotland and sailed in the North Sea (east), Irish Sea (west) and the Atlantic Ocean. Since then, he started being totally addicted to windsurfing. His level went from down the bottom up to a really good standard.

In 2000, he created the 1st ever free personal Greek wave windsurfing site while he was in the university. In 2001, he returned back from the cold and rough conditions and started revolutionize the Greek wave windsurfing scene.

In 2003, after finishing the army in Greece, he worked in Mercedes-Benz for one year. He formed a repair and truck seller business in 2004 and runs his own business KOUSgroup regarding Mercedes-Benz trucks ever since.


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2004: 1st Greek wave sailor trademark JUDAS move (one footed table top)
  • 2006: 1st Greek wave sailor to be featured in the in Red Bull Storm Chase DVD
  • 2006: 1st Greek wave sailor to be featured in the in Red Bull Storm Chase DVD
  • 2006: 1st Greek wave sailor to be featured in the European Kite and Windsurfing guide representing Greece
  • 2006: 1st ever Greek wave windsurfing team, the wave warriors team that helped the new generation Greek windsurfers in Greece progress further and push their limits more
  • 2010: Featured as a cover in 3S Greek windsurfing magazine in July 2010
  • 2014: 1st Greek wave sailor to be featured in the European Kite and Windsurfing guide representing Greece for 2 times in a row

INTERVIEW 2014.09.23

What are you looking for to accomplish?

Promoting the radical and extreme windsurfing conditions we get in Greece worldwide…

"Thomas Kousioris “KOUS”

What would be your greatest achievement?

Being able to windsurf until I close my eyes…

What kind of difficulties does your sport’s performance involve?

You need to make a lot of sacrifices in a lot of areas. You have to eat healthy, train a lot, motivate yourself for the big days, and say “no” to late night partying. But it definitely worths the sacrifices. Mother nature gives it all back to you.

"Thomas Kousioris KOUS”

What makes you feel satisfied when performing your sport?

When I become one with mother nature…This is when I stall a really high maneuvre and land it…Also when I ride waves and feel the power of nature…

"Thomas Kousioris KOUS”

Where do you practice your techniques when being alone?

Most of the times in Raphina next to the port, cause it’s one of the most difficult places to sail and can get crazy surf conditions…so when I sail somewhere else, it is very easy for me…

What do you do during your training, which is key to your success?

I am following a non-stop training schedule all year long. I train myself in the gym, doing SUP, biking, swimming and keep myself moving…

"Thomas Kousioris “KOUS”

What are you most nervous about when competing?

I am not nervous at all. I know who are my main competitors and I have confidence that I can perform better than them given my conditions…force 8 and 1,5 meter waves…

"Thomas Kousioris “KOUS”

Who would you say is your biggest fan and why?

My family…cause they support me all the time…

"Thomas Kousioris “KOUS”

What is the best piece of advice you have been ever given?

“Don’t let the boom from your hands” and “Go Big or Go Home”…

"Thomas Kousioris “KOUS” "

What are your future plans?

Having fun on the water…and support my family…

What are your tips for those who begin now?

Train in the gym, eat healthy and windsurf when conditions are suitable…

"Thomas Kousioris “KOUS” "

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