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.
Being able to windsurf until I close my eyes…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
Having fun on the water…and support my family…
Train in the gym, eat healthy and windsurf when conditions are suitable…
Implementation period: All year round (upon request)
Trail distance: 5-6 nautical miles
Route type: Unidirectional
Activity duration with breaks: 4-5 hours
Suitability: Suitable for all / No previous experience required
Meeting point: Filoxenia Hotel (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.
One of the most beautiful rivers in Greece for Rafting is Arachthos !
Start: Bridge Politsas – Bridge Tzari, Class: III degree of difficulty, Duration: 4 hours (25km)
Easy route for Rafting ideal for beginners. In the middle of the way we stop for a swim in the waterfall Klifki before continuing the Rafting. We start the Rafting in Arachthos impressive with many springs, waterfalls , coming out of the canyon Arahthos we pass the bridge of Plaka, the largest arch bridge in Greece and we continue at Bridge Tzari ideal for high water level with huge waves!
Meeting point Ioannina -Bridge Plaka
Included: Transfer with mini-bus, Rafting boats, uniforms , shoes neoprene, helmets Rafting -life-jackets, paddles, waterproof gloves and neoprene Rafting (in winter periods), dressing rooms, photos on CD, GoPro video camera for extreme sports (Bring USB 8GB with you).
Specific weather conditions create ideal routes for Rafting and kayaking all seasons.