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…
4-day Moto Trials Course!
Become a trials rider. After attending this course you will be able to perform all the basic techniques and tricks of trials. Also you will ride and have fun in specially set up routes (imitating trials competitions) in amazing natural places. Instruction, Helmet, Moto, Gasoline, snack-coffee are provided.
The Orlias gorge is located in Dion Pieria, on the northern northeastern slopes of Olympus and is divided into three parts.
We leave the cars in the small chapel of Saints Constantine and Helen located at the 4th km of the forest road Dion – Koromilia. This is the starting point of the trail that leads up to the shelter Koromilia. We can leave the trail in several points and admire the beautiful waterfalls from far away.
Crossing the trail and after hiking for 20 minutes alongside the stream bank through impressive vegetation, we reach the entrance of the gorge.
Section III is a small and short part of easy difficulty level, ideal for children over 8 years and large groups of beginners as a good introduction to canyoning!
After an amazing route lasting 2.30 to 3.30 hours with 3 rappels 3m, 7m and 9m respectively, water slides and diving into the vathres (small lakes) with crystal clear waters we reach the exit of the gorge and the cars.
The best time to visit is from May to October.