Born in 1976, in Germany, Tony Frey moved to Greece with her family at a very early age and was raised there. Her brother’s interest in windsurfing, introduces the sport to her life in 1991 at the age of 15.
Three years later, in 1994, she meets Robby Naish, who urges her to dedicate herself to windsurfing. Following his advice, Tony decides to get professionally engaged in windsurfing. Only a year later, in 1995, her very first participation in an official racing event in Sylt, Germany makes it a reality.
In 2000 her efforts culminating to a crowning moment: placing first at both the Wave World Championship in Portugal and at the World Cup (PWA) in the Freestyle category, bring Tony on top of the world and give her international recognition.
The year 2001 is crucial for Tony’s career as, despite her successful participation in a plethora of races, she feels that her motivation for this specific racing category is no longer as strong as it used to. Later that year, and with the prospect of Athens hosting the 2004 Olympic Games, Tony makes the decision to switch to the Mistral One Design Class. After two years of hard work in the specific Olympic class, in 2003, Tony qualifies for the Athens Olympics.
The Olympic experience of “ATHENS 2004” fills Tony with unique sentiments, and along with a sense of personal growth as an athlete, she places 16th, ranking among renowned, world-class athletes. It also inspires her next big goal: qualifying for the Olympic games “BEIJING 2008.”
The next few years entail rigorous training and great achievements, with 2006 as the milestone year of her career, since Tony placed 3rd at the European Championship in Turkey and thus, elevating her overall world ranking and placing Tony amongst the top female athletes of the world.
In 2007 Tony qualifies for the “BEIJING 2008” Olympic Games and after finishing in 15th place, she announces another important decision: the end of participation in championships and the beginning of a new chapter, a chapter dedicated to passing on her love of the board to anyone who was interested.
Tony has been devoted to sharing the knowledge and experienced she gained throughout her journey in the world of windsurfing. As she says, “this process is a brand new challenge for me: each person is totally different from the next, because the needs that define him are different as well. Trying to put those needs in order by utilizing my knowledge of windsurfing is a new challenge I present to myself. It turns out that Robbie Naish was right: windsurfing led me to the most interesting life that I could have possibly chosen. Thank you Robbie!”
Unfortunately I had to stop in 2008 with Racing Olympic class Windsurfing. If I could have supporters again (sponsors or the Federation), for sure I would be still in…
I have many … and they never stop!
Wrong people in wrong places! Let’s start from there. In Greece it’s not possible to have anyone to train you in high level Windsurfing. Trainers with high level experience in Racing and Coaching exist only outside of Greece, and they are very expensive.
When I feel one with the waves and the sea, when I control, and when I switch off everything around me… This is satisfaction.
I was training a lot at home in Athens with men, or travelling to other countries for training with other girls, who were in similar level or better.
I was eating a lot, sleeping well, analyzing my training with trainers, of course each time 3-4 months had to pass, so we could find out how training was working in the races. Each athlete has his own needs, so we had to find mine.
I can’t say I was nervous about something, I just wanted to go well in the races, because training was really a hard work. So of course I was expecting good results.
My father, because he is the only one who could feel me, without being with me!
When I was 18 I asked for advice a big star of windsurfing if I should follow the windsurfing world, and he said: of course go for it, it’s the best life ever!!!
Give my knowledge of windsurfing to as many people as possible, this sport changes lives…. And people.
Description: The AFF training method is worldwide accepted and similar in each country. Our basic AFF course consists of 7 AFF Level jumps from 14000ft (4200m) altitude.
Each AFF level jump holds a target learning objective for which you will be prepared on the ground prior to the jump.
The goal has to be fulfilled in order to pass to the next AFF level jump. The instructor’s camera will record you in the air giving good feedback analysis after the jump. Each individual acts differently in the air and even though most students pass each AFF Level with only one jump, there might be a moment during the course when a repeating of one level jump might be required. In general, due to the video feedback and the thorough practice on the ground, the goals are simple and clear in performance.
Period of operation: Year round * except river trekking in Neda (day 4 available from June to September).
Duration: 7 days (6 nights).
Activities: Rafting, Sea Kayak, River Trekking, Hiking, Scuba Diving, Flying Fox, Archery.
Skill level: Suitable for all skill levels.
Minimum participants: 4.
Minimum age: 8 y/o *except river trekking in Neda, minimum age 12 y/o.
Price: You could choose activities you prefer from this package. Send us your request and let us know which activity you want to do and how many days so as to set the price
Peloponnese is among the top mainland destinations in Greece for those who want to follow an off-the-beaten-path activities tour. Vast gorges, crystal clear rivers, sandy beaches, azure waters, excellent dive sites and rugged mountains as well as Venetian fortresses, classical temples, Mycenaean palaces, Byzantine churches and historical legends.
Our journey consists of some of the best activity and historical sites in Arkadia (Central Peloponnese) and Messinia regions (South Peloponnese), starting from Ancient Gortys.
Pick up from Athens or Kalamata airport to Dimitsana.
Dimitsana is one of the most beautiful mountainous villages in Arkadia. Built on a mountain slope of 950m high, Dimitsana is a stone built village with remarkable traditional houses and rich history. We get settled in the hotel and have the rest of the day off to get to know each other, go sightseeing, eat great food and prepare for the next day.
Hiking Tour– Flying Fox – Archery: 4 hours
Our destination is Ancient Gortys. We arrive with our mini bus to the New Philosopher’s Monastery, where the hiking begins. We visit the old monastery of Philosophos which was built in 1661 on the west side of Loussios gorge and is widely known as a“Secret School”. We then continue our hike until the famous Prodromos Monastery. The view over the Loussios gorge is unique.
We end our hike in ancient Gortys where we see the remains of the Temple of Asclepius and the ancient road that Spartan athletes used to follow so as to reach ancient Olympia for the Olympic Games.
After enjoying a delicious snack, we continue with archery and flying fox over the Loussios river.
River Rafting in Loussios and Alfios rivers : 3 hours
The perfect way to discover the river where the nymphs used to bathe Zeus and explore its dense vegetation and crystal clear waters is rafting. Our experienced guides will take you through both Loussios and Alfios Rivers and initiate you in the secrets of rafting while you’ll be enjoying this amazing paradise on earth!
The river run is suitable for all skill levels and lasts for 2 hours. At the end of the activity, we enjoy a full Greek lunch by the river with wine, fresh salad and a special main dish cooked and served by our friends in the rafting base.
River Trekking in Neda (summer season only from June to September): 4 hours (from Arcadia to Messinia, Temple of Apollon)
Neda river lies on the borders of the Ilia and Messinia region and is the only river in Greece with a feminine name. Driving from the Arcadia region to the Messinia region before we reach Neda river we make a stop at the stunning Temple of Apollo Epicurius or the Parthenon of Peloponnese.
Arriving at the spot where our river trek starts, the breathtaking scenery will definitely amaze you. As we trek through the river gorge, we pass through narrow cliff openings no more than 1.5m wide at some points where we have to swim crossing stone bridges and underwater caves until we reach the spectacular Neda waterfalls.
Sea Kayaking – Hiking Kardamili in Mani Messinia: 5-6 hours with breaks
Once we arrive at our activity base, we get our kayaks and begin to enjoy an excursion at the foot of mount Taygetos where each little cove hides a special surprise. Hidden caves, cliffs with spectacular formations and unique beaches such as the well hidden beach of Foneas with the white pebbles or the beach of Kalogria with fine golden sand and turquoise waters.
The beach of Kalogria is also known as the beach of Zorbas, as this was the place where writer Nikos Kazantzakis met his hero of his book, Zorba the Greek. Halfway we make a stop for swimming, snorkeling and a picnic with local traditional delicacies.
Our tour starts from the fortified tower houses of old Kardamili as we follow the path that once was part of the ancient so called ‘’royal road’’, connecting Kardamili with Sparta. Along the way, we walk through the narrow streets of traditional villages as we learn about their history.
A small break for a healthy picnic with traditional local delicacies gives us an additional supply of energy. A burst of colors and fragrances of flowers and herbs overwhelm us and bring us even closer to the natural environment. We walk through an easy route, sometimes a stone built path and sometimes a shady pathway, immersed in olive trees, pines and cypress trees.
Scuba Diving Kardamili in Mani Messinia. DSD Course for beginners or an Exciting Dive for Certified divers: 3 hours
What a great way to Discover Scuba Diving (also called DSD ). This is an application of recreational diving in which an un-certified diver uses a scuba set to breathe underwater under the direct supervision of a qualified instructor. Arriving at Kalogria beach we set foot on the diving center where we prepare ourselves for a dive.
The dive site has an amazing sandy bottom with crystal clear visibility and offers many surprises to explore such as grass lands, caverns and rocky reefs. The area is also characterized by fresh water springs which emerge from underground caverns into the sea-floor.
If you are a certified diver, we can schedule an exciting dive from the shore or boat.
Messinia to Athens Airport or Kalamata Airport
What is Included in the price:
- Car transportation – fuel- tolls.
- Accommodation in local guesthouses and/or hotels with breakfast for 7 days/ 6 nights*.
- Certified guide throughout the 7 day activities.
- All the necessary equipment.
- Photos from the activities.
- Liability Insurance.
*We can also arrange for you to stay in 4-5 star hotels. In this case, price varies depending on the season and the hotel.
What to bring with you:
- Comfortable clothes.
- Swim suites (at least 2 pairs).
- Sun glasses / sun screen / hat.
Extra pair of shoes that will get wet. Suitable shoes are lightweight trainers, sandals or sea shoes. Avoid bulky shoes.
The schedule of the tour, may change in case of bad weather conditions.
Meet your Guide:
- Padi Scuba Diving Instructor.
- Rafting Guide.
- River Trekking / Hiking Guide.
- Sea Kayak guide.
Antonis is into action sports since a very young age. Despite living in the city, he has never been a city boy. He studied Electrical Engineering; however, his real passion is nature and outdoor activities. Everything started when he first got his feet on a snowboard. From that moment on, he couldn’t wait for the weekend to come and leave the city.
Traveling is also a big passion for Antonis. While travelling in South East Asia, he got interested in scuba diving and guess what! He is a PADI scuba instructor now. The element of water is everywhere in his life. Since 2005 he is a Rafting, River Trekking, Hiking guide but even that, it was not enough!
Sea Kayaking was coming his way, so he did that too and now he is a 3 star BCU (British Canoeing Union) paddler. But that’s not all. He has tried everything from surfing to sailing, windsurfing to climbing and even babysitting !!!
- Positive energy.
- Good looks.
- He gets really really, REALLY enthusiastic once in the outdoors.
More facts: Studied Electrical Engineering in Greece and took his Masters degree in London U.K. Works as an engineer since 2002. During the winter season, he goes snowboarding and at least once a year he travels somewhere far away from home.
What else… his friends call him little Antony because they say he will never grow up. Want to meet him? E-mail us for more info on the amazing South Peloponnese Adventure Tour!