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.
The Enipeas gorge has everything you would like to see and experience especially if you love nature and adventure, combining river trekking and canyoning! It is located on the eastern slopes of Mount Olympus in the area of Prionia at 1000m altitude, it is 6km in length and divided into three parts. Alongside the Enipeas gorge passes the most famous international trail E4.
We leave the cars at Milous (a tavern outside Litochoro village) and hike for 1.30 hours on the E4 trail, then enter the canyon at 470m altitude at the point where the Enipeas II ends. This section of moderate difficulty level is an ideal introduction to canyoning and accessible to people aged 14 and over. It is equally beautiful with lush vegetation, 7 rappels from 3m to 9m, swimming and enjoyable diving into the vathres (small lakes) with crystal clear waters.
In the end, after a downhill of 4.00 – 4.30 hours we reach Milous and the cars at an altitude of 300m (Altitude difference 170m).
The best time to visit the canyon is from June to August.
One of the most CLEANER rivers in Greece for Rafting is Voidomatis!
Start: Bridge Aristi – Bridge Kleidonia, Class: I-II degree of difficulty, Duration: 1.30-2.00 hours (6-7km)
Raft in the cleanest rivers in Greece. The Voidomatis is a gentle river with unprecedented beauty, green natural scenery, and temperature of water 8°C classifying it the coldest river in Greece. Voidomatis is a river everyone can experience rafting with no difficulties. The Voidomatis area is classified as a national park. In the middle of the Rafting route we stop to visit the monastery of Saints Anargiron 16th century, we continue the Rafting cross the canyon Voidomatis and end at the bridge Kleidonia. At the bridge we pass throw a small waterfall with the Rafting boats very easy and fun!!
Meeting point Bridge- Kleidonia
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).