Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New SailSponsor-Winter in Rhodes

Time goes fast...It Almost feels like yesterday sailing the warm West winds in Rhodes...Now already winter, sailing in cold stormy winds trying to keep my moves in good shape..

Since the middle of November i have a new Sailsponsor-XTRM.ws-Challenger Sails. 

photo Zafer Giannikoglou- Edit Raffaello Saracini

I tried the Challenger FREE G out of curiosity and i was so impressed that i couldn t help it but change my sails. The characteristics that i like the most about the sail are:

1 the stable and ''in control'' ducking

2 it remains neutral during sliding manouvers when u need it

3 early planing

4 During rotations while swifing from back to wind to normal position the sail power ups instantly giving you just the right amount of push to come out of the rotation very fast and go for another one   

5 Sail behaviour remains quiet the same no matter the sail size or the wind conditions

photo Thomas Vasilos
All in all the FREE G makes me feel more confident during moves. The sizes i use are 5.0-4.6-4.2

photo Zafer Giannikoglou

Photo Thomas Vasilos

Some days ago i was out sailing as overpowered as it gets on my 4.2 in the North Tip of Rhodes and my friend and photographer Miltos Louizidis was there to take some pictures. This is the Result!

Photo Milton Louiz

You can check out more of his work here 

To close this post with, now in Winter its either too strong or too light. Here is a Grubby on my FREE G 5.0.in very light conditions. Nothing intresting about the move, just nice how i could plane on the wave that never broke :)

HDV 1279 from Stefanos Damianos on Vimeo.
Filmed by Takis Potsakis

Friday, September 7, 2012

Busy Times!!

Short Report of last 1,5 month :)

To take things from where i left them in the last post :D, it was a weekend more than one and a half month ago that i was in Athens-Anavyssos for the Frulite On the Go freestyle contest. A very well organised event by Nik Athanasiou with 32 competitiors. Was really nice to see everybody gathered together and a lot of young windsurfers taking part! We had wind just the first day of the 2day contest and competion could be completed till the top 8. Here is the final video of the event and a small interview of me in Greek :)


On the ferry back to Rhodes, checking some e-mails in the evening, i found one from PWA saying that due to cancelations there was a place for me to compete in Fuerteventura! It was 23rd of July evening, i would arrive in rodos next morning and i had to be in Fuerte on the 25th noon :D

It was not an easy decision as i would have to pay a lot for the last minute ticket and i wasnt even sure if i would be able to land any of my moves in the hard Fuerte copmetition area and have a proper performance.

Finally i bought the very last free place on the plane and flew the same evening to Roma, next morning to Madrid and from there to Fuerte. A half-empty touristic bus drove me from airport till the Hotel next to Rene Egli Center 1 and finally i was there :)

Immediately i started meeting all my friends from Trips to Egypt and Prasonisi and as soon as i rigged up wind picked up and everybody went to the water. First session in competition area with high tide couldn t be more discourouging :D

Next morning sailing with lower tide was much better and i got a little bit more confident. Before i had time to think too much about it competition was already on and i was against Edvan Souza from Brazil.
Edvan and me after the Heat
Photo Ankiara Rosales Santana
 I did my best under the circumnstances and managed to land shaka, small air flaka and funnel on the outside and wet kono and culo on the inside.Edvan had the same moves but made them better so he advanced. In the Double i was against Tony Mottus in very light winds where he sailed better and advanced.

All in all it was a super nice to get to know everybody on the Tour, sail together with the top guys and be part of this big event.

Highlight of the trip back to Rhodes was the 18hours that i had to wait in Roma airport :D

3 Days later i was again on the road, this time on my way to Lesbos for the efpt in Sigri. 12 hours to Athens, then 10 hours to Lesbos and another 2 hours driving to the spot :S 

After all that time without any proper training and non stop traveling i wasn t on top form for the event. Anyway i managed to win 2 heats lost another 3 and finished 13th.


SW kono

Prizegiving :)

Final Results

Coming back to Rhodos with the regular 24hour trip there was another challenge waiting for me there. The opening of a small bar i was preparing since the beginning of the summer in Rhodes old town.


Since then, SMOOTH keeps me busy till late in the evenings preparing frozen cocktails but i have all day free for windsurfing :)

Last 10 days here in Rhodes it is super windy and i finally had the chance to sail on 4.5 after a whole summer on 5.0 and 5.3. I shouldn t forget to mention that taking part in the competitions gave me extra motivation and push to train more and the results are to be seen already. Unfortunately i don t have any videos or pictures from my last sessions in the north of Rhodes but i enjoy sailing here more than ever before!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Some moves filmed yesterday in prasonisi on 5.3 Blacktip

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

5th Place in Paros FreestyleWalk 2012 - Report

The Paros FreestyleWalk took place from the 6th till the 9th of July in Paroswindsurf Surfclub located in Pounda-Paros with 16 participants from all over Greece. We had 5.3 conditions for 2 of the 4 days of the competition and 1 Single and Double elimination was completed according to the efpt format.

That was the first ever competition for me and i was happy to see myself coping much better than expected in competition-mode windsurfing. In all the 6min heats i could land almost all my moves without problems. Most of the riders could land  the regular and switch stance basic moves so landing kono and shaka in all heats and culo in some, helped me advance.

In the Single Elimination after winning my first heat  i was against Stam Promponas (#15 PWA fuerte 2010) in light conditions where he managed to land a ponch that made the difference between our moves.

In the Double after winning 3 heats in a row i was against Nikos Athanasiou(Top 10 efpt 2009) sailing for the 4th position. It was a very close heat as i was landing  the same moves as Nikos immediatly after he landed them. Till the end we had the same moves, shaka, sw kono, kono, funnel oh, puneta  for Nik and shaka, sw kono, kono, funnel oh , double flaka for me. Before the end of the heat Nik landed a shove it spock  and at the same time i was landing a clean and high culo but while flipping the sail in the end of the move the sail slipped out of my hands :((. so i finished in 5th position.

All in all i m happy that already from my first competition i could sail in this level in my heats but i also have a bitter feeling that it was in my hand to advance and go higher but i didnt.
Double elimination ladder
photo: Phoivos Tsoupras

Rigging up
photo: Phoivos Tsoupras
Photo: Phoivos Tsoupras

going for a sw kono in the heat against Nik Athanasiou
photo: Phoivos Tsoupras
Stam, Koro, me
Souvlaki time in the end of the day :)
Photo Phoivos Tsoupras
Pounda Sunset :)

That's all for now, tomorrow i go back to Rodos for work and training to prepare for the Frulite GreatBoarders contest in Anavyssos-Athens in 2 weeks. 

Friday, June 8, 2012

Ponch sequence Ialysos

Starboard tack Ponch sequence from yesterday's session in Ialysos on 5.3m².

Photographer: Thomas Vasilos

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Windsurfing Rhodes and more!

It's been a month since i moved to my home-island Rhodes and i'm already heavily addicted to it. Maybe it's because i 've never had more than 2 days off the water or because of the human tempo of life on the island.

Lightwind kono-Ialysos
Photo: Thomas Vasilos

Flaka Prasonsi
Photo:Kasia Kolder
Nature, sea, wind, small distances to cover and friendly people. Those are the reasons i like it here so much. In the villages, locals still have the habit to greet even the unknown people they come across in the street- like back in the days. In generall, the pace of life here is much slower than in a big city, letting people be more relaxed and cheerful, think, enjoy more and be optimistic  about life.
Home! Archangelos aka L.A. Village overview from the acropolis.
Legend has it that because of the many pirate invasions in the
past, the population of the village has pirate roots :D
Staying in my father's village in the middle of the island i can be in any spot within half an hour. If there is good forecast lasting more than 2 days i go camping in Prasonisi on the south and for single day forecasts i head to the north, either to Ialysos or Ixia. With south wind, there are nice waves in Faliraki good for jumping on the starboard tack and for some freestyle between the breaking waves on the port. When it's not windy i take care of some family stuff on the island, so no time goes wasted.

Eslider Prasonisi
Photo: Kasia Kolder
Preparing food  in Prasonisi

Usual Prasonisi menu: Pasta, olive oil, oregano, salt, Feta cheese :)

Flaka- Ialysos
Photo Thomas Vasilos

Looking into my home-island i see a place of distinctive natural wealth, with big production potential, offering endless possibilities for outdoor activities, seasonal and not only employment and all together higher life quality than any good organised big city.

Greece is blessed to have a lot of such islands and small towns in the countryside.

 Looking into my Country's situation right now, i see more than 50% of the population concentrated in one city, all of them working in the Services Industy, producing almost nothing, living to work and not enjoying life as they would like.

What would happen if younger people would move to their grandparents islands and towns in the countryside and use their knowledge and degrees to reclaim the natural wealth and potential of each place in a modern and competitive way? All this while enjoying the nature and the activities those places offer, together with lower life expense, less stress, more freedom and much more!

Lightwind Culo-Ialysos
Photo: Thomas Vasilos