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Rom

Zusammen mit meinem Schatz bin ich Freitag Abend mit dem Zug für ein Wochenende nach Rom gefahren. Wir haben ein wunderschönes Wochenende in der ewigen Stadt verbracht. Neben den üblichen Sehenswürdigkeiten war das teilweise extreme Schneetreiben und die mit dem Schnee völlig überforderten Italiener ein Highlight

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Sightseeingtrip Hamburg

Wir nutzten das lange Wochenende um zusammen mit unseren Eltern Freunde aus dem hohen Norden zu besuchen. Stade, eine Kleinstadt in der Nähe von Hamburg, war unser Ziel. Am Freitag Abend hoben wir vom Flughafen Wien Schwechat mit einem AirBerlin Airbus ab, eine Flugstunde später war das Ziel. An den ersten beiden Tagen fuhren ans Meer nach Cuxhaven und Bremerhaven. Problematisch dabei war, dass uns die Gezeiten einen Strich durch die Rechnung machten und das Wasser nur aus Entfernung zu sehen war. Doch auch bei Ebbe war die Elbmündung mit ihren vielen großen Schiffen sehr eindrucksvoll.
Reeperbahn, Speicherstadt, Hafenrundfahrt waren die Eckpfeiler des Montagprograms, den wir in Hamburg verbrachten. Nach einem Vormittagsrundgang durch die Stader Altstadt am Dienstag, ging es am Abend von Hamburg zurück nach Wien. Fotos werden bald online sein.

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Zurück daheim

Nach einer sehr windigen Überfahr von Patras nach Venedig und einer problemlosen Autofahrt sind wir gut in Wien angekommen.

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Finikounda III

Der Urlaub neigt sich langsam zu Ende. Morgen gehts nach Patras zur Fähre und dann ab nach Hause. Seit dem letzten Eintrag hat sich sehr sehr viel getan. Wir surften an allen drei Spots (Methoni, Finiki, Finikounda) rund um Finikounda und hatten viel Spaß am Wasser mit Quirin, Maphie, Tanja und den restlichen Chaoten. Persönlich hatte ich viel Erfolg in dieser Zeit. Ich konnte meinen ersten Spock stehen dem etliche andere folgten. Spock One Handed und Spock 540 waren die logische Konsequenz, jedoch gelang es mir nicht diese zu stehen. Ich denke, dass das nur mehr eine Frage der Zeit ist, und ich hoffe sie noch heuer im Herbst zu stehen. Zusammen mit Quirin ging ich noch den Speedloop an, mit mehr oder weniger Erfolg. Quirin konnte ihn einige Male fast stehen, während sich bei mir der Erfolg nur spärlich einstellte.

Im Großen und Ganzen sind wir mit dem heurigen Urlaub super zufrieden, wir haben beide viel dazu gelernt und hatten einen Riesenspaß mit dem Rest der Crew.

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Finikounda II

Mittlerweile ist schon die Hälfte unseres Urlaubs in Finikounda verstrichen; die Zeit verinnt im Fluge. Die Windausbeute bis jetzt ist für Finikounda Verhältnisse echt gut heuer, bis auf 3 Tage konnten wir jeden Tag surfen, mal mit großen mal mit kleinem Material. Speziell die letzte Woche konnte mit einigen sehr guten Tagen aufwarten. Gestern hatten wir ein extrem geiles „Fotoshooting“ an den Klippen zwischen der Finikounda und der Finiki Bucht. Ich kann nur sagen, freut euch auf die Fotos, da echt einige sehr geile dabei sind.

Was tut sich sonst in Griechenland: Die Tankwagenfahrer streiken und liefern keinen Treibstoff aus, das heißt im Moment ist es unmöglich zu Benzin oder Diesel zu kommen. Zum Glück haben wir noch ca. 70 Liter Diesel im Tank 😉

Bis zum nächsten Blogeintrag,

Stay Tuned,

Felix und Clemens

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Travelstory

Our travel back to Vienna was a little bit stressy again, because our car broke down again. After 170 kms on the way to Patras, the car got hot and we had to stop. Because we wanted to get our ship to Venice, we called the ELPA (Greek breakdown service), who brought us to Patras. From Patras we went to Venice by ferryboat. There the ACI (Italian breakdown service) brought us to a garage, where our car got repaired within one hour. The rest of the travel was really rainy but we had no problems with our car.

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Conciliable last days in Fini!

The last five days the wind came back to the region of Finikounda. We could surf on the smaller sails again, which was great fun. One day we spent at Finiki Bay, a „secret“ spot in the near of Finikounda. Finiki Bay is an insider tip for NW wind because there are always some knots more wind, less other windsurfers, boats and sailors than in the Finikounda Bay. The water there is shallow and flat and perfect for jibing and sliding. It’s a perfect spot for shooting pictures because of the great colours. After this exhausting day there, we did an 20km downwinddash back to our campsite, which was was great fun too! The other days we were surfing in the FInikounda Bay which was not so bad too.

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No wind

The last days we have had less wind, mostly to less to go surfing. So we spent most of the day with chilling, sleeping, reading books, go kayaking or golfing. Our golfing skills have really improved in the windlesstime. The forecast for the next days is not really good but wind should be stronger than the last days. Cross your fingers for some wind.

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News from Finikounda

Since the last post we had all kind of conditions; days with no wind, some days with really strong wind and a lot of days with gusty not too strong wind. But I could train the airjibe quite well and also do first spock attempts, Together with Quirin we attempted some backloops, which was great fun to watch because of the amazing bails.

Two days before, there was a huge forrest fire next do Finikounda. It was really foggy for nearly three days. We chased the fire and went up on the hill by car where we could see the fire only 300 or 400 metres away where we could shoot great pictures from the fire and the smoke. The greek fire fighters could control the fire within two days with 4 planes 2 helicopters and some trucks.

Stay tuned for the next updates

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Updates from Finikounda

Sorry for not publishing news in the last week. During this week we had really good wind and we could rig up the small sails and boards. In the last days the wind was not so good anymore and we had to surf with 7.0 and 8.2 meters, which is not so bad too. We shooted some great pics and I will upload the best ones in the next time. The forecast  for the next days is looking good and we all hope for good wind to shoot some good pictures again.

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Arrived in Fini

Our trip to Greece nearly ended already in Oberwart within the first hour because our car broke. But some mechanics could repair it very quick and we got our ship in Venice. The rest of the travel was really nice and without any problems.

We had pretty good wind the first two days in Finikounda and we could already train our freestyle skills. Forecast for the next days is looking damn good.

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We are leaving soon

As every year we will leave Vienna on Saturday morning to venice by car. From Venice we go to Patras by a ferryboat, and from Patras we have 250 more kilomtres by car! Until our departure we have a lot to do with packing and preparing our 7 week holidays in Greece. On the pic you can see our route to Finikounda. Stay tuned.

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Arrived in snowy Vienna

Today we left Finikounda early in the morning around 7 o’clock to Athens. We need about 4 hours to the Airport, where we went into a shoppingcenter because we had a lot of free time. At 15.15 we left the El Venizelos Airport. In the air after 1 hour of the flight, it stareted to snow. In Vienna, it was snowing too, when we landed at Wien Schwechat.
All in all I can just say, that we had a wonderful week in Greece, we have seen a lot of great things, great landscapes, snow in Greece and so on …

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Sun and rain again !

Today in the morning it was really sunny and nice, so we started to walk to Finikounda. The small river, we all know from summer, was after the huge rain in the last days a really big river (Check the pic). At the Alpha Surfstation we had a talk with Klaus and his wife, the owners of the surfschool. We heared lots of rumours about hotels, that should be built in the region of Pylos and Finikounda. In the Navarinobay of Pylos really huge golfplace with hotels for 20.000 guests is going to be built. Also in Finikounda a lot of hotels are planned.
But much more interesting is that in beginning of December 2 really huge waves go over the region of Finikounda. The first wave was about 6,2 metres high, the second wave about 7 metres. They destroyed a lot in Finikounda and one restaurant was even completely destroyed.
When we decided to walk on, it has already started to rain, so we returned to our appartement. In the afternoon we went to Finikounda by car to shoot some pictures. In the evening we returned to Finikounda to eat at „Tokyma“.

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It’s raining

The last two days the weather wasn’t too good, it was cloudy and rainy. So we stay a lot of time in our appartement, and made same walks through the nature. Strong wind from the south brough a lot of waves to the region of Finikounda. Normally you don’t have any waves here, but today the waves were pretty high for these spots (1 or 1 1/2 metres with On Shore wind).
The pretty thing about the rainy weather is, that all the plants are green and fresh, while in summer everything is destroyed by the sun. Tomorrow the weather should be better and maybe we will see some sun too.

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Happy New Year !

First I want to say that the year 2008 was really successfull for us. We had a lot of visitors, and especially for the Podersdorf coverage we got a lot of positive feedback. Our reports about the Surfworldcup was read by more thant 10.000 people, our eventvideo watched by more than 20.000 people. Solong, we wish you a Happy New Year 2009.

Today we want to relax the whole day, so we woke up on 10, had a breakfast and then went to Tsapi with the car. It’s a trip of half an hour to this lonely beach. In the summer there is a lot of motorboat traffic because there is a little taverne, but in winter it’s really silent and lonesome there.
I have to say, that we have really luck with the weather here in Finikounda, because all three days till today were really warm ( about 15-20° ) and with a lot of sun.
Today we had our lunch on the beach.

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Snowy Greece

When we booked the flight and the travel to Finikounda, we dreamed of seeing snow in Greece. Today in the morning we had beautiful weather, so we decided to go to Kalamata and to the Teyghetos mountains to make our dream become true. We went to Kalamata to do a little shopping tour. After lunch at a Goodys restaurant, we went to the mountains. We drove for an hour till we saw the first snow, but just on top of mountains some kilometres away. We went on driving higher and higher and were already a little bit sad that we will not see any snow today. But suddenly, in about 100 metres the landscape changes. Green trees and grass changes to white winter landscape. Crazy ? On the top of one mountain we found a little taverne, which looks a little bit like a „Skihütte“ in Austria. This tavern was about 1500 metres over the sea and it was really cold there. Check out the pictures in the pics section,
In the afternoon we drove back to Finikounda to have dinner and a little „New Year Party“!

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Camping Ammos, Koroni and a swim in the sea

Today was our first day here in Finikounda. In the morning we went to Camping Ammos, where we always stay in summer. We walked around the campsite but it looks so strange for us? We know all the places but it don’t look like normal. Everything is green instead of brown. We met some other campers from Austria and Germany and we met Nikos and Perikles, the owners of Camping Ammos. They were really surprised that we were here in winter. They were a little bit sad because we don’t stay on their campsite. When we were back from our walk to Camping Ammos, we went to Koroni by car. We could shoot really beautiful pictures of the bay of Finikounda and of the snowfields on the Taighettos mountains. After lunch we drove back to our appartement and decided to go swimming. Because Brigitta was already freezing, although it has about 15 degrees in the sun, Ewald and me went to the beach to go to the water. The water wasn’t too cold, but the airtemperature wasn’t too high, so it felt really cold. Actually I am learning for my study, while Ewald and Brigitta went to the supermarket to buy some food. In the evening we will go to Finikounda for dinner. Check out the picturegallery.
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Arrived in Greece

Today, around 12 o’clock, we left Vienna on board of a Boeing 737 to Athens. We couldn’t see a lot from the plane because it was really cloudy the whole flight. At 15:15 we arrived at the airport in Athens and were a little bit surprised about cold and fresh air instead of hot and smoggy weather. There we went to the Hertz rental office to rent a car. About 4 o’clock, it was already dark, we left Athens to go to Finikounda. While we were driving in the mountains between Tripolis and Kalamata we could see some snow. We can’t even believe, because it was our first time that we see snow in Greece. It got late when we arrived at the appartement, so we went to bed to be fit and ready for the next days.
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