Yes, windsurfing is my favorite sport, but back in my wild days it was unknown to us.
Water ski was the adrenaline, standing- water gliding fun we were after, until 1979, that I was introduced to boardsailing.
The calm bay of Poros island, is an ideal place to water ski and our good and experienced friend Stephanos Zannos, started in 1971 the first water ski school, based on the waterfront of his majestic family villa “GALINI”. It came natural for the club to be named Galini Water sports Club
Stephanos is a joyful action guy, an accomplished racing driver and amateur mechanic, thanks to whom & his joyful team headed by the national Olympic rowing team athlete & coach Triandafyllos Tsongas, Poros kicked-off as a watersports/fun vacation destination.
I remember the thrill of getting up on a pair of wooden Cypress Gardens skis, and one year later to carve on a wooden bi-colored Ron Marks concave monoski…What an experience!
Going through the photos on the FB page of the club, you will get a hint of its notorious fun atmosphere..
Some years later, another friend, Sotiris Kyprios – this time of my age, decided to turn his competitive water skiing passion into a full time profession, and again based on the dock of his seafront house, opened up the Passage Water Ski Center – a seriously competitively oriented club that soon became the top training place in Greece, naturally as Sotiris continues to built his multichampion status nowadays. Click the image below to watch the promo VIDEO.
OK, enough about my water skiing background, truth is that since I started windsurfing, I rarely skied any longer and the last 15 years I didn’t ski at all…
This summer, the wind was there almost everyday during our stay in Paros, but one day that there was no wind, I decided to try skiing at the WaterSki Zone center of another friend Dimitris Kourtellis, who in addition to the dog pets we are used to find in watersports clubs, Dimitris also has feathered companions. We still miss the affectionate white Kiko parrot, with whom our kids (when they were kids) were delighted.
I asked Dimitris for a wide modern monoski, that due to increased surface, takes you out of the water effortlessly, while skiing takes place at reduced speed, and as a result crashes become painless, without serious consequences.
Everything went as imagined, so at the end of the session I had a big smile.
When I got back home, I started thinking about water skis. I would love to find a modern wooden ski for low speed skiing! Not an easy task as I soon realized…
Then, I came across something interesting. In 2013 Radar Skis, had introduced the SATORI wooden freeride ski, with very fancy Japanese influenced decoration at a reasonable price. Could it be that I could spot one still on sale? The last 2 years Satori has much tamer graphics, highlighting nicely the wood construction, but the 2013 look was killing.
Cheers, I spotted one at Ski Pro in Arizona. It was the 67″ size I needed, but the boot was a bit small. With the help of Ruth, the boot was changed, and the final cost was indicated to 306$, while the price of the 2015 package has a MSRP of 618$.
Then came the shipping cost shock. The economy shipping would set me back 280$ …! And then, I had an idea. My son Giorgos is studying in LA and a dispatch to him was free!
Last week he came back home with the Satori. Big smile again and look forward to the next windsurfing/skiing season! Promise a review, including some detailing remarks on the finishing attention, that would make this great looking ski even better.
Now maybe the missing link to modern retro skiing, would be a nice wooden speed boat, like the one I have seen in Poros – where else?