Nikos is the leading world Coastal Rowing coach and former flat-water rowing Olympian. He works with his twin brother,
Apostolis to promote all types of rowing in Greece. His move from 2k rowing into Coastal and Beach Sprint Rowing is an opportunity he thinks other athletes could enjoy. In this interview we run through the different types of equipment and race formats and why he hopes many rowing clubs will start to offer more recreational rowing and grow a community around all forms of rowing and racing.
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Timestamps to the interview
01:00 Introduction and background in rowing
04:00 The recent history of rowing in Greece
08:00 FISA support for Greek rowing
11:00 Rowing with your twin brother – the fights and the friendship
13:00 Twins with identical erg scores
15:00 Moving to Ocean rowing – who was the New Zealander girls coastal 2x Nikos met at Istanbul Airport in 2011?
16:00 Coastal Rowing boats and oars
22:00 Steering an ocean rowing boat
24:00 Goal for Greek coastal rowing
26:00 World Championships provide boats for competitors
31:00 Beach Sprint Rowing – new format for racing started by Guin Batten
34:00 Asian Beach Games includes beach rowing races
41: Bronze medal in World Coastal Rowing Championships
45:00 Rowing camp in Vietnam
51:00 Thessaloniki Rowing Club adds ocean rowing training group
54:00 How can a rowing club add coastal rowing boats?
Connect with Nikos at Thessaloniki Rowing Club
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