‘World Party’ Comes to the Sechelt Coast

The four comical and charming guys who are the stars of one of the top TV shows in Greece know something about the Sunshine Coast that most residents probably don’t:

Coast Gravity Park, just a 10-minute drive on a dirt road past the Sechelt Landfill Site in East Porpoise Bay, is an international mountain-biking Mecca.

“On the other side of the Atlantic, there are heaps of people that are so aware of this place,” said on-air personality George Kouros. “Everybody from the mountain-bike scene in Greece, they follow what’s going on. They know this is the only place you can ride all year round on such good trails that are so well-maintained.”

That reputation prompted the Greek crew—Kouros, host-producer Sakis Tanimanidis, co-host George Mavridis and videographer Theo Plakidis—to trek the 10,000 kilometres to Sechelt for a few rides down the mountain.

Their highly popular TV show is named “World Party,” and these young men live up fully to that theme. They’re on the road several months a year, living the dream of 20-to40-somethings everywhere.

“We see everything as an experience, not ‘a trip,’” said Tanimanidis. “In each country, we try to get the experience of the local culture, and reflect a positive attitude on life everywhere.”

Before the Sunshine Coast, the foursome stopped in Toronto to try their hand at hockey—with a bunch of nine-year-old players skating rings around them—followed by a round of beer-drinking and axe-throwing, at the same time. Next stops on the “World Party” tour include Whistler, Alaska and then two weeks in Hawaii.

The one real downhiller in the troupe is its youngest member, Kouros.

“George`s dream as a mountain biker was to come to the number-one spot on the planet to mountain bike,” said Tanimanidis.

The only other mountain-biking adventure that the “World Party” crew tried was down the volcano called Mount Batur in Bali.

The verdict from Kouros on Coast Gravity Park:

“It’s the best place I’ve ridden in the whole world,” he said.

The segment with the mountain bike adventure will air in Greece next spring and be on YouTube shortly after.

Rik Jespersen

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