KAKLAMANAKIS was born on the 19 September 1968. He decided at an early age to go out on a windsurf, racing for the Naval club in Andros. Almost straight away he rose to the top of his field. 1992 was his first time in participating at an Olympic Games and he finished in ninth place. Two years later in 1994, he claimed the European Championship title. 1995 saw him finish second at the Mistral World Championship, an event he would go on to win twice in succession in 2000 and 2001.
It was 1996 that saw KAKLAMANAKIS' greatest triumph, as he took the Olympic gold medal in Atlanta. Four years later he finished sixth in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games before a thrilling windsurfing competition in 2004 saw him claim the Olympic silver medal in his home country.
Now KAKLAMANAKIS has decided to turn a page in his windsurfing career and to offer his experience to younger athletes, choosing the Mistral World Championship in Mondello as his starting place.