Kite. The one of my heart that I gave to Cristina, is a Cabrinha Crossbow 7mt from 2005.
How did you discover your passion for kitesurfing?
Kitesurfing actually discovered me as soon as I arrived in Sal for holiday. I was walking on the beach and a guy asked me if I could land his kite. I had never seen a kite before, but I took it easily and put it on the ground. The guy thanked me and I thought “that’s cool!”. My wife asked me if I knew how to do it and of course my answer was no. The following days I watched the kiters and asked some information around. Once in Boavista I decided to try, and in that moment I realized the difference: the kite is not tested, either you do it or you don’t! I met the only guy who could give me lessons, a Brazilian named Attila, married to an italian woman from Bergamo. He got me started with the simulator leaving me alone for the whole morning. Then I switched to the kite, a 2004 North Rinho, a 4-line C, and he taught me safety, release, launch and relaunch from the water, he let me try hooked and unhooked. Then I moved on to body drag, pure love. Last day, no wind. I went back to Italy, I bought a Naish Raven 12 MT, trapeze, and I looked for a school to finish what I had learnt. I found a place about 50km from home and I went, every Saturday, every Sunday, every time there was a breath of wind I was in the water, alone. I loved this sport because it’s not a sport, it’s a passion, it’s sacrifice, days waiting for the wind and then it’s not there. When you work there is wind, when you are free nothing, you have to be ready kind like with a woman, if she calls you have to be there. Maybe just for an hour, after 2 hours driving, but that hour kitesurfing pays off everything, you get back home smiling like a kid. Cycling, football, tennis are sports. Kitesurfing is a passion, a way of life, nature commands and you must be ready.
How was your first time? Face in the water and flying with no board and out of control.
Which seas have you rode the waves of? Friuli, from Monfalcone to Lignano, passing through Grado and Fossalon, the Stagnone, Egypt, Spain, Tarifa, Algiaciars, Cadiz.
Tell us about the most beautiful adventure you have experienced with your sail. Absolutely Capo Trafalgar in Spain, a 50km Levante, my 7 was too big, I went out with a loaned 5, I’d never seen the waves being like those, I couldn’t get out because they didn’t crash with such power on the shore. I went out in body drag, once out I put the board and a wall of water overhangs me, I throw the kite down and I surfed the wave, my God I’m surfing! Nothing more beautiful!
Which garments would you like your glider to transform into? I let Cristina to make whatever her creative mind wants. My kite has given me so much, it has no more sense to keep it in the basement. If it becomes a jacket, a bag, or a wallet, no one knows that it’s carrying a little about me, but I do!