A passionate Assistant Trainer from Italy shares some of his favorite kite spots with us as well as how he started kiting and his goals for the future! Let's dive in...
How did you start kiting?
I have always been passionate about the sea and sailing boats I started very simply: in 2012 thanks to a friend who practiced it.
It was love at first sight!!! The first course with an IKO Instructor, the continuous training and then the passion for teaching.
If you add that I live 10min away from Talamone, the most beautiful and windy spot in Tuscany - Italy, it was a sure hit!!!
What is your favorite kite destination?
I would answer you: “The next one I will visit!!!”
It's thanks to kitesurfing that I traveled a lot in the last 8 years and in particular from 2014 to today, since I decided to leave my “normal job” and become a full-time kitesurf instructor.
From Sal (Cabo Verde) to The Canary Islands like Fuerteventura, Tenerife, Lanzarote.
From East Asia: Hua Hin (Thailand) and Mui Ne (Vietnam) passing through The Caribbeans: Tobago (Trinidad & Tobago),
Antigua, Cabarete (Dominican Republic)...but I lost my heart in South Africa!!!
Cape Town has a particular light, wind conditions and countless spots that you can't forget.
For these reasons, every year, with my wife Marica (she's also an IKO Instructor), we spend 2 months of vacation/training in South Africa.
What is your favorite IKO Center?
I visited several IKO Centers around the world and I must say that they're all of them inspired by the same “sport philosophy”: safety, fun, good vibez, professional staff and etc.
Features that I immediately appreciated at KTS Tarifa run by Daniele Olivieri, IKO Examiner and owner of the school.
The shop and school is full of new equipment, the staff is amazing and, do we want to add something about the kitespot of Tarifa?!?
What is your most rewarding teaching experience?
After several other schools that advised him against kitesurfing, I had the opportunity to teach a student with one shorter arm, one shorter leg and some motor difficulties on the right side of the body.
Actually it was simpler than I thought: I asked him what movements he could do and what difficulties his handicap entailed.
We set a goal and we found a way together to achieve it.
Happy as never he spent the whole summer going only in one direction and walking to come back and nothing more.
He knows he will always have to kite in a lagoon with shallow water but he doesn't care.
For many students it's just testing themselves and nothing else, this reminds me a Bethany Hamilton's quote: "I don't need easy, I just need possible"
What are your Kite or career goals for the future?
Being an Instructor gives me great satisfaction. Even after several years I always do it with the same passion of my first day and my first student, but now a new “love” has begun: training new IKO Assistants that can fairly assist any Instructors or any independent riders!!!
In view of this my goal for the future is to become an IKO Examiner, having the opportunity to train new generations of Instructors all around the world!!!