That day it was Matteo Guazzoni, Bowien van der Linden and I in the water. There ended up being a nice, constant wind blowing at 15 knots, and we were lucky to have Adam Sims as our videographer and Samuel Tomè taking the photos. The perfect setup.
In the following days, the other guys from the team arrived (namely Francesco Cappuzzo and Julien and Camille Bouyer) and it was great to be part of such a big group of riders, pushing each other forward. Sometimes I stopped for a moment to see how they moved in the water and what equipment they used. The equipment was a real revelation to me, and in just a few days I got to try everything and became more knowledgeable about what wings to use to allow me to increase my speed and maneuverability. Then I started working on the fuselage and went from 76cm to 66cm. The great thing was that I was always having fun and every day I was improving more and more. My windsurfing background certainly helps the efficiency in understanding the movement, and this new sport intrigues me more and more every day. I’ve realized that wingfoiling can be pretty extreme too, even in lighter winds. I think it is one of the most intriguing things… being able to jump and surf at full speed, even in 12-15 knots of wind.
As watermen and women, we can see how quickly this sport is evolving and helping to revolutionize how far we can go with it. Every day you see different moves being laid down and equipment being improved to give us better and better experiences on the water. Since the shoot I have also attended the first stage of the Wingfoil World Championship in Leucate, together with 40 other riders from all over the world. This shows how this sport is becoming popular but also allows us as athletes to diversify ourselves. Although I have been practicing wingfoiling for only three months now, I know that I won't ever stop, and I’m definitely looking forward to improving and continuing to compete. The journey continues…
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They gave me the new Dynamic set, with five front wings from 900 to 1700. I looked at the equipment and didn't know which one to use as I was still a bit unfamiliar with this new sport. So I picked the 1500 Dynamic Pro and just went for it. The nicest thing I remember from this session is that from the moment I entered the water, I became completely lost in my enjoyment of what I was doing. I ended up spending hours in the water getting a feel for the equipment and trying new things. It felt just like when I started freestyle windsurfing. That same feeling of excitement, of starting something different, trying a new maneuver and not getting out of the water until I had nailed it. I think I closed my first Air 360 before the first jibe.