Italian kitesurfer Airton Cozzolino Lopes is a supremely talented waterman, a dept at a variety of disciplines on the waves.
Date of Birth
Brazil and Cape Hatteras
Favorite Gear Set-Up
Hybrid, Neo SLS, Click Bar
Biggest Career Achievement
Vice World Champion Kitepark League 2018
YOUR HOBBIES ASIDE KITEBOARDING?
Sport, Music, Friends and Family
WHAT DO YOU DO ON A DAY WITHOUT WIND?
Working on a bunch of projects on my laptop, Gym, SUP, Surf, Snorkel, Stretch...just keeping myself active
WHAT STYLE OF MUSIC ARE YOU INTERESTED IN?
If you look at my Spotify you'd be surprised :-P
HOW AND WHY DID YOU START KITEBOARDING?
At home - Fuerteventura - every summer since I was born we've had the windsurf and kitesurf world championships. And for sure my parents would always bring my siblings and I to watch, but it was something we were not allowed to do because it was too dangerous and expensive.
2010, 16 years old I was an athlete, running 100 meters hurdles and I got injured, and that summer so I decided to get a job so at least I could do something. I got to work at the worlds at home as a waitress for the competitor's buffet and thought I’d ask one of them if it would be possible that they kited with me as a backpack. Yes, one of the competitors said. So after work I went down to the beach, rode a couple of laps on his back and I fell in love with the sport.
It was not until 2011 that I figured out how I could get lessons. I was into photography back then and owned a camera, felt like kiteboarding was something i could add to my portfolio so I went to a famous spot to shoot whoever was there riding. one of the guys saw the photo later on facebook and offered to teach me to kite if I took photos of him for the rest of the summer… ad here we are.
WHY ARE YOU RIDING FOR DUOTONE?
Because it's the best brand and biggest family in the kiteboarding world.
WHAT IS YOUR MAIN GOAL FOR THE FUTURE?
To keep breaking boundaries.
WHAT TRAINING DO YOU DO TO STAY FIT?
Since I come from an athletic background, training outside the water has always been a must for me. The Duotone Academy App has also some pretty cool trainings these days.
WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN YOUR JOB IF YOU WOULDN´T BE A PRO KITEBOARDER?
Well, I happen to have a side job for many years that I’ve always kept a bit under the radar. I am an online communications manager for sports events, in the last years I've focused on sailing events.
Pretty much like the news lady but on the online side of the world, I do social media managing, interviews, edit videos, manage media teams… super fun.
WHAT´S YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD?
I love food.
WHAT DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO SAY?
I love you.