My Dad was in love with sailing. We went every weekend to Lake Iseo, a small lake close to Bergamo. I started sailing at the age of five and got into competition soon. I always loved strong and stormy wind... probably because this rarely happened at Lago d'Iseo! When I was 16, I bought an old windsurfing board and sail with the money I made on a summer job.
There are two memories that made me fall in love with windsurfing: When I was three ore four, I remember one day I asked my mom “Where's Dad?” and she answered “He went windsurfing”. He wasn't coming back until the evening...
The other one was when I was probably 11 and we were in Cannes: suddenly a storm kicked in, the empty parking filled up with cars and windsurfers got in the water and started jumping! I may have still pictures of that day! After this my stoke was uncontrollable, I started coming to Lake Garda with a friend of my dad, until I had my own drivers license... Once I got it, I was finally free to go to the windiest places!
I love waveriding and regular surf too, but Lake Garda is a lake... Still, after years of sailing competition and windsurfing weekends, I always felt at home at Lake Garda. Torbole, in particular, gave me the chance to change my life and work as a windsurfing instructor without being far from family and friends, as my hometown is just a couple of hours driving. I lived in other places like Sardinia as well, where I was working as a skipper, and more recently on the Canary Islands (Lanzarote) and Dominican Republic (Cabarete).
I feel a special bond to all those places, since every place gave me wonderful and different experiences but I guess it's hard for an Italian to stay away from Italy! So that's why I'm stable at Torbole for 3 years now: the summer is quite busy and - I cannot hide that - sometimes feels too much. But then fall is amazing and windy and I'm enjoying the winter too! The fact this place is so touristy gave me the chance to play my music in front of an international audience and have way more chances play compered to my hometown. In the end... a local always knows how to move in this environment ;-)