OFFICIALLY ENTERED IN THE I-99 CESARE CANTAGALLI TEAM, EUGENIO IS WITHOUT A DOUBT THE MOST TALENTED EUROPEAN YOUNG FREESTYLER AND HIS LATEST RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. IT’S TIME TO KNOW HIM A LITTLE BIT BETTER.
HI EUGENIO! PLEASE, INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO OUR FOLLOWERS.
Hi everybody, I’m Eugenio Marconi and I’m 17 years old. I love windsurfing and surfing the waves. This year was really special for me as in freestyle I won the PWA U20 World Championship (Renè Egli, Fuerteventura), the EFPT U18 European Championship (Matas Blancas, Fuerteventura) and the Italian U20 Championship (Torbole, Garda lake, and Sa Barra, Sardinia).
WHO INSPIRED YOU TO START WINDSURFING AT A DIFFERENT LEVEL?
Phivos Tsoupras, my Greek-German friend, was for sure the first person that pushed me into freestyle…and then watching Campello’s videos.
IS IT DIFFICULT TO COMBINE A SPORT CAREER WITH SCHOOLWORK?
It’s quite hard combining the two things but I’m still in the high school, so I have to finish it!!! And,of course, I want to go to University as well. But my love for windsurfing make me accept this big effort and I try to practise my sport whenever I can.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE FREESTYLE DISCIPLINE?
I choose freestyle because it is the most spectacular one and it’s been developing in these years so much; it is always a challenge to do freestyle.
YOUR PALMARES IS SIMPLY FANTASTIC: ARE YOU FEELING READY TO COMPETE AGAINST “THE BIG NAMES”?
No, not yet, I’d like to learn more tricks and to improve my style before!
WHICH BOARDS DO YOU RIDE? AND WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAV?
I’m riding Style Pro 92 liters, my favorite one, and Style Pro 101 liters; for the waves Chameleon 85 liters.
WHAT’S THE MOVE YOU MOSTLY LIKE?
My preferred moves are culo, because I like its rotation, air bob and shaka flaka.
‘TALENT’ OR ‘COMMITMENT AND CONSTANCY’: MAY A NOT TALENTED WINDSURFER BECOME A TOP FREESTYLER ONLY THANKS TO HIS DEDICATION AND CONSTANT WORK IN AND OUT OF THE WATER?
In my opinion you need to be talented and to train a lot in and out of the water. If you are talented you can reach the top, but if you are not talented you can improve a lot but you’ll never be a top freestyler.
DO YOU LIKE WAVE SAILING?
Yes, I like wave sailing because it is a good alternative to freestyle.
3 ADVICES FOR YOUNG WINDSURFERS LIKE YOU THAT WANT TO START A FREESTYLER CAREER.
First of all you have to start from the simpliest tricks; then, step by step, try the more difficult ones. Never give up if you can’t do the new trick perfectly; keep on training. Take it easy and enjoy yourself every time you go windsurfing.
WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL WINDSURFING SPOT?
My favorite spot is Risco El Paso in Fuerteventura.
…AND IN ITALY?
Sa Barra and Funtana Meiga in Sardinia, Sirolo & Sassi Neri, which are not far from my home.
WHAT’S YOUR GOAL FOR THE NEW YEAR?
I hope to be in the podium again in the next season!
DO YOU WANT TO THANK SOMEONE?
First of all I want to thank Claudio Badiali and Palmino Saraceni because they have always believed in me since I was a child and they have always supported me, not only with the gear. And then, of course, I’d like to thank all my sponsors, old and new: Challenger Sails, I-99, AL360, LSD Fins.