Meeting Alessandro ClincoOctober 25th, 2010 by admin received Comments Off Tweet
We are pleased to have on our pages another surfer who is working hard and is going out of the national borders. Radical, accurate, many of you already know him, he comes from Ostia and rocks in the pipes. Here we go! Alessandro Cinco!
Hi Ale, first of all I want to say thank you for this nice interview. Let’s start with some easy question,
Where do you come from and how old are you?
I come from Rome (Ostia) and I’m 24.
Do you remember the first time you jumped on a board? What brought you to try it, and what kind of sensations did you feel? Was is love at first sight?
The first time I was very little, there was a guy named Fabrizio with a surfboard just next to my cabine. A day he took me into the water and he pushed me to take some waves, but as soon as I tried to get up I fell down. Even if I wasn’t able to stand up, I felt an incredible sensation and since that day I felt in love with this sport. My parents bought me a bodyboard and it was the beginning of my passion. Then, when I was 14, I bought my first surfboard.
What are your sponsors?
Quiksilver, DC Shoes, City Beach, RT Surfboards
What kind of sensations do you feel when you’re into water and in the moment in which you surf a wave?
When I’m into the water I feel a great sensation of freedom and when I’m on a wave, everytime I try a new move or I try to push my board beyond the limits, is as if I were flying onto the water.
Your favourite spot?
They are so many, one among them is Banzai (S.Marinella) when it’s on-fire!
What’s the most beautiful place in which you have surfed?
Australia and Tonga Islands
What are your activities beside surfing? Are you currently studying/working?
I have a beautiful Surf Club (Ostia Surf) with my girlfriend Valentina, where we teach surf during all the year, we have tons of guys who are always with us, we organize surf trips abroad, we take the youngs of our team at championships contests and not around Italy.
Tell us about the Ostia surf club. When was it born, how did it born, what are its activities, what are the projects for the future?
Ostia Surf is born on October 4th 2006. It’s the brainchild of Valentina and me. The idea consisted into create a surf school able to follow kids in the best way, letting them to know this sport in an healthy way, in the total respect for the Nature and for the other surfers in the water.
Our Surf Club activities are multiple: surf lessons, rental equipment, organisation of surf camps abroad, trainings for our team guys, events organisation on the Roman coast, beach barbecues and a lot of fun!
For the future we hope to grow up more and more with the school and the events, trying to make surfing a real sport that can be loved and followed by all those who live around our school and beyond. Moreover, our center is becoming a real meeting place for young people (and not) where kids can ride in peace and spend their leisure in a healthy and constructive way.
Among the different activities of Ostia Surf – that are really a lot! – I noticed the SUP school. At this point a question springs to my mind. Since opinions on this kind of boards are controversial and contrasting, at one side there are those who deeply love them and at the other there are those who deride them without mercy. What do you think about the SUP boards? Do you think that it’s an incompatible reality with traditional surf?
Sup boards are really funny and all-around. If the sea is completely calm we can ‘have a walk’ on the water for a swim off shore. They let the beginners surfing small waves, they permit also to surf big waves on tandem (the funniest activity in my opinion) and this summer I noticed it’s a great entertainment for our kid’s parents.
Surfing at a so high level will certainly led you to know different people and to live incredible experiences. What’s your best memory linked to surf?
There are so many good memories in my mind; the first time that I entered in a pipe has been an incredible feeling, I remember everything perfectly and in slow motion. I was in France and I was 17. Waves were big and challenging, I was in water at Sables D’Or. I remember I took a left and I tightened the edge of my board on the wave and I entered into a giant cylinder of water. After several meters inside it, without having touched the walls of water, I looked for an exit but the lip broke behind me and I was flat-spotted on the seabed. It has been a wonderful sensation and it led me to try more tubes.
What would you suggest to those who are approaching the surf world for the first time?
I suggest to begin with a surf course, to enter in the water with the right equipment and with the right conditions. In this way the person who is learning can have fun and in safety.
How do you see yourself in ten years?
I don’t know!
What do you think about the Italian scene? And about the Italian scene compared with the foreign one?
I think that surfing in Italy offers wonderful emotions and sometimes our waves have nothing to envy to the Ocean, even if often we’re forced to surf with awful conditions. Abroad instead you have the chance to surf quality waves most of the time and probably with athletes much better than you.
If you could change something in Italy – regarding surf – what would you change?
The waves frequency.
Pros and cons of the contests organised in Italy?
I am happy when contests are held in beautiful spots able to provide a good wave potential. But I’m often disappointed when contests are called in spots (often low-quality beach breaks) where waves are bad.
Who were the surfers that inspired you the most during these years? And a rider who inspires you in a particular way at the moment?
I’ve always appreciated Kelly Slater for his control of the board and recently Dane Reynolds for his innovative maneuvers
Do you practice other sports beside surfing? If yes, which ones? In particular, have you ever tried other board sports (skate, snowboard…)?
During summer, when there aren’t waves and there’s some wind I go out with the Kitesurf and when the sea is completely calm and windless I take the boat and I go wakeboarding with my friends. Sometimes I also like to “go for a walk” with the SUP.
Before the end of the interview, thanks a lot again Alessandro for the time you have dedicated to CandiesMagazine.com. Is there someone you’d like to say thanks, or something you’d like to say our readers?
I firstly thank my sponsors Quiksilver, DC Shoes, RT Surfboards and City Beach. I also thank you for the interview and hope to meet you in the water!
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