Interview with Riccardo Marca
Continentseven: You are from Riccione, which is not known for windsurfing. How does it come you started windsurfing?
Riccardo Marca: I started windsurfing 8 years ago in Egypt during a family holiday. After the holidays I didn’t want to stop windsurfing, so I signed up for a windsurfing summer camp in Italy. But Riccione is actually a really good place for beginners. The wind is most of the time light and there are no big swells during the summer time. Like all teenagers I was studying and my parents were working, so it was not so easy to drive to different spots with better wind. The only possibility to go windsurfing during the year was when it was windy in Riccione, and this really happens only a few times per year. I went a few times to Lake Garda with my dad before moving to Sardinia, and I couldn’t believe how windy it was. That’s where I learned how to get planing and how to jibe.
Continentseven: And how did you come into freestyle windsurfing?
Riccardo Marca: Even though Riccione is not one of the best windsurfing spots in Italy, but many freestylers are living there. One of the best spot is called “Vallugola”, which is a thermic spot working during the summer with south-east wind direction. The first time I got there I met some of the good local freestylers, like Francesco Tedeschi, Andrea Della Rosa and many others. It was just amazing to see what they were doing in the water and I was really impressed by all the tricks. I learned the Air Jibe at Sant’Antioco during Christmas holidays. I went there with some friends of mine and we had 10 days plenty of wind and when I came back home the only thing I was thinking about was to go windsurfing. I was already addicted to.
Continentseven: A few weeks ago you made it on the podium (3rd) at the Italian championships. Is it possible to make it on the podium in the World Cup one day?
Riccardo Marca: This is the first podium for me and I’m already happy with it. Sometimes I’m just thinking too much ahead and I kind of forget what I already achieved. For sure my goal is to make it to the world cup podium one day and I think I have the potential to get there. Windsurfing is a really hard sport and competing is even harder and you need a certain time to get the experience and to get the first results. I didn’t start competing so long ago, but I’m already happy with some of my results and I’m looking forward to the next events.