Giovanni Passani (Tabou Boards, GA Sails, AL360, LSD Fins) is one of the most talented freestyler in circulation. For a few years he moved to Sardinia, its level is steadily increasing and it shows in the races in which he participated: Italian Championship, EFPT and PWA.
Here is the interview.
RIW: Hi John. The season has just ended, you participated in many races with excellent results. We start from the beginning, How have you trained and prepared for this season?
Giovanni Passani: Hi Mark, and Hello to all readers of RIWMAG, as you said yourself this year the season was very intense for me, but filled with great satisfaction, I trained a lot this winter to try to reach safety fair in each operation and the right feeling in all conditions. To train at the most this past winter, I spent 2 months in Brazil, in Praia do Maceiò, well known spots of Camocim, where the conditions are windy megafotonico by 4,0 in November with Undine by 1 m max, and wind 4,4 in December-January with stronger waves, always on starboard.
Then, at the end of January I went to South Africa, to train to jump even tack on the left, and train new power moves as the shifty etc, and surf all the conditions that only a place like Cape Town can offer.
RIW: You participated in the Italian Championship freestyle seizing a 2° place behind Jacopo Head (RRD/RRD). How was this race?
G.P.: The race was great fun in my opinion, went very well, We surfed the first day with a very strong from Now 4,8; I was with 5,2 trumpet and the spot of PIER WINDSURF I really like, in particular I remember the heat against Gigi M, where we both sailed well and we really enjoyed, and the final with Japo, as always is very strong and for me it's just an honor to be there by his side on the podium …
RIW: You even made the European tour, EFPT, with accomplishment with a bang: 2in the Netherlands beating the Vice World Champion Amado Vrieswijk. Describe your EFPT 2017.
G.P.: The European Freestyle Pro Tour, This year took us to places truly beautiful and we always competed with excellent condition, the first leg in Austria did not go as I wanted, I wasted a good chance surfing really bad, It was the race that made me realize that practice maneuvers without knowing how to use your head when heat does not pay, so it was very important in its own way because it made me realize how I think during those 7 minutes of competition. Already the next race, in Tarifa, everything was different, the feeling when the heat was much more similar to that of my free sail, but still I couldn't do enough to win the top 5, ending 8°.
On to the next stage, in Lanzarote, the condition was perfect for my skills and have finally managed to put together everything I had learned, and I managed to beat Tonky Frans and Antoine Albert, I concluded 5°.
This motivated me and given awareness, I was really pleased and I couldn't imagine how it would go in the last stage in the Netherlands, I assure you that beat Amado and play the final with Japo, just like the Italian Championship, It was magic!
RIW: You also participated two stages PWA Freestyle, Fuerteventura and Sylt. What were the best moments? Are you satisfied with your World Cup season?
G.P.: This year the PWA as you said was very short, Too much, I'm very happy of my heats, I think I made some good scores and are charged for next year, Fuerteventura was a wonderful stage, I lost against Tonky of 4 points in double but are still happy I did a nice heat with the wind 4,0 in focus, I concluded 17th, that is not exactly the best but still very optimistic. Then in Sylt, After a single unlucky, I managed to find space in that condition super hard, and somehow I passed some heat including one against Ackgazcian, losing then slightly against Yentel, and closing the 13th. A good step forward, but I'd like to do more …
RIW: Now you just finished stage wave Italian Championship in Puzziteddu, Sicily. How was?
G.P.: I enjoyed it very much, It was the first time in Puzziteddu and I can assure you it is a truly fantastic place for any type of surfer/windsurfer/kitesurfista, and the resort that Antonio and Francesco Cappuzzo have built, behind this wonderful spot is beautiful but in full respect of nature that deserves to remain intact. The conditions that we found were really nice, strong winds on the first day with nice conditions is to jump for both wave riding, and the second day, race down the line with a meter and a half wavelength and wind side off light. Another beautiful thing is team spirit, and the Sicilian hospitality.
I was there’ just for fun and I'm happy with the little that I could do, but above all I learned a lot watching the greats in action, I hope that soon we will see you all in swimming pool …
RIW: What are your winter training programs? Can you focus on both the wave on freestyle?
G.P.: We would go to South Africa this year to train together again in both wave in freestyle, together at practice in water. From a year now I've combined the enduro bike that is a great alternative when there is no wind, and I also want to train at the gym, I have to be ready for the 2019, that looks like it will be a year with more events and news …
RIW: What are your goals for next season? What races will participate?
G.P.: For next year I'm going to do all the races as this year, and I hope to give my best and have fun with my friends …
Interview: Marco Livraghi 4 www.RIWmag.com
Photo and video Courtesy: Giovanni Passani
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