Greta Welcome (I-99, Challenger Sails, AL360) is one of the most committed Italian riders in the world of windsurfing.
In the past he participated in pwa slalom races, lately you never miss the PWA wave stage of Tenerife, where she had moved to live for a few years. Recent is the launch of its new initiative, Girls Camp. RIWmag joined her for an interview.
RIW: Hi Greta, Welcome on RIWmag. Where you are in this period?
Greta Welcome: Hi all. At this moment I am in Rimini and I am organizing for the work of the summer season in Igea Marina where I have a small boat center and sup school.
RIW: We met at the last WindFestival. How you spent the winter?
G.b.. After 15 years outside Italy first in Brazil then in Tenerife is the first winter at home in my places of origin between sea and hills where I rediscovered my Romagna and everything it has to offer between sports, natura, culture and food. I had forgotten how beautiful the winter sea was without the crazed crowds of tourists, i'm a little’ romantic and melancholy so I am fascinated by the desolate places and the long walks by the sea between silence and seagulls, even on the frosty days they regenerated me.
On windy days I was able to test my resistance to the cold by going out between Rimini and Porto Corsini when the colored areas allowed it and finally dusted off the condition "walls to the straight". When there was no wind I ran off into the hills with the bike and thanks to dear friends I tried MTB (pure adrenaline) and reviewed the snow! But the best thing was to share moments with the people I love and be able to give them time. It's what was always missing before covid. I hope I don't forget it anymore and stay aware of it.
RIW: You recently launched girls camp (www.riwmag.com/girls-camp-con-greta-benvenuti-a-igea-marina/). What is it about?
G.B.: It is a day dedicated to girls to promote the sports to which I am passionate: windsurfing, sup, yoga/sup and the novelty of the year the wing. The idea is to bring the female world closer to these activities often seen as typically masculine and hard. With today's easy and light materials I am convinced that all can practice them without difficulty.
RIW: How this idea was born and why in Igea Marina?
G.B.: In Igea Marina because it is the place that represents me and where I was born as an athlete. This is where I discovered windsurfing, this is where my passion was born, this is where I spent most of my free time, between the Rio Pircio sailing club and nautica urban and the roots are not forgotten even if you have traveled so much. The idea actually has very distant origins. Unfortunately, I have to go back to that year that Dalia disappeared..
After his death I wanted to continue this project in his honor and the very first experience was in Jericoacoara where I tried to reunite the Italian girls who were already on holiday there to windsurf (but each a little bit on its own) on a day of sharing.
Although the level was different we finally met and going out into the water all together was fun and today we can tell it and remember it as a nice moment. After this experience back in Italy I was able to do three editions of Girls Camp at Lake Garda (2007, 2008, 2009) thanks to the Fauster family and the Surf Club of Torbole.
Three unforgettable editions in which the girls were enthusiastic and super motivated including the very young Greta Marchegger who today is an important reference for the female world. Also fundamental is the participation in the Girls Camp of the Moreno who were the first to launch this initiative and which made me understand how much the female world needs to be represented by those who have a real passion.
For several years I was focused on slalom races, then my experience in Tenerife with the bar and wave races absorbed me and moved me away from that project. Today finally with the lockdown I stopped and matured together with my sister who is a fundamental person in my life and my friend Francesca the idea of reproposing the Girls Camp but on multiple disciplines. This was also the right time for a collaboration with the club where I grew up and thanks to my friend Franz (ita600) the initiative has been taken. Here I would say that the idea was born over time and in the union of synergies.
RIW: What are the weather conditions of the seasonal average for mid-June in Igea Marina?
G.B.: And’ always unpredictable weather but usually in June we have nice sunny days with "calm" in the morning and a light breeze in the afternoon, perfect situation to divide the sup and windsurfing activities. Temperatures in June are ideal for both beach theory and water testing. In my positivity no thunderstorms or rain are allowed, Ha ha.
RIW: What are the goals you expect or hope to achieve with this first Girls Camp?
G.B.: The goal is to tell my passions and entertain the girls giving them the opportunity to experience the sea in other respects. I am firmly convinced of the psychophysical benefits that the sea transmits so I would like to share these activities with the other girls and give them an extra motivation to get closer to the sea.
RIW: In addition to this camp what are your current windsurfing commitments and programs?
G.B.: I don't really have many programs but ideas that turn in my head. For now I have to focus on the work of the season. I have no plans because after covid I stopped making them. Of course I'd like to attend more events but now is not the time. But I'm always on the move and something I'm going to combine. An event that I would like to participate in is obviously the Windfestival of Diano Marina after the summer because it is a bit of a windsurfing festival!
RIW: Thank you very much Greta, See you soon, we will follow your Girls Camp with interest!
G.B.: Thanks to RIWmag and you Ezio for availability and we hope to see more and more girls in the water! For more information you can find me on www.noleggiogreta.com
photo: courtesy Greta Welcome, Peter Davis, John Carter, Catherine Welcome, Claudio Caroline
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