In recent days the windsurfing sardo did talk about themselves.
Last week the Salim father (Matthew – 99, Gaastra, AL360) and son (Nicolo ') they were guests of TV broadcaster Sardegna Uno and were able to share and disseminate their experiences windsurfistiche also with the general public not practicing on tv.
Decidedly opposed instead the experience and’ Toccata to Michele Citizens, Carlo Ciabatti (previous international athletes in class T293 and current athletes RS:X) Olsen and Francis Chan who yesterday braved the storm that hit the Bay of Cagliari.
Someone on the walk he filmed and posted the video on facebook, triggering the reactions of a public fast of windsurfing that attacked the comments 4 young windsurfers cataloging them as unconscious.
Hour after hour the debate and’ expanded by involving not only concerned but also many big names in windsurfing Sardinian who slowly managed to explain that theirs was not a stunt but a challenge fully under control thanks to the training and experience of 4 windsurfisti.
RIWmag contacted Michele Citizens (Wipeout Boardshop, Ion, Ottica4eyes, North Kiteboarding Italy – www.facebook.com/michelecittadiniITA38/ ) to better understand each other. Below his testimony:
“The average wind speed was about 40 knots with gusts well 50. Nebullizzava all. The waves were about 5 – 6 meters, then a tree and a half wavelength pero’ were more’ large offshore and more’ small more’ near shore. The aggression that we received on facebook and’ been remarkable, even we had robbed a bank! Us 4 We always order that we train windsurfers to do these things and our explanations were not enough to calm people. They've attacked us saying that if we get sick we would have endangered the lives of rescuers.
Then our friend Richard Dall posted his video that he resumed upon driving into water. Also here are the negative comments but then intervened all windsurfers sardi more’ good that they defended. We were in total safety, not far from the shore, We were in 4 and in case of need we could help each other out and evil that had been following us wind and waves ashore in next to no time! Then finally the public has understood the situation and gradually and’ calmed down and began to encourage us!
Maybe all this controversy and’ born from the fact that for once we went out on a beach at the gates of the city’ and then with greater visibility! In fact, in the past we've done even more outputs’ extreme for example at Oristano ma li’ No one’ ever scandalized because’ the locals are accustomed to see us and our presence does all this uproar!
And’ such a pity that in Italy there is a sports culture that runs almost entirely in football and maybe a little’ in basketball, While water sports sailing and evidently you know still too little and you are not able to correctly judge a situation like this. MI and’ just sorry that windsurfing was so’ despised and looked so’ negative from the audience not practicing! “
And here is the video of Richard Dall with his personal comment: “This isn't about recklessness and courage, but preparation and ability: These four guys are really good!”
“I recorded the movie from great sailing enthusiast and amateur, and I posted it by inserting a comment related to the preparation of athletes, bringing out because it's not about recklessness and courage. I spent rivers of words to explain to passersby that what they were doing those guys it wasn't madness, but high preparation and professionalism. A “the Sunday stroller” probably not able to understand this difference, but those who practice sailing Yes, and it is thanks to these talents that we turn to passion and charge of inspiration for our next and more’ “quiet” exit!”
source: Michele Citizens
video: Sardegna Uno, Richard Dall
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