E.P., RIWmag Manager, returns to the shocking news of the disappearance of Kiki Guindani (www.riwmag.com/riwmag-e-il-windsurf-italiano-piangono-kiki-guindani/):
“I apologize to all the audience if I return to speak in the first person a few days later, but the exceptional’ of the situation requires it.
And’ for hours I have been wondering what to do and when to do it …
on the one hand the mourning because of the disappearance of such a person’ important for the whole Italian windsurfing movement and so’ close to our editorial staff,
on the other “the show that must go on” …
Where in this case is the right balance between feelings, Sensitivity’ and professional duties?
Kiki would certainly have been able to respond by finding the right compromise … Indeed, could have done more’ … with her welcoming and reassuring voice and with her maternal patience she would have been able to make us find the right answer, without impositions, simply by listening and sharing his points of view.
In a “chicken coop with lots of roosters” as the world of windsurfing was just one of the great features of Kiki: know how to be right and above the parts, respected and out of any conflict of interest.
In recent days I have tried to read all the testimonies shared on the web by the people who knew her, I exchanged messages and phone calls with many famous people at the time of Windsurf Italia and I went to reread and browse some numbers between the 97 and the 98, when I wrote my first articles in the press.
In those years I worked in the summer as a windsurfing instructor for the NST of Bordighera which was managed by Paolo Ghione.
Paolo was a strong slalom athlete in the Italian circuit, caddy by Micah Buzianis (then among the most’ strong in the World Cup), then I become’ federal coach up to accompany alessandra sensini in the following years for two Olympic campaigns. At that time Liguria did not have a regional windsurfing correspondent and I volunteered. Cosi’ I took the train and, thanks to Paolo's references, I went to Milan at the offices of Windsurf Italia, where I met Kiki.
It was the beginning of the use of e-mails, otherwise faxes and floppy disks were still used. The photos were taken with slide rolls, there were no sophisticated weather forecasts that are available today in real time.
The mobiles were already there’ but they were still a luxury, and then to catch wind we all had a paper address book where reference telephone numbers were noted on the spots I called from the telephone booths before leaving.
Windsurfing was more’ sharing and less frenzy. There were the champions, then there were some key characters, and then there were all the others. The news was read in specialized magazines or traveled like a tam tam along the beaches. The materials were in full evolution and not always their development corresponded to an added value that lasted over time, but they still made folklore. The windsurfing videos were in video cassette and we were all together to watch them until we learned them by heart.
It is really impressive today to reread those pages and those magazines and savor those feelings of freedom’ and light-heartedness, that irrepressible optimistic energy, but above all remember that of that movement Kiki Guindani was recognized to be one of the key points. Despite all this responsibility’ and notoriety’ Kiki and’ always remained a simple and lovable person, always willing to help those in difficulty’ and always able to promote sport by highlighting on its pages all the key aspects.
In these days I and’ was asked how it is’ it was possible that Kiki, after deciding to exit the industry, had decided to give away his personal collection of magazines that he represented 26 years of his work.
Officially he told me he needed space in the house … today in hindsight I would like to ask you if in addition to that reason you had not warned that the world of which you had been a spectator, actress and at the same time cradle, by now it was accelerating too much and would have made more’ difficult human relationships, not the virtual ones but the real ones, Real, those in which she was naturally so’ spontaneous to excel.
I have always considered it a privilege to be able to learn from her, be able to compare myself with her, but precisely out of respect for this value I have always tried to draw on this privilege with the dropper, convinced (stupidly) to be able to have it available for a long time … while today I suddenly realize how many things I would still like to ask you … with the sense of duty that spurs me to carry on the show despite the feelings they would like to continue to lull themselves in a world that now does not exist’ more’ or at least and’ irreversibly changed …”
Saturday Mass 27 November at the church of Santa Maria Goretti in via Melchiorre Gioia 193 in Milan will not be’ All 18:00 but and’ has been moved to 17:30
If someone has photos with her or of her the family would kindly like to receive them. Send them to info@RIWmag.com and we will turn them over to his son Giacomo. Thank you very much.
Kiki and’ missed due to a sudden illness with cardiac arrest. We apologize to everyone if the first description provided had left room for possible misunderstandings.
photo: courtesy Kiki Guindani
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