Next up in our Spotlight series is young Italian Freestyle talent Riccardo Marca! Riki started to compete internationally last season and is keeping up very good. He definitely knows what he wants and is training hard for his goals. Read more herafter!
Let’s rewind to the start of 2017 – how are you looking back on the season?
I’m quite happy about my last year season, I didn’t really achieve the results I wanted, but I still sailed really good in some of the events and had some nice heats. I felt really comfortable about my sailing during the last events of the year, like in Sylt (where I finished 13th) and Holland (where I ended up 7th).
Highs and Lows?
I had some really good moments last year and that’s the ones I’m aways trying to remember the most. For sure it’s important to learn how to lose as well, and this is something I think I got much better in last year. I was really trying to learn from my mistakes without getting too pissed after a bad heat, but trying to focus on the next one instead. During the World Cup in Fuerteventura I had quite a lot of up and down, but I also had my best heat during the World Tour so far, and that’s something I was really stocked about it.
Did you do anything different in terms of training and did it make a difference?
Since last year I changed my coach and I started to train at “Exit Riccione” with Ubaldo Bartolucci and since that moment a lot of things changed for me. I improved a lot in and out of the water, and I feel like getting more and more confident with my body.
What is your favourite board in your portfolio you would never toss?
Without a shadow of a doubt my Skate 93, it’s the board I like the most and that fits in most of the conditions – from pure flat water to choppy or wavy water conditions.
Who do you look up to and why for inspiration in windsurfing and outside of the sport?
Since I got into the sport I’ve been looking at Steven van Broeckhoven, I got inspired from his professionalism as a athlete. When I started to get more into the professional windsurfing scene I also got to know Victor Fernandez, and I just like him so much. Even tough he’s on the top since so many years he’s such a modest and cool person, I think that riders like him are just making windsurfing better.
What advice would you give to young groms looking to follow in your footsteps?
I would tell them to do not give up if they like windsurfing. It’s not an easy sport but for sure all the effort you put in that will pay off and will give you unforgettable emotions.
Who do you credit as part of your success?
My family who believed in me since the start, without them I could have never follow my dream and became who I am now. And all my sponsors Fanatic, NorthSails and ION for being on my side for so many years since the very beginning.
Where do you see your future in the sport/immediate and long term plans?
I see myself competing in the tour as a professional athlete in the upcoming years, my goal is to get as far as I can and achieve my goals as a professional windsurfer. After my career I see myself working in the windsurfing scene – that’s what I’d like to do.
Funniest moment on tour from 2017?
Well there are a few, there are always some funny moments, but don’t really remember a very special one from last year.
Turns or airs?
Home or Hawaii?
Well, since I never been in Maui I cannot really answer the question, but I guess I choose Maui 🙂
Thrusters or Quads?
High boom or low boom?
I’d say high, I actually like it medium/high size, but for sure I’m not feeling comfortable with very low boom style as some wave riders are used to sail with.
Big winds or big waves?
The best would be to have both:) But if I need to choose I’d choose big wind.
What do you expect from your winter training and what skills do you want to improve?
I’ve been working on few different moves in Cape Town and I improved my sailing a lot. I feel ready for the next season. I learned all the moves I wanted to add in my list and got the other ones more consistent, now I just need to put them in that 7 minute heat.
Finally, what are you looking forward to in 2018?
I’ll be competing in the EFPT and PWA tour and that’s what I’ll be mainly focused on. I hope to get the results I worked for, and I’m really looking forward to all those events.
More about Rike here: http://www.fanatic.com/team/riccardo-marca/