Meet Leo Fioravanti

The first Italian ever to join the World Tour ranks for surfing.

This article, written by , appears on The Inertia.

This year, Leonardo Fioravanti will be the first Italian surfer to represent his country at surfing’s highest level. Let that sink in. Americans, Australians, Brazilians, and Hawaiians may have trouble understanding just what that means. All have been collectively rooting for their compatriots in competition for some time now. And each group can claim a few world titles, at least. Not Italy.

But the times are a changin’. Leo is evidence of surfing’s global transcendence. The sport’s reach in corners of the globe that might be less obvious, although Leo would be the first to tell you that Italy’s got some incredible waves if you know where to look. Not to overshadow the presence of lesser represented countries on tour – think Ireland, Spain, maybe France – but this is Italy’s turn. Read more at The Inertia…

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