Olivia was already part of the French Fanatic SUP team, but delivering one great result after the other, French Team Manager Erwan Bordier decided together with Fanatic Brand Manager Craig Gertenbach to promote her to the International SUP Team.
Name: Olivia Piana
Favourite discipline: Wave and Race (Downwind)
- Winner of the Trophée International Méditerranéen Race 2012
- Winner of the Coupe du Monde Race de La Torche 2012
- Winner of the Massilia SUP Race 2012
- Winner of the Beach Race Summer SUP Bandol 2012
- Winner of the SUP Race de Port-Grimaud 2012
- 1st of Open SUP de Lyon 2011
- 2nd Amsterdam Eurosupa Race 2011
- 4th of the Race European Championship (12'6 series) 2011
Favourite spot: Local French spots
Favourite Fanatic board: The ProWave 8'2 and Fly Race 12'6
How I started SUP: I started SUP in the waves when there wasn't enough wind to windsurf, that´s how I got hooked.
Best SUP day in my life: Surfing big waves and my first race victory
Other sponsors besides Fanatic: Rudy Project, Zutee and Waxx, ION
My Goals: To win the women's ranking in race in the European Champ (Eurosupa Tour) 2012, and improve my level years by years in Race & Waves.
My Slogan: Be yourself anyway.
INTERVIEW WITH OLIVIA PIANA:
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into stand up paddling?
I have been windsurfing since couple of years now. I always love being on the water. One day, when there wasn't enough wind to windsurf, I tried to enjoy waves with a friend's SUP and I felt so good on it that I couldn't leave it!
Why Fanatic boards?
Because I love the red color!
What is your favourite board?
Fly Race 12'6 and ProWave 8'2.
So far you won almost all events this season, how come and how does that feel?
I spent a lot of time on the water last winter: SUP wave and race, windsurf and kitesurf. I gained endurance and technical qualities. My experience in triathlon gave me the racing mind. The Stand Up is a mix of everything I love, so I'm feeling very well on it!
And what was your favourite experience on a SUP?
My favorite experience is the La Torche SUWT. To win my first world cup, have met great people and share unforgettable moments.
What are your plans?
My main plan is to enjoy a lot of time on the water as much as possible. My objectives for the end the season are: the Battle of the Paddle, the SUWT Finale in Oahu, according to my budget, and the wave and race French Championship