My name is Olivia Piana. I'm a water sports addict and professional SUP racer.
What is the reason you committed your life to Stand Up Paddling?
Stand Up Paddling allows me to go on the water everyday however the weather: flat water, waves or strong wind (downwind). Downwind is what I prefer. The sensations are awesome when wind and swell are strong, especially when you share it with friends. SUP is an amazing mix between the pleasure of gliding and endurance. Furthermore, as an ancient pro windsurfer, I can't hide you that I love to prepare my equipment in approximately 90 seconds and run to the sea as a kid!
What is your biggest achievement in your sport?
Initially, I'm a child of the mountains (French Alps). Thanks to passion, work, perseverance and support, I'm so happy that my dream came true: to be part of the women's SUP racers as a pro rider and to push the limits of SUP racing.
"I can not hide you that I love to prepare my equipment in approximately 90 seconds and run to the sea as a kid!"
What are you doing to push yourself everyday?
To be on the water and to push my limits make me feel good. To train with friends push myself to be faster on flat water or bumpy conditions. “Happiness only real when shared.”
What is your vision on what direction the sport should go?
We need to remember that SUP comes from surfing. The surfing aspect is very important and makes the races fun. That's what the International Surfing Federation is going to do: organizing long distances downwind and the technical races on the waves. That's why we SUP. Easy surfing in all the conditions, for everyone who want to enjoy to be stand up on the water.