TEAM ROSTER AND BIOS
Who's representing your country?
Select any country name to view their team roster and learn more about our competing athletes.
Italy
DIVISION / Para Surf Stand 2
Chantal Pistelli
  • Age / 35
  • Born / Pisa
  • Favorite surf break / Beach Break
  • Board / Mini Malibu
  • Biggest Achievement / 3rd to the first Windsurf race for disabled people
  • Hobbies / Surf, snowboard
I’m very happy to be in the World Championship this year. It's my first time, and I'm honored to meet so many people who have my same passion for surfing. I am the first woman in Italy to compete in an official surf competition and I hope I am up to it. I love surfing, I love my Italian team, I'm italian-american, I was born in US and I love being here now in the United States for this competition. 
Italy
DIVISION / Para Surf Prone 2
Lorenzo Bini
  • Age / 36
  • Born / sesto fiorentino
  • Board / longboard
  • Biggest Achievement / HASC 2019 Semi-final
  • Hobbies / Travelling, discovering new places, walking my dog, photography and video-making
I am from Italy and I’m 36. I was born with Osteogenis imperfecta, a bone and muscle fragility. I’ve been on a wheelchair for 16 years after a street accident, which caused me a spinal cord injury resulting in paraplegia.
I’ve been swimming since I was a child and I've been surfing since 2012. I teach at the swimming pool in the Spinal Unit in Florence (the city where I live), helping patients who enter conditions similar to mine and using the sport as an instrument to enhance autonomy. Basically I try to use my experience in a positive way, helping and “pushing” people who find themselves in the condition I am, to recover their strength and the will to get back into the game.

I work in a magical place, Dynamo Camp (a structure -belonging to the Serious Fun network - that offers recreational therapy to children with illnesses), where I deal with volunteers’ formation and different activities.
I organize events in the schools to promote social inclusion and road safety and during these meetings I share my story with the students and invite them to take part into empathic sport activities.

My dream is to bring more and more people with disability close to surfing. 
Italy
DIVISION / Para Surf VI 1
Matteo Salandri
  • Age / 33
  • Born / Roma
  • Favorite surf break / Beach Break
  • Board / 7 mini malibu
  • Hobbies / sport, music, travel, politics
I am working in the Italian railway company and I am legal responsible for accessibility in the national stations. I have a very pretty guide black dog named Yashi.  
Italy
DIVISION / Para Surf VI 1
Matteo Fanchini
  • Age / 50
  • Born / Arona
  • Favorite surf break / Pismo Beach
  • Board / 7'6 or Longboard
  • Biggest Achievement / Copper medal Surf Euro Championship
  • Hobbies / Skating
My surname sound like Funky!  
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