TEAM ROSTER AND BIOS
Who's representing your country?
Italy
DIVISION: Under 16
Chiara Cuppone
  • Age / 15
  • Height / 163cm
  • Born / Rome
  • Resides in / Rome
  • Favorite surf break / Ostia
  • Board / 5'6
  • Biggest Achievement / Italian Championship
  • Hobbies / Surfing
Born in Rome and Lived for two years in Belgium and in the USA (Virginia Beach). I'm the youngest of three siblings, my sister is living in Scotland and my brother in Rome. In our family lives also a black labrador named Tobia.

I'm attending the 2nd year of High School. I also like to ski and skate.
Italy
DIVISION: Under 16
Viola Brencoli
  • Age / 15
  • Height / 162cm
  • Born / Rome
  • Resides in / Rome
  • Favorite surf break / Buggerru, Sardinia
  • Board / One Bradley
  • Hobbies / Drawing, playing the piano, reading
Sono nato a Roma, Italia e frequento il secondo anno di liceo. Ho iniziato a fare surf a 11 anni. In Italia non ci sono molte onde, quindi viaggio sempre per allenarmi e cercare nuovi spot con la mia famiglia e i miei amici. Da quest'anno ho iniziato a gareggiare nella Junior QS in Europa ed è stata un'esperienza molto emozionante. Sono onorato di far parte del Team Italia e cercherò di fare del mio meglio.
Italy
DIVISION: Under 18
Lorenzo Cipolloni
  • Age / 18
  • Height / 177cm
  • Born / Rome
  • Resides in / Rome
  • Favorite surf break / La graviere, hossegor
  • Board / Bradley
  • Sponsors / No one
  • Biggest Achievement / second in the Italian under 16 championship and win some competition of the italian championship
  • Hobbies / Reading, horse riding
I'm 18 and I'm from Rome, I started surfing competitions very late, around 15 years old, so being here for me is a dream that came true in a very short time.
Italy
DIVISION: Under 18
Victoria Backhaus
  • Age / 17
  • Height / 162cm
  • Born / Lainate ( Mi)
  • Resides in / Lainate ( Mi)
  • Favorite surf break / Levanto
  • Board / Polen surfboards
  • Sponsors / Roxy
  • Biggest Achievement / Italian Championship
  • Hobbies / Surf,Yoga
5 anni fa ho iniziato a fare surf e mi sono completamente innamorato di questo sport.quando sono in acqua con la mia tavola mi sento felice dentro.Il mio temperamento è molto competitivo quindi mi piace fare gare in giro per il mondo.Spero di diventarlo ogni giorno di meglio in meglio
Italy
DIVISION: Under 18
Francesca Valletti
  • Age / 18
  • Height / 163cm
  • Born / Rome
  • Resides in / Rome
  • Favorite surf break / Vertical
  • Board / Icon rt
  • Sponsors / Ostia surf
  • Biggest Achievement / Italian champion
  • Hobbies / Edit video
I'm Francesca I love surf because is a lot of things, is a way to be with your friend and with the nature, and makes me feel good. I'm from Italy and un hopefully there are no waves so it's hard training, but when there are swell I always try to do my best
Italy
DIVISION: Under 18
Marta Begalli
  • Age / 17
  • Height / 0cm
Italy
DIVISION: Under 16
Leonardo Apreda
  • Age / 16
  • Height / 168cm
  • Born / Playa hermosa CR
  • Resides in / Playa hermosa CR
  • Favorite surf break / Playa hermosa
  • Board / Lost
  • Sponsors / Nixon, cbdfx, xsurfboards
  • Biggest Achievement / National champion
  • Hobbies / Skate, motocross
I'm like to do new Friends, and i have a lot of energy 
Italy
DIVISION: Under 16
Michele Scoppa
  • Age / 15
  • Height / 174cm
  • Born / Rome, Italy
  • Resides in / Rome, Italy
  • Favorite surf break / Banzai
  • Board / Rt
  • Sponsors / ripcurl, deflow, surfclash, taopatch, rt surfboards, chinesiifop, city beach
  • Biggest Achievement / 5th place eurosurf junior 2022
  • Hobbies / Edit, skate
Hi, i'm michele scoppa, i'm 15 years old, i'm from Italy and my passion is surfing.
Italy
DIVISION: Under 16
Alberto Barzan
  • Age / 15
  • Height / 170cm
  • Born / Malibu
  • Resides in / Malibu
  • Favorite surf break / Surfrider, Coxos, Lowers
  • Board / Sharp Eye Inferno 72
  • Sponsors / Xcel, Fu Wax, Creatures of Leisure, Drill Surf and Skate
  • Biggest Achievement / U18 finalist at Nssa west coast regionals
  • Hobbies / skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing
I am 15-year-old, I started surfing and skating when I was 9. My favorite spots are Lowers and First Point in California, Coxos in Portugal and V-Land in Hawaii and my favorite surfers are Felipe Toledo and Mick Fanning. I love skating, skiing and snowdoarding. 
Italy
DIVISION: Under 16
Mya Sniadach
  • Age / 16
  • Height / 167cm
  • Born / New Smyrna Beach Florida
  • Resides in / New Smyrna Beach Florida
  • Favorite surf break / Hermosa Beach, Costa Rica
  • Board / Minami
  • Sponsors / Rip Curl New Smyrna Beach and Minami surfboards
  • Biggest Achievement / Under 14 East Coast Champ
  • Hobbies / Painting and martial arts
Im 16 years old from New Smyrna Beach Florida and I love to travel and surf!
Italy
DIVISION: Under 18
Brando Giovannoni
  • Age / 18
  • Height / 180cm
  • Born / Viareggio
  • Resides in / Viareggio
  • Favorite surf break / Molo di Viareggio
  • Board / Model One by Bradley
  • Sponsors / Billabong, Oakley, Euroglass, Holysport
  • Biggest Achievement / Italian champion
  • Hobbies / Cooking
Hi, I'm Brando Giovannoni, I'm 18 years old and I'm from Italy. I live in Viareggio (Tuscany) and I love travelling. Can't wait to compete in Rio and represent my country.

FORZA ITALIA
Italy
DIVISION: Under 18
Rufo Baita
  • Age / 18
  • Height / 172cm
  • Born / Rome
  • Resides in / Rome
  • Favorite surf break / Banzai Beach, Santa Marinella
  • Board / Sharpeye Inferno 72
  • Sponsors / Ripcurl, Surfclash distribution, Citybeach boardshop , Sharpeye surfboards, Mfc Hawaii, Jam Traction, Carpoint Italia
  • Biggest Achievement / Italian National Champion
  • Hobbies / Football
Hi everyone, i'm Rufo Massimo Baita and i'm 16 years old. I was born and raised in Rome, Italy, where I still live and try to surf whenever there are waves (really rarely). I really love travelling around the world and I'm so happy to be part of the Italian Team for this ISA Junior World Games.
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