Il Giorno Dei Giorni.
Simone Macera spills his guts on possibly the best wave ever ridden in the Mediterranean, and what life is like in Covid affected Italy.
Firstly how sick was that barrel! Was that the best pit you’ve ever scored in Italy?
First of all, I want to thank Infoamed for giving me the opportunity of this interview. This magazine is really cool, I love the underground style and its subcultural shades of our sport so I feel honored to talk about my experience on here.
To get down to business, this wave was definitely the biggest waves I have surfed in Italy and probably the biggest conditions, but not the only one. I have surfed other pits in Italy in some other spots.
How often do conditions like these come around in the Mediterranean?
Not often at all, that is the reason why the picture made a great stir. However, it can happen that sometimes in some particular moments of our autumn and winter we get few consistent swell. Of course not too big because the waves can’t get too high because the Mediterranean is a “closed sea”, which makes it less powerful than an open oceans. Onshore wind for sure plays an important role to get a big and clean swell.
When I’m in Italy I usually surf in Livorno, my home town, but with onshore wind I can also travel somewhere else to other regions for example that day I travelled to Liguria to catch those waves.
What is the bodyboarding scene like in Italy? Are there any competitions or is it just crew chasing waves?
The highest concentration of bodyboarders can be found in my city, Livorno, because we have many hollow waves. There are other places of course and communities: Rome, Liguria, Sicily and Sardinia. We do have one competition each year organized by the Italian surf association but it is organized in spots that are not good for booging, so of course people do not bother to travel there to attend a competitions that doesn’t offer the conditions for your surfing style. It would be good to organize some competitions in our city.
We know that Italy was hit hard by Covid and you had to endure some lengthy lockdowns, what is the situation like now?
Thank you for asking about our national situation: Italy was dramatically hit by the virus, the first wave of covid-19 kept us locked down from March until May, it was a national and extremely strict lockdown. After that summer came and life seemed to be back to normal, but in October we had a second that made us feel really sad because it seemed to never be over, luckily now with vaccines it is getting better or at least it seems.
Personally I have been affected by this situation because I am not allowed to travel, therefore I cannot surf as often as I would because of the lack of waves in Italy. I want to take the occasion to to thank Pride bodyboards for allowing me to travel the day of the Italian big swell to Liguria, even if there were restrictions.
Can you describe the feeling of being able to get back in the water again once lockdown restrictions were eased?
I remember the day the first lockdown was over there was a small swell coming, but things were still pretty unstable. The rules weren’t too clear about what it was possible to do. I went to the spot by walking since it is situated close to my house, but I remember it looked so weird because there was the police around and everything was suspicious. At the end we got some nice waves and I got to surf a little after two months of lockdown.
Did you hear of an adventures / attempts by people to surf during the Covid restrictions?
Of course, we had something going on with the authorities too, but not in my region. I heard in Lazio region people were surfing and they got charged for that. I had not idea which side to pick, because even though surf is not a sport highly contagious since the distance is natural, so many things were unsure and there were still many doubts during the first Covid wave.