Name: Leilou

Surname: Spano

Homebase: Lac Leman / la Gouille du Rosel

Country: Switzerland


Your favourite quote: "Realize your dreams to discover your limits" and "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough" by Mike Horn

Where’s your favourite spot(s): My favorite spot is somewhere lost in the Mediterranean, where translucent water takes you into wild landscapes between dreams and reality. I enjoy walking along the cliffs where the waves explode against the rocks.

Your craziest, best, funniest, or most adventurous ride ever: One of my craziest rides was when I took my dog to sea with me for a Via Ferrata on a rocky outcrop far from the coast. There were a headwind and side waves, and in the end, I was fighting for 1h30 against the sea. My other incredibly beautiful experience was pumping on the sea and passing under a huge stone arch. A ride in an idyllic place! It was dark when I entered the arch. As I stepped out of the arch, the water turned turquoise and translucent. You could see the sun through the exit of the arch.

Other hobbies than riding a board on liquid water: Climbing, Slackline, Fitness, Mountainbiking, Trailrunning, Snowboarding, Skateboarding

Tell us about a personal achievement: My second place in the 2021 Swiss sprint championship was incredible. I had never done an official sprint race, and I absolutely loved it. Giving the maximum performance over 50 meters with two buoys was a magnificent experience. It was fascinating to witness. Of course, there was stress but control and concentration remained essential. This was a nice challenge to overcome.

Anything you want to let us and/or the world know: Stand Up Paddling is not just a hobby, but a real sport of endurance and technique. You need to do a good analysis of the water and the wind conditions. Only the km can make us perform. It is a sport to discover magnificent landscapes that allow us to discover inaccessible places and explore them.

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