To be an Italian surfer is to never waste an opportunity for surf. Relying on the enclosed Mediterranean Sea to produce its waves, it takes a special combination to fire, and much like a fine Italian wine, when it does you’ve got to savour every drop.

When Leo Fioravanti recently saw all the elements combining at home, he couldn’t resist a strike mission. The target was the Island of Sardegna, where he scored everything from fun, rippable walls to pretty little slabs that wouldn’t look out of place on the NSW South Coast.