In a year short on hot riding edits, Noé Font’s La Dolce Vita stood out for us as an obviously high class freestyle edit in 2020. In any ordinary year with hundreds more available edits you’d still be hard pressed to find as polished a collection of perfectly executed wakestyle manoeuvres landed with the individuality of two of the sport’s cleanest and most stylish technicians. On the stunningly flat waters of Sicily you’ll also enjoy guest appearances from Maxime Chabloz, Louka Pitot and Marco Tonti.
However, it’s Noé’s ability to exquisitely lead us in and out of the La Dolce Vita edit with tastes of Sicilian culture that really remind us that we’ve missed more than just kiteboarding in 2020. If you’re not a core freestyle fan you may have missed this video. We think you’ll enjoy it, alongside Noe’s images and thoughts below!
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Noé on the edit: “As always when filming a video my goal is to show the best riding I can capture in the given time. This time was no different, we wanted the best tricks, new tricks and NBDs (never been done) tricks. It’s a very classic kite video in terms of editing: there is an intro followed by lot of tricks over a good song.” What were your first impressions of Sicily and how did your views of the place change the longer you stayed? Sicily is amazing and feels very much like you’ve travelled back in time. It’s how I imagine it felt to live in the sixties. The area around the lagoon has changed a lot since I was there in 2013, though. Vineyard land has been occupied by kite schools that now operate all along the shoreline, which is a good indication that Sicily is probably the best place to learn to kite in Europe. The conditions are ideal with good wind, shallow, flat water, cheap food and accommodation. What do you think most kiteboarders will like about the place? Is it as easy as it looks to find large expanses of flat water? Kiters will love the food and the conditions. The mix of those two is what makes Sicily so special. The lagoon is massive and the seaweed under the surface stops the water from developing chop, so no matter where you go the water remains considerably flatter than you’re probably used to. When the tides are lower you can find absolute glass.
When did you go and how consistent were the conditions at that time? We were there in late July for two weeks and had good wind every day except two. Coco (Gianmaria Coccoluto) lives there and always brags on about how it’s windy every day from April through September. Even if he’s only 75% accurate, the odds are good!
Looking back over your images of Sicily and your experience of the place, what do you think makes it different from other Mediterranean locations? At first glance, Sicily may not seem as astonishing as you might have imagined, but once you start going places you’ll find little pockets where beauty lives. You’ll drive through what feels like a boring desert and then just around the corner you’ll find a beautiful beach packed with colourful little umbrellas. You’ll also discover towns built at the top of a mountain where things haven’t changed in years. Do you think taking photos and video adds to your experience of travel and the way you look at the world? Definitely. Sometimes I find myself getting excited about the most random little things. Things you wouldn’t normally take photos of can be seen in a different way with a camera and I like to share that vision. Textures, geometry, nature and people’s interaction. Shooting photos makes it easier to find cool things in places that many people would think are boring. I have a few different cameras that I travel with, but all these shots were taken on an Olympus Pen 35mm half frame camera. It shoots two vertical photos in the space of a horizontal frame, so in a roll of 36 photos you can get up to 72. It’s also tiny in your hands, so no one takes you seriously when you’re carrying it around, making it easy to go undercover! I love every bit of shooting. I don’t remember ever travelling without a camera and I hope I never will.