Leonardo Fioravanti


  • Name: Leonardo Fioravanti
  • Date of Birth: 08/12/97
  • Hometown: Rome, Italy

  • Leonardo Fioravanti is no stranger to the surf world. And the surf world is certainly no stranger to him. The Italian charmer has had a spotlight shining on him since before he even hit his teens. And why not? He had eerily good form, a myriad of airs, a fearless approach to fearsome waves and a carve as big as his smile. The world was his, and the hype was inevitable. But those days are over. Leo’s an adult now. He’s had a certain fire in him ever since returning to the water after breaking his back at Pipeline. He qualified for the CT in 2016 at only 18-years-old and he has already beaten both Kelly Slater and 2015 World Champ Adriano de Souza as a wildcard on the WSL. From here on out, Leo’s just going to let his surfing do the talking. Rest assured, the whole world will be listening.

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Book a flight. Pack a bag. Put your head down and go — a proper strike mission allows no time for hesitation.


When Aritz Aranburu and Leonardo Fioravanti saw a swell lining up for a slab in Ireland a few weeks ago, they wasted no time in pulling the trigger. Their decision resulted in a scramble of last-minute flights, all-night drives, a three-hour night of sleep and, finally, some of the best waves of their lives. Yep, it was worth it.


Footage: Andy Benetrix // @andybenetrixproduction

Water footage: Clem Mcinerney // @clemmcinerney

Music: The Chiwoks


Winning the 2018 Martinique Surf Pro was an emotional ride for Leonardo Fioravanti.


Not only because it was a loud and clear statement after having a rough rookie year on the CT. Not only because it was his first QS win since 2014. Not only because he beat an in-form Nat Young in a nail-biting final.


But also because Leo was surfing for more than himself. Dripping wet, standing on stage in front of a big crowd, he took some time to express his emotions.



Thank you Martinique

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"I'm stoked to win this one for me but also for the Europeans and everybody in Italy supporting me,” Leo said. “I want to dedicate this win to two people I've lost recently, my grandmother, and Pierre Agnes from Quiksilver, who we all miss dearly."


It’d been a long week battling it out against the Qualifying Series’ finest surfers. If nothing else, the win reaffirms the fact that Leo surfs with his heart. After breaking his back in 2015, he rallied in 2016 to defy the odds and qualify for the CT.



With a meaningful win like this, 2018 is already setting up to be a big year for the 20-year-old Italian.


Layback or Clayback? #MartiniqueSurfPro @wsl

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There’s no place like home.


For Leonardo Fioravanti, home means Italy. A land of impossible beauty, where craggy mountains sink into the dreamy Mediterranean, creating a surreal picture that’ll paint itself inside your mind for good. It’s one of the best places on the globe — the only thing that’s missing is consistent waves.


But when it’s on, it’s on.


These days, Leo is a citizen of the world. He’s fluent in five languages and his passport essentially looks like an atlas. But when Leo saw a good swell squaring up with his homeland, he dropped everything to get there ASAP. And of course it paid off.


Because, after all, there is no place like home — especially when home looks like this.



Our world moves fast. It goes a million miles a minute, spinning at the speed of infinity and never slowing down. You’re here today — fully here, engaged — then you’re gone tomorrow. Onto the next one. A new coast to explore, the next swell to surf, another moment to fall in love with.

Gone Tomorrow celebrates that spirit of now.

The France edition features Mikey February, Connor O’Leary, Zeke Lau, Kanoa Igarashi, Leonardo Fioravanti, Jeremy Flores, Ramzi Boukhiam, Aritz Aranburu, Marc Lacomare, Kael Walsh, Sebastian Williams and Mikey Wright. Filmed over a two week beach break blur, it’s guaranteed to make you want to go surfing.

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Radical Times In California, by the numbers that really count.

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Year surfing was first introduced to California by George Freeth.

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Miles from Hollywood to the beach. Good luck with traffic, though.

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Hours to Big Bear Mountain from the beach. There are plenty of skateparks on the way, in case you’re going for the trifecta.

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Year skateboarding’s Z-Boys came into existence in Venice Beach.

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Amount of sponsorship stickers you’ll see at Lowers on a good day

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Average nightly price of a hotel.

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Paradise Revealed


White sand. Blue water. Hot days and cold drinks. It’s impossible not to love Fiji — and we haven’t even mentioned the waves yet.


Our CT team is currently enjoying the paradisiacal properties of Tavarua. So is photographer Ryan Miller. He took his lens behind the scenes to give you a taste of what life’s like on the island. So, don’t be shy now — dig in.


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Ever seen a competitor’s area on a boat before? Neither had Connor O’Leary. Here, the rookie enjoys the perks of life on the CT.


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No reason not to smile. Leo Fioravanti.


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Life on the island is pretty laid back. Wiggolly Dantas.


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Give respect. Get respect (and some kava). Zeke Lau enjoys the opening ceremony.


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Bottom’s up — Kanoa Igarashi leans into one.


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Just call it fisheye.


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That’s one way to hide from the rain. Connor O’Leary, seeking shelter.


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Breathe in. Breathe out. Take it all in. Jeremy Flores.

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We’ve all seen plenty of footage from Indonesia.


From VHS tapes to Snapchat vids, the archipelago and its jewels have been documented, documented and documented some more. And let’s face it: even perfection begins to feel dull over time. It’s only human nature.


And then something like this comes in.


Here’s an edit of Aritz Aranburu and Leonardo Fioravanti from Nias last year. It is firing. Crazy firing. Insane firing. Just press play and dream up the courage to swing on one of those beasts.



This year, Quiksilver has six surfers on the WSL’s Championship Tour, each representing a different region: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Ezekiel Lau (HAW), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Connor O’Leary (AUS). Ranging in age from 19 to 28, they are the new generation of Quiksilver surfers to make noise on surfing’s biggest stage. Good luck in 2017 boys.


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Jeremy Flores - @floresjeremy


Date Of Birth: 4/27/1988


Hometown: Hossegor, France


Passionate. That’s what Jeremy Flores is. In the water, out of the water, all the time. He was born on Reunion Island, raised in Madagascar and currently resides in France. Jeremy’s talent was recognized early on and he quickly found himself traveling the world with big names like Kelly Slater. That diverse, worldly experience translated to his surfing- he’s powerful, he’s progressive and he’s absolutely fearless when the waves get heavy. So far, he’s won two CT events in his career - 2010 Pipeline Masters and the 2015 Billabong Pro Tahiti - and has consistently remained a must-watch every time he surfs a heat.


Wiggolly Dantas - @wiggolly


Date Of Birth: 12/16/1989


Hometown: Ubatuba, Brazil


Wiggolly Dantas’ surfing speaks for itself. After winning the Quiksilver Saquerema Prime event in 2014, he qualified for the CT and began to unleash his surfing alongside the world’s best. He charges as if there is no tomorrow, or even a slight idea of a tomorrow, and his backhand is powerful enough to make almost any wave disintegrate. Plus, he’s got the airs. The Brazilian is one of the most well-rounded surfers of this generation and you’ll surely see him standing on a podium or in the belly of an oversized wave at Pipeline soon enough.


Kanoa Igarashi - @kanoaigarashi


Date Of Birth: 10/1/1997


Hometown: Huntington Beach


USA Kanoa Igarashi is a truly complete surfer. He’s technical. He’s progressive. He’s consistently surprising and surprisingly consistent. The Japanese-American grew up as a surf prodigy in Huntington Beach, CA and has lived up to every bit of hype. It’s damn near impossible to find a flaw in his game. He’s won a few major WQS events so far in his career, like the 2016 Pantin Classic Galicia Pro and the 2015 Mahalo Surf Eco Festival. And on the CT level, he made the finals of the 2016 Billabong Pipeline Masters during his rookie year. The future may have a lot in store for Kanoa, but Kanoa has even more in store for the future.


Connor O’Leary - @connoroleary


Date Of Birth: 12/10/1993


Hometown: Cronulla, Australia


After an impressive junior career in Australia, Connor O’Leary disappeared into the depths of the WQS for a little while. While his surfing was just as fast, powerful and progressive as ever, it wasn’t translating into the results that he deserved. At one point, he even took up teaching surf lessons in order to gain the funds to keep chasing his dream. And then one day it all clicked: he finished two spots away from qualification in 2015, then made it up to himself by winning the whole series in 2016. His miraculous runincluded a win at the 2016 Ballito Pro. Boom. Just like that, Connor is back to where he belongs.


Leonardo Fioravanti - @lfioravanti


Date Of Birth: 12/8/1997


Hometown: Rome, Italy


Leonardo Fioravanti is no stranger to the surf world. And the surf world is certainly no stranger to him. The Italian charmer has had a spotlight shining on him since before he even hit his teens. And why not? He had eerily good form, a myriad of airs, a fearless approach to fearsome waves and a carve as big as his smile. The world was his, and the hype was inevitable. But those days are over. Leo’s an adult now. He’s had a certain fire in him ever since returning to the water after breaking his back at Pipeline. He qualified for the CT in 2016 at only 18-years-old and he has already beaten both Kelly Slater and 2015 World Champ Adriano de Souza as a wildcard on the WSL. From here on out, Leo’s just going to let his surfing do the talking. Rest assured, the whole world will be listening.


Ezekiel Lau - @zekelau


Date Of Birth: 11/23/1993


Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii


Talent. Motivation. Positivity. And a touch of grit. That’s a formula for success in surfing, and that’s the formula that has taken Zeke Lau to the top. The proud Hawaiian has faced a few major setbacks in his career - including some bouts with back injury - but he always fights hard and comes back. In 2015, he power-surfed his way onto the CT where he’ll be producing big, bold surfing that’ll please judges and spectators alike. His ultimate goal is a World Title. Don’t expect him to sleep until he gets there.


It’s amazing when it all comes together. When a storm creates a wave that ripples across an entire ocean, finds its way to a foreign shore and is met by someone who is willing and able to ride it perfectly. The whole process is bizarre. And beautiful. And mostly insane. We couldn’t love it more.


Every wave is unique and, for lack of a better word, they all have personality. In Hawaii, a single one can make or break a career, humble you, hurt you, kill you or create a euphoric experience you’ll never forget. This season, we’re committed to showing you the wildest moments between man and wave meet. Our riders are going to give you raw and honest insight on what made the best (or most brutal) waves they’ve wrangled unique. We’re calling it #ThisWave and we’re inviting you to join us for the ride — follow us on Instagram to do just that.


We will keep this page updated with all the latest #thiswave posts, so keep an eye on it.







This is it. The last stop. After forty-nine events in twenty different countries, the 2017 WQS season is officially behind up. Want to see how it all ended? The latest edition of Snaketales has you covered, friends.


Go behind the scenes (and into the lineup) at Sunset Beach for the Vans World Cup Of Surfing. With the crew on the brink of qualification, see how they fare at the trickiest chunk of ocean this side of Haleiwa. There are turns, twists, jokes, emotions and, ummm, Zeke Lau gets a pie in his face [4:34]. Dive. Straight. In.


A season on the World Qualifying Series means a long year. Like, forty-nine events in twenty different nations long. And while not all of those events are must-dos, the relentless pace of the schedule is still enough to drive a man insane. It does, in fact, drive some men insane. But it drives other men to the World Tour.


This year, two of those men are Connor O’Leary and Leonardo Fioravanti.


The season just ended Connor, who is 23 years old and comes from Currumbin, Australia, finished first on the QS. After missing the World Tour by a few spots last year, Connor won the first Prime event of the season this year and never looked back. His surfing is precise, his attitude is positive and he’s got everything it takes to make (loud) noise on the big stage when the Quik Pro Gold Coast rolls around. Consider yourself warned. Seriously.



Leo, who is 18 years old and fresh out of Rome, Italy, had a totally different path to qualification. After breaking his back two years ago, he returned to competition this year a new man. He kicked 2017 off by making back-to-back finals then spearheading a few major upsets as a wildcard in the CT at Margaret River. From there, he kept on collecting results and put out a banger edit while he was at it. He’s the first Italian to ever qualify for the tour, and his names comes with the most hype rolling into next season.



Connor and Leo will join fellow Quik riders Jeremy Flores, Kanoa Igarashi and Wiggolly Dantas on the World Tour in 2017. Which, in other words, means it’s going to be one hell of a year.