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Interview with Fabio Sanna

December 27, 2004

Q Where were you born and where do you live today?

A I was born in Trieste the most North-Eastern city in Italy, right on the border with Slovenia. I still live there, but I wish to move sooner or later to somewhere else.

Q How old are you and how long have you been freestyling for?

A I'm 23 and I started to freestyle in June 2003, exactly one and a half years ago.

Q How did you find out about freestyle and what made you get into the sport?

A I began with catch and throw with a friend of mine, we were addicted, we played everyday, so we searched for good discs on the web and I discovered frisbee.com and heinsville.com. Then I went totally crazy with the Nike commercial and I found out that the FPA Worlds would be in Italy for the first time.

So, I went to Rimini with Eleonora and Stefano to see if all the things I had seen in the videos on the web were true...but in person the routines appeared even more incredible. In that moment I fell deeply in love with freestyle and with the comunity.

Q Who are your mentors?

A Oh, this is a tough one, because I consider every freestyler a mentor, everyone has something special to teach you, even a beginner. But ok, I'll write down the most important ones for me:

Jake Gauthier (for heinsville.com and some good tips he gave me during FPA'03)

Steve Hays, John Titcomb(thanks to them I understood better what freestyle is and they always inspire my game)

Larry Imperiale (during winter he was always ready for giving me a tip)

Arthur Coddington (like Larry he was always by my side during the winter giving me tips and encouraging me to "keep the disc spinning")

Pipo Lopez (we became friends at FPA'03, after paganello'04 I consider him my bro, he taught me the art of contronatural)

Patrick Marron (His level of game, with big air and good control inspire me, after a talk with him at FPA'04 I understood many things)

Tommy Leitner (If there is a synonym for Tommy Leitner it could be Freestyler, it's not only his terrific level of game, but the way he plays everytime. He's always focused to make the greatest move/combo ever, he's never lazy with the disc, thanks to him I increased my level of gameplay)

Thomas Gereben (This man knows what courage is and he taught it to me! He was knocked out for a long time for a broken knee during Paganello(2001?), then he came back after 3 years in Podersdorf'04 to achieve 2nd place, when we tied at Rumbacup for first place it felt like winning pairs together, because we became friends. So we played toghether with Stefano Mestroni in Co-op at European Championships '04. Thomas came back bravely after a hard injury to take his first big win at European. He should be inspiring for everybody, not just for me)

Q How long did it take you to learn to delay and to do your first gitis?

A I remember perfectly: I was in front of heisville's instructional page on "how to delay", after reading it very carefully I went out in my backyard and tried it with my first Sky Styler (yes I bought it before freestyling...I was doomed from the start). The disc was slicked with kitchen oil and I had no fake fingernails, but it was one of those days that literally changes your life. I tried to delay all the day thinking: "it's possible, it's possible..." (I had never seen anyone do it) and in the evening I was able to delay it for 4-5 sec, the day after I learned to delay the disc for longer time and I put it below eye level. And that's all, I was ready to freestyle!

My first gitis came a long time later, it was FPA'03, about 2 months after my first delay, I remember the first night on the red carpet during the party "The Beast" told me: "Try the Gitis!". He threw me the disc and I got it the first time (luck), a strange feeling, it wasn't a normal catch, it was better, so after FPA I practiced a lot on that.

Q What would you say were the defining moment or moments in your competitive freestyle career?

A Competitive? Ok, it was making the semis at Paganello, after that I stopped thinking I was a loser. Then winning the tie with Thomas at Rumbacup, my first win! Of course The first place in Co-op at the European Championships, because I knew we played all extremely well!

But maybe the most important one was not a victory for first place, but getting to finals at the last FPA Worlds. Not only for me (of course I was excited, I cried!), but for all the US players who came here in Italy at FPA '03, willing to share their treasure with us, I demonstrated to them that their efforts were not in vain.

Q What are your best and worst memories in frisbee?


Best ones:

When I drove all the way to Austria all alone thinking about strange combos, delighted by the landscape and hoping for a good performance, then I won and came back driving all the night...it was raining, but I was listening to the music and singing, I was in heaven.

All the parties I had with all my freestyle friends all around Europe, from Amsterjam, UK, Rimini, Viareggio, Rome, Hohenzell, Podersdorf, Nurnberg, to Milan, this was one of my best years in my life.

Having dinner with Eleonora, Dave Lewis and Arthur Coddington after FPA'04 semis, we had a great talk.

When we left Rome after the "Cappello" (Hat) tournament and I understood Eleonora fell in love with freestyle.

When I recognized at the first beach-party of FPA'03 all the best players in the world...I was trembling with excitement.

When I saw for the first time a routine on the Red Carpet at FPA'03 live!

Worst ones:

Very few, but let's see...oh yes, when I woke up at Paganello still a bit drunked from the last party-night, I drove to the beach right before our co-op routine with Stefano and Gregory Lo-A-sjoe, then Greg asked me if I had any ideas about the routine, and I said:"No, let's build up something now". After the first programmed co-op we heard our call and we jammed...I don't know how, I went dropless.

Oh yes, the day of the finals on the beach in Amsterdam...there was a hurricane on that beach...our routine:a disaster!

Q Do you have other hobbies?

A I like spending time on my pc, playing, listening to music and taking care of my website, freeskyler.com

Q What is your day job?

A I'm still studying, I study painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice

Q Who are your favorite players to watch?

A That's a tough one, but I love to watch the three Daves (everyone of them has something really different and cool), Larry (king of the wind), Pipo (king of the beach) , Tommy (king of the jam), Randoman (king of the craziest trick), Arthur (king of the technique), only on video Sir Joey Hudoklin and Mr. Chip Bell

Q How many events did you compete at in 2004?

A A total of 10. Many, but never enough!

Q What are your preferred disc, slick and finger nail types?

A Sky Styler (white or yellow), I don't have a really good slick here in Italy, but Tommy gave me a tin of Sprayon and I can say it's working better! I use Matt's nails and they're the best you can find in the US. Here in Italy (Milan) there's Paolo Magni who is making the same kind of nails, I've never tried them, but they seems equal

Q What events are you most excited about in 2005?

A FPAW in Seattle and the tournament in Manresa (Santa Cruz), I'll be there!

Quick Links

the best freestyle video collection on the net! (by Fabio Sanna in Trieste, Italy)

Check out the player profiles at the official web site of the FPA (by Larry Imperiale in Colorado, US)
a great way to learn new freestyle moves, take a trip to heinsville! (by Jake Gauthier in Oregon, US)

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