Last week, the two European surfers saw a swell headed toward the beautiful Polynesian Islands and boarded the plane for a strike mission. Fioravanti carries around a personal recorder to give us inside access to their journey, including getting COVID-19 tests and navigating through international airports again.
A twenty three hour plane ride later and the two surfers landed at one of the most beautiful places in the world: Tahiti home of the infamous Teahupo'o.
The Italian representative Leonardo Fioravanti finished last year as number 31, despite an injury that sidelined him for five of the eleven CT events. Fioravanti looks as good as new in the edit, dropping into the Tahitian left-hand slabs with ease.
Fioravanti was accompanied by Basque country surfer Aritz Aranburu who competes in the Qualifying Series. Aranburu is a talented barrel rider and has done well in events at Teahupo'o. He won the 2017 Billabong Pro Tahiti trials as well as finished 9th in the 2020 Volcom Pipe Pro.
All in all, it looks as though the strike mission was a success.