RIDER: CLOVIS DONIZETTI MUSIC: JAZZ A GOGO by FRANCE GALL

The idea behind the EXOTIC AQUATIC DANCES is that of combining music and surf, always trying to find between both elements the balance that perfectly defines surfing. Finding rythms, cadence, pulse, tempos that may be used to reinforce, and highlight the moves of a given surfer, at a given wave. That is why these videos are edited with footage shot in one single session.

The beauty of Longboarding lies basically in one key element, Style, and that one is unique, personal, and non-transferable. Style is a combination of factors, the wave, the board, the fin, experience, concentration, repetition, muscular memory... but above all, Style is the way the surfer has to read the wave, to interpret movement, to feel the energy and to link his steps and maneuvers in a fluid, light and harmonious way.

Riding a wave is much like dancing, the surfer has to flow and feel, the wave is his music. His way of interpreting the movement, of integrating himself into the rythm, to take the steps at the right moment, without skipping a beat, decorating each move with his own signature, that is STYLE.

Clovis Donizetti, is probably the most talented french classic longboarder nowadays. His style is based on an easygoing and precise flow that is mainly influenced by the great early Californian longboarders, seasoned with that unique touch that defines french longboarders, the real guardians of the European Continental Old School.

Clean classic moves with no extra decoration, keeping it simple, neat and clean. Less is more.

Since he first came to surf in the Salinas Longboard Festival, many of us fell in love with his ways. Always close, always friendly. Always calm. That is Clovis and this, his Exotic Aquatic Dance, was shot with little time, during dusk a late day in August in San Vicente de la Barquera, northern Spain, while he was testing in relatively small waves, his new Fat Cat de Crèam shaped by Robin Kegel

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La idea detrás de EXOTIC AQUATIC DANCES es la de combinar música con surf intentando encontrar entre ambos elementos el equilibrio que tanto define al surf. Buscar ritmos, cadencias, compases que sirvan para reforzar y realzar los movimientos de un surfista determinado en una ola determinada. Por eso son vídeos editados con el material recogido en un solo baño.

La belleza del Longboard radica principalmente en un elemento clave, el estilo y ése, es único, personal e intransferible. El estilo es una combinación de factores, ola, tabla, quilla, experiencia, concentración, repetición, memoria muscular... pero sobre todo, el estilo es la forma que tiene el surfista de leer la ola, de interpretar el movimiento, de sentir la energía y de enlazar sus pasos y maniobras de una forma fluida, ligera y armoniosa.

Cabalgar una ola se parece mucho al baile, el surfista debe fluir y sentir, la ola es su música. Su forma de interpretar el movimiento de integrarse en el ritmo, dar los pasos en el momento adecuado, sin perder el compás, decorando cada movimiento con su firma personal, eso es el ESTILO.

Clovis Donizetti, es probablemente el tablonero clásico francés con más talento. Su estilo se basa en un deslizamiento tranquilo y preciso que bebe estilísticamente de esos grandes surfistas californianos de antaño, aderezado con ese toque que define tanto a los tabloneros franceses, guardianes de la verdadera vieja escuela europea.

Movimientos clásicos sin demasiadas filigranas, conservando la simplicidad. Pulcro y Limpio. Menos es más.

Desde que vino por primera a costas españolas a surfear en el Festival de Longboard de Salinas, muchos de nosotros nos “enamoramos” de su forma de ser, siempre cercano, siempre amable, siempre tranquilo. Ese es Clovis y este, su Exotic Aquatic Dance, grabado con muy poco tiempo, durante la puesta de sol de un día en Agosto, en San Vicente de la Barquera, mientras testeaba en un swell relativamente pequeñito su nueva Fat Cat de Crème shapeada por Robin Kegel.

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