In preparation for ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship, he practises surfing in the ocean late at night when there’s no chance of colliding with other surfers or swimmers. “When I hear people say that I inspire them, it fills me with so much pleasure”, added Gallo, with a big smile. “We all need to work with what we have and do our very best every time, it’s that simple.
And yet, once he hits his stride, he feels his way along the wave with the preternatural sure-footedness of a Jedi knight. Earlier this year he competed at the inaugural ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship, training beforehand late at night in the ocean in order to eliminate the risk of colliding with other surfers or swimmers.
It was such an incredible experience,” enthused Gallo, who was literally buzzing with joy after his surf session. “Sincerely, this is a really safe place for everyone – handicapped or otherwise – to enjoy the amazing feeling surfing brings, because all the waves are the same, there is minimal current compared to the ocean, and the waves can be stopped whenever necessary.
His impressive list of personal achievements include writing a book on surf training, competing in international disabled surf events, establishing a surf school, and coaching some of Europe’s top surfers including World Championship Tour professional, Aritz Aranburu.
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