Ale Cesario Interview: We caught up with Milan’s King of Pop to find out about his beginnings in skateboarding, whether there’s a secret to big pop, traveling with New Balance Italy and more besides. Read on and get familiar…
All photos: Ramon Zuliani
Where are you from and how did you start skateboarding?
I was born in Cisternino, Puglia in the South of Italy. I grew up in Ravenna, where Slam Trick – the biggest contest in Italy at that time – was hosted. That was the first experience I had of skateboarding, Zered Basset was there in 2003.
Who were the locals you looked up to when you were younger?
Living in Ravenna gave me the opportunity to watch people like the Zattoni brothers, Daniel Cardone, Marco Lambertucci, Raffaele Schirinzi, Marco Morigi – they were the guys that first inspired me.
“Pop is something that comes naturally”
Have you always had big pop or is it something you’ve worked on?
I think it’s something that comes naturally.
Any tips for people wanting to pop higher?
Not really, I always play sports like soccer and athletics and when I was younger I’d do a lot of cycling.
Who are some big pop skaters you enjoy watching?
My favourite of all time is Gilbert Crockett.