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...
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.
What’s a typical day like for you? Skating Milano Centrale every day? I think that’s what I’d want to do if I lived in Milan…
I live with my girl Ambra and our dog, I’m a welder at my regular job and when I’m not working I try to skate as much as possible. Obviously Milano Centrale is the Mecca for all of us, but all the city is full of spots and anytime you search you can always find something new. If you’re living in a city like Milano and you love skateboarding, you can't really ask for more!
You’ve just been on a few trips with New Balance - one in Italy and also to the north of England - how were those?
Unfortunately the second day in Italy I rolled my ankle so I couldn’t really skate. However, I did have the opportunity to fly to England for the first time. Meeting and skating with Mark Baines, Dom Henry and Manny Lopez was amazing, I had a good time hanging out with them, they rip!
"Who wouldn’t want a beer sponsor?!"
How did you find the English spots?
England is wonderful, some of the spots are really rough but I like it.
What’s the deal with repping Fred Perry - are they sponsoring skateboarders in Italy?
Luca Crestani gave me this opportunity through an Italian distributor. This is my second year, they treat me well, it’s an honour to have this chance to represent Fred Perry in the best way I can.
What do you get up to when you’re not skating? I know you’re sponsored by a beer company, so... drinking?
I spend my time with my girl and my dog, we like to hang out together with our friends. Yes I am sponsored by Di Bad Brewer Beer, Andrea Ciliberti is the founder and he wants to build a team from action sports, so that’s why I’m on. Also Jacopo Carozzi is now on the team, who wouldn’t want a beer sponsor?!
Who are some Milano skaters that don’t get enough shine? Who should we be looking out for?
The Milano skateboard scene always had a great history, today many younger guys are coming through - probably the most representative is Jacopo Carozzi. Ruben Spelta also has a really unique style, then guys like Pietro Bontà, Alessandro Benedetti, Francisco Andarra and Mattia Turco are also worth keeping an eye on.
What’s coming up for you next?
I will be going on a trip to New York, I want to keep skating as much as I can, maybe travel around Europe more. I’d also like to thank my sponsors and you guys for giving me this opportunity.
Sounds great, thanks Ale!