Hailing from Italy, Francesca started kiting in 2009 at the age of 15. The hardest part was convincing her father, who is also a kite instructor, to start her lessons! Because she was tiny, he was scared she could fly away.
He must be happy with his decision, as Francesca's titles now include:
Although entering the World Tour began as a struggle, Fran stuck with it, knowing she was able to land a lot of tricks, even if she wasn't stomping them in her heat. Francesca is a strong believer that "EVERYTHING COMES TO YOU IN THE RIGHT MOMENT." Now a super successful competitor, Francesca know that perseverance and dedication pay off!
What's your favorite Sensi bikini?
My favorite one is the SOFI Top combined with the ELISE Bottom. I can ride with them all day long and they don’t come off even when I’m crashing hard!
What's your favorite thing about kiteboarding?
I love kiteboarding because it gives me adrenaline and pure happiness.
Every time that I’m riding during sunset or sunrise, I realize that our world is beautiful and my heart is filled with pure joy and gratitude. Kiteboarding makes you feel very close to the nature because you become part of it.
What is the most daring thing you've ever done?
Ending up together with my boyfriend (ahah)
What's your most memorable travel experience?
The most memorable travel I’ve ever done is when I went to Egypt with the Duotone girls (including Sensi teammate Colleen Carroll). I was very happy that 5 girls were involved in a project that could show that girls can do great things, that if there’s a wish there’s a will and that our sport is even better if shared with other amazing people.
Do you have any special talents?
I love playing guitar and singing even if I’m not that good (ahah)
What are your favorite foods?
What inspires you?
The person who inspires me the most is Bethany Hamilton. She is proof that if you want something you can’t give up, no matter how hard it is you have to fight with all your strength to make your dreams come true.
What are your favorite ways to stay fit?
I love surfing, kiting, doing yoga, roller blading, running and going to the gym.
Five things you couldn’t live without?
Family, music, books, food, and my yoga mat.
What are your goals for 2019?
I would like to train hard to make the gap in between the first and second place in the World tour smaller. I love competing, it gives me adrenaline and it helps me to stay motivated, and I hope next year to be on the Podium again!
Follow Francesca's adventures on Insta! @Bagnoli_francesca