Switzerland's Cyril Cornaro is one of Europe's original wakeboard and wakeskate pioneers, and was at the heart of the action when the sport exploded in popularity back in the day. Originally from the picturesque town of Montreux, this charismatic Swiss rider quickly realized he would need to look to warmer climates if he was to progress all year round. A number of seasons on the World Tour yielded impressive results, as well as 4 European titles and plenty of top 10 finishes. Motivated by his hunger for constant progression, Cornaro is now busy passing on his knowledge and expertise to the younger generations via his successful wakeboard school in Sevilla, Spain. Outside of competing and running his own school, Cornaro is all about bagging mind-blowing video footage and those all-important cover shots.
Q: When did youstart wake boarding and why?
A: I stared wakeboarding when I was 13 years old. I was skateboarding and snowboarding since age 9 and waterskiing since 2 years before that. I discovered it because a pro wakeboarder from America was touring Europe doing photo and promoting the sport. When I saw this guys doing all does tricks that you can do on the snowboard but behind the boat. I feel in love with this wakeboarding.
Q: What has been the biggest highlight of the past 12 months for you?
A: Winning the Worlds in Milan. I really wanted this tittle because it was one the last think to do on my Wake achievement list. And recently other achievement just got realized. "Boat Rider of the year" witch really makes me happy.
Q: What's the best thing about riding for a living?
A: Been able to wake up in the morning and do what you like. RIDE…and RIDE more…
Q: What's your most embarrassing moment?
A: You don't want to know to embarrassing…
Q: Which wakeboarder inspires you the most?
A: I am from the old school generation now. So the guys that inspired me mostly were Scott Byerly, Shaun Watson, Randal Harris and Darin Shapiro. Now there are many new riders killing it. But those guys made Wakeboarding.
Q: Has wakeboarding ever injured you and what's the worst injury?
A: Yes it is part of it unfortunately. That is one of the bad things about riding for a living. I have had lots of problems with my back. Now I am getting surgery to have it all fixed up so I can abuse it again hahahaha
Q: Other than home, where is your favorite place to Ride, and why?
A: Anywhere I can find a good fully charged boat with a good crew. With a cable Park with sick sliders right next to it, all together in a warm weather and good food.That is a winner spot for me.
Q: How do you see your sport evolving in the next few years?
A: I see it evolving like a lot a the same kind of sport. Everything is getting bigger,harder. Each riders are getting more specialized in Boat, Cable, Winch or System 2.0 and, events are starting to be more Urban and closer to the crowed.
Q: What are your main goals and plans for the next 12 months?
A: A other European Boat Tittle, go to the couple of major System 2.0 Events. Getting ready for the next world Championship in New Zeland for a other tittle too. And take of my Camp in Sevilla where I am training a couple of kinds to be next big Swiss rider J
Q: What music you listen to?
A: It all depends of my mood. I got motivation music witch would be Metronomy. To relax Jarabe De Palo. Spanish singer. And I really like Classic Rock and 80's music.
Q: What do you do for fun when you are not wakeboarding?
A: I like to fly RC Helicopter and plans. I am starting my Ultra Light Pilot license now.And do stuff with my family. I have a kid that take quick some of my time.
Q: What achievement are you most proud of so far in your career?
A: Been able to get as fare as I did with all the good results I had.
Q: If you didn't ride for a living, what would you have liked to be doing now for an occupation?
A: Back then I would not know. But now pilot.
Q: What trick do you enjoy the most?
A: There are so many… What I really enjoy is when I can land a perfect series of 3 or 5 big tricks in a row all nice, big and smooth.