Benvenuto al Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House!
In this page, we’d like to tell you more about us so that while at Floripa,you’ll fell at home and be at ease to ask us for information, and to tell us your needs and requests. We are a small team of people who work hard but at the same time really enjoy the company of our guests, love spending time at the beach (we basically all kitesurf!), and to practice yoga.
Nice meeting you!
Floripa Surf House opened in 2007, when Ettore decided to finally leave Bergamo (his city of origin) in the north of Italy, to live in a warmer place close to the sea. Ettore is a former waterpolo player, and owns an online shop of Turbo swimming suits (www.waterpolo5.it) . First, Ettore bought the red house (the “Surf House”), and in 2012 he bought the turquoise house (the “Kite House”).
In 2013 Ettore and Ameriga met at the beach in Santa Maria del Focallo. She is originally from Catania but has lived abroad for 14 years, between Japan, Africa, Burma, Chile, Panama and Costa Rica. She decided to come back to Sicily because after all it is still her favourite place in the world.
That day Ettore was teaching a kitesurfing lesson, and Ameriga was kitesurfing with some friends. It took four months for them to finally become a couple, and with Ameriga on board Floripa started to offer yoga holidays and vegetarian dinners.
As Floripa expanded we needed the help of some amazing people, and so, our family was born!
Ameriga Giannone is the main teacher at Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House. Her classes are a blend of Ashtanga elements fused into a Mandala Vinyasa flow style practice, with emphasis on intentional movements, playfulness, breathe work, somatic embodiment and compassionate adjustments. Her flows are intelligently sequenced to challenge the practitioners and bring them into a […]
Monica is a certified 500-hour teacher with over 600-hours of training from the U.S., India, and Colombia. Her classes are a mindful space for self-inquiry/discovery, intentional reprogramming, and reconnection to intuition and the authentic self. From her training in India, she shares a complete practice that is more spiritually focused including pranayama, meditation, sound work, […]
Currently teaching classical ballet, contemporary dance and Ashtanga yoga in countries around the world. She is also a somatic movement therapist through the method of Physio-Mental Dev. She believes in precision and like using reference points from both philosophy and anatomy in her classes. She teaches traditional Ashtanga yoga, Hatha yoga, Vinyasa flow, Pranayama and […]
With Eva you can experience the water element in your yoga practice as she teaches yoga on SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) on the beautiful sea in Sicily. She also teaches Vinyasa flow classes and offers private classes customized according to the need for development in the student’s practice. Her classes are focused on the […]
Ettore has been managing the Floripa beach school since 2007 – he is a former water polo player and a real sea lover! He decided to leave Bergamo (his city of origin in the north of Italy) to relocate in the beautiful Sicilian coast attracted by the possibility to live by the sea. When he is not teaching […]
Luciano is from Ragusa, he got into kitesurfing because he loved to take pictures of kiters (you can check them out on Facebook at Il Covo Photography). He still takes amazing pictures, besides from being a very patient kitesurf instructor, and publishes them on our Facebook page.
Michele came to Floripa in 2016 as a guest, a week later he wrote back to us asking to take him as a volunteer for the next season, since he wanted to take a year off and quit his job… the year has yet not finished, Michele is always with us and he has become […]
Mayo is the best friend of Ettore since.. always! He is originally of Barcellona, and used to come over every season to work with Ettore, until he decided to move permanently to Sicily in 2017. He has over twenty years of experience practicing windsurfing, wave surfing and kitesurfing; he counts more than 2000 hours of teaching and he […]
Our staff is composed by volunteers who every year help us with passion in managing each aspect of Floripa!
Giusy is our receptionist! Super organized and helpful, you can always ask her for all your needs. Originally from Pozzallo, she has a degree in Languages and she will not hesitate a second to solve any kind of problem out to ensure you an unforgettable holiday!
Giovanna is part of the Floripa Staff since 2018 and since we found her.. we cannot do without her! She’s the mum of Ettore’s bestfriend, you will not see her a lot around since she prefers staying in the kitchen to create for you delicious and rich buffet, both for breakfast and lunch! She will […]
Simona is our manager, in charge of breakfast and lunch preparation, and she is basically a piece of Floripa since she has been with us from the very beginning! She is originally from Pozzallo, so if you want to know about markets, shops, events etc. she is the person to ask to. She loves latin […]
Terri is our dinner chef. She is originally from Venezuela and every evening she will delight you with dishes that combine the local Sicilian tradition and the original Venezuelan one. She doesn’t speak any English and she’s too shy to show, but if you know a bit of Italian or Spanish and you will come […]
Giada (or Giadina)who is our manager, arrived at Floripa as a volunteer in 2016 after sending us tons of emails begging us to take her so she could learn to kitesurf! Once she arrived, we recognized how hard working and lovely she was and we immediately decided to keep her for ever! She is the […]