La dolce vita? Bittersweet, perhaps. As the footage here attests, Leo had been enjoying a sterling Hawaiian season until his winter was cut short -- his back broken in two places -- by the Pipeline reef. Thanks to Desillusion Magazine for the edit, and wishing Leo the speediest of recoveries...

"Italy isn’t exactly known for generating groundbreaking talent in the surfing world, but in Leonardo Fioravanti they’ve produced just that. A hidden gem. The next great prodigy in world surfing. Desillusion Magazine’s editor in chief Sebastien Zanella followed Leo from Hawaii to Roma to gain an insight into his remarkable adolescence."