Raffles chats with Pro Skater & GoPro Ambassador, Alex Sorgente

GoPro Ambassador & Pro Skater Alex Sorgente with Raffles

Alessandro Sorgente is a pro skater, GoPro ambassador and seasoned traveller. Alex, as he’s better known, is a force in international transition skating and ranks in the world top 10.

The Florida-based, Italian-American 18-year old also packs an amazing attitude. Here, he chats with Raffles about travelling for sport, competitive skating, school and the importance of giving back.

GoPro Ambassador Alex Sorgente at the Australia Open 2016

GoPro Ambassador Alex Sorgente at the Australian Open 2016

I’ve been watching you skate at the Australian Open and you’re like a total a legend. I’m turning 8 tomorrow and I want to learn to skate like you. How old where you when you started skating?
I was 6 years old when I started skating, it didn’t come easy at first but I loved it and kept on doing it.
Oh man, I don’t even have a board yet.
Come back tomorrow and I’ll give you my deck to get started.
No way!!! That would totally awesome.

You’ve won lots of skateboarding events and even been in the Guinness Book of World Records. That’s so epic.  Do you have to train a lot?
Thanks, I usually just skate and surf a lot so it keeps me in shape. I also like to stretch as much as I can to stay flexible.
That’s good to know.

Do you have a favourite event?
My favorite event would have to be the US Open in Huntington Beach, it’s actually pretty similar to the Aus Open here with the surf and skate event together.
Sounds cool. I love watching all the skaters and surfers at the Australian Open.

Is there a trick that you are most of proud?
Yeah I was really hyped when I landed the Ollie 540. It was one I really wanted to learn.

You travel loads! How many countries have you travelled to for skating?
I’ve been to over 20 countries. Travelling for skating is the best job in the world!
Sounds like my kind of job.

How do you go to school when you travel so much?
I do home-schooling. But I like going to school. Do you like school?
Yeah, I especially like English.
Science is my favourite subject.
Science is pretty cool too.

What do you like most about travelling?
Meeting new people, trying new food and seeing new places are just some of the things I like about traveling.
Me too.. especially eating!

It must be an awesome way to see the world because you’d meet so many cool people at events who can show you around. Which country is the most fun?
I definitely love coming to Australia every year. I have so much fun here and I always love going to Europe too.

When I travel I like to eat. A lot. What’s been the best food you’ve ever had on your travels?
The food in Italy is the best. Can’t beat it. Haha.
Your family comes from Bologna, right? You must get to eat some awesome Italian food.

I love my GoPro so much but I’m still learning. Your a GoPro ambassador and your shots are epic. What’s your best tip for great GoPro footage?
Just try to have an open mind and think of some cool angles you think would look the best and try to film the highest quality you can.
OK. My favourite shots are the ones where everything looks a little weird. I’ll keep trying different stuff.

My mum says that it is important to give back and that you do that with Grind for Life. Can you tell me about it?
Yeah. Grind for Life is a non-profit organisation that helps people travel to get the proper cancer treatment. Mike Rogers, the founder of Grind for Life, taught me how to skate so I’ve always been really close to him, we also travel a lot together and I’ve always supported Grind for Life.
That’s really nice. You are really nice. Thanks for chatting with me.

Raffles is just a tad stoked about his new board from Alex Sorgente

Raffles is a tad stoked about his new board from Alex Sorgente


14 Comments on Raffles chats with Pro Skater & GoPro Ambassador, Alex Sorgente

  1. Hugzilla
    March 4, 2016 at 9:18 pm (8 years ago)

    Oh mna, I have a six year old and I can’t imagine him being coordinated enough to start skating at this age. LOL.

      March 5, 2016 at 11:49 am (8 years ago)

      Raffles is barely coordinated enough to walk along a footpath without tripping over so I’m a little nervous myself!

  2. Ana
    March 5, 2016 at 1:10 pm (8 years ago)

    Another great interview Raffles. Well done

  3. Amy @ HandbagMafia
    March 5, 2016 at 1:19 pm (8 years ago)

    How cool is Raffles’ job, let alone Alex’s?! I used to skate as a kid- loved it 🙂

      March 5, 2016 at 1:26 pm (8 years ago)

      I know. What a pair of go getters huh?

      March 6, 2016 at 9:39 am (8 years ago)

      HE was a great guy! Such a positive influence on my own little skater boy 🙂

  4. Martine@themodernparent
    March 6, 2016 at 11:01 am (8 years ago)

    That is vey cool! What a great opportunity, always good to have people kids can look up to and admire.

      March 6, 2016 at 3:43 pm (8 years ago)

      Absolutely. And Alex was a great role model 🙂

  5. stuntman
    March 7, 2016 at 8:44 am (8 years ago)

    Alex giving you his deck is a very cool thing to do.

    March 7, 2016 at 10:54 am (8 years ago)

    Alex is one very cool person!


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