Charger Spotlight: Vinny Leonelli

By Emi Parker (Previous Staff Writer) on Monday October 22, 2012

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By Emi Parker | Staff Writer

October 22, 2012

For the majority of high school, students’ homework and school are their first priorities, but for Vinny Leonelli, co-captain of the DP surf team, surfing is all that is on his mind.

Leonelli started surfing six years ago with the help of his dad. Dedicated and persistent, Leonelli practices everyday no matter the weather or swell.

While he keeps his favorite surf spot a secret, he admits that El Captain and Haskell’s are two of his top spots to surf.

“They’re my favorite spots because there are no crowds and I feel free from the world.”

Leonelli rides a wave next to some dolphins in front of a beautiful backdrop of the Southern California coastline.

Vinny is currently ranked number one in the Volcom series as well as ranked number one in the WSA (Western Surfing Association).

He recently competed in the Volcom surf contest in Morro Bay and two weekends ago he surfed in the WSA surf contest in Pismo Beach, winning both. In the last month, out of four big contests, Leonelli incredibly won three of them.

His winning record and aspiration to be the best has done nothing but help him reach his goal of one day becoming a professional surfer. He is currently sponsored by Esteem, Body Glove, OAM (on a mission), glass clothing, UnXposed hanging towels, Oakley, and Haskells design.

These are only some of the many sponsors he has picked up over the years.

In addition to his desire to compete in surf contests, Leonelli sees surfing as not just a way to pass the time, but also as a way to let loose and clear his mind.

“Surfing is my getaway from the real world,” says Leonelli. “Surfing inspires me to be a better person and to do better in life. It takes the stress off of things.”

Although being ranked in the top 20 in the United States is something to brag about, Vinny still maintains his humble side and continues to practice and work hard every single day.

“I just keep cool and keep surfing,” say Leonelli. “I’m one of those guys that doesn’t brag about anything.”

Previous Staff Writer - eparker14@dpnews.org

One comment on Charger Spotlight: Vinny Leonelli:

Anonymous on October 22, 2012 at 8:37 PM PDT

Wow this was written very well! The way you write inspires me to be a better writer and how you wrote about Vinny, made me want to meet the kid! I want to learn how to surf and be really good like Bethany Hamilton, becuase she's very good and humble just like Vinny. Well jus wanted to let you know this was very good!

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