Luca Nizzola (SUI)

Full name:
Luca Nizzola     

Date of Birth: 
23/08/1966    

Place of birth: 
Faido, Switzerland    

Nationality: 
Swiss      

Profession: 
Mechanical engineer and electrical engineer       

Sport / activities (different to your profession): 
Canyoning, ski touring, alpinism and paragliding      

Place of residence: 
Cugnasco, Switzerland    

Biggest accomplishments: 
Wrote with my wife Anna the guide book Eldorado Ticino, considered one of the best canyoning guide ever done.
Discovered and equipped most of the canyoning routes in Ticino (Switzerland). 

Latest success or project: 
Snow-canyoning, a dream getting true.
When the winter is not cold enough to do ice-canyoning but the amount of snow it's good to ensure a beautiful landscape all around the walls of a canyon and over the pine trees, then it's time for snow-canyoning. This is what I'm trying to discover and improve with Anna and our friends during the winter. This is a quite new discipline and there still are a lot of new techniques to study and practice to do it safety. 

Lifetime project: 
Since I was a child I was fascinated by the explorations. At seven years old, with my brother we discovered and descent our first small canyon. It was just the beginning of a lucky story of many opening of new canyons. With the arrival of my lovely wife Anna on the team, the number of explorations increased considerably. The thirst for new discoveries occupies me and my fantasy every day. In the evening I spend hours in front of the computer looking with Google Earth and dreaming to find the wonder canyon of my life, and the week-ends going canyoning hunting. I discovered my wonder canyon 20 years ago by doing Cresciano superiore (Ticino), and since that day I've never stopped  looking for other beauties.

Favourite spot / location(s): 
The canyons of Pontirone and Lodrino are my favorite descents. Their beauty, their technical difficulty with a good water level and their related mysterious stories of devil and witches told by our forefathers, fascinate me a lot. But what wonder me every time is the real story of the hard work of our ancestors, that had to work inside those narrow and apparently inaccessible gorges to bring out wood. I'm continuously asking me how they could access to those canyons without the modern equipment we have today. Chapeau to our grandfathers!     

Favourite music/song:
I listen all kind of music.
To be honest I listen what my wife Anna likes because at home she is the boss J.  

Personal statement / philosophy: 
Respect everybody and everything.    

Platforms of athlete:
Website: www.swisscanyon.ch
Facebook: www.facebook.com/luca.nizzola

Partnership with adidas since: 
2010 

most stupid thing you ever did! 
I don't know if it is a good story to tell to everybody.
It was a nice day in January and with Anna we decided to jump inside an icy canyon. We climbed up in the Alps with our 4x4 jeep to look for a frozen gorge and do some nice pictures. The car thermometer indicated 8° C above zero and I don't know why, but I  immediately assumed that the thermometer was wrong. We jumped inside the very narrow icy canyon in a marvelous ambience of fairy tales. Candles ices and snow everywhere around us and an interesting but at the same time surprising amount of water in the river. Suddenly a warm wind (by us is called Föhn) began to flow also inside the gorges and the first candles ice began to fall down next to us. My blood run cold when I realized that the car thermometer wasn't wrong. What a bad mistake! The melting ice was falling down along the deep walls and we were on the bottom continuously looking up terrified, trying to avoid to be hit. It was like playing the Russian roulette. We tried to stay in the center of the creek, but walking inside the water stream of the river was a torture. The broken pieces of ice were invisible and they continue to hit our legs with an incredible speed and strength. We spent 3 hours in this nightmare canyon, but fortunately without serious injuries.