Born in Marseille in 1991, Olivia Piana grew up in the French Alps. Influenced by her mother, who was a sailboarding enthusiast, Piana started to sailboard herself at the age of 10. Living in the mountains, sailboarding wasn’t exactly practical for Piana, who instead focused her efforts on taking part in triathlons. She won several titles in this field before taking up Stand-Up Paddle in 2011. Following an injury in 2015, Olivia came back stronger than ever with her new sponsor, Starboard, in 2016.