Marco Cristofanelli was raised in Rome, Italy, and came to The Riviera Maya in 2000 to teach Scuba Diving at the Akumal Beach Resort. He had spent the previous 5 years in Egypt teaching on live-aboards traveling around the Red Sea. He was ready for a new environment and wanted to learn Spanish and English. After working for the all-inclusive for a couple of years he decided to move into the town of Akumal and take a job at the Akumal Dive Center. It was at this point that he also discovered the beauty of cave diving. He decided to become a Full Cave Diver, and ended up working as a dive instructor and full cave diver for 4 years. Marco is a bit of an adrenaline junkie and started kiteboarding in 2003 in Tulum. He knew it was time to make a career change when he would be in the dive boat taking a group out to dive, and all he could think about was how many knots the wind was blowing. So he knew he had to leave diving for now and plunge into the world o f kiteboarding completely in 2005 Marco opens the first kiteboarding school in Riviera Maya located in Tulum . In 2007 he starts traveling in Brazil, Cumbuco offering great downwinds accommodations and service . In 2010 Marco and Heather introduce in Mexico the Paddleboarding as well, once again they have been the first to offer Paddleboarding in Tulum. Today after many years Marco is still runing Extreme Control in Tulum, organizing trips in Brazil and in other windy place, offering accommodations in 2 beautiful apartments in Tulum town paddleboarding tours and lesson and for sure Scuba Diving..........
Heather Froeming, originally from California, first came to Akumal after finishing college in 1998. At the time 307 was a dirt road, and the area was still pretty rustic. But she found herself in Akumal and fell in love with the beaches and lifestyle. She first took a job with Centro Ecologico Akumal (CEA), a local non-profit which focuses on beach conservation, and turtle protection. She worked with CEA to start a local recycling program, and spent many hours riding around in the back of a truck picking up recyclables in and around the area. Heather worked for CEA for a year and a half, and then continued to travel between here and the States for the next 5 years. In 2003 Heather decided to make the move permanent and she arrived in Akumal to ma nage The Vista Del Mar Hotel and Akumal Dive Adventures, and it was at this time that she met Marco. Marco and Heather met in Akumal, which is more of a village then a town so it was inevitable that they would eventually meet. They worked together at their respective dive shops for a year while setting up all the legalities of Marco's new company Extreme Control. In 2005, they were offered a great location on the beach of Tulum to open a kiteboarding school. They moved to Tulum and opened their first location at La Vita è Bella North Beach where within the first week of opening they were hit with hurricane Wilma. An opening challenge for the fledgling business. After the 3 day hurricane, they returned to the beach to dig their shop out of several feet of sand. After a slow start people started coming to ask about these crazy people flying these huge kites on the beach. What was this sport and how can we learn?? It was amazing how many people wanted to learn and the Extreme Control Kiteboarding School was born. In 2007, they moved just a little north on the same beach and operated the school at Playa Paraiso/Playa Esperanza for many successful years creating quite an amazing kiteboarding scene.
In 2011 they also started hanging out and teaching at Rosa Del Viento. This spot is located on the southern part of the beautiful Hotel Zone of Tulum, half kilometer from the entrance of the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve. There they found a large beach with few people making it a perfect place to enjoy the kite/beach lifestyle. Marco and Heather continue to expand and improve their kiteboarding business. In the summer of 2014, after many years of running the kiteboarding scene at Playa Paraiso/Playa Esperanza, on one of the most beautiful beaches of the Riviera Maya, they "decided", to make a change, to find a new location with less people, less boats and less rules. They started looking for a new spot in Tulum with perfect conditions for riding and teaching. Marco fell more and more in love with the surf board and strapless riding and one day when he was wave riding right in front of the mayan Ruins, he spotted some waves a little farther north. He decided to have a look and he found a nice wave spot and......a perfect bay for teaching kiteboarding. DING...A LIGHT CAME ON. A new option appeared and after some meetings they have decided to start a new project in Caleta Tankah in November 2014. This little paradise is just 5 min north of Tulum. Caleta Tankah is a magical place, a private beach club with a huge non-developed bay perfect for riding, teaching and hanging out.
Looks like things are coming together and now Marco and Heather are ready to keep going and growing their personal and business life. Their newly built vacation rentals at Casa Chachalaca are ready to accommodate guests from all around the globe looking for adventure.
They also have a ne comer in their life, the amazing Windy!!! The sweetest new edition to Extreme Control. She will be on the beach ready to welcome all and she even assists on the paddleboard tours!
Marco and Heather are always looking for ways to protect the ocean they love. Over the years they noticed an big increse in the pollution in the ocean and on the beaches, Plastic Everywhere! Two years ago they started a campaign, No Mas Plastik, to learn more about and educate others about this proplem in the world. They have sponsored events and have collaborated with environmental programs in Tulum. Heather also started to offer 100% bio-degradable and compostable bioplastic products in Tulum and Akumal. They look forward to organizing more events to involve and teach kids and adults how to respect the environment and why plastic is so bad for all of us. Please join their campaign and help protect this wonderful place we live on, the earth. You can find more information about the campaign and how you can get involved on their facebook page No Mas Plastik .
2005 First Kite School Tulum
2009 in the Gorge, Oregon
2009 in Honduras
Marco and Heather are always looking for new projects and new places to kiteboard so you never know where you might see them. Just look for Extreme Control and there they will be.
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