Luca Tixi

Founding Partner / President

Who am I

I was born and raised in Recco, at the gates of the Portofino Park (Liguria). I remember spending my childhood among the trails of the park and the coasts of its marine reserve: the most spectacular playground that a kid can desire! From the age of 6 I attended the International School in Genoa, an education that allowed me to grow bilingual.

At the time of high school, in a period of environmental militancy and hermitage on the Portofino mountain, the enlightenment arrives: I understand that my job will be to bring people into nature! At the age of 17 I became a kayak instructor and in 2005 I founded River’s Gipsy (an embryo of what will be OP) together with my friend Stefano Bellotti (founder of BlackWave).

Immediately after graduating in Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Genoa, I founded KayakTramp (Kayak Tours in AMP) in 2011. The following year the KayakTramp association changed its name into Outdoor Portofino. In 2013, together with my partners Alessandra, Sara and Angelo, we founded the Sports Company Outdoor Portofino! Find out more about the history of OP by clicking here.

Among the successes achieved the victory of the national youth water polo championship with the Pro Recco Waterpolo Team in 2001 and the participation in the European Championships with the Kayak Polo Italian National Team U21 and silver medal at the National Club Championship.

“Outdoor Portofino was born with me”

A chat with Luca

Year of birth


Joined OP

OP was born with me

How did OP become part of you?

OP has always been in my head. Since, as a child, my dad took me kayaking to Punta Chiappa. Since I explored the Portofino Park with my grandfather and he taught me to use map, compass and binoculars and to recognize plants. Ever since, during high school, I dreamed of passing on all this to others. Since I chose to study Marine Environmental Sciences at the University. Op has always been inside of me.

What do you do in OP?

Organizzazione e sviluppo

  • FICK Kayak Master
  • 4 star Sea Leader (trained 5 star)
  • Lifeguard
  • Coasteering Guide
  • Nautical License (unlimited)
  • First Aid and BLSD
Your greatest passions?

Nature in all forms in which it is free to express itself. The expolaration of our extraordinary planet and its ecological, human and historical biodiversity (by kayaking, trekking, coasteering, by bike, by boat, underwater, etc.). Professional and genuine sport, practiced with friends.

Your favourite place in Liguria?

The approximately 30 cm that delimit the low tide zone from the high tide one.

Three favourite dishes in your kitchen?

I’m from Recco! Moltedo’s Focaccia, cappon magro and gnocchi with pesto

Three values that best represent you?

Belonging, Nature, Optimism

Join us!

Join the Outdoor Portofino Community and share the pleasure of living the best of nature with others!

You can choose to become a member of our sports society and use discounted services and special offers!