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Pedro Barros Interview

Pedro Barros is a sight to see. Born with a natural gift to defy gravity and tear up any type of transition, the man from Brazil was one of the main reasons we really wanted to witness the crazyness of Vans Park Series in Malmö first hand. Here is a quick peak inside the mind of one of the sickest shredders out there. Enjoy.

Words: Broadley, Kliewer | Pics: Nils Svensson

How did you get so gnarly? Who did you look up to growing up, and where did you skate?

I was born in a skate environment known as RTMF in Florianopolis, Brazil. There, everyone skates and surfs. I guess you can say this was my destiny.

The final of the Vans Park Series seems like it was almost created just for you. Is there anything you would change about your approach to the competition looking back?

I think that there are a lot of skaters that fit really well for that park. I had more stuff to do, but I kept making mistakes. The thing is, it was Alex’s day and nobody could change that. Skateboarding is like that, when you are in it on that special day, you can do anything you want because it will work for you. If I had done the run that I wanted to do, Alex would still do a better run because it was his day. That is the beauty of skateboarding.

“If I had done the run that I wanted to do, Alex would still do a better run because it was his day. That is the beauty of skateboarding”

Do you like to join the session at comps like the Park Series or rather just do your thing? Who were you hyped to watch at the comp?

I do like the sessions. This Vans Park Series has all my friends taking part in it. The Vans Team and the Lay Back Team together in a session can’t be bad at all!

I love to watch all my friends. There are times when Chris Russell is going insane, sometimes it’s Greyson, other times it’s Vi Kakinho and Murilo Peres. I also love to see Omar and Josh Borden as well, but it’s really hard to say names, because I love to watch the other skaters too, like Grant, Alex, Fardell, Kevin, Oskar, etc.

Frontside air in the deep-end.

Who would be skating in your dream session? Where would it be?

Again, you are asking me to put names which is hard and unfair. But for sure, anywhere in RTMF would be the spot!

Malmö has a history with a lot of DIY spots, as well as some incredible skate parks. How familiar were you with spots like TBS and Steppe Side? Did you get to skate many of the spots/parks whilst in Malmö

Not much. I never had much time in Malmo. I wish, everybody talks so much about it!

“The Vans Park Series is legit skateboarding”

How does skating in Malmö compare to Floripa?

Totally different! Malmö skate parks are way bigger than Floripa. Many DIY spots. Floripa is more backyard stuff. They both are really good. What makes Floripa special is not the parks but because most of the places are private backyards so the sessions happen the way we want it to happen: loud music, Lay Back beers, friends, party, etc. 

How do you feel about skating in the Olympics? Do you think something like the Park Series would be a good way to present skateboarding there?

The Vans Park Series is legit skateboarding. Whatever it presents will be the best way, for sure. I don’t know much of what will happen with Olympics so I can’t talk much about it yet.

Backside air over

You kill it on transition, but are also pretty handy in the streets. What if someone would offer you to skate at Street League. Would you go?

Haha, thanks for that, but my level in street its way behind compared to these dudes! My street is raw, not technical.

What have you got coming up for the rest of this year?

Now, I’m just filming for the Drop Dead Board company. This company is big part of skateboard history in Brazil and also a part of my family (RTMF). There’s not much money in on this project, but we have one of the best tranny skaters around and we are going to make it proper. Many of the best skaters from Brazil rode for Drop Dead. Guys like Felipe Ortiz, Danilo Cerezini, Nilton Neves and many others. It’s going to be crazy this film and I hope to represent it well with my part.

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