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.