X Games Foz Do Iguaçu, Brazil
As we head into X Games Foz Do Iguau, Brazil, the stars are aligning for one of the greatest skateboarding contests to hit the Southern Hemisphere -- let alone the world. While Pedro Barros, the concrete crusher of Florianopolis, defends his 2012 gold medal in Men's Skateboard Park, Bob Burnquist looks to slow the heirs of Big Air like Tom Schaar and Mitchie Brusco. Luan Oliviera hopes to get on top in Street League Skateboarding, as does Leticia Bufoni in Women's Skateboard Street, leading the way to epic finals. Here are some of Brazil's top skaters and who to look for in X Games Foz.
If Bob Burnquist is the godfather of Brazilian skateboarding, then Luan Oliveira is the future king. Coming off a win at Tampa Pro, Oliveira is primed for the podium in Foz Do Iguau.
At 36 years old, can Bob Burnquist be called the godfather of Brazilian skateboarding? Call him whatever you want, Burnquist is the face of skateboarding in Brazil and reigning gold medalist in Big Air.
Leticia Bufoni is Brazil's shining star in this years Women's Skateboard Street. With tons of street cred and a deep bag of tricks, Bufoni wants gold in 2013 after her near miss in 2012, winning the silver medal behind Alexis Sablone.
Fabrizio "The Breeze" Santos has been a Brazilian powerhouse since he jumped in the scene over 10 years ago. Here he lands a backside 180 heelflip.
Adelmo Jr., the smooth operator, is one of the most respected skaters in Brazil and world alike.
X Games Foz Do Iguau, Brazil, is going to be off the hook with the amount of local talent and hungry skaters. Kelvin Hoefler is just one of the hometown heroes who can put a beatdown on the scoreboard.
Lucas Xaparral might not be known in the U.S., but his powerful skating in the parks and streets of Brazil makes him a crowd favorite. Don't be surprised when the entire stadium starts chanting his name.
The versatility of Rodolfo Ramos and his all-around power make Ramos a top contender as one of Brazil's best in 2013.
Big Air monster Roney Gomes, from Sao Paulo, has been training at Burnquist's compound for the last few years. The young Brazilian is not afraid of going 20+ feet up the Big Air quarterpipe and is primed for a medal this year.
Danilo Cerezini is part of the fresh crop of Brazilian skaters that could give the Americans a run for their money at this year's Street League at X Games.
Sandro Dias is the high flier. One of, if not the most consistent 900 spinner in the world, Dias will burn your ramp down, going faster and higher than anyone else.
Pedro Barros, from Florianopolis, Brazil, has a bowl in his backyard, wins X Games Park and Bowl-A-Rama contests, travels the world, skates fast, and is nearly unstoppable. Be prepared to witness his carnage at X Games this year.