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Pedro Barros (born March 15, 1995), known as Pedrinho Barros, is a Brazilian professional skateboarder who is specialized in Bowl and Park Skateboarding.[1] He is one of the biggest names in Brazilian skateboarding. Born in Florianópolis, he's a protégé of the local skate scene and he's gone from being the wunderkind to a leading light in his own right. Having come up under the tutelage of Sandro Dias and Bob Burnquist, Pedro quickly rose to dominate every event where transition needed, taming everywhere from his homeland to Australia and the USA. Pedro is considered as one of the best concrete skateboarders in the world.[2]

Pedro Barros
Pedro Barros celebrates after winning gold at X Games 2016.jpg
Barros celebrates after winning gold at X Games 2016
Personal information
Full namePedro Barros
Born (1995-03-15) March 15, 1995 (age 24)
Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Sport
Country Brazil
SportSkateboarding

His long list of partners are Lay Back, G-Shock, Vans, Volcom, Alta Wheels, Cup-Noodles, Dropdead, Pocket Pistols, Bronson Speed, MOB Grip, Independent Truck Company and Red Bull.

CareerEdit

After Pedro Barros was always seen as the next big transition skateboarder from Brasil after Sandro Dias and Bob Burnquist, he by now has proven this legacy multiple times. At the beginning of his career he competed in Big Air and Vert competitions but always wanted to be known for his all-round ability in any kind of transition. This is how he has successfully evolved into one of the best Bowl and Park Skateboarders of today.[3] Nobody skates a bowl, pool or park course with more power and speed. He's also—increasingly—known for his street skills which shows in his Park runs.[4]

His Skateboarding career started in 2008. In 2008, Barros won the X-Games Skateboarding Vert amateur event and in 2009 he ended up in 3rd place in the same event. These two appearances where Pedros kick-start into a successful X-Games career, which is the biggest extreme sports tournament in the world hosted annually.[5] Furthermore, he got 2nd at the Red-Bull-Crossover in 2009 where he defeated his big idol Sandro Dias for the first time.[3]

In 2010, he won X-Games gold in Park as a rookie after an exciting battle against Andy Mac Donald. Pedro was the first rookie to win skateboard gold since Ryan Sheckler won gold in Park in 2003. He also participated in the X-Games Big Air competition in the same year, where he ended up in 4th place. Additionally he won the overall Bowl title of World Cup Skateboarding.[5]

In 2011, he landed in 2nd place in the X-Games Park event and a 14th place in X-Games Vert competition.[4] Again he won the overall Bowl title of World Cup Skateboarding.[5]

In 2012, he again won gold in the X-Games Park event and won the Vans BOWL-A-RAMA in New York.[4][2] For the third time in a raw he won the overall Bowl title of World Cup Skateboarding.[5] In 2013, he won two X-Games gold medals in Park, one at the X-Games in Foz do Iguacu and the other one at the X-Games in Barcelona. At the X-Games in Munich 2013 he won the silver medal in Park.[4] For four straight years, he won the overall Bowl title of World Cup Skateboarding.[5] Pedros winning series continued in 2014, where he got his 5th gold medal in an X-Games Park event in Austin, Los Angeles.[4] In the same year he won the Volcom BOWL-A-RAMA in Getxo, Spain and the BOWL-A-RAMA in Wellington, New Zealand.[2] He landed in third in the Bowl ranking of World Cup Skateboarding.[5]

2015, he was horribly unlucky to roll his ankle in the warm-up for the Skate Generation contest in his hometown in Brazil. His insane part in Vans' seminal Propeller video of the same year showed how dominante he was at the time.[2] Still he managed to win silver at the X-Games Park event in Austin.[4] Again he landed in third place in the Bowl ranking of World Cup Skateboarding.[5]

In 2016, he reconquered the top in the X-Games Park competition and won his 6th X-Games gold medal in total. Until then, he has never finished worse than silver in an astounding Skateboard Park run that began with rookie gold in 2010.[4] In the same year, he also won the Vans Pool Party in California.[2] He won the Vans Park Series in Floripa, Brazil and had two second places at the tour-stops in Melbourne and Malmö, which were also the 2016 World Championships in Park Skateboarding.[6]

In 2017, Barros won the Vans Park Series in Vancouver and São Paulo, got a third place in Sydney and a second place at the tour-stop in Malmö, Sweden.[6]

In 2018, his sponsor Drop Dead Skateboards released a movie called "Silver Era", where Pedro has an outstanding video part, marking the 25th anniversary of his longtime sponsor. In the same year, he landed in 4th place at the X-Games Park event in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He won the Vans Park Series event in Vancouver, Canada and got three second places at the tour-stops in Suzhou, São Paulo and Huntington Beach.[6] He also won the Red Bull Bowl Rippers in Marseille, France.[2] In the same year Pedro executed a movie project with Red Bull called "Pedro's Bigger Picture", where he skates artistically designed art features that showcase his favorite skate spots around the world. A project that he couldn't imagine being possible; ""This is so surreal, being able to ride your favorite spots all over the world, all put together and especially, up in the air." [7]

Until now, Pedro Barros had nine X Games appearances, taking six gold medals and three silver medals. He trails only Dave Mirra in first or second-place finishes to start an X-Games career in a single discipline (Mirra had 10 straight in BMX Vert).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pedro Barros". www.redbull.com.br (in Portuguese). Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Pedro Barros". Red Bull. Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  3. ^ a b "Pedro Barros". Red Bull (in German). Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Pedro Barros's official X Games athlete biography". X Games. Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Pedro Barros Profile". xgames.espn.go.com. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "2017". Vans Park Series. Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  7. ^ Pedro's Bigger Picture, retrieved 2019-05-07

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