Young Brazilian Pedro Barros is set to become an all-time great of the skateboarding scene. He was catapulted into the limelight at the age of just 14, when he beat favourite Sandro Dias to take second place at the Red Bull Crossover, a competition that brings together the world’s best inline skaters, skateboarders and BMX bikers to compete in a battle of big air, tricks and style.
He cemented his star status in 2010 by taking gold in the X Games Street event, emerging victorious from a battle with veteran Andy MacDonald with a stunning combination of 540 airs and grinding slides. In 2013, he added to his collection of X Games golds, with victories in the Park events at Foz de Iguacu and Barcelona.
Born in 1995 on the island of Florianopolis, he was given his first skateboard by his Dad's best friend at the age of one. “I can't remember the set-up”, he says, “but I know it was a Drop Dead shape with Indy Trucks.” Although still a high school student, he takes his skating seriously, with a massive cement bowl and a proper vert ramp and mini in a private skate compound at the family home.
One of the most versatile skaters on the planet - he is also a technical demon on vert and mega ramp - Pedro’s mastery of the bowl knows no equal. His strongest move is currently the 540, but Pedro says he doesn’t just want to specialise in a few moves - he wants to be a complete, all-round pro.
- Age: 18
- Height: 1.65m
- Weight: 54kg
- Nationality: Brazil