By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
One of the things that we love about skateboarding is that you can do it almost anywhere; all you need is solid ground, a board and some creativity. Angelo Caro (1999) was born in Chiclayo, Peru. For him getting to be a Pro was a dream that became true in 2019, nevertheless the road there wasn’t full of roses. At the beginning all he had was a board and big dreams that he shared with his brother. In today’s SHIT® we’ll get to know more about his life and motivations as he became one of the top skaters in Peru.
Sharing a Skateboard to Success
Photo: Mikael Cho (Unsplash)
Sure guys, skateboarding is about mad tricks and astonishing the world with your skills (plus fun of course) but beyond that, skate has been founded over a community that believe in cameraderie, partnership and creativity.
Angelo grew up in a family that did not have much material stuff but had a lot of support for him. Fabrizio, his brother, introduced Angelo to skateboarding when he was only ten years old. At the beginning they had to share the same skateboard until a few months later when his uncle bought him his own board.
Growing up as a skater with big dreams in Peru was no piece of cake. The skateboarding scene in Peru isn’t as well developed as it is in other countries. Therefore, for young skaters getting a sponsorship in the country is not an easy task.
However Angelo was no regular kid, his family and especially his brother believed that he had the skills to succeed as a skater, so with their support he began to enroll in several tournaments at a very young age when started to forge his name at the skateboarding scene in Peru.
From Peru to the World
After a bumpy start Angelo began to triumph, first at the local scene and then internationally. Among many other trophies and recognitions, we might highlight: The MYSTIC SK8 CUP that he won in 2019, being top 8th at the Street League in 2019 (First Peruvian ever) and the 2nd place at Tampa AM in 2018.
Nowadays Angelo is very popular in Peru, he’s usually invited to many TV and Online Shows and obviously to skateboarding contests. As we wait for the Tokyo Olympics Angelo and the Peruvian Team prepare themselves to be there and crush it. Although the final list hasn’t being released yet many of the Peruvians believes that getting a medal from Tokyo to Peru is on Angelo’s shoulders.
The Peruvian Face of Skateboarding
On April of this year (If Coronavirus allows) The Lima Skateboarding Open of Street and Park Skateboarding will take place and Angelo is meant to be there as well. If you google his name you will notice that most of the Peruvian media remarks his name. Over the past years his success among international tournaments has given him notoriousness in Peru and this has increased the attention of the media and government in Peru towards skate in a positive way and increasing the resources to develop it. We can say that this is Angelo’s contribution to the skater community in Peru. Thanks mate! Keep it going.
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