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Colombian Skater David Gonzales: Overcoming Life with Skateboarding

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David Gonzales has come a long way since he started skating in the streets of Medellín, Colombia. Now he is the face of colombian skateboarding, achieving the skater of the year award in 2012 and now making a living skateboarding from his home in in Long Beach, California.

When he was 10 years old, David González walked from his house to the school, watching the skaters and wanting to be like them. His problem was that extra money wasn’t an option to him in those days. But everything change when his mother came home with a broken skateboard her boss gave to her. David fixed it and then went on to learn all tricks he always saw the other kids do. His success was sky rocketing quickly in the coming time.

At 11 he was already winning national skateboarding contests, he dropped out of school the following year to dedicate himself full time to developing his craft in skateboarding. Because of this, he was able to get a better life to his family, being able to pay for a new house and giving everyone a decent meal everyday.

He started to participate in U.S. contests, travelling several times to skate in the Tampa Am contest. Then, he moved to Long Beach to a house he shared with his team partner Luan Oliveira. They were training every day and partying every night, it wasn´t long before they became recognised professionals with the Flip video, “Extremely Sorry”.

 

Thrasher Magazine: 2012 Skater of The Year

A few years later David presented his big masterpiece. “Possesed to Skate”, a big part of why Thrasher Magazine named him the 2012 skater of the year. His rise in fame has a lot to do with his agressive style mixed with his love for heavy metal and parties. His career almost ended when he suffered a really bad fracture in his foot that took him out of skating for a full year. Nowadays he is recovered, skating and playing with his band Rattblack.

After everything that's happened in his life, David has learned his life lessons through skating. As a professional skater for 10 years now, he is unapolegetically doing what he always love and no one can tell him how he should skate or live his life. He understands that it is all about enjoying yourself, and that if the joy goes away then there's no point in continue.

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