By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
In Porto Alegre, Brazil one of the best skaters in the world was born. Raised in the “Favelas” Luan Oliveira had a rough childhood, but that didn’t stop him to do what he loves, skate. He started skating when he was 10 years old to then become a pro. Luan is now the leader of the new generation of Brazilian skateboarders, like Tiago Lemos or Leticia Bufoni.
Luan Oliveira: Early Beginnings
At first he fell in love with soccer like most other Brazilian kids. Eventually he noticed Nilton Orina skate live who made him change his passion. Getting involved completely with the skateboarding world and skating at every opportunity he got. His first performance in the X Games at the street event in 2011, he got the silver medal competing with big names such as Nyjah Huston, Ryan Sheckler and Chaz Ortiz.
He doesn’t only have a couple of medals in X Games but also won championships at the Copenhagen Pro in 2010 and 2011 in Denmark, the Vans Downtown Showdown and several championships in Street Skateboarding. Sponsored by Nike SB and Flip boards.
Oliveira Going Pro
Luan Oliveira has become the face of Latin American skateboarding becoming a real example of overcoming life obstacles, showing that nothing is impossible and that you don’t have to think that because you’re in a country that is not known for skateboarding doesn’t mean you cannot succeed in skating for life. If you are really good at it the consistency will prove rewarding. Luan is a powerful example of that.
Now he is focused on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, wanting to demonstrate that Brazil is more than just soccer. Being the face for Brazillian skateboarding, he might just put his country even higher in skateboarding culture, and that will be his objective coming 2020.
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