There are no two sports that demand greater dexterity, precision, power, control or creativity with one’s feet than football and skateboarding.
Directing a ball through a rapidly changing field in motion or directing a skateboard through a constantly changing urban landscape, the on-the-fly adaptation and instant communication between mind, feet and subconscious is the key to success. These instances create epic moments and legendary athletes.
With that in mind, Nike SB sent five of its premier European riders — Wieger van Wageningen, Denny Pham, Maxime Geronzi, Dani Lebron and Kyron Davis — to the epicenter of football to visit their Brasilian brethren, Luan Oliveira and Fabio Cristiano.
Brazil is a country most commonly identified with its rich and passionate football culture, but a similar nationwide fervour is also reserved for skateboarding. Football and skateboarding are indeed very different, yet in Brasil they are both intrinsically linked by their birthplace – the streets.
In April, the crew packed their bags and traveled to Brasil to sample the atmosphere of skateboarding visiting the cities of Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro in the run up to the summer of football.
Brazil evokes the true spirit of skateboarding: community, fun and friendship. From Luan Oliveira to the kid with the beat-up board at the spot trying to learn rock fakies on the spine ramp, everyone engages, respects and looks out for one another. Given the more alternative context of this skateboarding trip, it seemed fitting to hand pick the crew on the basis of an inherent link to an insatiable appetite for football.
This film is a visual narrative of their journey through the streets of these two unique cities in one of the most vibrant, welcoming and culturally exciting countries on earth.
Source: Nike, Inc.