Street League Foz do Iguaçu

My first international flight took me to Foz Do Iguacu Brazil for the first Street League stop of 2013. If you leave for somewhere and if you get there well beyond a day after you left, then you’re pretty far from home. I have never been the biggest fan of flying and I assumed this flight would be my demise. That wasn’t the case and if anything, it prepped my for any future flights. I was ready for Brazil.

Brazil was beautiful. It reminded me a lot of Tennessee in a way. Hot, green, lots of bugs, and friendly people who were hard to understand. For the first time in my life I was a foreigner which was a very odd feeling. I became a master of sign language in a very limited time. Shortly after I arrived it was time to get to work and watch some of the best skateboarders in the world do their thing.  One thing about watching skateboard contests on TV is you really only get to see the dudes who make the cut. Some of the guys that don’t often have some of the best tricks go down during practice. Koston, Dylan Rieder, Austyn Gillette, and Evan Smith crushed Brazil. Collectively they all offered something special and it pays to be at these events to witness it. I’ll always trip out on watching Eric Koston skate. It’s pretty much everything you would want it to be. Koston rules the wasteland!

Once work was done it was time for some night life Brazil style. The tolerance for us filthy Americans was unbelievable. We partied hard and acted the fool to the point where we should have gotten kicked out of the country. In the end, we tore apart anything resembling a patience factor and was asked to leave the local bowling alley by the police. My summer has started a season early and next up is Barcelona Spain. Here are a few photos and facts from the trip. -ERL

1. Put Cory Kennedy and Grant Taylor in a room together and it’s a fire and gasoline mixture of entertainment.

2. Lacy Baker is better than your average home town hero, she rules.

3. Evan Smith skated unlike anyone else. Way too much creatively and control for one guy.

4. Austyn Gillette makes skateboarding look like a gift.

5. Matt Miller’s POP for President. (not his dad)

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Dallas Sunset.

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Delirium and night fall.

Nice digs.

Nice digs, welcome to Brazil.

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Brazilian Pro Model. Circuit Wheels?

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For their rainy season, it was real hot.

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Still want to tell me how rough you got it?

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Cory Kennedy & Grant Taylor were out for blood all week.

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CK Face Tatter.

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If you sold shade in Brazil you’d be made in it.

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Insanely fast and yes, it was a make. Back Lip.

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Austyn Back Noseblunt.

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The stage was set.

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All the Brazilian guys killed it.

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Dylan laying down the style on a noseblunt slide.

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Malto nollie crooks.

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Malto Back Lip

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Dylan KF over the ledge.

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Chris Cole about to noseblunt slide in the chaos.

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Mikey Taylor nosegrind.

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Bastien KF Back Tail shove.

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Austyn mid lip slide.

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David always puts on a good air show.

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David (Daveed) Gonzales back three.

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David threw down the style.

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Austyn Lipslide transfer through the hip.

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Pappalardo board sighting.

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Koston Front Feeb.

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Koston FS Hurricane.

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Phone service got a little dicey.

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Dyrdek back smith.

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1 second earlier it was Fandangle time.

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Mikey Taylor Nollie Noseblunt.

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Austyn Gillette BS Flip.

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Cole – Noseblunt Slide.

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Pudwill was here.

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Men’s Room awkwardness.

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Face Eaters Everywhere!

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Manny’s always down for whatever whenever.

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A case of kicking my board away and it refused.

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Heath Brinkley offering little advice.

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Top Shelf Skateboarding

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Everyone in Street League skates, BA is no exception.

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GTWYC

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The good crew.

Chaz back noseblunter.

Tom Asta 5.0 Fakie

Tom Asta FB.
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The Press Conference.

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The Falls were amazing.

Constant Rainbow.

Constant Rainbow.

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Sean Penn mode.

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Like I said, I’m huge in Brazil.

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Chaz in losing $100 mode.
Chaz still owes me $100!

Chaz still owes me $100!

"GO CK!"

“GO CK!”

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Brazil to Miami.

Two hours from home soil.

Two hours from home soil.

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Made it back intact, next stop Barcelona.

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