For the most part, skateboarding is a male-dominated activity. That's not to say that there aren't plenty of girls out there who rip just as hard as the guys. It's just that the scrapes, bruises, and dirt that come along with it typically don't appeal to the average female. But Leticia Bufoni (@leticiabufoni) is slowly but surely changing that stereotype. We go back to São Paulo, Brazil to see how it all started and hear firsthand how growing up wasn't exactly a bed of roses. Everyone has a story. Everyone comes from somewhere. Never forget where you're from and always know where you're going.
A few years ago Leticia Bufoni moved out to California after dreaming of the perfect skate spots. She barely knew anyone, and she didn't speak a word of English. It didn't take long 'til she moved back to Brazil. Fast forward a few years, and she's back. Now living in LA, she's hunting for spots and is on a mission to film her video part. But is everything in California as perfect as it seems?
When I was younger, it was almost impossible to find a female skater. They were about as rare as Eric Koston's first pro model board on H-Street, a company you've probably never heard of. So, you can imagine how odd it is seeing female skateboarders today, particularly for those of us who've been around for a while. I mean, there was a time when you could barely find anyone who skated in your school, and probably only a handful in your city. It's truly a testament to how far skateboarding has come, to now see not just one female skater, but dozens of really incredible and talented female skaters. When we started PUSH we wanted to pick people that represented every type of skateboarder so that people who watched the episodes and their subsequent video parts really got to understand that everyone's journey is different and that anyone who wants it bad enough is going to find a way to get it. I never wanted to talk about how much you have to overcome in order to be a girl skater, but it's almost impossible not to mention it when talking about Leticia Bufoni, because not only did she have to overcome the challenges of being a female skateboarder, but add to that the challenges of growing up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a neighborhood unlike your own. We are so happy to present to you Leticia's story and her full street part in 70mm. Ok, just kidding about the 70mm, but you should definitely watch it full screen. -SB