Ask any skater about Luan's skating and they'll tell you everything... How fast he goes. How high he pops. How many tricks he's got. How good his style is. Ask them about Luan Oliveira though—not the skater, but the person—and see what response you get. Who is he, where's he come from, what's his background? What exactly PUSHES Luan? That's another story entirely, and one that nobody really knows. For the first time ever, we went down to Porto Alegre with Luan and his best friends to see who Luan really is and what life in Brazil was really like for him growing up. So next time you wonder how Luan got so good, you'll at least know part 1 of the answer. VAI LUAN!
Humble beginnings is an overstatement. For episode 2, we go back to Porto Alegre with Luan (@luanomatriz) to see where it all started and get a feel for the drive and passion that got him out of the sketchy neighborhood he grew up in. It's not where you're from, it's where you're going. This one's for Brazil.
China's a skateboarder's paradise with perfect marble ledges everywhere and amazing plazas with smooth ground where you don't get kicked out. For episode 3, we join Luan on his first trip ever to China for a 20-day filming mission.
Skaters as talented as Luan only come around once a generation. If he can dream of a trick, chances are he'll land it the next day. He's that good. But even Luan has the occasional meltdown or injury. Coming off a rolled ankle, Luan battles the crowds and stresses of filming in part 2 of his 20-day filming mission in China.
As skateboarders we are constantly pushing ourselves. At the Berrics we are constantly pushing ourselves to create better and more interesting content for the world to enjoy. This year we created a new documentary series featuring 8 of the most diverse and talented skateboarders the world has to offer as they pursue the holiest of holy grails, their video part. Twice a week, until now, you've seen who these skaters are, where they come from and what they go through while filming what many think is the most important and defining aspect of a skateboarders career. Behind every great trick is a great story. With that said, every trick Luan Oliveira does is a great story in itself. But you know his skating isn't the only story to tell. Watch the best of his past 7 months and realize you'll be telling his entire story for the rest of your lives. He's a true gift to skateboarding, and the fact that this part was filmed in less than 7 months is a testament to his incredible ability. Vai Luan!