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Earlier this year, some of the best skateboarders from around the world gathered at the Skatepark of Tampa in Florida. They all took part in the 26th annual Tampa Pro and first annual Tampa Women’s Open contests. The 2020 Tampa Pro officially began on February 28th, with the finals taking place on the first of March, 2020. 

It’s safe to say it was an incredible weekend for all the riders. Just take a look at some of the events that were held and the awards that were given out!

  • Women’s Open Finals
  • Men’s Street Finals
  • Mob G For Effort Award
  • Bronson Speed Killer Award
  • Zumiez Destroyer Award
  • Independent Best Trick Contest
  • 2020 Converse Concrete Jam
  • 2020 Converse Concrete Jam Best Trick Contests

In addition to all of that madness, we’ll reveal the identity of the only skateboarder powerful enough to be awarded something special. Yes, this skateboarder was dubbed the 2020 Tampa Pro Bromander-In-Chief. So continue reading to check it out!

History of the Tampa Pro

Before we jump into the results, let’s take a look at the history of this legendary event. The Skatepark of Tampa, where these contests take place, opened on January 2, 1993. The first Tampa Pro contest was held April 1st, 1995.

Mike Vallely took home the win in the street division and Danny Way won first place in the Vert Division. Every year since then, Professional and Amateur skateboarders alike have been coming together to compete. This skatepark and these contests are legendary, and every skater is there to push themselves and the sport forward.

The format is much like other skate contests. Skaters have to go through a Qualifier round, with 2 one-minute runs. The top 2 qualifiers get a Straight Shot to Finals. From 3rd to 30th place move up to the Semi -Finals, with 2 skaters going The Semi-Finalists each get another 2 one-minute sessions. The top 10 move on up to the Finals. The finals consist of 12 skaters, each getting 3 one-minute runs to battle for the gold.

As a disclosure, the 2020 Tampa Pro is NOT an Olympic Qualifying Event. This means their score does not affect their position in qualifying for the Olympics. However, many skaters here are on the path to the Olympics.

Now, let’s get into this year’s contest. Here is the recap of the 2020 Tampa Pro.

The 2020 Women’s Open Finals 

The Women’s Open Finals featured some amazing skaters. Here are some you might recognize as their on the road to the Olympics:

  1. Samarria Brevard from Riverside, CA
  2. Hina Maeda from Himeji, Japan
  3. Margielyn Arda Didal from Cebu City, Philippines
  4. Gabriela Mazetto from Sao Paulo, Brazil
  5. Yumeka Oda from Nagoya, Japan. 

And here are the winners:

  • 1st Place: Hina Maeda
  • 2nd Place: Yumeka Oda
  • 3rd Place: Margielyn Arda Didal

These skateboarders put in some serious work in the finals, leaving everyone thoroughly impressed. Be sure to watch the video above to watch all of the Women’s Runs. Let’s take a look at the winning runs from this contest!

Hina Maeda’s Winning Run

Hina Maeda started her sixty-second winning run with a frontside boardslide on a bump-to-bar. She followed up with a frontside 50-50 grind down a hubba ledge. Next, she locked in a solid frontside smith grind on a quarter pipe and a huge feeble grind down a handrail.

Going into a bump to ledge, Maeda stunned the crowd with a perfect kickflip backside 50-50 grind. With 30 seconds left, she stomped a nice kickflip over the bump to bump. Then, set back up at the top of a nearby quarter pipe. Want to see what she finished with? Watch the video below.

Congratulations to Hina Maeda and every other women skater that was there. Our team over here at Braille is rooting for all of you. Thank you for continuing to push the skateboarding world even further!

The 2020 Tampa Pro Men’s Street Finals

Now, let’s move onto the Men’s Street. For all the amazing runs from the Final, check out the video above.

Here are the 12 skaters that made it all the way to the Finals.

  1. Angelo Caro from Lima, Peru
  2. Ishod Wair from Bordentown, NJ
  3. Shane O’Neill from Melbourne, Australia
  4. Dashawn Jordan from Chandler, AZ
  5. Maurio Mccoy from Reading, PA
  6. Manny Santiago from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
  7. Carlos Ribeiro from Novo Hamburgo, Brazil
  8. Luan Oliveira from Porto Alegre, Brazil
  9. Alex Midler from Los Angeles, CA
  10. Mason Silva from Manhattan Beach, CA
  11. Kelvin Hoefler from Sao Paulo, Brazil
  12. Nyjah Huston from Laguna Beach, CA

And here are the winners:

  • 1st Place: Nyjah Huston
  • 2nd Place: Shane O’Neill
  • 3rd Place: Ishod Wair

This years finals were absolutely bonkers and you’ve gotta see it to believe it. We’ll walk you through the winning run below just to give you an idea of how crazy this contest was.

Nyjah Huston’s Winning Run

It was Nyjah Huston’s first run that earned him his contest-winning score of 92.13. But this is one you really have to see to appreciate. Watch his winning run below.

With a performance like this, we can’t wait to see what Nyjah can throw down at the upcoming Olympics!

Alright, we get it. You want to know who the 2020 Tampa Pro Bromander-In-Chief is. We’ll get to that soon, but first let’s go over the craziness that was the 2020 Tampa Pro – Independent Best Trick Contest.

2020 Tampa Pro – Independent Best Trick Contest

Nyjah Huston came out on top, landing multiple bangers during the contest. Most notably, Nyjah landed a kickflip backside smith grind, a gap kickflip backside noseblunt, and a kickflip backside tailslide bigspin.

In second place was Angelo Caro from Lima, Peru. Angelo landed a gap 360 flip noseblunt, and an even bigger gap 360 flip lipslide. Last but certainly not least, Jamie Foy took home third place in the Independent Best Trick contest for his beautiful gap frontside crooked grind.

Who is the Bromander-In-Chief?

At last, the moment you’ve been waiting for. The great reveal… The 2020 Tampa Pro Bromander-In-Chief is none other than… Braille’s favorite Canadian, Andy Anderson! I mean really, who else is worthy of such a prestigious title?

On top of the high-level skateboarding and classic Andy Anderson style he brought to the Tampa Pro Contest (as seen below), Andy Anderson was given the title of 2020 Tampa Pro Bromander-In-Chief by Boards for Bros.

Founded in 2006, Boards for Bros collects and refurbishes skateboards to redistribute back into the skate community for kids who can’t afford their own. Boards for Bros explained why they picked Andy in an Instagram Post:

“We were thrilled to name Andy Anderson our 2020 Tampa Pro Bromander-In-Chief. Andy’s pure and deep love of skateboarding and respect he has for his fans is inspiring. He is kind and patient with the kids and everyone who wants an autograph or a selfie. His creativity and ability is mind-blowing. He was this year’s unanimous choice.”

Braille Skateboarding couldn’t be more proud of Andy, and we urge you all to follow Boards for Bros on social media!

What did Braille Skateboarding think of the 2020 Tampa Pro?

Honestly, we are still picking our jaws up from the floor. Check out all the highlights on Skatepark of Tampa’s Youtube Channel and see it all for yourself. As expected, this year’s Tampa Pro was wild. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next year.

Braille Skateboarding can’t help but think of the upcoming Olympics. After witnessing this contest, we know everyone will be in for a treat at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, where skateboarding will finally make its debut! Though most of us will simply be watching the Olympics, Braille Skateboarding knows that some of you dream of competing at the Olympics one day.

Well, we can help you achieve that dream! Check out Skateboarding Made Simple in our Online Shop. It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding in existence, and you will surely improve your skills after watching and studying our SMS tutorials. With 7 different volumes, you’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flat-ground tricks…FIRST TRY! Now get out there and skate!

Feature Image Credit: Monster Energy

Taking the Japanese Skate World By Storm

In just a few months, the 2020 Olympic Games will take place in Tokyo, Japan. For the first time in Olympic history, skateboarding is set to make its debut. Featuring Men and Women’s Street skateboarding, as well as Men and Women’s Park skateboarding, some of the best skateboarders in the world will be skating for Olympic glory.

There will be 20 skaters per event, which means only 80 skateboarders will have the opportunity to represent their countries and compete in these upcoming Olympics. The events for the Olympics include both Park skating and Street skating.

The journey to earn a spot at the Olympics has not been easy for these skateboarders. It all comes down to where they are ranked in the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking. In order to score points towards their Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking, the skaters have been competing in a series of Olympic qualifying events. 

The first qualifying season started in January 2019 and continued until the 30th of September, 2019. The second qualifying season began on October 1st, 2019, and will continue until May 31st, 2020. By the middle of June 2020, the first-ever Skateboarding Olympians will be determined and set to compete at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Aori Nishimura

As you’ve probably seen, we’ve been covering a variety of different skateboarders here on the blog. One skateboarder in particular that Braille Skateboarding has been watching is Tokyo’s own women’s street skater, Aori Nishimura.

This Japanese skateboarder has been killing it in the Women’s Street Olympic qualifying events. She continues to prove why she is one of the very best in the world. This blog will shine a light on Aori Nishimura and her successful skateboarding career. We’ll take a look at some of her notable contest results, her sponsors and more, so be sure to continue reading to find out all there is to know about this future Skate Olympian!

Who is Aori Nishimura?

Aori Nishimura is a regular-footed Japanese professional skateboarder, born on July 31, 2001, in Tokyo, Japan. Aori started skating when she was just eight years old. Her father used to skate and had a skateboard lying around at home, so she picked it up. The moment Aori picked up that board, she was hooked and has been skating ever since.

Aori grew up skating around her house in Tokyo alongside her sisters, Sana and Kotone Nishimura, and they quickly progressed together. It is seemingly very helpful when you have your whole family learning and supporting you the entire way!

Aori Nishimura has been competing since 2016, which means she was only 15 when she competed in her first competition. In November of that same year, she took first place at the Asian Skateboarding Championships Women’s Street Finals. Since then, she’s been progressing and getting even better. Here are a couple of her contest results.

  • SLS World Championships Finals, Sao Paulo Finals (3rd Place)
  • X Games Norway (1st Place)
  • Dew Tour Long Beach Women’s Street Finals (6th Place)

Aori Nishimura is also the first Japanese skater to win gold at the X-Games when she competed at X Games Minneapolis Women’s Street Finals in July of 2017. Aori has since gone on to win  many more skateboarding contests and even has a Street League World Championship under her belt. So, needless to say, she’s been very busy!

Aori Nishimura in 2020

Aori Nishimura is now a member of the Japanese National Skateboarding team. She is currently ranked third in the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for the Women’s Street discipline with 89,600 points. Some of Aori Nishimura’s sponsors include Deathwish, Nike SB, Shake Junt, Oakley and Coca-Cola.

Most recently, Aori Nishimura competed in November, 2019, at the World Skate Oi STU Open in Brazil. She earned herself 3rd place in the Women’s Street Finals which added 14,400 points toward her ranking. In September 2019, Aori managed to get a 2nd place finish at the International Skateboarding Open Henan Women’s Street Finals.

As far as recent video parts go, Aori Nishimura was featured in Nike SB’s “GIZMO”, which dropped in May of 2019. GIZMO is Nike SB’s first all-women’s skate video and pays homage to Elissa Steamer. The incredible skateboarding in this video gives us some insight into the future of women’s street skateboarding.

The video was directed by Jason Hernandez with assistance from Tyler Smolinski and features some big names:

  • Aori Nishimura
  • Rayssa Leal
  • Lacey Baker
  • Leticia Bufoni
  • Hayley Wilson
  • Sarah Meurle
  • Josie Millard
  • Nicole Hause
  • Elissa “Gizmo” Steamer

Check out the full video part here!

Video Highlights

On top of the above video part, check out a couple of the videos below to see her skate. You’ll be able to really see what she’s capable of, and it’s quite impressive!

Crazy right? She’s definitely very talented on a board and we can’t wait to see where the sport takes her!

In Conclusion

Whether you’ve heard of her or not, now’s the time to keep an eye on Aori Nishimura. We can’t wait to see what she has in store for the Olympics.

Though most of us will simply be watching the Olympics, Braille Skateboarding knows that some of you dream of competing at the Olympics one day. We can help you achieve that goal! Check out Skateboarding Made Simple in our Online Shop.

It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding in existence, and you will surely improve your skills after watching and studying our SMS tutorials. With 7 different volumes, you’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flatground tricks…FIRST TRY! Now get out there and skate!

More On The Olympics

In order to keep up to date on the Olympics, check out the rest of our blog posts in our Olympics series. As skateboarding is new to the Olympics, there are many things that are being cleared up and put together. Take a look at some of our other blog posts on the subject below!

You should also check out or Meet The Olympians Series! We’re covering tons of Olympic skaters from all nationalities and backgrounds. Below are just a few of the skaters we’ve covered.

What do you think of Aori Nishimura? What do you think she’s practicing on her journey to the Olympics? Who else should we cover on their way to the Olympics? Leave it in the comments below! We would love to hear your input.

Feature Image Credit: X Games

The 2nd Youngest Skater in the Competition Circuit

The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan are shaping up to be an incredible event. For the first time in it’s history, the Olympic Games will feature skateboarding, and Braille Skateboarding couldn’t be any happier!

We’ve always believed in pushing skateboarding all around the world, and to see this global push for skateboarding in the Olympics truly is a massive leap toward that goal. At last, the world will be able to see the athleticism, talent, creativity and dedication possessed by the top skateboarders from all around the globe.

20 skaters are slated to compete in each division; Men’s Park, Men’s Street, Women’s Park, and Women’s Street. With only 80 skateboarders able to earn a spot at the Olympics, the qualifying seasons leading up to the Games have been extremely competitive. 

Misugo Okamoto

Currently at the top of the leaderboards in the Women’s Park division is one of the youngest skaters in the competition. This is 13 year-old, Misugu Okamoto.

With the final qualifying season still underway, the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings may have a shake-up by the time the 2020 Olympics roll around. However, with such a commanding lead, Braille Skateboarding is confident we will be seeing Misugu Okamoto not only compete, but also earn herself an Olympic medal!

In this blog, we’ll take a look at Misugu Okamoto’s incredible skateboarding career and shine a light on her most notable contest results from recent Olympic qualifying contests.

We also had the opportunity to conduct a brief interview with Misugu Okamoto. So be sure to continue reading to find out what the future-Olympian had to say in our short but sweet interview!

Who Is Misugu Okamoto?

Misugu Okamoto was born on June 22, 2006 in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. That’s right, she’s only 13 years old and is going for the Gold in the Olympics!

She picked up skateboarding at the age of 8 and quickly progressed as a regular-footed vert/park skater. It didn’t take Okamoto long to start competing alongside the best skateboarders in the world. It’s clear that from a very young age, she knew she wanted to be a professional skateboarder.

In 2018, she picked up a third place finish at the 18th Asian Games Japan Women’s Park Championships. Not even four years into skateboarding and performing at a world class level, Misugu Okamoto was, and still is, destined for skateboarding greatness.

What has Misugu Okamoto been up to lately?

Misugu Okamoto is currently ranked 1st in the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings for Women’s Park with 180,000 points. Over the past Qualifying Season, she’s been making a name for herself and racking up numerous 1st place finishes.

  • World Skate Oi STU Open Women’s Park Finals 2019 (1st place)
  • Vans Park Series Asia Regionals Women’s Finals 2019 (1st place)
  • World Skate Sao Paulo Park World Championships, 2019 (1st place)
  • X Games Minneapolis, 2019 (1st place)
  • International Skateboarding Open Women’s Park Finals, 2019 (1st place)

These aren’t even all of them! In fact, since May of 2018 Misugu has competed in 16 pro-level skateboarding competitions. Out of those 16, she placed first in 11 of those events. That’s really mind blowing, especially at such a young age. And even then, the lowest she placed was 6th.

She’s even been able to pick up some sponsors. These include 6556, DC Shoes, Division, Hi Five skatepark, Santa Cruz, and Triforce.

With so many first place finishes, it’s almost inevitable that we’ll see Misugu at the Olympics. With that being said, we’re in the middle of the second Qualifying Season, so there could be some chances. But, we don’t see her slowing down anytime soon!

Video Highlights

Before we get to our interview with Misugu Okamoto, check out some of the videos below of her shredding the park. This will give you a better understanding of why she’s in first place for women’s park.

An Interview With Misugo Okamoto

Misugu Okamoto and her team were kind enough to do a short interview with us. Here’s what she had to say!

Q: How old were you when you first started skateboarding, and who was your biggest influence?

A: I started skating when I was 8 years old and my biggest influence was Kent Sasaoka and Kensuke Sasaoka. They still inspire me a lot!

Q: What is your favorite trick to do?

A: Definitely big Backside airs. 

Q: Are there any tricks you are working on that you haven’t landed yet?

A: That’s a secret.

Q: With the 2020 Olympics coming to Japan, do you feel any added pressure compared to other contests? 

A: No not really, I just try to look at it as another contest.

Q: Besides skateboarding, do you have any other hobbies or interests? 

A: I like to read.

Q: What advice would you give to a beginner skateboarder who wants to improve?

A: Keep having fun with skateboarding. We are all in it because it’s fun.

Q: Also, congratulations on your recent win at the Oi STU Open in Brazil this past November. Your run in the Finals included a huge backside 540, and the nicest kickflip-indy I’ve ever seen! Was there any strategy involved with doing the 540 so soon into your run and saving the kickflip-indy for the end? 

A: Thank you!  Strategy for contests are directed by the TRIFORCE KREW. I just focus on execution of my line/routine. 

Q: What are your plans for the future?

A: Keep on pushing and stay competitive at a global level.

In Conclusion

Braille Skateboarding wants to thank Misugu Okamoto and her team once again for taking the time to talk. We can’t wait to see Okamoto compete at the Olympics. We look forward to following along with her skateboarding career and watching her progress over the years!

Though most of us will simply be watching the Olympics, Braille Skateboarding knows that some of you dream of competing at the Olympics one day. We can help you achieve that goal! Check out Skateboarding Made Simple in our Online Shop.

It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding in existence, and you will surely improve your skills after watching and studying our SMS tutorials. With 7 different volumes, you’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flatground tricks…FIRST TRY! Now get out there and skate!

More On The Olympics

In order to keep up to date on the Olympics, check out the rest of our blog posts in our Olympics series. As skateboarding is new to the Olympics, there are many things that are being cleared up and put together. Take a look at some of our other blog posts on the subject below!

You should also check out or Meet The Olympians Series! We’re covering tons of Olympic skaters from all nationalities and backgrounds. Below are just a few of the skaters we’ve covered.

What do you think of Misugu Okamoto? What do you think ahe’s practicing on her journey to the Olympics? Who else should we cover on their way to the Olympics? Leave it in the comments below! We would love to hear your input.

Feature Image Credit: X Games

The Pro Street Skater from Portugal

The clock is ticking as the 2020 Olympics draw near. The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan will be the first Olympics to showcase skateboarding and Braille Skateboarding could not be any more excited! The world’s best skateboarders will have the opportunity to represent their countries and skate for Olympic glory.

With only 80 skaters total, meaning 20 skaters per event (Men’s Street, Men’s Park, Women’s Street, Women’s Park), the journey to qualify to skate at the Olympics has not been an easy one. 

Braille Skateboarding has been closely following the action and one of the  street skateboarding standouts that we have our eye on is the Portuguese professional skateboarder, Gustavo Ribeiro.

This blog will shine a light on Gustavo and his successful professional skateboarding career. We’ll go over some of Gustavo’s sponsors, notable contest runs, contest results, video parts and more! Be sure to continue reading to learn more about this future skateboarding Olympian.

How Do You Qualify For The Olympics?

For starters, if you’re not too familiar with how the Olympics works, don’t worry we got you covered. Check out a couple of the blog posts below to give you a better idea of how this whole thing works. Additionally, here’s some info on how someone can get to the Olympics.

The biggest confusion behind the Olympics is picking out the competitors. You’ve probably seen many names, but you’ve already heard that there are only 16 spots. So, how does this work?

Selecting the competitors is based on a point system. These points are earned by skating in specifically sanctioned skateboarding events. There are two qualifying seasons. The first was from January 2019 to September 30, 2019. So this one has already happened.

The second qualifying season is from October 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020. The skater’s best two scores from the first season get added to their best 5 scores from the second season. This will create the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings.

From this ranking, you will get who is eligible to compete in the Olympic Games. Now, part of what determines this is that there are quotas that have to be met for each country and continent. This way you can have an equal balance of skaters from different countries and not only skaters from USA, Japan, and Brazil. 

Okay, now let’s get into the actual skaters of the Olympics! It’s without a doubt one of the biggest achievements for a skater to go on this journey to the Olympics. But, it looks like they’re having a blast, so I think they’re enjoying the journey!

Who is Gustavo Ribeiro?

Gustavo Pereira Ribeiro is a professional skateboarder born on March 27, 2001, in Lisbon, Portugal. He started skateboarding at the age of 5 after being gifted a skateboard from his uncle. He quickly took to street skating and began to progress at an incredible rate alongside his twin brother, Gabriel. Interestingly enough, though the brothers are twins, Gustavo skates goofy while his brother skates regular.

From a young age, the Ribeiro brothers have been at the forefront of the Portuguese skateboarding scene. In 2017, Gustavo Ribeiro became the first Portuguese skateboarder to win the Tampa AM. Even before winning Tampa AM, Gustavo knew what he wanted to do with his life; become a professional skateboarder.

Since then, he’s been improving his craft, filming video parts and competing in street competitions.

Gustavo Ribeiro in 2020

Gustavo Ribeiro is currently ranked third in the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings for Men’s Street with 87,500 points. He is on the pro team for Jart Skateboards. Some of his other sponsors include Red Bull, Bana Skateshop and Ementa SB.

Gustavo recently competed at the World Skate Oi STU Open in November 2019 where he placed 29th overall. He’s been placing higher even more recently.

  • 3rd Place, Street League World Championships Sao Paulo
  • 4th Place, X Games Norway
  • 6th Place, Dew Tour Long Beach

With these ranks, he clearly has some skill to compete in the Olympics.

On top of the great contest performances, Gustavo has also been busy filming some absolutely insane tricks for his video part. In the summer of 2019, Gustavo Ribeiro’s Full Length Pro Part for Jart Skateboards was released. “Nine to Five” includes some of Ribeiro’s best skating and has been viewed over a quarter of a million times on Youtube alone. And when you watch it below, you’ll understand why.

Amazing right?! There’s no doubt that he’s an incredible street skater. Check out some more highlight videos below so you can see what he’s capable of.

Video Highlights

As you can see, he’s made a name for himself over the past couple of years.

While we don’t know for sure if he will make it in to the Olympics, we’re rooting for him! We can’t wait to see what he does next. And if this is the first time you’re seeing his name, you can be sure it won’t be the last!

In Conclusion

Though most of us will simply be watching the Olympics, Braille Skateboarding knows that some of you dream of competing at the Olympics one day. We can help you achieve that goal! Check out Skateboarding Made Simple in our Online Shop. It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding in existence, and you will surely improve your skills after watching and studying our SMS tutorials. With 7 different volumes, you’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flatground tricks…FIRST TRY! Now get out there and skate!

In order to keep up to date on the Olypmics, check out the rest of our blog posts in our Olympics series. As skateboarding is new to the Olympics, there are many things that are being cleared up and put together. Take a look at some of our other blog posts on the subject below!

What do you think of Gustavo Ribeiro? What tricks do you think he’s practicing on his road to the Olympics? Who else should we cover as the skaters on their way to the Olympics? Leave it in the comments below!

Feature Image Credit: The Boardr

The San Diego Park Skater

If you’re a fan of Braille Skateboarding or skateboarding in general, you’ve probably heard by now that this summer, the 2020 Olympics taking place in Tokyo, Japan, are set to feature skateboarding for the very first time in Olympic history. Obviously, we’re excited and we think that you should be too!

At these upcoming Olympics, we’ll witness 80 of the world’s best skateboarders (40 men, and 40 women) compete for Olympic skateboarding glory. 20 Skaters will compete in each of the 4 divisions; Women’s Street, Men’s Street, Women’s Park, and Men’s Park. 

While many skaters dream of being on the big stage, the journey is almost as fun as the destination. And this journey has not been easy for the skaters. In fact, the final Qualifying Season is still underway! If you don’t know too much about how the qualifying system works, there’s more about that below.

Eve though it’s still Qualifying Season, you can get a rough idea of who’s going to the Olympics in June. Cory Juneau, for instance, has basically landed himself a spot on the Men’s Park Team.

In this blog will shine a light on Cory and his successful professional skateboarding career. We’ll go over some of Cory’s sponsors, notable contest runs, contest results, and more! Be sure to continue reading to learn more about this future skateboarding Olympian.

How Do You Qualify For The Olympics?

For starters, if you’re not too familiar with how the Olympics works, don’t worry we got you covered. Check out a couple of the blog posts below to give you a better idea of how this whole thing works. Additionally, here’s some info on how someone can get to the Olympics.

The biggest confusion behind the Olympics is picking out the competitors. You’ve probably seen many names, but you’ve already heard that there are only 16 spots. So, how does this work?

Selecting the competitors is based on a point system. These points are earned by skating in specifically sanctioned skateboarding events. There are two qualifying seasons. The first was from January 2019 to September 30, 2019. So this one has already happened.

The second qualifying season is from October 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020. The skater’s best two scores from the first season get added to their best 5 scores from the second season. This will create the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings.

From this ranking, you will get who is eligible to compete in the Olympic Games. Now, part of what determines this is that there are quotas that have to be met for each country and continent. This way you can have an equal balance of skaters from different countries and not only skaters from USA, Japan, and Brazil. 

Okay, now let’s get into the actual skaters of the Olympics! It’s without a doubt one of the biggest achievements for a skater to go on this journey to the Olympics. But, it looks like they’re having a blast, so I think they’re enjoying the journey!

Who is Cory Juneau?

Cory Juneau
Photo Credit: Cory Juneau’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/CoryJuneau

Cory Juneau is a regular-footed professional skateboarder from San Diego, California. He was born on June 20th, 1999, meaning he’s only 20 years old! But he started skating at the young age of 7. He quickly progressed and started skating parks, pools and bowls like a natural.

By 2014, he was already competing in Pro Contests, and was placing quite well in them. Below are a couple of contests he placed in back in 2014:

  • 3rd Place Dew Tour Ocean City Bowl
  • 11th Place Nike SB Classics Cup Australia
  • 7th Place Bowl-a-Rama Bondi Pro
    • 3rd Place Vans Pool Party Pros Division

Suddenly, it became apparent that Cory would go on to skate many more contests and place amongst the top in most them. From there, he kept skating and dialing in his style and progressing as a skater.

Take a look at one of his runs from the Dew Tour Competition back in 2014. Keep in mind, he’s only 15 here!

Cory Juneau in 2020

Cory Juneau is currently a member of the USA Skateboarding National Team. Representing the Men’s Park Division, Cory is ranked #3 in the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings with 88,700 points. Above him in 2nd place is Brazil’s Luis Francisco, and fellow USA skater, Heimana Reynolds.

Some of his sponsors include Vans, Creature, Independent, Bones Bearings, Shake Junt, and Rockstar. While he started skating when he was only 7, he had sponsorships by the age of 13.

Most recently, Cory has been killing it in the Olympic Qualifying Competitions. Below are some of his more recent finishes.

  • 1st Place, World Skate Oi STU Open (Brazil)
  • 1st Place, Vans Park Series Pro Tour Men’s Finals (France)
  • 2nd Place, 2019 Dew Tour (Long Beach)
    • 2nd Place 2019 X-Games (Boise)

Take a look at some of his video highlights below. You can really see how he just shreds around the skatepark and does it in style. He is seriously no slouch and his contest runs will blow your mind.

Video Highlights

In Conclusion

As you can see, Juneau knows how to shred the park, especially at such a young age. It’s inspiring to see someone who’s ranked so high in the Qualifying Season who’s only 20 years old. I don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to see what he’s going to bring to the Olympic Stage in Tokyo.

Though most of us will simply be watching the Olympics, Braille Skateboarding knows that some of you dream of competing at the Olympics one day. We can help you achieve that goal! Check out Skateboarding Made Simple in our Online Shop. It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding in existence, and you will surely improve your skills after watching and studying our SMS tutorials. With 7 different volumes, you’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flatground tricks…FIRST TRY! Now get out there and skate!

More On The Olympics

In order to keep up to date on the Olympics, check out the rest of our blog posts in our Olympics series. As skateboarding is new to the Olympics, there are many things that are being cleared up and put together. Take a look at some of our other blog posts on the subject below!

You should also check out or Meet The Olympians Series! We’re covering tons of Olympic skaters from all nationalities and backgrounds. Below are just a few of the skaters we’ve covered.

What do you think of Cory Juneau? What do you think he’s practicing on his journey to the Olympics? Who else should we cover on their way to the Olympics? Leave it in the comments below! We would love to hear your input.

Feature Image Credit: Vans Park Series

The 17 Year Old Japanese Skater, Sakura Yosozumi

Skateboarding will be making its debut at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan this upcoming July/August and Braille Skateboarding couldn’t be any more excited. It’s about time, if you ask us! The level of talent, skill and grit possessed by the world’s top ranked skateboarders is truly something behold. At the upcoming Olympics, people from all around the globe will finally bare witness to the incredible abilities that these pro skaters have to offer. 

There are only 20 spots available in each division;  Women’s/Men’s Street and Women’s/Men’s Park. With just 80 skaters competing at the Olympic Games, the qualification process to earn those spots has not been easy! We’re in the last season of the Olympic Qualifiers, so the skaters who are currently at or near the top of the divisions have almost claimed their spot. As long as these skaters can continue to do well in the rest of Olympic qualifying contests, it’s likely we’ll be seeing them skate in Japan this summer.

One of the skaters who won’t have to do much travelling to compete this summer is Japan’s own, Sakura Yosozumi. The 17 year old skater currently ranked 2nd in Women’s Street Park overall, so there’s a very good chance you’ll be seeing her in the Olympics.

This blog will take a closer look at Yosozumi and how she has performed at recent Olympic qualifying events.  We’ll go over some of her sponsors too, so be sure to continue reading as we get to know more about Sakura Yosozumi. 

How Do You Qualify For The Olympics?

For starters, if you’re not too familiar with how the Olympics works, don’t worry we got you covered. Check out a couple of the blog posts below to give you a better idea of how this whole thing works. Additionally, here’s some info on how someone can get to the Olympics.

The biggest confusion behind the Olympics is picking out the competitors. You’ve probably seen many names, but you’ve already heard that there are only 16 spots. So, how does this work?

Selecting the competitors is based on a point system. These points are earned by skating in specifically sanctioned skateboarding events. There are two qualifying seasons. The first was from January 2019 to September 30, 2019. So this one has already happened.

The second qualifying season is from October 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020. The skater’s best two scores from the first season get added to their best 5 scores from the second season. This will create the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings.

From this ranking, you will get who is eligible to compete in the Olympic Games. Now, part of what determines this is that there are quotas that have to be met for each country and continent. This way you can have an equal balance of skaters from different countries and not only skaters from USA, Japan, and Brazil. 

Okay, now let’s get into the actual skaters of the Olympics! It’s without a doubt one of the biggest achievements for a skater to go on this journey to the Olympics. But, it looks like they’re having a blast, so I think they’re enjoying the journey!

Who is Sakura Yosozumi?

Sakura Yosozumi is a regular-footed professional skateboarder. She was born on March 15th, 2002, in Wakayama, Japan. She picked up skateboarding in 2013 after being influenced from by older brother.

Sakura got her first taste of skateboard competition when the World Cup of Skateboarding made a stop in Tokyo in 2016. Though she placed 29th, Sakura Yosozumi was only 3 years into skateboarding at that point and had a promising future. In 2017, the Vans Park Series held the Asian Championships in Singapore where she had another chance to compete amongst the best in the world. Amazingly, Sakura earned herself 3rd place.

From that point on, she kept on improving. Since 2017, she’s placed in the top 10 in every competition she’s skated in. Don’t believe us? It’s true! No wonder she’s currently ranked 2nd for Women’s Park.

Here are some notable events where she’s placed well at:

  • Vans Park Series World Championships Womens Finals 2019 – 1st Place
  • World Skate OI STU Open Womens Park Finals 2019 – 2nd Place
  • ANOC World Beach Games Qatar Park Womens Finals 2019 – 1st Place
  • X Games Minneapolis Womens Park 2019 – 4th Place
  • Asian Games Women’s Park Finals 2018 – 1st Place

Those are just a few of many strong contest finishes from Yosozumi. The list keeps growing, too! We’re in the middle of the final Olympic Qualifying Season, and we’re confident Yosozumi will be bringing the heat!

Photo Credit – Vans Park Series: https://bit.ly/3bfa9Tk

What Has Sakura Yosozumi Been Up To?

Sakura Yosozumi is a member of the Japanese National Skateboarding Team. She is currently ranked 2nd in the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings for Women’s Park with 124,000 points. Above her is fellow Japanese skater, Misugu Okamoto with 180,000. As she’s the 2nd Japanase skater in the ranks, it’s pretty set in stone that she’ll be going to the Olympics.

Some of her sponsors include Red Bull, Five Cross Skatepark, 13mind, Willys Workshop, 187 Killer Pads, Bones, Pro-Tec, Mob, Stance, Oomiya, and Independent. Most recently, Sakura placed 2nd at the World Skate Oi STU Open Women’s Park Finals in November, 2019. Prior to that she earned 1st place finishes at the Exposure Women’s Vert Open, and ANOC World Beach Games Qatar Women’s Park Finals in October.

2019 was clearly a busy year for Sakura Yosozumi as she competed to earn her spot at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Rightfully so, Sakura has maintained a fantastic position in the rankings. It’s going to be really exciting to see what she pulls out of her trick bag for the Olympics.

Sakura Yosozumi’s Skateboarding Progression

One thing that’s very noticable with Yosozumi’s skateboarding is how much she progressed over the years. Even though she’s been doing well in the competitions over the years, you can clearly see how she’s gotten a lot better over the past couple of years.

It just goes to show how someone can have that passion to get better, work at it every day and achieve her goals. And that perfectly aligns with Braille’s goals. Keep it going Sakura! We support you all the way!

Check out the videos below to see just how far she’s come over the past couple of years.

Video Highlights

In Conclusion

As you can see, she’s extremely talented on a board. It’s also remarkable that she’s only 17 and is currently in 2nd place! We’re excited to see where she goes as she continues this journey into the Olympics.

Though most of us will simply be watching the Olympics, Braille Skateboarding knows that some of you dream of competing at the Olympics one day. We can help you achieve that goal! Check out Skateboarding Made Simple in our Online Shop. It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding in existence, and you will surely improve your skills after watching and studying our SMS tutorials. With 7 different volumes, you’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flatground tricks…FIRST TRY! Now get out there and skate!

In order to keep up to date on the Olypmics, check out the rest of our blog posts in our Olympics series. As skateboarding is new to the Olympics, there are many things that are being cleared up and put together. Take a look at some of our other blog posts on the subject below!

What do you think of Sakura Yosozumi? What tricks do you think she’s practicing on her road to the Olympics? Who else should we cover as the skaters on their way to the Olympics? Leave it in the comments below! We would love to hear your input.

Feature Image Credit: Vans Park Series.

The 12 Year Old Skater That’s Taking The World By Storm

For the first time in the history of the Olympics, the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan are set to showcase the highest level of skateboarding talent in the world. There will be 20 skaters in each division; Men’s Park, Men’s Street, Women’s Park, and Women’s Street. With only 80 skateboarders able to earn a spot at the Olympics, the qualifying contests leading up to the Games have been extremely competitive. 

Currently near the top of the leaderboards is Rayssa Leal. She’s ranked second in the world in Women’s Street. Of course, with the second qualifying season still underway, the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking could have a shake-up by the time the 2020 Olympics roll around. However, we’re confident we will be seeing Rayssa Leal compete. It’s also very likely that she’ll earn herself a spot on the podium! 

In this blog, we’ll take a look at Rayssa Leal’s amazing skateboarding career, and we’ll shine a light on some of her most notable contest results from this year’s Olympic qualifying contests. Be sure to continue reading to learn more about the #2 ranked Women’s Street skater, as we will review some of her sponsors, contest runs, best tricks and more!

How Do You Qualify For The Olympics?

For starters, if you’re not too familiar with how the Olympics works, don’t worry we got you covered. Check out a couple of the blog posts below to give you a better idea of how this whole thing works. Additionally, here’s some info on how someone can get to the Olympics.

The biggest confusion behind the Olympics is picking out the competitors. You’ve probably seen many names, but you’ve already heard that there are only 16 spots. So, how does this work?

Selecting the competitors is based on a point system. These points are earned by skating in specifically sanctioned skateboarding events. There are two qualifying seasons. The first was from January 2019 to September 30, 2019. So this one has already happened.

The second qualifying season is from October 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020. The skater’s best two scores from the first season get added to their best 5 scores from the second season. This will create the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings.

From this ranking, you will get who is eligible to compete in the Olympic Games. Now, part of what determines this is that there are quotas that have to be met for each country and continent. This way you can have an equal balance of skaters from different countries and not only skaters from USA, Japan, and Brazil. 

Okay, now let’s get into the actual skaters of the Olympics! It’s without a doubt one of the biggest achievements for a skater to go on this journey to the Olympics. But, it looks like they’re having a blast, so I think they’re enjoying the journey!

Who is Rayssa Leal?

Rayssa Leal was born on January 4th, 2008, in Imperatriz, Brazil. And we know what you’re thinking. Yes, she just turned 12 years old!

Rayssa started skateboarding at the age of 6, quickly progressed and earned internet fame in 2015, when a video of her skateboarding in a fairy costume went viral. It wasn’t just the fact that the video showed a 7 year old girl skateboarding in a fairy outfit.

It was more so her level of talent, style, and determination that got the attention of the skate community. I mean, heelflipping down a set of stairs, tweaking it, and catching it with the back foot? Rayssa had skill beyond her years!

After competing more and more in the competition circuit, she started getting more recognition for her skateboarding. She placed 3rd at the Oi STU Open in 2018, and appeared at the Rio de Janeiro stop of the Street League World Championships in January of 2019.

She was invited to compete in London, at the Street League World Skate Finals in May of 2019, where she placed 3rd overall. Clearly this young, goofy-footed skateboarding phenom was where she belonged, competing amongst the very best skateboarders on the world stage. 

What Has Rayssa Leal Been Up to Lately?

Rayssa Leal is a member of the Brazilian Olympic Skateboarding Team. She is currently ranked 2nd in the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Women’s Street with 148,000 points. Ahead of her in first place is fellow Brazilian Olympian, Pamela Rosa.

Just in 2019, she’s made several key finishes in the Olympic Qualifying Contests. Below are a few notable ones. All of which are for Women’s Street contests.

  • World Skate Street League Pro – Los Angeles, CA (1st place)
  • World Skate Oi STU Open – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (2nd place)
  • Street League World Champions – Sa Paulo (2nd place)
  • X-Games – Norway (4th place)
  • X-Games – Minneapolis (4th place)

With all of these amazing contest performances, it’s no wonder she’s currently in 2nd place. It’s amazing to see how, even at her young age, she’s placing high in these competitions. We cant’ wait to see what she’s going to do when she gets to the Olympics!

Some of Rayssa Leal’s sponsors include Nike SB, Stronger Trucks, Eight Eyes, Ecoprint, Rockstar Bearings, Autonomy Skateboards and Colégio Cebama. You may have seen some of her stuff around the internet, so let’s take a look at those.

Rayssa Leal Video Highlights

In Conclusion

As you can see, she’s extremely talented on a board. Even though she’s only 12 years old, she’s been skating for 6 years and has clearly put everything she can into it. We’re excited to see where she goes as she continues this journey!!

Though most of us will simply be watching the Olympics, Braille Skateboarding knows that some of you dream of competing at the Olympics one day. We can help you achieve that goal! Check out Skateboarding Made Simple in our Online Shop. It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding in existence, and you will surely improve your skills after watching and studying our SMS tutorials. With 7 different volumes, you’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flatground tricks…FIRST TRY! Now get out there and skate!

In order to keep up to date on the Olypmics, check out the rest of our blog posts in our Olympics series. As skateboarding is new to the Olympics, there are many things that are being cleared up and put together. Take a look at some of our other blog posts on the subject below!

What do you think of Rayssa Leal? What tricks do you think she’s practicing on her road to the Olympics? Who else should we cover as the skaters on their way to the Olympics? Leave it in the comments below!

Feature Image Credit: Brazil Olympic Committee

The Fearless Street Skater Representing His Home

Skateboarding is finally set to make its debut at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan starting in July! It’s about time, if you ask us. The level of physical talent and mental fortitude possessed by the top skateboarders is a sight to see. At these next Olympics, people all around the world will finally see the incredible abilities that these pro skaters have to offer. 

There will be 20 skaters in each division; Men’s Park, Men’s Street, Women’s Park, and Women’s Street. With only 80 skateboarders able to earn a spot at the Olympics, the qualifying contests leading up to the Games have been extremely competitive. Each skater needs to push themselves to rank higher in the qualifying rounds in order to make it to the Olympics.

One of the skaters who won’t have to do much travelling is Japan’s own, Yuto Horigome. This blog will take a closer look at Horigome and how he has performed at recent Olympic qualifying events.  We’ll also go over some of his sponsors, his Nike SB x April Skateboards pro part and more. If you haven’t heard of Horigome yet, get ready, because he has a lot to offer.

How Do You Qualify For The Olympics?

For starters, if you’re not too familiar with how the Olympics works, don’t worry we got you covered. Check out a couple of the blog posts below to give you a better idea of how this whole thing works. Additionally, here’s some info on how someone can get to the Olympics.

The biggest confusion behind the Olympics is picking out the competitors. You’ve probably seen many names, but you’ve already heard that there are only 16 spots. So, how does this work?

Selecting the competitors is based on a point system. These points are earned by skating in specifically sanctioned skateboarding events. There are two qualifying seasons. The first was from January 2019 to September 30, 2019. So this one has already happened.

The second qualifying season is from October 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020. The skater’s best two scores from the first season get added to their best 5 scores from the second season. This will create the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings.

From this ranking, you will get who is eligible to compete in the Olympic Games. Now, part of what determines this is that there are quotas that have to be met for each country and continent. This way you can have an equal balance of skaters from different countries and not only skaters from USA, Japan, and Brazil. 

Okay, now let’s get into the actual skaters of the Olympics! It’s without a doubt one of the biggest achievements for a skater to go on this journey to the Olympics. But, it looks like they’re having a blast, so I think they’re enjoying the journey!

Who is Yuto Horigome?

Yuto Horigome is a professional skateboarder, born on January 7th, 1999, in Tokyo, Japan on the outskirts of the city. Horigome’s father, a skateboarder, introduced Yuto to skateboarding at the young age of seven. Growing up, he would spend as much time as possible skating at his local skatepark, “Amazing Square”.

Though there was a vert ramp at his local skatepark which he frequently skated, Yuto took more of a liking to street skating. That’s not to say he doesn’t still kill it on vert, because he definitely does! For Yuto, however, he felt vert skating was a little “boring” compared to the endless options of street skating.

It didn’t take long for Horigome to get sponsored by a local Japanese board company due to his natural talent. By the age of 14, Yuto began travelling to the United States just to skate. In 2015, he entered various skateboard contests in Los Angeles and began getting more recognition in the states.

In 2015, Yuto was sponsored by Blind Skateboards, a major achievement for him. A few years after that, Yuto started placing first in many competitions. These include:

  • Oi STU Open in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (2017)
  • Dew Tour in Long Beach (2018)
  • Multiple Street League Competitions (2018 & 2019)
  • X-Games in Minneapolis (2019)

He’s clearly a beast on a skateboard and is extremely talented. He’s been going up against some of the top skaters in the world, and coming out in first place. How does he do it? Let’s look at what he’s doing now.

Yuto Horigome
Photo Courtesy of Nike SB YouTube Channel

What has Yuto Been Up To Lately?

Currently, Yuto Horigome is a member of the Japanese Olympic Skateboarding Team. He is currently ranked 2nd in the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Men’s Street with 133,200 points. Ahead of him is Nyjah Huston (USA).

Most recently, Yuto placed 5th at the World Skate Oi STU Open Men’s Street Finals in November. Prior to that, he earned a 2nd place at the Street League World Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Along with a 1st place at the International Skateboarding Open in Henan, China in September. 

Yuto Horigome left Blind Skateboards in January of 2019. He then joined April Skateboards in May of 2019 when Shane O’Neill turned him pro. Some of Yuto’s current sponsors include April Skateboards, Nike SB, Spitfire, and Venture.

On top of the heavy contest schedule, Horigome is also known for his incredible Nike SB x April Skateboards pro video part as well as multiple appearances on The Berrics. In 2016, The Berrics helped introduce Yuto to the North American skateboarding community when they released a Next New Wave video part from Horigome. Check out that video part below.

Yuto Horigome “Next New Wave” Highlights

That’s right, your eyes didn’t deceive you. Remember that huge 20-stair handrail Rob Dyrdek 50-50’d in the DC shoes commercial? Well, Yuto one-upped him at this famous spot with a buttery frontside 5-0 down the same handrail. Insane! Check out some more highlights and video parts below.

Here’s Yuto’s Pro Part from the Nike XB x April Skateboards Collab. Even though it’s only 2 minutes, it’s incredibly entertaining. Yuto has such a clean style and will make any trick down any obstacle look easy.

This video part had so many jaw-dropping moments for a 2 minute part. Crazy technical skating, with lots of heavy bangers added in for good mixture, Yuto Horigome impressed the skateboarding world when this highly anticipated video part dropped from the young pro. 

The first couple of tricks from Yuto’s part made for an insane line; The cleanest nollie frontside 180 kickflip you’ll ever see, followed by a massive switch bigspin heelflip down and over a 10-stair with poles at the bottom. Also, try wrapping your head around his ender! A nollie frontside 180 up onto a handrail, where he locks in a switch feeble grind then 180s out… WHAT!?

If this is just his first pro video part, we can’t wait to see what he has in store for us in the future.

In Conclusion

We expects to see the same clean and consistent runs from Yuto at the upcoming 2020 Olympics! He’s clearly a force to be reckoned with on the competitive street skateboarding circuit. Yuto is constantly improving, adding more tricks to his arsenal and dialling in his most difficult tricks, getting them consistent and contest-ready.

He still hasn’t even reached his prime, so be sure to follow alongside his journey on the road to the Olympics. He may not be a household name yet, but within a few years you can bet you’ll be seeing Yuto Horigome on a box of Wheaties in a grocery store near you.

We’re not sure about you guys, but we can’t wait to see what Yuto brings to the table at the upcoming Olympics. Though most of us will simply be watching the Olympics, Braille Skateboarding knows that some of you dream of competing at the Olympics one day. We can help you achieve that goal! Check out Skateboarding Made Simple in our Online Shop. It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding in existence, and you will surely improve your skills after watching and studying our SMS tutorials. With 7 different volumes, you’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flatground tricks…FIRST TRY! Now get out there and skate!

Feature Image Credit: Street League Skateboarding.

The Female Skater Everyone Looks Up To

For the first time in the history of the Olympics, the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan will include skateboarding. There will be 20 skaters in each division; Men’s Park, Men’s Street, Women’s Park, and Women’s Street. With only 80 skateboarders able to earn a spot at the Olympics, the qualifying contests leading up to the Games have been extremely competitive. 

Currently at the top of the leaderboards in Women’s Street is Pamela Rosa. Of course, with the second qualifying season still underway, that could still change. But, being that she’s in the lead, there’s a very high chance that she will be competing in the Olympics.

But, who is Pamela Rosa? What’s her style? What’s her background? In this post, we’ll take a look at Pamela Rosa’s amazing skateboarding career and what she’s up to. She has to be #1 in the world for some reason, so let’s find out why.

How Do You Qualify For The Olympics?

For starters, if you’re not too familiar with how the Olympics works, don’t worry we got you covered. Check out a couple of the blog posts below to give you a better idea of how this whole thing works. Additionally, here’s some info on how someone can get to the Olympics.

The biggest confusion behind the Olympics is picking out the competitors. You’ve probably seen many names, but you’ve already heard that there are only 16 spots. So, how does this work?

Selecting the competitors is based on a point system. These points are earned by skating in specifically sanctioned skateboarding events. There are two qualifying seasons. The first was from January 2019 to September 30, 2019. So this one has already happened.

The second qualifying season is from October 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020. The skater’s best two scores from the first season get added to their best 5 scores from the second season. This will create the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings.

From this ranking, you will get who is eligible to compete in the Olympic Games. Now, part of what determines this is that there are quotas that have to be met for each country and continent. This way you can have an equal balance of skaters from different countries and not only skaters from USA, Japan, and Brazil. 

Okay, now let’s get into the actual skaters of the Olympics! It’s without a doubt one of the biggest achievements for a skater to go on this journey to the Olympics. But, it looks like they’re having a blast, so I think they’re enjoying the journey!

Who is Pamela Rosa?

Pamela Rosa is a professional street skateboarder, representing Brazil in the Olympics. She was born on July 19, 1999, in Sao Jose Dos Campos, Brazil. She started skateboarding at an early age after her parents encouraged her to ride a skateboard rather than her bicycle. Initially, she started riding BMX and would do crazy stunts, so her parents got worried. They thought skateboarding would be safer, which in many ways is true. Little did they know what they started.

When Pamela’s sister had a friend over who had a skateboard with him, Pamela asked to try his board. She hasn’t stopped skating since, and was even lucky enough to have a skatepark open up behind her house the same week she started skating. Talk about luck!

At the age of 20, she’s built her way up to the top. On top of natural talent and incredible drive she also began to skate regularly with pro-skaters such as Kelvin Hoefler. She continues to win contest after contest and push the envelope for Women’s Street skating, and skateboarding in general. 

What Has Pamela Been Up to Lately?

Pamela Rosa is well on her way on the road to the 2020 Olympic Games. Now in the second and final qualifying season for the Olympics, Pamela remains the #1 ranked Women’s Street Skateboarder in the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking.

The Olympic Qualifying events run up until June 2020. As long as she remains focused and stays injury-free, you can definitely expect to see Pamela earn her spot and do well in the Olympics.

Some of Pamela Rosa’s current sponsors include Nike SB, G-Shock, Silver Trucks, MVituzzo, and Bones Wheels. 2019 was an awesome year for Rosa as she took home some first place wins. These include:

  • World Skate OI STU Open Women’s Street Finals
  • Street League World Championships Sao Paulo Women’s Finals
  • Street League World Skate London Women’s Final

This doesn’t account for all of the other contests during 2019 where she earned a few second-place finishes, a 4th place, and a 6th place as well. All of these strong contest performances have earned her the top spot on the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking with a score of 180,000 points. 

Pamela Rose Highlights

Now, let’s take a look at some of her skating! Below are a couple of video highlights from various competitions and skate parts. Enjoy!

In Conclusion

Pamela Rosa is number one in the world for a reason, and we can’t wait to see what she’s going to bring to the Olympics. She’s currently pushing the sport forward and we love to see that! Keep going Pamela!!!

Though most of us will simply be watching the Olympics, Braille Skateboarding knows that some of you dream of competing at the Olympics one day. We can help you achieve that goal! Check out Skateboarding Made Simple in our Online Shop. It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding in existence, and you will surely improve your skills after watching and studying our SMS tutorials. With 7 different volumes, you’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flatground tricks…FIRST TRY! Now get out there and skate!

In order to keep up to date on the Olypmics, check out the rest of our blog posts in our Olympics series. As skateboarding is new to the Olympics, there are many things that are being cleared up and put together. Take a look at some of our other blog posts on the subject below!

What do you think of Pamela Rosa? What tricks do you think he’s practicing on his road to the Olympics? Who else should we cover as they’re on their way to the Olympics? Leave it in the comments below!

Feature Image Credit: X-Games

From O’ahu to the Tokyo

The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan are rapidly approaching. 40 men and 40 women will have the chance to compete for skateboarding glory at the 2020 Olympics, but those 80 skateboarders must first earn their spot! Some, however, already have their spot cemented it seems. For instance, Heimana Reynolds.

With the second and final Olympic Qualifying Season already underway, it’s starting to become apparent who will be skating at the Olympics. A quick look toward the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking will tell you who is currently in first place in each discipline, which almost ensures the skater will be competing at the Olympics by this point. 

As long as these first place skaters can avoid injuries and be ready to skate this upcoming July and August, it’s safe to assume they’ve already earned their spot at the Olympics. At the top of the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Men’s Park is Heimana Reynolds.

This blog post will shine a light on Reynolds and his successful professional skateboarding career. We’ll go over some of his sponsors, most notable contest runs, results, and more!

How Do You Get To the Olympics?

For starters, if you’re not too familiar with how the Olympics works, don’t worry we got you covered. Check out a couple of the blog posts below to give you a better idea of how this whole thing works. Additionally, here’s some info on how someone can get to the Olympics.

The biggest confusion behind the Olympics is picking out the competitors. You’ve probably seen many names, but you’ve already heard that there are only 16 spots. So, how does this work?

Selecting the competitors is based on a point system. These points are earned by skating in specifically sanctioned skateboarding events. There are two qualifying seasons. The first was from January 2019 to September 30, 2019. So this one has already happened.

The second qualifying season is from October 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020. The skater’s best two scores from the first season get added to their best 5 scores from the second season. This will create the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings.

From this ranking, you will get who is eligible to compete in the Olympic games. Now, part of what determines this is that there are quotas that have to be met for each country and continent. This way you can have an equal balance of skaters from different countries and not only skaters from USA, Japan, and Brazil. 

Okay, now let’s get into the actual skaters of the Olympics! It’s without a doubt one of the biggest achievements for a skater to go on this journey to the Olympics. But, it looks like they’re having a blast, so I think they’re enjoying the journey!

Who is Heimana Reynolds?

Heimana Reynolds was born on August 1st, 1998 on the Island of O’ahu in Hawaii. Though much of his time growing up was spent surfing, his father got him into skateboarding at a young age. Kamiloiki Skatepark in Hawaii soon became like a second home. As the regular-footed youngster quickly progressed and gained some serious skills, he was taking his ability to the next level.

By the age of 10, he was being hailed as the next big thing. In 2010, he was the winner of Disney XD’s “Next X”, where he was mentored by 12-time X-Games medalist, Rune Glifberg. Since then, Reynolds has competed and done very well at several contests including X-Games,  Dew Tours, Vans Park Series and more.

On top of skateboarding, he’s also a very talented surfer. Growing up in Hawaii, surfing is one of the most accessible sports. It’s so engrained in the culture, much like skateboarding, that it’s not surprising he transferred those skills to skateboarding. To this day, he still surfs and looks like he loves it.

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Heimana Reynolds Journey to the Olympics

Currently, Heimana Reynolds is a USA Skateboarding team member. He is currently in 1st in the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Men’s Park. Overall, he has a total of 121,320 points at the time of this writing. Luiz Francisco (Brazil) and Corey Juneu (USA) are currently in 2nd and 3rd places respectively, but have some catching up to do.

Some of his sponsors include Pocket Pistols, Vans (flow), Proper Rideshop, S1, Independent, 187, Spitfire, Stance, and Bones Bearings. At the ripe age of only 21, Reynolds has clearly made a name for himself in the competition circuit.

Most recently, he placed 2nd at the National Championships Men’s Park Finals in October 2019. He then placed 15th at the World Skate OI Stu Open Men’s Park Semi-Finals in November 2019.

That’s not to say he hasn’t had his fair share of first place finishes in 2019. He took home the first place prize at the ANOC World Beach Games Qatar Men’s Park Finals, the World Skate Sao Paulo Park World Championships Men’s Finals, the International Skateboarding Open Park Nanjing Men’s Finals, and at the X-Games Boise Men’s Park Finals. With results like these, no wonder he’s on top of the leaderboard! 

Heimana Reynolds in 2020

From the looks of his Instagram, he’s practicing for the upcoming qualifier rounds. The next qualifying events for Park is the WS Lima Open from March 16th-22nd in Lima, Peru. Even though he has a big lead over his opponents, he needs to have a good run in this event to keep that lead.

In Conclusion

We’re not sure about you guys, but we can’t wait to see what Reynolds brings to the table at the upcoming Olympics. As the the WS Lima Open is coming up fast, he’s gotta go all in to ensure he keeps the lead. We know he’s going to be bringing some amazing tricks to the upcoming Qualifying Events and the Olympics.

Though most of us will simply be watching the Olympics, Braille Skateboarding knows that some of you dream of competing at the Olympics one day. We can help you achieve that goal! Check out Skateboarding Made Simple in our Online Shop. It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding in existence, and you will surely improve your skills after watching and studying our SMS tutorials. With 7 different volumes, you’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flatground tricks…FIRST TRY! Now get out there and skate!

In order to keep up to date on the Olypmics, check out the rest of our blog posts in our Olympics series. As skateboarding is new to the Olympics, there are many things that are being cleared up and put together. Take a look at some of our other blog posts on the subject below!

What do you think of Heimana Reynolds? What tricks do you think he’s practicing on his road to the Olympics? Who else should we cover as they’re on their way to the Olympics? Leave it in the comments below!

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Your skate shoes are one of the most important parts of your skateboarding gear. This is the main contact point between you and your board. Every trick and all the actions you do have to go through your shoes. So picking the right skate shoe is important. Have you ever tried skating with work boots or Crocs? Yeah, we don’t recommend it.

Your shoes are the basic control point of your skateboard. If your shoes are too big, too heavy or just generally uncomfortable, you’ll have a harder time learning how to skate. So, let’s take a look at what skateboarding shoes are, and why you should invest in your shoes.

Skateboarding Shoes

Skateboarding shoes are designed specifically for, you guessed it, skateboarding! There’s a wide range of skateboarding shoe manufacturers that have different features to make it better for skating. For instance, they’ll generally have a thick, rubber sole.

This makes it easier to grip the board, and last longer for tricks like kickflips and ollies. Some will thick insoles to cushion the landing and impact, which greatly reduces the chance for injury and shock. These are just a few ways shoe brands have made skateboarding shoes better over the years.

Of course, the shoe that you’re wearing won’t make you a better skater. It’s not like having a pair of Nike Zoom Janoski’s will suddenly make you tre-flip. That comes from practice. But, skateboarding shoes do make the journey more enjoyable. Especially when you find a pair of the “perfect” pair of shoes for you.

When looking at buying a new pair of shoes, make sure you get a high quality pair. While skate shoes are getting cheaper, it doesn’t mean the quality of really cheap pairs will be high. We recommend going with name brands like Nike, Adidas, FP Footwear and Vans. All of these are safe bets when buying a new pair.

Okay, now let’s get into the nitty gritty of it.

Making Your Skate Shoes Last Longer

Once you’ve found your perfect pair of skate shoes, you probably want to make them last. It sucks having to spend money on a new pair of shoes every month. And because of all the different points of contact, your shoes can get beat up real fast. So, how do you make them last? The answer isn’t to skate less.

Wearing down the bottom of your skate shoes

One of the most popular ways of stopping is dragging your toe or the bottom of your shoe on the ground. While this works, it greatly reduces the life of your shoes. After skating around the streets for awhile. the bottom of your shoe will start to rub off and before you know it, there’s a hole there.

Instead of doing this, try taking full steps to slow down. You won’t be pushing, but the impact from it will slow you down. Your leg is what applies the stopping power.

Dragging your foot against the ground while you are skating becomes a habit very easily.

Use “Shoe Goo”

Another point that you will see as a very common solution is using the item Shoe Goo. This is basically a gluey substance that you can put on your shoes to repair or cover parts of your shoes. If there is a tear, this can help glue the pieces back together. It can also be put onto the stitching of your shoes to give those weak parts of the shoe a bit more strength.

There are many ways to use this product or similar products to it. It is just putting an extra cover on the areas that get the most use and abuse. This product is useful, but not great for style. However, it does extend the life of you shoes and can keep you in a pair for a bit longer. So, it’s a thumbs up in our book.

When Skating Vert

There is another type of wear that can happen on your shoes. This most frequently happens when you are skating vert or transition. When you are wearing knee pads and are doing a lot of knee slides, you will be wearing out the top of the toes of your shoes. This is because of the way that a knee slide goes, part of the shoe gets pressure and slides as well.

When you are knee sliding it is like you are kneeling on the ground and leaning back a bit. This is the position of the knee slide, but moving forward. So, if you look at that position, you will see that the top part of your shoes are against the ground. This results in the top part of the toes getting worn down. Which is just annoying, because it’s not a spot that frequently gets worn down.

There are a couple of things that you can do to prolong the inevitable in this situation. One of the most common things done in this case is to take a couple of strips of duct tape and putting them across that top toe edge. I know what you’re thinking, that destroys the whole style aspect of the shoe. Well, it’s probably for the best.

This has the added benefit of protecting the top of the shoes from that wear. At the same time, it gives you a part of the shoe that you can, essentially, take off and replace. The duct tape wears down, you take it off and replace it. It looks weird and maybe not as fashionable, but it will get some extra life out of the shoes.

Making some repairs

Additionally, you can use the Shoe Goo to put on that same edge. A little tip with the Shoe Goo is that when you put the glob on there, instead of smoothing it out with your finger which leaves you with a bit of a rough finish. You can use a piece of ice to smooth it down with and that will smooth it out a bit.

Additionally, shoes are designed for longevity and durability. You can look at the edges around your shoes as some sort of meter to track how long they’ll last. That’s where they get most of the wear and tear.

When looking at getting a new pair of shoes, make sure the soles are high quality and durable. You don’t want to spend $80 on a brand new pair of shoes, only to have holes in them in a week. Some will have cloth toes, others will have a higher rubbing edge. It just depends what you like.

Let’s Recap

So, these are the main points to keep in mind so you can get the most out of your skate shoes.

  1. Buy high quality shoes. Make sure it’s durable, but also comfortable
  2. Don’t put extra, unnecessary wear and tear on the shoes
  3. Shoe goo those parts that are weakest or start to tear
  4. Use duct tape as need be

And that’s it! How long have you had your most recent pair of skate shoes? We want to see them, no matter how worn down they are! Snap a photo and tag @brailleskate, #brailleskate and #brailleskateboarding. We love seeing you guys skate, so post those photos!

Looking to add some more tricks to your arsenal? Check out Skateboarding Made Simple. It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding that exists. With 7 different volumes, you’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flatground tricks in no time!

The Pro Who’s Taking Skateboarding To A Whole New Level

The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan will soon be upon us and Braille is beyond excited to see this global push for skateboarding. There are so many amazing skateboarders competing for their spot in the Olympics, but only 80 spots available. It’s hard to tell with certainty who will be skating at the 2020 Olympics. However, we know that Nyjah Huston will be skating on the biggest stage skateboarding has ever seen.

As the final qualifying season draws to a close, it’s safe to assume that the current top-ranked skaters will likely be competing. As long as they’ll be ready to skate this Summer, the top ranked skaters will most likely be going to the Olympics.

At the top of the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Men’s Street is Nyjah Huston. This blog will shine a light on Huston and how far he has come in his incredibly successful skateboarding career.

Currently, Nyjah is the highest-paid skateboarder in the world. He has the skills to back it up, as he’s widely known to be one of the greatest to ever do it. We’ll go over some of his highlights and accomplishments so be sure to continue reading and get to know Nyjah Huston, one of USA Skateboarding’s soon-to-be Skate Olympians!

Who is Nyjah Huston?

Nyjah Huston was born on November 30, 1994, in Davis, California. He started skateboarding, goofy-footed, at the age of five under the tutelage of his father. From there, it didn’t take him long to pick up his first sponsor, Element Skateboards, at only seven years old.

At eleven years old, Nyjah had competed in his first X-Games, and two years later, he turned pro. From 2008-2010, Nyjah lived in Puerto Rico with his father, who was also his manager. He then returned to California to really begin his full skateboarding career.

One major competition that made a big impact for Nyjah was Street League Skateboarding. SLS had its first event in 2010 and Nyjah was right there for it. He destroyed the competition and took home first place. He also won the Super Crown World Championship that same year. From there, he’s continue to compete and has made a name for himself in the competition circuit.

Since then, Nyjah has remained at the top of the heap of competitive skateboarders and has amassed several World Championship victories. Even as he gained some mainstream popularity, Nyjah still managed to stay true to his skateboarding roots.

The Competiiton Circuit

At the 2012 Transworld Skateboarding Awards, he was given the titles of “Best Street”, “Reader’s Choice” and “Best Video Part” (for Rise & Shine) all in the same year. In the 15-year history of the awards, a skater winning in three categories had only been accomplished twice. In 2013 (and 2014) Huston was awarded “Best Male Action Sports Athlete” at the ESPY Awards. As of May 19, 2013, Huston had won more prize money than any other skateboarder in history. 

He’s mostly known for competitive street skating, one point that many skaters tend to disagree with. As skateboarding progresses and expands, many feel competitions take away from the true and free spirit of skateboarding. They feel it’s too corporate or that it’s just there for companies to make more money, something that Nyjah is caught in the middle of.

Regardless, Nyjah is an extremely talented skater. He’s made a huge name for himself with all of his winnings. So, it’s kind of hard to dislike him when he really is that good. He deserves all of his praise.

Nyjah Huston’s Journey to The Olympics

Currently, Nyjah Huston is a USA Skateboarding team member and is ranked 1st in the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Men’s Street, with 145,900 points. Most recently, he placed 7th at the World Skate STU Open in Brazil. It’s exciting to see what he’s going to pull off and what he’s going to do on his journey to the Olympics.

Some of his current sponsors include Nike SB, Monster Energy, Element, Diamond Supply Co, and Ricta. ‘Til Death is Nyjah’s most recent video part, filmed by Ty Evans and released in 2018 to celebrate the release of Nyjah’s first pro model shoe with Nike SB. The video is widely available online, so be sure to check it out! Below we’ll walk you through one of the craziest parts of ‘Til Death.

This part is full of amazing tricks and really showcases how amazing of a skateboarder he is. Thankfully, we’ll be seeing more of him as time goes on.

Nyjah in 2019

2019 has been an incredible year of Nyjah as well, and he continues to rack up the wins in contests around the world. One particularly impressive victory took place at the 2019 X Games in Shanghai, China. Nyjah was in 4th place going into his final run. He needed a flawless run at that point, to overtake Dashawn Jordan for first place. A flawless run is exactly what he produced, as his 3rd and final run earned him a score of 94.0 and earned him the win in the Street Finals. Let’s review his run and see exactly what he did in this amazing comeback. 

Madness, right?! That run earned him a score of 94, and walk off victory. Before this, he placed 4th at the 2019 X Games Street Finals in Shanghai, China.

As of November 22, 2019 Huston is currently in 1st Place with 145900 points. He’s definitely going to the Olympics for the United States Team. Right behind him, however is Japan’s Yuto Horigome with 133200. Still quite a gap, but he’s been catching up.

In Conclusion

We’re not sure about you guys, but we can’t wait to see what Nyjah brings to the table at the upcoming Olympics. The next Olympic Qualifying Event is in March 2020. So, Nyjah has some time over the next couple of months to perfect every line he’s been imagining in his head.

Though most of us will simply be watching the Olympics, Braille Skateboarding knows that some of you dream of competing at the Olympics one day. We can help you achieve that goal! Check out Skateboarding Made Simple in our Online Shop. It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding in existence, and you will surely improve your skills after watching and studying our SMS tutorials. With 7 different volumes, you’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flatground tricks…FIRST TRY! Now get out there and skate!

In order to keep up to date on the Olypmics, check out the rest of our blog posts in our Olympics series. As skateboarding is new to the Olympics, there are many things that are being cleared up and put together. Take a look at some of our other blog posts on the subject below!

What do you think of Nyjah Huston? What tricks do you think he’s practicing on his road to the Olympics? Who else should we cover as they’re on their way to the Olympics? Leave it in the comments below!

Featured Image Credit: Nyjah’s Website.