Leticia Bufoni | PUSH: Full Part
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Introducing Leticia Bufoni's PUSH.
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.
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By lloeki 2018-05-04
> But she is the present of female skating
Why? This feels like ageism. It's not like skateboarders start to fade away as soon as they hit 20-25 anymore (especially street). The culture evolves with better emphasis into physical training, warming up, stretching, healthy food, and less binging/smoking/whatever, and from Rodney Mullen to Andrew Reynolds and especially Neen Williams they promote healthier lifestyles and keep pushing at it well past their "prime". Relevancy doesn't stop when someone younger lands a better trick than the previous guy/gal.
Also, Nora's the future because she's a beacon that people can look up to, and the community's reaction and actions† also help set the tone for a more inclusive culture.
Anecdata: at our local spot the number of girls that show some interest in skateboarding seems to be increasing lately, and when we show them role models like Nora, but also Lacey Baker and Leticia Bufoni, they're like "wow, I can do this, I can fit in this community".
> and the boys have some catching up to do
Personal pet peeve: I don't like that, as discrimination only stops when we stop talking about it, and this just fosters an "us vs them" attitude, even if jokingly so.
† that Adidas video is spot on
: (this guy is 50, can you believe that?) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3tDvMG87Ro