Around age of 12, Bruno started skimboarding because of shark attacks that happened at the beach in front of his house. Since he couldn't go to other beaches all the time he would take a bodyboard and slide through the coast side. When he grew up, he kept doing it even after a surf session. After a while, he found out about skimboard as his favorite sport. From all the places around Brazil that he’s been to, Ubatuta (Sununga, São Paulo) and the beach coast of Espirito Santo are the best. Whenever he thinks of an Idol, Nyjah Huston, the skate athlete, is the one that comes to his mind. Bruno admires him for his determination on skateboarding and his focus on living the athlete's life.
He has two special skimboard memories. The first is when he won 1st place of the Redbull Hard Skimming championship, one of the biggest events that happened in Brazil, helping him to gain recognition in the sport. The second memory is when he went to the São Paulo stage of the Skimboard World Championship a few years ago, where he had met several international athletes and took part in that amazing event. The skimboarding sport is growing very fast and Bruno hopes it grows enough so athletes can live off the sport the same way it happened with surf and skate.
Bruno would like to thank God and his family for the support. He also thanks his sponsors for believing him, his brother for helping out with the pictures and media, and his significant other for all the help and to always incentivize him.
Gerardo Valencia is a professional skimboarder who started skimboarding at age 15 at the beach “barra de navidad” in Mexico. He won the title of UST World Championship 2021. Gerardo’s favorite skimboarding spot is in Melaque (the boquita), Cabo San Lucas, Mex. There are some of the best beaches in Mexico with many incredible places to do skim.
Samm stinett is Gerardo’s Skim idol. He got inspired when he watched his idol skimboarding in videos. His best Skim memory was when he first went to USA to compete. He has high hope that for the future of skimboarding, many more people would be practicing this sport.
Besides skimboarding, he practices surfskating, surfing and fishing. Gerado always thanks his family, friends and sponsors.
At the age of 18, Mr. Jun Ogawa participated in the experiences of the windsurfing club of the university and made a debut at the Japanese marine sports mecca which is said to be "Shonan". He likes "Yuigahama" beach near the "Kamakura" where he started windsurfing for the first time. Now living in the prefecture of "Wakayama" near Osaka, surrounded by nature of mountains, rivers and the sea, windsurfing when the wind blows, surfing when waves are added. “It is the best location to enjoy doing marine sportsJun appreciates his parents who gave birth to such a healthy man and he is very grateful to the company "SHIMA SEIKI" who understands this sport and supports him.” he said. Jun’s windsurf idol is a player named Dorian of the Netherlands. He has won a gold medal in London and Rio Olympic Games. His best windsurf memory was windsurfing alongside the dolphins under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
He thinks windsurfing is a lifelong sport. He wants to run around the ocean by windsurfing as long as his body allows. Jun enjoys windsurf competitions around the world. He is looking forward to the sea and sightseeing in the world. When he is in Japan, he would surfskate with SpiceSkate®, surf and do SUP, mountain climbing, and snowboarding during winter.
Gabriele Cavalcante (Gabi) first started surfing with her mom’s surfboard when she was around 6 at a beach about 1 hour away from her house, called Praia de Maracaípe. Her mom used to go on surf contests when she was younger. Her family used to spend a lot of time at the beach and they were always teaching her how to surf.
Gabi’s favorite surfing spot is located about 3 hours south from her home town, a beach in Maceió state called Praia do Francês.
Pernambuco is the only state in Brazil that has shark attacks so people are not allowed to surf there. She lives in a beach called Praia de Piedade that is a shark attack area so Gabi needs to go about 20 minutes down south, by car, to surf in the closest “secure” beach called Reserva do Paiva.
Gabi’s Surf idol is Felipe Toledo. In her opinion, he is the best! “He does airs like is nothing and I love his style and how he does all fast and still have very strong and beautiful maneuvers. I am 100% inspired by him” Gabi cheered.
When asked about her best surf memory, she didn’t know how to choose the best one because it’s always good and fun for her to be competing, traveling and getting tan! Gabi emphasized that with all the advanced ideas of building surfing pools, the sport will get even more popular. Every surfer is searching for a perfect wave! But, natural spots will still be the best! Even with all environmental changes, there is nothing compared on surfing a natural spot.. feeling the breeze and the freedom!
Besides surfing, she really enjoys surfskating, skateboarding and guitar! Gabi would like to thank her mom Raquele and her dad Vilmar for never giving up on her and always helping her to make her dreams come true.
Sina Luxor is an Egyptian and danish girl who lives in a van in Portugal. She likes to surf and skate , and SpiceSkate allows her to do both ! She practices her surf technique and carves , it's great in bowls because she really gets the feeling that she’s surfing a wave. And downhills are super fun because she can carve endlessly, it’s great!!
Sofía de Tomás is from the Canary Islands and she lives in Tenerife. Sofia has started surfing since she was 6-7 years old and today the sport is what she enjoys doing the most. Her father taught her to surf by putting her on his board along with her sisters. For her, at first it was just a summer game, but she soon realized that she was passionate about it.
Nowadays, she goes surfing whenever she can and is a big part of her life.
Her first championship was in the local beach Martianez, she ended up winning the 1st Runner Up and her older sister won the 1st place. Since then, Sofia has been competing in different championships and circuits at the local, national and international level.
She was three-times Canary Islands Champion, National Champion (spain) by Autonomous Communities both in Open.
Her trainings are based in surf as much as she possibly can, improving her technique, flow and trying new maneuvers. But local condition is not always appropriate for her to train in the water with frequent weather changes in the ocean, that’s why she uses SpiceSkate, to keep working on her surfing technique during flat days or even in bad weather conditions. The SpiceSkate surfskates have a technology with a perfect feeling to concrete surfing. She feels it really helps her trying maneuvers out of the water making the same movement over and over again. And the most important for her is that she has so much fun surfskating, which is the beauty of the sport.
Lais is a free surfer from Brazil. She’s been surfing for 6 years now and it is her favorite sport. She also likes skating and started the sport when she was 11 years old. Around age 16 she found out about surfskate and ended up enjoying it even more. She didn’t know then that this surfskating would be the way to get into surfing.
When she’s not training on water she would train with her spiceskate. Her goal is to travel the world finding new waves, cruise around the cities and get to know some sick skateparks.
Aloha! My name is Jennica Lowell and I am a surfer and photographer from the Pacific Northwest of the United States. It is a special area with big beautiful mountains for snowboarding, surf-lined beaches, and amazing skate parks all over! I work in the adventure / outdoors industry doing marketing and freelance work for clients. I am also a professional photographer and do some work here and there on the side as well. For now, I am living and working remotely from my studio in Bocas del Toro, Panama. It is a small and colorful island surf town surrounded by jungle and ocean. It is a dream!
I have taken (at least) one of my SpiceSkate boards with me on every adventure! I lived and surfed in Maui for many years and my SpiceSkate was a key tool in staying in surf shape on flat days. My girlfriends all love to skate and surf as well, so we would meet in the mornings for coffee and some shred time at the local skate parks before I moved off island. Before arriving to Panama I was in Montana for 4 months and little do most know – Montana has some epic skate parks! I brought my *hot pink* 760 Fresno over with me from Maui and rode that all over town until I tried the Poblano 800 in the bowls. It was love at first sight. It had just a bit more width in the board and stability for my preference in the bowl and I had so much fun skating the summer days away, dreaming of surfing and surfing the concrete while I waited!
This year I am definitely switching into a more professional mindset, focusing less on travel and leisure as I am more about my career and goals. As a creator and photographer, I hope to continue working with amazing brands (like SpiceSkate!) into the future years, collaborating and building creative content that inspires and creates identity for brands. I want to work with more outdoor sports companies and step up my business side of things this year so I can make more money and have more time to skateboard!