Recap: Vans Park Series at Serra Negra

Serra Nega, Brazil was the second Global Qualifiers stop of the season where Pedro blew the trees out of the jungle in all three of his runs. Any one of his first three runs in the Finals could have been the first place run. Pedro was unstoppable in Brazil again.

Recap: Vans Park Series at Serra Negra

Posted by Rob Meronek 5 years ago on April 1st, 2017

Serra Nega, Brazil was the second Global Qualifiers stop of the season where Pedro blew the trees out of the jungle in all three of his runs. Any one of his first three runs in the Finals could have been the first place run. Pedro was unstoppable in Brazil again.

Also at this stop was the Brazilian National Championships where we got a good reminder of just how much raw talent exists in Brazil. Photos below are a sample of the ripping skating and great times we all had outside of the contest in the beautiful small town of Serra Negra.

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Photography: Direct Links

Direct links to all the images in this set are below.


Vans Park Series Brazil - Santo Bowl

Santo Bowl is the contest site. It's on private property in the mountains of Serra Negra.

Vans Park Series Brazil - Girlfriends at the Contest

If you're going to bring your significant other to a Contest, this is the one.

Vans Park Series Brazil - Phone Photos

You will drain your phone battery with the scenery here.

Vans Park Series Brazil - Boardr Boys Crew
Sam Gordon Photo

Pause for a #BoardrBoys crew photo. It's Sam Gordon's first trip with us. Welcome to the team.

Profile: Sam Gordon
Vans Park Series Brazil - Front Feeble
Pedro Barros Photo

Pedro on a front feeble in front of that amazing backdrop.

Profile: Pedro Barros
Vans Park Series Brazil - Body is Lit
Scotty Conley aka The Body Photo

Body keeps it lit. Seems like we are fighting rain at every stop.

Profile: Scotty Conley aka The Body
Vans Park Series Brazil - João Pedro Monteiro Teixeira
João Pedro Monteiro Teixeira Photo

João Pedro Monteiro Teixeira on an alley oop lein in the National Championships.

Profile: João Pedro Monteiro Teixeira
Vans Park Series Brazil - Ariel Pilar
Ariel Pilar Photo

Ariel Pilar on a backside tailslide in the National Championships.

Profile: Ariel Pilar
Vans Park Series Brazil - João Pedro Monteiro Teixeira Crail
João Pedro Monteiro Teixeira Photo

João Pedro Monteiro Teixeira on a crail tailslide in the National Championships.

Profile: João Pedro Monteiro Teixeira
Vans Park Series Brazil - Vicenzo Damasio Tailslide
Vicenzo Damasio Photo

Vicenzo Damasio on a frontside tailslide in the National Championships. I later got to know him a little better while he was in the streets learning to use a lighter while he was trying to set off bottle rockets. Check the clips in The Boardr Story on Insta.

Profile: Vicenzo Damasio
Vans Park Series Brazil - Pedro Quintas
Pedro Quintas Photo

I had to verify multiple times with multiple people that Pedro Quintas was really just 14. He's got forearm ink and skates like a grown man.

Profile: Pedro Quintas
Vans Park Series Brazil - Language Barrier

The language barrier is pretty tough here. I don't think this says "free apples."

Vans Park Series Brazil - Waterfalls
Sam Gordon Photo

Sam Gordon just moved to Tampa to work with us the day before we all left for Brazil. He's been chasing waterfalls with us in Brazil but has yet to set foot in HQ in Tampa.

Profile: Sam Gordon
Vans Park Series Brazil - CJ No Comply
CJ Collins Photo

CJ Collins, no comply tailslide.

Profile: CJ Collins
Vans Park Series Brazil - Cory BSTS
Cory Juneau Photo

Cory Juneau, backside tailslide.

Profile: Cory Juneau
Vans Park Series Brazil - Backroads

The backroads to the contest site have some interesting scenery.

Vans Park Series Brazil - The Town

Serra Negra is two hours outside of Sao Paulo. A nice little town of just 20,000 people.

Vans Park Series Brazil - The Amphitheater

The local amphitheater.

Vans Park Series Brazil - The Town View

View from one of the many steep hills in town.

Vans Park Series Brazil - Skate Stopped

Is that missing rail a skate stopper tactic?

Vans Park Series Brazil - Downhill Curve

If you like going down fast, this is your town.

Vans Park Series Brazil - Yndiara Asp Backside Air
Yndiara Asp Photo

Back at the Contest, we have Yndiara on a backside air.

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Vans Park Series Brazil - Yndiara Smith
Yndiara Asp Photo

Yndiara, smith grind.

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Vans Park Series Brazil - Leticia Goncalves Stale Fish
Leticia Goncalves Photo

Leticia Goncalves has a damn good stale fish in the deep end.

Profile: Leticia Goncalves
Vans Park Series Brazil - US Grip
Leticia Goncalves Photo

US currency under the clear grip.

Profile: Leticia Goncalves
Vans Park Series Brazil - Deise Reis
Deise Reis Photo

Deise Reis standing up on a 50-50.

Profile: Deise Reis
Vans Park Series Brazil - Dora Varella Smith Grind
Dora Varella Photo

Dora Varella on a smith grind in the deep end. Congrats on winning it, Dora!

Profile: Dora Varella
Vans Park Series Brazil - Camila Borges
Camila Borges Photo

Camila Borges, boneless.

Profile: Camila Borges
Vans Park Series Brazil - Bia Sodre
Bia Sodre Photo

Bia Sodre, backside 5-0.

Profile: Bia Sodre
Vans Park Series Brazil - Pedro Quintas Front Feeble
Pedro Quintas Photo

Pedro Quintas, 14 and a front feeble in the deep end.

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Vans Park Series Brazil - Luiz Francisco Canettieri Nunes Mariano
Luiz Francisco Photo

Luiz Francisco Canettieri Nunes Mariano won it in the Men's National Championships.

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Vans Park Series Brazil - Luiz Francisco Canettieri Nunes Mariano FS Air
Luiz Francisco Photo

Luiz Francisco Canettieri Nunes Mariano, frontside air.

Profile: Luiz Francisco
Vans Park Series Brazil - Dora Varella Wins
Dora Varella Photo

Congrats again, Dora. Hope to see you in Huntington Beach.

Profile: Dora Varella
Vans Park Series Brazil - Paulo

Thanks Paulo for the mic work.

Vans Park Series Brazil - Luiz Francisco Canettieri Nunes Mariano Wins
Luiz Francisco Photo

Luiz Francisco Canettieri Nunes Mariano wins the Men's National Championships and gets a spot in the Semi-Finals at the Continental Championships in Huntington Beach.

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Vans Park Series Brazil - Tom Front Blunt
Tom Schaar Photo

Tom Schaar with big snaps out of a front blunt.

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Vans Park Series Brazil - CJ BS Ollie
CJ Collins Photo

CJ scoops a backside ollie.

Profile: CJ Collins
Vans Park Series Brazil - Chris Boneless
Chris Russell Photo

Chris on a frontside boneless.

Profile: Chris Russell
Vans Park Series Brazil - Cory Frontside Flip
Cory Juneau Photo

Cory had the best looking, properly caught frontside flips.

Profile: Cory Juneau
Vans Park Series Brazil - Judges Perch
Jason Rothmeyer Photo

The judges' view.

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Vans Park Series Brazil - Disneyland

Now we're done and on tourist and street skate mission through town. This place is called Disneyland.

Vans Park Series Brazil - Disneyland Tourist
Rob Meronek Photo

I had to get a tourist photo of my own at Disneyland.

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Vans Park Series Brazil - Stretch VW

Stretch VW at Disneyland.

Vans Park Series Brazil - Disneyland Crew
Ryan Clements Photo

Posse up for a blurry photo. Man I suck behind the camera.

Profile: Ryan Clements
Vans Park Series Brazil - Disneyland Sign

Yep, Disneyland.

Vans Park Series Brazil - Sam 50-50
Sam Gordon Photo

Sam hopped off on a hill bomb after spotting this ledge.

Profile: Sam Gordon
Vans Park Series Brazil - Documenters
Dylan Perry Photo

The phone documenters.

Profile: Dylan Perry
Vans Park Series Brazil - After-Session
Scotty Conley aka The Body Photo

The session after-party on some streetside.

Profile: Scotty Conley aka The Body
Vans Park Series Brazil - Local Cereals

Pause to spy the local cereals.

Vans Park Series Brazil - Simple Grills

I like a good simple grill.

Vans Park Series Brazil - Supermercado
Dylan Perry Photo

Every supermercado is this stacked with trinkets.

Profile: Dylan Perry
Vans Park Series Brazil - CJ in the Streets
CJ Collins Photo

Ran into CJ while pushing around.

Profile: CJ Collins
Vans Park Series Brazil - Henny Barge
Dylan Perry Photo

Dylan stops to barge the Henny. Skateboarding is over for today.

Profile: Dylan Perry
Vans Park Series Brazil - The Safe Streets

There seemed to be no unsafe streets in this tiny town.

Vans Park Series Brazil - Ryan and Luca
Ryan Clements Photo

Ryan and Luca Sorgente, Alex's dad, on the streets watching all the kids act the same way we did 20 years ago.

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Vans Park Series Brazil - CJ's Dad
CJ Collins Photo

CJ's dad started a fireworks show.

Profile: CJ Collins
Vans Park Series Brazil - Pedro and Luca
Pedro Barros Photo

Fathers of champions, Andre Barros and Luca Sorgente.

Profile: Pedro Barros
Vans Park Series Brazil - Push Through Streets
Ryan Clements Photo

Perfect weather and smooth, mellow hills is a great way to end the rolling night.

Profile: Ryan Clements
Vans Park Series Brazil - Dinner Spot

Across from the hotel was the go to spot for dining and setting off fireworks until the cops show up.

Vans Park Series Brazil - Fireworks Pit

Before any fireworks can go off, these 11 year olds need to be taught how to use a lighter.

Vans Park Series Brazil - Willy Fireworks
Willy Lara Photo

Anyone with bottle rocket experience knows that when you stuff a bunch into a tight spot like that, they don't take off and blow up on the ground. Now Willy knows.

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Vans Park Series Brazil - CJ's First Ink
CJ Collins Photo

CJ and his dad took a break from street fireworks to get matching ink. It's CJ's first.

Profile: CJ Collins
Vans Park Series Brazil - Acai Bowls
Tim O'Connor Photo

Acai bowls daily.

Profile: Tim O'Connor
Vans Park Series Brazil - Dylan's Homie
Dylan Perry Photo

This kid asked Dylan for some stickers and he gave him two decks instead. What followed was a hug so big and deep we can still feel the effects hours later.

Profile: Dylan Perry
Vans Park Series Brazil - Sunday Brunch
Dylan Perry Photo

Dylan's a pro at Sunday brunch, so being in Brazil isn't going to stop anything. Two bottles of champagne and fresh squeezed local orange juice made for a great pop up brunch on the streets of Serra Negra.

Profile: Dylan Perry
Vans Park Series Brazil - Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday proceeded through the streets while we sat back and relaxed after work.

Vans Park Series Brazil - Murilo Party
Murilo Peres Photo

Before the airport, we stopped by Murilo's 21st birthday party. Thanks for having us, Murilo!

Profile: Murilo Peres
Vans Park Series Brazil - Body and Justin
Scotty Conley aka The Body Photo

Body and Justin enjoying the Finals.

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Vans Park Series Brazil - That's Not a Knife
CJ Collins Photo

Say, "That's not a knife" in your best Aussie accent.

Profile: CJ Collins
Vans Park Series Brazil - Awarded
Cory Juneau Photo

Cory and Willy at a local bowl jam getting awarded.

Profile: Cory Juneau
Vans Park Series Brazil - Fly In

Flying in and out of Sao Paulo lets you see just how giant this city is.

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