Calling Felipe Nunes an inspiration would be an understatement. Describing his journey as “miraculous” doesn’t do it justice. But in Felipe’s eyes, he is just another young man from Brazil trying to leave his mark in skateboarding. There is just one thing that is a little different about Felipe that separates him from the rest. At age six, Felipe had an accident involving a train that resulted in him losing both of his legs. After spending a few years bound to a wheelchair, a neighbor gave him a skateboard thinking he could use it as an easier way to get around. Little did Felipe know, that gift would change his life. He figured out quickly that he enjoyed riding his board, and slowly started learning tricks at the local skatepark. After gaining a lot of attention through his Instagram page, he was then noticed by skateboard legend Tony Hawk, who was so impressed by Felipe that he started to help him out with travel expenses so he could come to America and skate. Now, there isn’t one person involved with skateboarding that can’t say they haven’t been inspired by Felipe’s story. He has surpassed the label of a “novelty act,” and is now considered a force in the contest scene. When Felipe isn’t skating, he likes to hang out with his mom and cat in his hometown of Curitiba, with a huge smile and a cup of coffee.