Skateboarding is everything in my life. It’s my profession, a way of having fun, but since it’s a sport that can hurt you bad,
you have to make the right decisions. If you make one wrong decision you can really get hurt. Today my profession is skateboarder.
But it might have not happened. And my other profession
isn’t one of the safest, either. I spent practically my entire childhood in the streets. I wanted to play ball, fly kites and skateboard. [SWEET MOM]
We’d put bows in her hair, and then at about
2 years old she started ripping them off. She was really a bad ass.
She was a lot of work. – When I was about 8 or 9 years old, I thought
that soccer was my sport, And I wanted to be a professional, playing in a team. [COACH DAD]
– Have you ever seen her playing soccer? She plays really well. I don’t think it’s normal, by the way, she is not normal. I tell her all the time, I don’t think she’s
right in the head! My dad always supported me at soccer, he always
liked soccer. But then I started skateboarding And I started to learn really fast, even faster
than the boys. At the beginning my dad didn’t like it, not a bit. He was very much against it. – My view was the view that the entire society
had of skateboarding. It used to be prohibited. There was a time when the police would arrest skateboarders etc. – So he didn’t want me to skateboard anymore. I’d tell my dad that I was at my grandpa’s house, But I was on the street skateboarding. [SISTER AND PARTNER]
– We would help cover her tracks
because we felt bad for her, She really liked it and
he just wouldn’t accept it! – If she shows up all bruised, I’m screwed! How I am going to explain myself? – Until one day, he’d had it. – I told her “stop this skateboarding stuff,
you’re pissing me off”. And she wouldn’t stop.
So one day I was working on something with a saw, and I took her skateboard and… – It was one of the saddest moments of my life. – She was so sad, poor girl! – That didn’t stop me. He can’t forbid me to skateboard. – She built a new one on the same day. – “Dad, there’s a tournament, will you take
me there?” And I said “What tournament,
are you crazy? Skateboard tournament?” And they kept insisting and I thought, “I’ll go, but if I see something bad going on there,
you can forget about it, don’t come back begging me, she’s not going again.” – That was my chance to prove to my Dad that I was good and that what I wanted to do was that. – And she won the tournament.
She won her first tournament. – Silver, Gold, Silver, Gold… – I was State Champion, Local Champion,
National Champion. When I was 13-14 years old, I was invited to one of the largest skateboarding tournaments in the world, in Los Angeles. – We were going through a very hard time financially. – When I received the invitation, my Dad was the first person to say that I’d go. He said, “you’re going”. We had to find a way to get the money, Put together all of our saving and we went. – He knew that if I stayed in Brazil, I’d never
have this opportunity again. It was like living a dream, everything that
I’d seen in skateboarding videos, I was seeing in person. – Everyone was asking:
“Who’s this girl? Who is she? Who is she?” I ended up in 8th place, and I got two sponsors. I would never have thought that my Dad would
let me stay in the US by myself. – She went for 15 days and she was supposed
to come back. But after a long struggle, her dad finally gave in, left her there and came
back. I wasn’t angry at all, I was happy. – It was a risk. It was a risk, but it had to take it. – I was only 14, I was very young, and I needed
to learn English. In high school, I started playing soccer again, my number two passion. I played, and even thought about going professional. Soccer practice was usually an hour, Then school, then I would leave, go home, leave my stuff there, and skateboard. – It was soccer and skateboarding side by side. One was part of the other. – Women’s skateboarding has never had the support that men’s skateboarding had. My first year here, no podium. Second year, no podium either. I thought: I want to skateboard, yes, but I also didn’t want my dad to take money from my family to take me to skateboarding events. – She started to see that she couldn’t keep
both things: semi-professional soccer training at school, and professional training for skateboarding. – And we called her up and said: “You have
to choose: skateboarding or soccer.” It was the most confused I’ve ever felt in my life. I really wanted to play, I wanted to be a pro, but I wanted to live off skateboarding here. I gave up soccer, and in the first weeks I
saw that I had made the right decision. Victory came, and it was at a really big event. I really stood out. I started getting money, I started getting
sponsors and to make a living out of skateboarding, I think it’s because I had a lot of will
power and I never gave up. There are lots of difficulties, like living
far away from my family. But I couldn’t let these things hold me back, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to live my dream. I think you have to love it first, practice a lot, then the rest comes naturally, you
don’t have to force it.