Today we are going to skateboard! I arrived here and the production team
brought some skateboards… So, I have a lot of options! Let’s skateboard here a little
And afterwards let’s hit Guincho beach. Today is going to be a great day! I learnt to longboard in Brazil. When I arrived there I saw everyone
skateboarding from one side to the other on skate longboards. It’s a normal form of transport
for people there. And I wanted to learn quickly
because I thought it was really practical. I realised it was
kind of an alternative transport. I realised that there is this style…
‘Longboard Dancing’. This combined two things that I loved;
Longboarding and dancing. So, I thought:
If I can get around this way – even better! I met Alex.
He was my instructor. He taught me everything. Hi, I’m Alex. And I’m Sara Watanabe. Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil! Madalena sought me out
to do a skateboard lesson. And we became friends. Because she likes to read,
she likes cinema. she’s really interested in culture. And she understood that skateboarding
is integrated into the culture of Rio, and Brazilian culture in general. We have beautiful promenades here. Which are closed to cars
on the weekends. So, skateboarding for us
is like cycling. After learning to skateboard.
Madalena soon realised that longboard dancing
could be a way for her to express herself and stand out from the crowd. She soon fell in love
and wanted to learn to do everything. She wanted to do classes everyday. Everyday she wanted to skateboard.
She would ask me for videos and inspiration. She learnt really quickly! It’s true!
She is beautiful when she rides. She has a lot of willpower too, even when she falls, she gets back up
and keeps trying, until she learns. Now I’m back in Portugal,
I had to keep skateboarding. And it’s so good because it’s like
I’ve brought a piece of Brazil with me. I skateboard to get around everywhere, to go to work, to meet my family
and friends. I still don’t have a car,
for now, my skateboard is my car and I prefer it! Whenever I can, I’m on a skateboard.
No matter what size skateboard. It’s a moment that I’m just with myself. I put on my music, and I dance…
I glide! It’s like meditation. In a sense, you need to be 100% present. You just think about that. If I don’t pay attention, I fall. For me, it’s the best way to meditate,
get around and have fun too. It was Alex who taught me everything. He told me that the most important
thing in skateboarding is style. He said he works hard
to do something seen as unnecessary. Skateboarding isn’t something ‘necessary’. But it’s so good… The best things
in life are the things that aren’t necessary. There’s no purpose to doing it. But when I am, I feel free.
I feel really happy. For more information on skate Longboard classes