Eduardo Bandeira

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From: Salvador, Brazil
Division: Am Division
Sponsored by:  N/A
Age:  41
Skating:  30 years

I’m probably the only freestyle skater in my city, and I am definitely the only freestyle skater that I know in Brazil that is also a doctor. I graduated in Medicine at the Escolar Bahiana de Medicina e Saude Publica in 1998 and I was the resident Ophthalmologist at the University of Sao Paulo. Now I have my own private practice in the city of Salvador that is in the Northeastern part of Brazil.

Although I have been skating for some 30 years it wasn’t until about 5 years ago while I was an ophthalmologist for the Brazilian Army in Rio de Janeiro that I got turned on to freestyle. While in Rio I met Tai Tai, Edmar, and Lucio Flavio among others, then I went to Sao Paulo and skated with Per Canguru and several other great freestylers that inspired me. I also watched a lot of videos especially the old videos with Rodney Mullen, Pierre Andre, Kevin Harris, Per Welinder, Bob Smeltzer, Primo Desiderio, and Don Brown who all have such fluid skating styles. Generally I try to practice almost every day around 2 hours at night after work. I love to put on rock and roll music and sorta dance with my skateboard, doing a lot of footwork and maneuvers. Since my trip to Rio I’ve been skating almost every day and today I just can’t imagine myself without skating. I started skating in the eighties and I hope I can skate for another 30 years at least.

RECENT CONTEST HISTORY:

2016 Big Rio Freestyle Contest: 5th Place Amateur