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Pedro Barros

Photograph By Andrew Hetherington for ESPN The Magazine

Pedro Barros was four years old the first time he dropped into a concrete bowl on a skateboard. The deep end of that bowl was 4 feet. But the bowl he and his dad built in their backyard four years ago is no kid's play. The deep-end drop of Pedro's private bowl is 11 feet, yet neighborhood kids as young as 7 skate it every day. "The kids here have gotten so good," Barros says. And they have him to thank for it.