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Pedro Barros

Photograph By Andrew Hetherington for ESPN The Magazine

Since building his backyard bowl four years ago, says Barros, "The gate is always open. Anybody can come skate and barbecue whenever they want." Next, Barros would like to help build skateparks in Florianopolis and encourage young people from the Favellas to take up skateboarding. "Once a person starts skating, it can change their lives," he says. "There's a park on the edge of a local favella where there's drug dealing, and the kids are going to the skate park instead of hanging out with the drug dealers. You can see them trading their lives in the favella for a life of skating because they have something to motivate them. That's why I want to build more parks. It will change lives."