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Pedro Barros

Photograph By Andrew Hetherington for ESPN The Magazine

Pedro and his father have matching tattoos of their last name alongside the letters RTMF, a prideful acronym that stands for the Florianopolis neighborhood where Barros lives and grew upRio Tavaresand the MF we'll leave up to you to decipher. The letters adorn the bodies of locals and the graphic on each of Barros' signature decks. They're also his answer to why he doesn't live in the States like other Brazilian pros. "Come to Rio Tavares," he adds. "Then you'll know why."