Pedro Barros, a heavy favorite to win the Pro-Tec Pool Party in Orange, California, on Saturday, says he doesn't feel the pressure, even though he's the defending champion.
"If I win the Combi, it’s going to be fucking great, but if not, it’s totally okay!" he recently told the blog I Skate, Therefore I Am. "I won before and that was my dream. Now whatever happens it's good! I just don’t wanna get hurt!
The 17-year-old Brazilian has been skating strong heading into the weekend. He scored a big win at Bowl-a-Rama in Bondi, Australia, in February. In April, he won Red Bull Skate Generations in his backyard bowl in Brazil.
But neither compare to the Pro-Tec Pool Party.
"It’s the biggest bowl contest for sure!" he said in the interview, which is well worth reading in its entirety (it's a two-parter). "The Combi is the gnarliest contest of all! Easy to get hurt! So many guys can win."
Some of the pros expected to compete in the annual event, held at the replica Combi Bowl at Vans Skatepark, are Bucky Lasek, Andy Macdonald, Nolan Munroe, Alex Perelson, Omar Hassan, Tony Trujillo and Steve Pineiro.
But Barros says there's no pressure to repeat.
"They wanna see me winning, but this is more about friendship than anything else!" he said. "But I can lose it for sure. It’s weird how much question about winning a contest! I was 11 months [old] when I started to skate; this is part of my life. Skateboard, it’s almost like another part of my body. I have so much fun when I skate and winning or not won’t change anything!"
- Poolside at the Pro-Tec Pool Party
- Red Bull Skate Generations: The Winning Runs
- Blazin' a backyard bowl in Brazil