Just people like me and you

In 2014 I got an opportunity that changed my life once again. I got invited to go to the youth Olympic games in China do demonstrate skateboarding with a few other skateboarders. My manager and co-workers luckily helped me out and I got two weeks off to go to China.
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Once I arrived in China and I was waiting for my buss I saw Sean Malto and Chris Cole, I was too shy to go sit with them because in my book they are legends. Little did I know there would be way more legends in China while I was there. I had the amazing opportunity to skate with some Chinese skateboarders who were amazing, teach kids, give demonstrations twice a day and had the opportunity to meet, hang and become friends with some of these legends; Gary Ream, Don Bostick, Ryan Clemens, Josh Friedberg, Vern Laird, Lee-Jay, Chris Cole, Sean Malto, Leticia Bufoni, Lizzie Armanto, Kelvin Hoefler, Marcello Bastos, Alishia Bergado, Neal Hendrix, Paul Luc Ronchetti, Renton Millar, Tomas Vintr and Karen Jonz.

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It was awesome being there with this crew. I remember one day we all went to the Chinese black market. I don’t remember how but Chris, Sean and me ended up walking through a closet while buying bags and ended up being locked in a back room. Me and Sean felt super uncomfortable, Chris saved the day by buying at least 5 bags for his girlfriend. The day after that our bus hit a height pole and our airconditioning crashed and flew off, so many crazy memories

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This trip gave me a taste of where skateboarding can take you, even further then the borders I already crossed. Talking to all these legends, seeing how they lived their lives and skating amazing spots made me realize that’s the life I got a taste of and I wanted more. Doing what makes you happy every day, meet new people, discover new places, how amazing is that? The best thing I realized was that all these legends are just people, amazing people, but just people like me and you.

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