Miami Skater Guiri Reyes on World Cup Skateboarding Win
How old is this guy? A mere two decades old. When you see him skate, you'll feel like you're watching the Discovery Channel because he moves with the ease and precision of a lion. We had the opportunity to chat with Reyes and Jak Soria from Out of Hand Productions - his official sponsor.
When the guys from Out of Hand first saw Reyes skate, they knew they wanted him to be part of their team. Explains Soria, "Guiri caught our eye when we first saw him skate. He was an awesome skater and had the presence that our vision required, not just for the skate film we were putting together at the time, but the movement as a whole. He had culture, talent, and above all respect for others. It's hard not to love the guy."
So, when Out of Hand signed him, Reyes thanked the skate gods. "OOH (Out of Hand) is not really a company in my eyes. I tend to see them more as a family. I originally became a personal fan of the ideology behind the 'Hip Hop N Roll' movement that mainly portrays unity amongst all races, ages and cultures. As a skater and artist I've always felt like I identified with the crew," he says.
Reyes says that feeling of unity translates to the skater community. "You get used to meeting different people when you've been skating around for years. Linking with other skaters is part of the beauty of the sport itself. There is no team when you are on your board, just friends that ride with you. These people come in all genders, races, and ages. You meet them in contests, skating on the streets, through friends etc. Traveling is a good thing; everyone should travel and get a chance to step away from what they usually have in front of them. It really is eye-opening, a culture shock. The streets are life's biggest mentor. Respect, humanity, and so on - it's a mind-opening experience."
That idealistic nobility is sweet and all, but what about the win? Reyes describes the trick that earned him first place, "At the time I hadn't really attempted anything heavy-duty during the competition jam session. I had a trick in mind and then once I felt I had the necessary space, I landed a kickflip backside 50-50 off the car roof with only ten seconds left on the time clock. It's wild to think that the game can change in one second -- for me that was a very crazy moment."
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