Vans Skateboarding has welcomed skateboarder Felipe Nunes to the family.
At just 21 years old, adaptive skater Felipe has already achieved more than most of his non-adaptive counterparts: in just four years, he won multiple contests, turned pro for the Birdhouse team and landed a Thrasher cover. Hailing from Curitiba Paraná, Brazil, Felipe lost his legs at age six in a train accident, but by age 13 he had found freedom and a creative outlet in skateboarding and quickly began gaining recognition from the global skateboarding community.
Felipe’s mantra is simple (‘No excuses’) and his goals are admirable—to inspire people through skateboarding and promote positivity within the skate community wherever he goes. The skate world could do with a few more Felipes, and it’s rad to see Vans recognising talent when they see it. Check out his welcome edit above, filmed by Dan Stolling.