On Sunday, Torey Pudwill beat out Chaz Ortiz, Sean Malto, and the rest of skateboarding’s elite to claim his first Tampa Pro title at the famous Skatepark of Tampa.
As impressive as Pudwill’s ability to land the big tricks all contest long was, an even more impressive display of perseverance came from 23-year-old Brazilian skateboarder Italo Romano. He qualified 19 out of 77, ahead of skateboarding’s brightest stars, such as Ryan Scheckler and Manny Santiago, earning himself a spot in the finals.
The accomplishment is perhaps most notable for his ability to compete alongside the world’s best without the use of his legs. As a teenager, his legs were amputated after an accident where he tried to balance between train carriages.
Romano shows determination to never allow the loss of his legs to get in the way of his dreams. As he recently stated, “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.”
Video of Romano’s qualifying run: