This past weekend Pedro Barros did what we come to expect from this young bowl sensation from Brazil. He won his second straight Bondi Bowl-A-Rama in Australia. With the bowl season underway Barros has won all three of the main contests: two weeks ago he won the Wellington Bowl-A-Rama in New Zealand and last week he won the Pro Beach Bowl contest at the Australian Open of Surfing.
Highlights from the Bondi Bowl-A-Rama
While Barros’s victories have been impressive and have come in dominating fashion, whether it’s good for the sport is another question.
An unrivaled athlete hurts the excitement of the sport. If you already know who’s going to win, what’s the incentive to watch?
Barros is not at the unbeatable level yet. But at 17 and with a whole career ahead of him it’s likely he’ll get there. To become the best ever in the sport of skateboarding Barros is going to need something to stay motivated, though. Sports thrive on rivalries.
For instance, the most watched discipline at this year’s summer X Games was the Men’s Halfpipe duel between Pierre Luc Gagnon and Shaun White. It came down to the final runs for both guys– facing off on the massive ramp, trying to better one another.
With plenty of time and talent capable of rising up to the challenge of competing with Barros in the future, let’s hope for bowl-skating’s sake that it happens sooner than later.