I think it's still in our natural skater's way of thinking to be sceptic if we see celebrities or people from other sports entering skateboarding. People are hating on guys like Justin Bieber and are scared of people destroying our culture while wearing Thrasher hoodies. As a friend from Portugal sent me a picture of a football player who celebrated winning the Copa Libertadores trophy (the biggest cup in South American football on club stage) while holding a skateboard in his other hand, I was kind of sceptic, too. It took me 10 seconds to realize once again that this way of thinking is just so biased – Gustavo Scarpa, the number 14 and offensive midfielder of Palmeiras São Paolo, proofed us wrong once again and shows how the love for skateboarding has nothing to do with what you do besides it.
Thanks a lot! I’m very happy and it has been a little bit crazy for me. You know, it’s my second in a row. But now, I’m just chilling, skating and wakeboarding with my friends.
Actually, it’s not off-season, yet. But actually, we didn’t have trainings anymore. We’re champions, you know? [laughs]
"All the team mates were like “What the hell is he doing? We are champions and he runs into the locker room?!”"
Not that much. I go more crazy for the typical Brazilian strawberry cookie with milk and ate it a lot. That’s my style of celebration.
I thought it would just be funny to skate on the pitch if we win the game. After we won, I immediately ran into the locker room and brought it. All the team mates were like “What the hell is he doing? We are champions and he runs into the locker room?!”.
Yeah. They are tired of me showing them videos and just say “Man, I don’t like skateboarding”. But they know how much I love it.
Totally no. [laughs]
You know. I never really skated. During the pandemic a friend gave me his board and I tried to ollie. I bailed really bad immediately, but from there on I was hyped and just wanted to learn it. I figured it out and kept skating until today and I love it.
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Football practice is only the half of the day. So the other half is for skating and wakeboarding.
[laughs] Yeah. Sometimes I start skating and the first 15 minutes are hard. But after that I can just go. I look at the clock during the session and sometimes three or four hours are gone like nothing. Usually I skate for three or four hours in the morning and then drive to Sao Paolo for the football practice.
Probably at night, sometimes [laughs]. If I did not skate for days, I feel like the football thing hits more from the mind side. I think I need my balance. Skating also helps me to be better in football. My ankles got more stable and I gained a lot more core strength. For me as a light offensive player it’s easier now to stand tacklings from the bigger and stronger defensive players. My friends told me that first: “Man! You are not falling that much anymore!”
"Skating also helps me to be better in football. My ankles got more stable and I gained a lot more core strength. For me as a light offensive player it’s easier now to stand tacklings from the bigger and stronger defensive players."
No! My coach even told me to skate in a Palmeiras jersey so the club can use the videos. Football here is like “If you win, you can do everything”, but honestly, I feel a bit of fear myself while skating and trying new tricks. It’s still a risk. I tried that kickflip for one and a half hours while saying to myself “Stay calm, stay calm! You won’t get hurt. You are able to do it”.
Sometimes I skate in Sao Paolo, but usually I skate in my hometown. It’s way smaller and we have a skatepark here. It’s not amazing, but still nice to learn stuff. At the moment I’m in talks with the city hall to build a big skate plaza here.
Yes! The people told me: “Gustavo! You have to use your popularity to do something for the city!”. All my life I thought I would do something like that for football, it’s crazy that I’m now able to realize that skatepark! It’s definitely a huge moment for me in my life.
"My coach even told me to skate in a Palmeiras jersey so the club can use the videos."
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When I started skating I watched so many clips of that amazing guys like Rodrigo, Luan and Carlos Ribeiro and just was like “I have to skate with them one day!”. So I just wanted to try and sent them a message on Instagram. They answered in a super nice way and said “Yeah Scarpa! Come to Sao Paolo and we skate!”. I’m just waiting for the right moment to skate with those legends.
The first one to be my idol was probably Luan. I watched so many videos of him. Especially as I learned how to kickflip I watched so many clips of him doing that trick. As I got more into skating I followed more skating from the US and Brazil. Tiago Lemos and Rodrigo TX are great, but I appreciate a lot more skaters. And I enjoy watching Street League. I watched the Super Crown one in the locker room before a game.
No. It was one game before that. But if it had been the Copa, I would’ve watched it anyway [laughs]. But when it comes to a part, definitely the one where Tiago does that switch backtail at MACBA – this is just insane! I even use his pro model for skating.
"I watched the Super Crown one in the locker room before a game."
[laughs]. That’s crazy, isn’t it? No, I don’t know. A company saw me skating and just sent my a board with that crazy graphic with my face and my name on it. I’m not even able to treflip and someone wants to make me pro. What?!
[laughs] No way! My biggest dream in skating right now is just to have bs smith grinds. For me, it’s the most beautiful trick. Or hardflips!
For sure skating. Football is fun, but very hard. In skating there is so much different stuff to learn every day and one day I would love to see my children doing what so many kids here having fun with at the moment.