Our featured rider this special day is the star of one of the most watched longboard videos – EVER. Over 3 million hits and loads of parodies. He is the one the only Helio aka The Boss aka Fail like a BOSS!
Hey BOSS! Where are you from?
Hey Mr. Stylish, I’m from sunny Portugal! That’s near Spain if you didn’t know!
When did you start skating?
I tried when I was a little kid, guess what? Mom didn’t think that was a good idea. Then I grew up and on one sunny day I borrowed a longboard last year, it ended up in 49 seconds of pure fun!
Who’s board was it?
A girl that studies in my hometown called Sonia! Cute girl!
Who was filming?
Jose Fangueiro from Olho de Vidro Produçoes! A big friend!
That was Guedes, without him this conversation probably wouldn’t have happened!
We all did it! It was my birthday present and was a gift from us to the world that need to have more fun!
He’s the one who tried to get you killed?
No! I can do that by myself!
But he set the mood! That bro is a party starter! If he was trying that he almost did it and should try again…
I think that he is trying to get 30 Russian girls to do that job!
What were you saying in the video?
I translate the full text in English, that we wrote. Yes we thought it in all details!
Guedes: Hey man no fear otherwise you will smash you into pieces!
Me – Hey bro fear does not affects me!
(Started to feel the speed wobbles, and starting to decide what to do)
– Get out of the way!
That took like a year to write!
Did you skate soon after nearly running into that car and stacking in the bushes?
I skated to the van next minute!
I kind of liked it!
When did you get your first longboard?
A few weeks later! I was still loving it! I’ve got a speed demon classic shape and a Santa Cruz Cruiser that a TV show gave me!
Then a Sector 9 dealer in Portugal gave me one just like yours! (Damn it’s funny)
Now I ride a POWA free ride made in Portugal. Portuguese people do it nicely, I’m in a relationship with her now!
You got lots of free boards!
The show was “5 para a meia noite” (five for mid night) comedy show!
I had loads of fun!
Have you been on any other tv shows?
I’ve been in few the ones that I liked! But my video was on TV all day!
I even presented a TV show “Curto Circuito” Ahahahhaha
Hell of a funny journey!
Check you out famous guy!
Yeah the other co-host was a cute girl that made a GQ cover dressed as Sailor Moon!
Where do you skate now?
All around ahahhah!
But mostly in Lisbon with my mate Corticinho, my home town with Sailor Marc, Sir. Saiote and Porto with the POWA people!
Portugal is very skatable so we skate all around!
What kind of longboarding do you do?
I’m still learning but freeride is great! Tomorrow I will experience Downhill in north Portugal organized by LBZ. I’m now experiencing loads of things so I can choose wisely how will I make my new longboard video.
I love to be on the longboard; you can fell free and be teleported from one place to another in a cloud!
So I go for cloud riding!
How did life change after you became famous?
It is great, now I can make more things. I’ve got more free time!
It was kind of a pain in the ass to walk on the streets, but let the people have fun! All the people wanted to have pictures with me but damn I never looked nice… (Yeah there was one that I have with Maitane Rascon and Monica Madenfrost that looked nice a multi kiss from LGC what can I ask for more? Ahahah)
I’m not rude but just not photogenic…
Lucky guy! How did you end up with them?
They have contacted me to meet them in Santiago de Compustela on their road trip when they were shooting Endless Roads. Promised me a Harem there. Guess what me as a sleepy tiger… Didn´t go! But then they invited me to go to la Noche en Negro, I said yes.
Damn that was one of my best weekends EVER!
Thanks to all the people that were having fun there like little kids!
Haha how did you miss out of being in Endless roads!
I’ve learned from my mistakes. I don’t want to cry now, can’t you make fun of this?
Silly boy! How was La Noche en Negro?
It was a life experience. Met a lot of great people Ufo guys showed me Madrid from their point of view!
I had been in Madrid 2 years ago in la Noche en Blanco, and found it funny because gran via was packed with people and a bunch of longboarders just started to skate through the people and were causing joy in the crowd, (Can I use this to say that I’m sorry that night? I put 3 riders on the floor – it was not my intention to hurt nobody). When Monica told me about la Noche en Negro I just said yes! When I got to Retiro and met the Girls, it felt just like a huge playground for grown up kids! I took lessons from loads of people, ride all day, make friends, tried a few boards which was good. I felt the love more for longboarding!
I think that is enough for 48 hours …
What are your plans for this year?
Get back to the kitchen. Travel a lot, ride with good people! Help people in the organization of an art event in Caldas da Rainha
Caldas Late Night (You all should come and skate this city and see fresh fine arts from portugal It’s on 25th and 26th of May!
And make a few more enjoyable things!
What do you do when you’re not skating?
I’m starting a Brand with Corticinho, a big friend that I met in the middle of this journey graphic designer and Stone, also graphic designer. We all love longboarding and ride frequently. The longboard scene in Portugal is now rising up thanks to a few people that love to ride and keep doing and presenting longboarding to people, we thought that they should wear nice clothes so we decided to create a Cardume (shoal), each one of us got a unique graphic identity. Good things are coming up for all of us!
I also work as a chef in my parents restaurant (Portuguese food).
I like almost everything that a sixteen year old kid does, listening to music, have good times with friends and I waste a lot of time on the web!
Do you have any advice for people who are just learning to skate?
Do it safely, wear protective gear. Talk to people that ride, try as many boards as you can. Take risks but not like me. Moderate it people! Ahahhaha. Have fun! Grow up but don´t get old.
Choose 3 numbers between 1-25
13 – Do you have a pet?
No! It’s hard enough to take care of me …
Haha it has been nice talking to you man! See you in Madrid!
I got the ticket almost one way…
Got a year to come back…
Madrid is a nice place to skate and the people that gather there in the meetings are great:
MUCH LOVE AND FUN!
Any thank yous?
Mom and dad! Thanks for all!
Eko the Sensei! Great sliding gloves!
LGC for all the love!
Surfoz local action sports store in Caldas!
Corticinho you push me to ride and I love it!
DA POWA skates thanks Nuno to try to change the world by doing something by your own hands!
Von Zipper and Sector 9 in Portugal by Despomar!
Maitane Rascon for being my imaginary girlfriend without knowing ahahahh
I WOULD LOVE TO THANK YOU! ALL THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE SEEN MY VIDEO AND HAD FUN. WE HAVE LIFE SO WE CAN ENJOY IT!
Thank you for this great conversation and for your good work!
And to all the people that I didn’t said!