Santiago, Chile - "My City" with Braulio Sagas
My City is a Volcom video series showcasing the Latin American Skate Team as they take us through their hometowns, showing us where they grew up skating and what struggles they had to overcome along the way.
In the 8th episode of My City, we visited Braulio Sagas, 26, in Santiago, Chile. Being the largest city in Chile and the capital of the South American country, as a skater, there are lots of obstacles to overcome such as quantity of people, and which sometimes makes it difficult to find a quality spot to shoot some tricks without people getting in the way or hassling you. It is a beautiful city with the heart of the city displaying old colonial style and neoclassical monuments, while being surrounded by the Cordillera de los Andes, the coast, and the surrounding mountain range. This makes Santiago having a very pleasant Mediterranean climate, with little rain, except in winter, when it is very cold and there is a lot of snow in the mountains.
Today, Braulio Sagas is a solid representative of South American skateboarding and has a style that reflects the geography and culture of Chile. When you grow up skating on the streets of Chile, you have to know how to move between spots during the day. Not having good skateparks available, Braulio and his friends see this as an advantage to go out looking for new stairs, gaps, benches, or rails to practice all kinds of tricks and create a bit of variety in their skateboarding efforts. For Braulio, one thing is for sure: if he can skate in Santiago, Chile, maneuvering between all the obstacles that come his way, and having fun along the way, he can do it anywhere.