Words: Stuart Gomez
Portrait: Atiba Jefferson
Last year, when NUMBERS/edition was announced, speculation about the lineup was all over the place. The five (count 'em) key NUMBERS riders were so perfectly curated, it's a who's who of progression. Among the inaugural squad was Antonio Durao, a soft-spoken New Yorker with a powerful pop. Those in the know nodded their heads in approval: twenty percent of NUMBERS is one of NY's innumerable up-and-comers. In 2017, Durao will crunch the numbers.
TSM: Where are you from and where do you live?
AD: I’m from Portugal, and I live in New York (and LA when it gets too snowy).
TSM: What music / bands are you into right now?
AD: Lately I've been listening to Kodak and A-Boogie (Wit da Hoodie) but I also listen to older hip hop by The Pharcyde, Wu-Tang, A Tribe Called Quest…
TSM: Who has been the biggest influence on your skateboarding or what skater inspired you the most?
AD: I really can't say, there're just too many.
TSM: What was your first board and how did you get it?
AD: I got my first board on Christmas in ’06; it was a Walmart board and the truck broke on the very first ollie I tried.
Ollie. Los Angeles, California. Photo: Saari
TSM: What’s your favorite thing / place to eat?
AD: Back home there's this pizza spot called Café Gia and their special slices are insane!
TSM: Name top 3 movies?
AD: Goon ; Stretch ; and Bad Santa .
TSM: What’s your favorite video part?
AD: There was so many, but one that I watched a lot was Jake Johnson's part in Mind Field .
TSM: What's your favorite trick and who do you think does a perfect version of that trick?
AD: Lately: kickflips. And Cyrus Bennett has a crazy one.
Frontside boardslide to front board fakie. Los Angeles, California. Photos: Acosta
TSM: If you could hang out with anybody, living or dead, who would it be?
TSM: What would be your idea of ultimate happiness?
AD: Having no "wants."
TSM: Are Pro skaters role models?
AD: Yeah, I would say most are.
TSM: What's your favorite quality in a person?
TSM: Do you think that skaters should represent skateboarding at all times?
AD: Not at ALL times. Sometimes it's cool seeing what else they're into.
Switch boardslide. Queens, New York. Photo: Mehring