Skateboarding is probably not the first thing you think of when you think of São Paulo's streets. High traffic congestion, aggressive lane switching, speeding through red lights and, according to Time maagazine, the world's worst traffic jams do not create the most conducive environment for your average rollerblader, cyclist or skater.
São Paulo is also far more hilly than first impressions would have you believe so I was surprised to see so many skaters hanging out on Saturday night on the central Rua Augusta. Then I noticed the traffic can also be used to your advantage to catch a handy lift up the hills. Check it out:
|ps. This is the National Geographic picture my good friends Isaac and Shiraz recalled when they saw the above video. São Paulo 2011 vs Mexico DF 1981, 30 years and not so much has changed...|