Bernardo spent the 90’s wandering, surfing, skateboarding and BMX riding at the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, Brazil. At the end of the 90’s he left behind the dream of becoming a professional athlete and decided to pursue a University degree.
In 2005 after a couple of years in university, Bernardo got his degree in Product Design with an emphasis on Sustainable Development. He traveled to China to study technology of applying Bamboo on product designs. He went back to Brazil in 2006 and started the world’s first organic Brazilian bamboo skateboard factory called Umbê Skateboards. He also returned to surf, as a shaper. Bernardo was shaping the kind of boards he’d always been wanting to test, but couldn’t find in the stagnant Brazilian surfing scene that was dominated by high performance thrusters.
His research on shaping and riding surfboards began with Alaias and Paipos, moving to hollow wood, and then the foam blanks. That’s when Umbê started to offer Surfcraft besides the bamboo skateboards. Bernardo spent the following years roaming the Pacific coastline of Chile, Peru and California, testing and riding all kind of surfboards and skateboards.
After some back and forth between the Golden State and Brazil, Bernardo decided to relocate to the other side of the Atlantic, the beautiful cold water coast of Ericeira where he spends his time with research and design of surfcraft and skateboards. Bernardo’s endeavours are proudly supported by The Critical Slide Society and Magic Quiver.
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