At just 11 years old, Sandro “Mineirinho” Dias got his first skateboard. “Me and a childhood friend took his brother’s skateboard and put a car tyre on top. While one sat in the tyre, the other pushed down the ramp from the garage.” By his teens, Sandro had become Brazilian beginners’ champion in the “street” category, and the following year was competing as a pro in the world championship in Germany.
A fifth place in competition in São Paulo kick-started a string of successes - the skater began collecting titles and medals by taking part in various competitions in Brazil and abroad. But his standout moment came at the 2005 X-Games, when Sandro made history by being the first to perform a 900 maneouvre in a competition. He developed a strong focus on aerial tricks, and now regularly lands 900s. Sandro has also declared himself ‘King of the 540’, for which he claims to have more than 12 variations.
2010 was another bumper year for Sandro with 2nd place finishes at X Games Asia and the Dew Tour in Boston, as well as a win at the Freestyle.ch event. In 2011, he equalled his result at the X Games Asia and notched up impressive performances on the Dew Tour. 2012 brought still more success – Sandro took first place at the Pernambuco Vert Pro and only just missed out on a podium finish at the X-Games. So make no mistake - we definitely haven't seen the last of this Brazilian pro yet.Read more