As if he literally sewed the legs of some crazy World Cup Brazilian soccer prodigy onto his own body, Luan proved to the world in 2013 that he’s got the quickest feet in skateboarding. He’s got more board control than just about anyone, which his award for overall Highest Score in the Control Section of the Street League 2013 season should attest to. He’ll jump down and over any gap, 270 out of any ledge, manual anything you put in front of him, and flip into any hubba, all without trying. Besides putting out one of the year’s best Bangins in August on The Berrics and a street part worthy of a Carnivale celebration in Nike SB’s Chronicles 2 (shown above), Luan dominated the contest circuit with a 1st at Tampa Pro, 2nd in Copenhagen Pro, 3rd at four separate Street League stops, and 4th overall in the Street League 2013 World Tour Rankings. Vai Luan!
Populist is that person who holds, or who cares about, the views of the people. Now, we won’t pretend the Berrics holds exactly your views because we don’t know all of them 100 percent. But we definitely care about them and listen to them. Over the past 6 years, we’ve done our best to blur the line that exists between the top of the pyramid, the middle of it, and the bottom to create a bigger, more interesting, more interactive skateboard world that feels owned more by you guys, the people who keep us in business, than it does by us, the business. Our main focus from the very beginning has always been to help positively grow skateboarding on every level. And to no surprise, for years you’ve asked us to have some kind of awards system the way other media companies do. Why it’s taken so long is only because we're still a young company. This past year, however, we felt we couldn’t ignore your request any longer. Now, no lists are perfect, but we’ve really tried to create a list of guys for you to vote on who we thought—and from what we’ve heard you talk about—had the most significant impact on skateboarding in 2013. You’ll notice that not all of these nominees are on this list because of a single video part. They made this list because of everything they’ve done that’s had an impact on skateboarding this past year, from other media award nominations and wins to magazine coverage to X-Games and Street League results. We want to recognize the whole of skateboarding, everything we can. That’s our goal. This is the first year, and just like the Berrics, it’s growing. And as the years roll on, so will the depth and importance of this award. It will only get better from here on out and it will always stay in your hands, reserved for you to decide who wins the Populist vote.
So without further ado, we present to you the 12 nominees of Populist. Use your vote wisely. You only get one.
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