Antonio Durao has developed quite a reputation over the years, at least since we released his 2017 ‘Next New Wave’ part (which followed his announcement as a first-string rider for Eric Koston and Guy Mariano’s Numbers team). Any new footage of Durao is gold, and New York-centric blog Quartersnacks hit the motherlode this week with its premiere of his ‘Lawn Guy Land’ part (filmed by Lloyd Richards). Don’t ask us what the name means but we do know that in the land of lawn guys, Durao treats you right.
One of the most stunning things about this part is that Durao really doesn’t seem to think twice. The guy simply goes with the flow in an environment which demands nothing less. He has one of the best stream-of-consciousness skate styles, adapting to street conditions and approaching spots from every direction possible—regular or switch. He’s like some divine combination of Tyshawn Jones and Mark Gonzales… hittin’ hydraulic switches his impossible low-rider squats.
We were fortunate enough to work with Durao for a variety of projects over the past four years. Not least of which was his 2016 Battle At The Berrics debut, in our ‘New Blood’ edition, perfectly matched with master improviser Chris “Cookie” Colbourn. In his battle prologue conversation with Koston, Durao says, “I don’t like the pressure of anything that has competing.” After seeing his ‘Lawn Guy Land’ part, we’re confident that he’s reached pretty much pressure-free level in his skating—no comp. Watch that match, along with a handful of Durao’s other Berrics projects, below: