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Raymond Myrland, race pilot

Raymond Myrland gives us this introspective interview as BADTORO of the month: racing driver petrol head for 30 years and a successful businessman; a history of challenge, motivation, personal improvement and above all, passion.

Sonia Macías

Sonia Macías is an ultra-distance sportswoman. She has became ‘La Princesa del Desierto’ (the Desert’s Princess) to face a unique challenge: running 1,000 kilometers in 20 days at the Namid desert as a self-improvement expedition and a solidarity action.

Badtoro of The Month Time Machine | 2015 Archive

This is the 2015 archive for our Badtoro of the Month time machine, review with us former featured Badtoro people and learn what they did and where are they now: did they achieve their dreams and goals or fell trying?

Léo Slemett – Freeskier

Léo Slemett (21 years old) is ski instructor and pro freeskier, and also he is studying at the Business School of Chambery. He was born in Chamonix Mont-Blanc, a town located at the foot of the Alps, so it is not surprising that he practice some mountain and winter sports since childhood.

At the age of three, Léo started to ski, and when he was 12 years old he learned alpine skiing. But then he realized that it was not enough for him. Léo says “I had much more fun doing some backflips and riding back country terrain than riding on the slopes so I naturally switched to free ski”.

When Léo was only 17 years old, he had already mastered perfectly the freestyle, so he decided to start freeride competition in the junior category as well. He went to the Freeride World Qualifiers. After that, and through his brilliant marks, he earned his place on the Freeride World Tour, in which annually brings the best skiers and snowsurfers around the world. Finally Léo had to return to Qualifiers, but far from discouraged, he was proclaimed as winner of this competition last winter. So, Léo’s goal for this year is to secure his place on the Freeride World Tour. After that, one of his dreams it’s to be a world champion in freeride ski.

Slemett considers the most value of his sport “the spirit and all the possibilities to make the most of yourself. But it’s not always easy because there are no federation so you have to build your career by yourself”. Therefore, he faces the challenges with training in physical or on his skis to progress again and again, as his only way to go forward in what he really loves. However, he also considers important to take pleasure and spend some time to ride with his friends.

So we’re proud to announce our Badtoro of the month: Léo Slemett, double champion of the Nendaz Freeride and champion in the Freeride World Qualifier general ranking last winter season 2013/2014. We wish you all the best in your career, and we’ll keep an eye in your next season!

A Badtoro is never afraid of challenges. A Badtoro doesn’t always reach all of his or her goals, but a Badtoro never gives up, and always keeps on trying. A Badtoro is not afraid of trying to reach the goals that many others find impossible. To become the Badtoro of the month, you need to show extraordinary courage, respect and sincerity, especially when facing challenges.

Photos: Andrey Britanishskiy

Nicolas Kluger

Nicolas Kluger (36 years old) has achieved one of his goals: to have an important role in the world of floorball, a variant of bandy quite popular especially in the Nordic countries.

Alaya Competition

The Alaya Competition – Rafting Team Brazil/Youth – is from Brotas (São Paulo), Brazil’s capital of adventure and nature. They are Angelo Eduardo Degrandi (21 years old and team captain), Gabriel Pessa (20), Fernando Antônio Mourassutti (20), João Luiz Rodrigues júnior (20), Jorge Luis de Souza Nave (21), Jonatan de Brito (23) and Leandro Cavalcante (21).

Julia Castro – Kitesurfing

She started kiteboarding at age 17, later than usual, as most of her colleagues began with 8 or 10 years.

Mery Muñoz – Inline skater

Mery Muñoz is 24 years old, she lives in Barcelona but she is from Bilbao. She started skating very young while still living in Bilbao, with her closest friends who introduced her to this urban sport.

Among her skating mates were Aritz Ortega, Ganesh Rios, Mikel Arteaga and Imanol Merino, many of whom are recognized skaters today. They met in the skatepark of the city everyday and so, in good company, having fun and making daily progress, they grew together. Ten years have gone by since then and today she is proud to righfully belong to the Inline World and to have participated in many national and international competitions.

Thanks to her skates, she has travelled to many countries and met people from different places and cultures that otherwise she would never have got to know. “Inline has helped me evolve into the person I am now,” says Mery and she adds: “What I like is the adrenaline produced by the satisfaction of surpassing yourself and the happiness you feel when you get to the end of the day tired”. She always faces challenges with the positivity and determination required to overcome them, but in order to do that, you need to “be clear about what you want”, she explains. “What makes you a better skater and a better human being is not the falling, but learning how to get back on your feet”.

This tireless rider likes to motivate girls into skating, to get them to be more and get better at it. She would love them to be as appraised and respected as boys, she wished things were more even since in most competitions, girls do not have access to cash prizes. That’s why she is glad to represent women in every event, “demonstrating that the level is high and will continue to rise, because more girls are coming behind me with the strong will to overcome themselves.”

Beside skating, Mery is also a video editor, she loves photography and video, whose images and sounds she uses to document Inline sports. No doubt that is why she received the Action 2014 award this year, awarded to recognize the effort and work of filmers and riders of all categories of extreme sports.

Therefore it is our pleasure to present the new BadToro of the month to you : Mery Muñoz, a skater with an infinite capacity for self-achievement who got to reach the second position at Winterclash (Holland, 2014), FISE (Montpellier, 2013) and in the 2012 World Ranking. BadToro wishes her good luck in her career!

A BadToro is never afraid of challenges. A BadToro doesn’t always reach all of his or her goals, but a BadToro never gives up, and always keeps on trying. A BadToro is not afraid of trying to reach the goals that many others find impossible. To become the BadToro of the month ,you need to show extraordinary courage, respect and sincerity, especially when facing challenges.

 

Thanks to Inline BarcelonaExtreme.

BMX racing with Enzo Pérez

Enzo as a child felt completely drawn to the magic world of BMX Racing, its routes, corridors, its environment and all those endless jumps.

Axel Serrat – Longboard master

Axel Serrat, 27 years old from Barcelona, is one of the promises of the increasingly practiced sport: Longboard.

Featured by the magazine Longboard Barcelona, Axel practices downhill skateboarding since 2007 after having practiced skateboarding for many years. His hobby had always been skating, as a child he went always uphill and downhill with his skate until he could afford to buy his first longboard table, a Pearson Longboards, local brand of Barcelona.

After trying the longboard he get hooked and did not try anything else. The main motivation that led him to bunch up its relationship with the sport is the offered possibility to travel through cities beyond urban areas. Besides from allowing him to meet people from all over the world, he’s feeling part of a big family or as he calls it, his “mundillo” (you can read crew, people or tribe).

Axel demonstrates extraordinary courage facing risks without fear and he says that the fact of being passionate in doing what one likes, eliminate fears and difficulties and that is a synonym of respect for us. He ensures that there will always mistakes, but you must learn from them and minimize them to improve every day.

For all these reasons ,we are proud to announce Axel Serrat as the Badtoro of the Month! Currently he has no professional goals, he prefers to live the moment without thoroughness in order to taste the small experiences and take advantage of all the benefits from the longboard.

Axel says that all sports have pros and cons, but if he has to choose the best from longboard would be the shared moments with his friends after slopping away from a road and be sure to be greeted with a smile at the end of the race. He is, without any doubt, a great Badtoro .

A BadToro is never afraid of challenges. A BadToro doesn’t always reach all of his or her goals, but a BadToro never give up, and always keeps on trying. A BadToro is not afraid of trying to reach for those goals many other find impossible. To become the BadToro of the month you need to show extraordinary courage, respect and sincerity, especially when facing challenges.