Santiago is a really big, small city. It’s big enough that you feel like you’re in a metropolis, but small enough to get around fairly quickly. There is good public transportation (bus, metro) and taxis are cheap as well if you have a group of guys. The security, on the other hand, can be a big problem. Every day, at least once, we got hassled by security. The same goes for every big city but the difference is, in Chile, the skaters don’t give a shit. They will keep trying the trick until the guards get physical or the “packs” (police) show up. There are a number of tricks in this montage that were last try because of security. There are also some that are landed on the 25th “last try”. Sometimes, you deny them for so long, that they just go away and you can do whatever you want.
Overall, Santiago is a great city for skating. It’s compact enough that there are spots all over the place and a car really isn’t needed. The other great thing is that it is in a valley. You can take the metro to the top of the hills and skate all the way down to the center, stopping at the many great spots along the way. The scene here is starting to thrive as well. With a handful of local brands, national pros with international talent, and a bunch of motivated guys, the Santiago scene continues to grow bigger and bigger.
We enjoyed skating and filming with: Filoko – Filipo, Carlos Rodriguez, Mario Ferrando, Ruben Sotomayor, Cohette, Christian Naverette, Milton Martinez, Juan Pabo Jota, Gato Mojado, Etiel Rojas, Germán Pino, Italo Saluzzi and Sebastian Fernandez
Additional Filming by CAF productions, Ignacio Roman and Nicolás Garay