Italo Penarrubia Is Living the Dreamland
Dreamland, the backyard enclosure owned by legendary Brazilian Bob Burnquist, has become something of a Mecca for the skateboarding community. Set amid the mazelike hills of Vista, California, the massive structure stands 60 feet tall at its peak and spans the length of several football fields. In short, it’s the perfect place for a skateboarder to prepare for the Nitro World Games’ Skate Best Tricks event. And Italo Penarrubia hasn’t just been training at Dreamland since coming to the United States -– he’s been living there.
A Brazilian himself from a Sao Paulo municipality called Santo Andre, Penarrubia is used to having a practice facility at his fingertips. “I got into skate when I was 13 years old, when I moved to a house that had a skatepark right in front of it,” he says. Within a few years of hopping on a board, Penarrubia turned pro and has been competing in mega-ramp, bowl, and vert competitions around the globe ever since. An X Games staple, he took gold in the 2010 SKB Vert Amateurs event and consistently finishes in the Top 10 in the SKB Big Air competition on the strength of signature moves like an ollie 360 over the gap.
As NWG approaches, Penarrubia has been skating like crazy on the Dreamland mega-ramp. His unique combination of round-the-clock access to a killer course, strong work ethic, and raw talent could give him the edge that gets him on the podium. “I’m so excited, because NWG is full of people putting down crazy tricks and always innovating,” he says. “I have some new tricks that I want to do and one that has never been done, so I hope I can make a strong showing.”