My Name is Francisco but everybody calls me Chico.
I’ve been into fingerboard for 18years now.
I’m originally from Brazil but I moved to Melbourne - Australia about 10 years ago and I’m about to become Australian for good.
I started to skate around December of 1999 and a friend introduced me to fingerboarding around Jan/Feb of 2000 and I never stopped since.
Although I’ve been a fingerboarder for a long time I was never part of the scene, the forums or anything else. For me fingerboarding was always an extension of my love for skateboard.
Back in Brazil (10 years ago) I use to go fingerboarding with my best friend Carlos and the both of us still sesh together every time I go back home to visit family, etc.
Carlos is a dentist and apart from being one of the best fingerboarders I’ve ever seen he use to modify tech deck parts with his dentistry tools so we could improve a bit the quality of the parts we used.
While Carlos was busy creating better fingerboard parts I would be making some serious cardboard parks. (I hope to restore one day a hard drive I have which stopped working which has a full part of me back in the days plus some footage and photos of the park which I would love to share one day if I can restore the data).
About 1 year ago I joined Double Digits on facebook and I met Ammon and Ziggy.
At this stage Ammon and Ziggy showed me their proper setups but I preferred to stick with Tech Decks because after 17 years the move to a proper fingerboard for me was too hard - they felt too big and strange specially the foam tape.
Later on I met Davo and further I met Rafe who had a 29mm setup with skate grip tape which I tried and felt in love right away and that’s when the move from TD to professional fingerboarding happened to me - yes a bit longer then 7months.
By engaging with the Australian fingerboarding community I meet some incredible people such as Matt Piper, Jye from Dislocation, Jono Person, Steve Neztek, Brendan Low, Morgan An, Josh Rocky, Mark Pullen, Aaron Drayton, Brendt Webber.
The Melbourne crew (Ammong, Ziggy, Davo, Rafe and myself) catch up very regularly to sesh.
My passion for building parks is still active but now I use some prime materials to build it.
I’ve been working on a new park and I expect to finish it this year.
My park park current status: section 1 of 3 complete.
Should you ever come down to Melbourne let us know.