"When my mind enters the flow state, I'm at peace with walking the line that blurs fun and danger." That's 28-year-old Boom Nuanual talking about the sport he calls "an extension of his soul": skateboarding.
For the Ocean Beach, San Francisco native, it's not about putting on a show, racking up likes, or pleasing an audience. Instead, skating is about freedom, the ability to physically move from one place to the next with few limitations and to mentally escape from problems that arise in his day-to-day.
Nuanual got into the sport as a kid by way of his brother. "It was a loyal and healthy source of escapism while I was growing up, trying to make sense of it all," he says. "Now, I do it to remind myself I exist."
Gliding through the streets with ease requires a balanced, flexible, and explosive body. Nuanual, a member at Equinox Pine Street, crafted his through cycling, swimming, yoga, and lifting light weights with high reps.
Learn more about why he boards below.