Even at age 46, you can still be an adrenaline junkie — just ask Brazilian-born Mauricio “Mo” Natario.
You’ll find Mo in area skateboard, bike and snowboard parks when he’s not working at a tune shop, being a carpenter building staircases, laying wooden floors or remodeling.
“I was born in 1966 and grew up in the industrial part of metropolitan São Paulo, Brazil, a place known as ‘ABC Paulista,’” Mo says. “I went to college for mass communication and journalism was my major.”
His excitement levels came in a combination of self-powered and gasoline-fueled pursuits.
“I started skateboarding at the age of 9, BMX riding at 15 and mountain biking around 19,” he says. “I also flirted with surfing a bit. That was all I ever wanted to do, not being behind a typewriter or the steering wheel of a car.
“In the second year of college I got an internship at an automobile magazine and worked there until a little after my graduation in 1990. It was a crazy thing for a 20-something skater/biker kid like me to do. I would go to the car factories and pick up cars to be tested and photographed for the magazine. I would be the guy beside the test driver, running the chronometer and helping out to get all the data. We would measure gas consumption, acceleration, braking, top speed, etc. After a little while the driver got another job and I was the only one who knew in-depth the procedures so I eventually became the one behind the wheel — kinda like a dream job.”
After that automotive gig ended, Mo went to work as a reporter and photographer at the biggest newspaper in Brazil — Folha de S.Paulo.
“It was hell,” he recalls, “so much stress having to make that deadline every day. I really did not care about the hole in the street or mundane news. “
Mo’s been in the United States for two decades and loves it here in the mountains.
“I threw every care away and moved to Boulder in the summer of ’94 and Summit County in early December, met a girl, fell in love, got married shortly after that and the rest is history,” his story goes. “The marriage didn’t last four years, but the obsession with sports and the High Country never lessened.”
Mo was also a snowboarding instructor at Copper for 10 years and that led to freestyle competition judging duties, which he still does.
So, what’s a guy like Mo have in his equipment quiver of rushes?
For his biking:
“My BMX is a crazy mix of parts, but most of them are made by Fly Bikes; I trail-bike/XC on my TREK Remedy; downhill on a Yeti 303; dirt jump on a Black Market; and cruise the recpath either on the ’93 Specialized Rockhopper or on the fixed-gear MotoBianchi I put together; it has a circa ’70s Motobecane frame and a Bianchi fork.”
“I ride either of two boards depending on the snow conditions: One is all-around powder 155 Burton X8, and the other is all-around hardpack LibTech SkateBanana 152.”
“159 Independent trucks, but I just built another old-school one, with 169 Indy’s and a bigger deck. That will be the weapon of choice to jump in the foam at Woodward.”
Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to firstname.lastname@example.org