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In August, Newport Beach-based skateboarder Leticia Bufoni, 20, captured her third X Games gold medal of 2013, further cementing her status as one of the sport’s most dynamic talents. Leticia, who relocated to Newport from Sao Paolo in 2008, emerged the victor of the Women’s Skateboard Street competition—think rails, stairs and benches—against fellow Southern Californian Lacey Baker, who snagged the silver medal. The win marks Leticia’s sixth X Games medal of her career. Her chief triumphs include earning gold medals in the Women’s Skateboard Street category at the global touring competition’s stop in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil, in April; and during the X Games Real Women video contest in Barcelona, Spain, in May.

Leticia3-Ray-IbeA range of top sportswear brands, including Volcom, Osiris Shoes and Oakley, sponsor the skating wunderkind, who comments of her upcoming plans: “I’m taking a little break to enjoy my life here in Newport, but will be back on the road again this fall to film more skateboarding parts. … I’m hoping they build a [skate]park nearby soon.” (facebook.com/leticiabufoni) —T.E.

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