Three years ago, on a trip to Asuncion, Paraguay, pro skateboarder, Manny Santiago, met the country's only pro skater, Ale Basaldua.

For nearly 20 years, Ale has tried unsuccessfully to carve out space for the city's few skateboarders. As a result, he took it upon himself to build a DIY skate school in his back yard, with the dream of one day expanding it into Asuncion's first ever full-sized skate park.

Ascensión documents Manny's journey back to Paraguay to help one of his best friends fulfill a lifelong dream.  

Role: Producer

Photography by Phil Staiman

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