Bob Burnquist

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Bob Burnquist
Bob Burnquist.jpg
Burnquist skating in Brazil, 2008
Born Robert Dean Silva Burnquist
(1976-10-10) October 10, 1976 (age 37)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Citizenship United States and Brazil
Occupation Skateboarder
Co-owner of Burnquist Organics
Years active 1992–present
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Children 2 (Lotus O'Brien Silva Burnquist and Jasmyn Burnquist)
Website
http://www.bobburnquist.com/ BobBurnquist.com
Summer X Games medal record
Representing  Brazil
Gold 2000 San Francisco Vert Best Trick
Gold 2001 Philadelphia Vert
Gold 2003 Los Angeles Vert Doubles
Gold 2005 Los Angeles Vert Best Trick
Gold 2007 Los Angeles Skateboard Big Air
Gold 2008 Los Angeles Skateboard Big Air
Gold 2010 Los Angeles Skateboard Big Air Rail Jam
Gold 2011 Los Angeles Skateboard Big Air
Gold 2012 Los Angeles Skateboard Big Air
Gold 2013 Foz do Iguaçu Skateboard Big Air
Gold 2013 Barcelona Skateboard Big Air
Gold 2013 Munich Skateboard Big Air
Silver 2002 Philadelphia Vert
Silver 2002 Philadelphia Vert Doubles
Silver 2006 Los Angeles Vert
Silver 2009 Los Angeles Skateboard Big Air
Silver 2009 Los Angeles Skateboard Big Air Rail Jam
Silver 2010 Los Angeles Skateboard Big Air
Silver 2014 Austin Skateboard Big Air
Bronze 1997 San Diego Vert
Bronze 1998 San Diego Vert Doubles
Bronze 1999 San Francisco Vert Best Trick
Bronze 2001 Philadelphia Vert Best Trick
Bronze 2006 Los Angeles Vert Best Trick
Bronze 2006 Los Angeles Skateboard Big Air
Bronze 2010 Los Angeles Vert Best Trick
Bronze 2013 Los Angeles Skateboard Big Air

Roberto Dean Silva Burnquist (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʁɔbɛʁtʃ ˈdzĩː ˈsiwvɐ bɐ̃(ɹ)ˈkwistʃ], born October 10, 1976), popularly known as Big Bob Burnquist, is a Brazilian professional skateboarder.[1][2] In 2010 he became the first skateboarder to land a fakie 900 (900 degree reverse-natural rotation),[3] making Burnquist the fifth person in history to have ever landed the 900 trick.

Early life[edit]

Bob Burnquist was born in Rio de Janeiro to a Swedish-American father and a Brazilian mother.[citation needed] He became adept at skateboarding in São Paulo. As an adult he emigrated to North America; he holds dual citizenship in Brazil and the United States.

Career[edit]

Burnquist's specialties are in switch stance skateboarding and creating innovative vert tricks. He has always tried to find new ways to make his tricks more creative and more difficult. He has a signature trick called "one-footed smith grind".

Burnquist completed a BASE jump after attempting a 50-50 into the Grand Canyon. The first attempt nearly cost Burnquist his life after he missed the rail and fell out of control before regaining himself and successfully deploying his parachute. After some adjustments to the take-off ramp his second attempt went off flawlessly. This stunt was shown in an episode of the television show Stunt Junkies.

In 2000, Bob Burnquist won the X-Games' best trick contest, with his famous fakie 5-0 with a fakie kickflip off of the grind bar.[4]

Burnquist's biggest success to date came at the vert contest at the 2001 X-Games. Before his final run (the last run of the event) he was sitting in second place behind two-time defending champion Bucky Lasek. Burnquist produced a flawless run, including multiple tricks that had never been seen before and, as a result, were unnamed. During the run, commentator Tony Hawk went hoarse and nearly lost his voice while screaming in disbelief. Burnquist was rewarded with a 98, the second highest score ever given in any X-Games skateboarding event, behind only Bucky Lasek's score of a 98.50 the year before.[5]

Burnquist won a gold medal in the 2005 X-Games Best Trick "vert" (vertical ramp) contest, placed fourth in the Vert section, and placed sixth in the Big Air contest.[6]

In 2013 X-Games Barcelona, Burnquist grabbed more 2 feats. One of them was being the first skater ever with a 4-peat gold in Skateboard Big Air (2011-2012 in Los Angeles, 2013 Foz do Iguaçu, 2013 Barcelona). The second one was tying BMX legend Dave Mirra with 24 X-Games career medals as the most medals gained by an athlete in the history of the X-Games.[7] In 2013 X-Games Munich, Burnquist continued to make history as he became the competitor with most medals ever with 25 grabbing another gold medal in Skateboard Big Air making it a 5-peat record.[8] Burnquist has appeared in every X Games, winning 26 medals in 52 events.[9]

Media[edit]

Burnquist has been featured in the hit video game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, and appeared in all of its sequels with the exception of Pro Skater 3, due to license restrictions as a result of his appearing in another skating game, ESPN X Games Skateboarding, during that year. He returned as a featured character in the series starting again with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 and has since appeared in all the series' games up until Tony Hawk's Proving Ground.

In 2004, Burnquist made a guest appearance as himself on the popular TV series, Kim Possible.[citation needed] Burnquist was also featured in a commercial for Aero chocolate bars. He also made a brief cameo in the skateboarding movie "Grind (2003 film)"

Personal life[edit]

Burnquist formerly lived with professional skateboarder Jen O'Brien, and their daughter Lotus. He then relocated to a residence with Veronica Nachard and their daughter Jasmyn (born 2007) in Vista, California, United States (US), where he has a world-renowned vert ramp in his backyard.[10] This ramp has been skated by dozens of famous skateboarders, including Colin McKay, Tony Hawk, Rune Glifberg, Bucky Lasek, and Lincoln Ueda, and has been featured in hundreds of magazines and videos, including Tony Hawk's Trick Tips and Thrasher Magazine.[11] Burnquist's latest addition to his backyard skate-park is one of the world's few permanent Mega Ramps.[12] His backyard also includes a full pipe and the worlds only corkscrew.

He had also started the Bob Burnquist Foundation to bring knowledge about organic farming and gardening to schools, and was one of the founders of the Action Sports Environmental Coalition, a nonprofit organization that brings ecological awareness to skateboarders, surfers and BMXers. In an interview in 2010, Burnquist stated, "Well, the latest is that we're working with a restaurant chain called the Chipotle Grill- they've got good values, trying to make food with integrity- and I'm starting an organic garden that they've committed to studying and seeing what they can use in their own kitchens."[13]

Filmography[edit]

  • és Menikmati
  • Anti Hero's self entitled Video "Anti Hero"
  • Anti Hero's First Video "Fucktards"
  • Tony Hawk's Gigantic Skatepark Tour: 2000, 2001 and 2002
  • The Firm's "Can't Stop"
  • Flip's "Extremely Sorry"
  • Viva La Bam
  • A Hurley International skateboarding documentary entitled "Hallowed Ground"
  • Oakley's-Bob Burnquist's "Dreamland"

Contest history[edit]

  • 3rd in 2013 X Games Los Angeles Big Air
  • 1st in 2013 X Games Munich Big Air
  • 1st in 2013 X Games Barcelona Big Air
  • 1st in 2013 X Games Foz do Iguacu Big Air
  • 1st in 2012 X Games Big Air
  • 1st in 2011 X Games Big Air
  • 1st in 2010 X Games Big Air Rail Jam
  • 3rd in 2010 X Games Vert Best Trick
  • 2nd in 2010 X Games Big Air
  • 2nd in 2009 X Games Big Air
  • 3rd in 2009 Maloof Money Cup
  • 2nd in 2009 X Games Big Air Rail Jam
  • 1st in 2008 X Games Big Air
  • 1st in 2007 X Games Big Air
  • 3rd in 2006 X Games Big Air
  • 1st in 2006 The Coolio Games
  • 1st in 2005 X Games Vert Best Trick
  • 1st in 2003 X Games vert doubles (with Bucky Lasek)
  • 2nd in 2002 X Games vert doubles (with Bucky Lasek)
  • 1st in 2001 X Games vert
  • 1st in 2001 Slam City Jam vert.
  • 1st in 2000 X Games Vert Best Trick
  • 1st in 2000 Slam City Jam vert.
  • 1st in 1995 Slam City Jam vert.
  • 4th in 1996 Gravity Games Jam vert.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruibal, Sal (2008-06-18). "Skateboarder Burnquist strikes a balance on Dew Tour - USATODAY.com". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 
  2. ^ Thomas, Pete (2006-08-04). "Event No Longer Simply Child's Play". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  3. ^ http://www.skateboard.tv/video/5870
  4. ^ http.bleacherreport.com/articles/426656-x-games-16-the-10-sickest-tricks-from-past-summer-x-games/page/4
  5. ^ http://expn.go.com/xgames/sxg/2000/s/010822_skateresults.html[dead link][dead link]
  6. ^ "Bob Burnquist". ESPN Action Sports. ESPN Internet Ventures. 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Colin Bane (May 17, 2013). "Bob Burnquist defends Skate Big Air title". espn. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ http://xgames.espn.go.com/events/2013/munich/article/9407352/x-games-munich-2013-bob-burnquist-wins-skateboard-big-air
  9. ^ http://backgrinder.com/2013/07/05/a-retrospective-of-bob-burnquists-25-x-games-medals-part-1/
  10. ^ Higgins, Matt (2006-11-01). "A Skateboarding Ramp Reaches for the Sky". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  11. ^ Skim the Fat, Bob Burnquist videography
  12. ^ New York Times, A Skateboarding Ramp Reaches for the Sky, 1. November 2006
  13. ^ http://www.espnstar.com/other-sports/news/detail/item615665/Bob-Burnquist-spills-the-beans/