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 38)
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 (188 cm)
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 medal – first place 2000 San Francisco Vert Best Trick
Gold medal – first place 2001 Philadelphia Vert
Gold medal – first place 2003 Los Angeles Vert Doubles
Gold medal – first place 2005 Los Angeles Vert Best Trick
Gold medal – first place 2007 Los Angeles Skateboard Big Air
Gold medal – first place 2008 Los Angeles Skateboard Big Air
Gold medal – first place 2010 Los Angeles Skateboard Big Air Rail Jam
Gold medal – first place 2011 Los Angeles Skateboard Big Air
Gold medal – first place 2012 Los Angeles Skateboard Big Air
Gold medal – first place 2013 Foz do Iguaçu Skateboard Big Air
Gold medal – first place 2013 Barcelona Skateboard Big Air
Gold medal – first place 2013 Munich Skateboard Big Air
Gold medal – first place 2015 Austin Skateboard Big Air
Gold medal – first place 2015 Austin Big Air Doubles
Silver medal – second place 2002 Philadelphia Vert
Silver medal – second place 2002 Philadelphia Vert Doubles
Silver medal – second place 2006 Los Angeles Vert
Silver medal – second place 2009 Los Angeles Skateboard Big Air
Silver medal – second place 2009 Los Angeles Skateboard Big Air Rail Jam
Silver medal – second place 2010 Los Angeles Skateboard Big Air
Silver medal – second place 2014 Austin Skateboard Big Air
Bronze medal – third place 1997 San Diego Vert
Bronze medal – third place 1998 San Diego Vert Doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1999 San Francisco Vert Best Trick
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Philadelphia Vert Best Trick
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Los Angeles Vert Best Trick
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Los Angeles Skateboard Big Air
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Los Angeles Vert Best Trick
Bronze medal – third place 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 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 successfully complete the 900 trick.

Early life[edit]

Burnquist was born in Rio de Janeiro to a Swedish-American father and a Brazilian mother.[citation needed] He started skateboarding at 16 years old. 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]

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

In 2000, 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 in the vert contest at the 2001 X Games. Prior to his final run (the last run of the event), Burnquist 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 contest, placing fourth in the Vert section, and sixth in the Big Air contest.[6]

In 2006, 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 flawlessly. This stunt was shown in an episode of the television show Stunt Junkies.

Following his recruitment into the ranks of Plan B Skateboards, Ryan Sheckler successfully cleared a 55 feet (17 m) gap on Burnquist's Mega Ramp construction (a segmented ramp that typically consists of 50 feet (15 m), 60 feet (18 m), or 70 feet (21 m)-foot gaps, and a 27 feet (8.2 m)-tall "quarterpipe" ramp[7]) in April 2008, with Danny Way also in attendance.[8]

At the 2013 X Games in Barcelona, Burnquist achieved two more feats: the first was becoming the first skater to ever win gold on four consecutive occasions in Skateboard Big Air (2011-2012 in Los Angeles, 2013 Foz do Iguaçu, 2013 Barcelona being his prior victories). The second, was tying BMX legend, Dave Mirra, as the athlete with the most career X Games medals, with 24.[9] In the 2013 X Games in Munich, Burnquist continued to make history by winning another gold medal in Skateboard Big Air, thus extending his win streak in the event to 5 consecutive years - another new record, and making him the sole owner of the record for most career X Games medals in history, with 25.[10]

Burnquist has appeared in every X Games, winning 26 medals in 52 events.[11]

In 2015, Burnquist added even more to his already legendary status résumé. In day 2 of the X Games Austin, Burnquist went on to win the gold medal in Skateboard Big Air, while sustaining a non-displaced fracture of his left forearm which he suffered during training on the week of the competition.[12] On Day 3, Burnquist won another gold medal in Big Air Doubles, in its very first appearance in X Games. His partner was BMX rider Morgan Wade as they scored a total of 90 points (43 from Morgan, 47 from Burnquist).[13] With this results Burnquist won the total of 29 X Games medals, which 14 of them are gold.

Media[edit]

In 1994, Burnquist appeared in a short clip talking about the effects of gravity on the second episode (aptly titled "Gravity") of the first season of "Bill Nye, the Science Guy."

Burnquist has been featured in the hit video game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, and appeared in all of its main 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 time.

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.

In 2013, Burnquist appeared as himself on Season 2 Episode 4 of Stan Lee's SuperHumans. [14]

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.[15] 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.[16] Burnquist's latest addition to his backyard skate-park is one of the world's few permanent Mega Ramps.[17] 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."[18]

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]

  • 1st in 2015 X Games Austin Big Air Doubles
  • 1st in 2015 X Games Austin Big Air
  • 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. ^ "Woodward West MegaRamp Grand Opening". Danny Way. Danny Way. 19 August 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Jody Morris (13 April 2008). "The last week or so". Jody Morris Photographer. Jody Morris Photographer. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  9. ^ Colin Bane (May 17, 2013). "Bob Burnquist defends Skate Big Air title". espn. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  10. ^ http://xgames.espn.go.com/events/2013/munich/article/9407352/x-games-munich-2013-bob-burnquist-wins-skateboard-big-air
  11. ^ http://backgrinder.com/2013/07/05/a-retrospective-of-bob-burnquists-25-x-games-medals-part-1/
  12. ^ http://www.si.com/edge/2015/06/06/x-games-austin-day-2-bob-burnquist-jamie-bestwick-skate-bmx
  13. ^ http://xgames.espn.go.com/xgames/video/13029941/bob-burnquist-morgan-wade-win-gold-big-air-doubles
  14. ^ http://www.history.com/shows/stan-lees-superhumans/episodes/season-2
  15. ^ Higgins, Matt (2006-11-01). "A Skateboarding Ramp Reaches for the Sky". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  16. ^ Skim the Fat, Bob Burnquist videography
  17. ^ New York Times, A Skateboarding Ramp Reaches for the Sky, 1. November 2006
  18. ^ http://www.espnstar.com/other-sports/news/detail/item615665/Bob-Burnquist-spills-the-beans/