Bob Burnquist

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Bob Burnquist
Bob Burnquist (cropped).jpg
Burnquist skating in Brazil, 2008
Personal information
Birth nameRobert Dean Silva Burnquist
CitizenshipBrazil and United States
Born (1976-10-10) 10 October 1976 (age 44)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
OccupationSkateboarder
Years active1992–present
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)[1]
Websitebobburnquist.com

Robert Dean Silva Burnquist (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʁɔbɛʁtʃ ˈdzĩː ˈsiwvɐ bɐ̃(ɹ)ˈkwistʃ]; born 10 October 1976)[1] is a Brazilian-American professional skateboarder who competed for Brazil throughout his career.[2][3] In 2010, he became the first skateboarder to land a "fakie 900" (900-degree reverse-natural rotation),[4] making Burnquist the fifth person in history to successfully complete the 900 trick.[5]

Early life[edit]

Burnquist was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to an American father of Swedish descent and a Brazilian mother.[6] He began his skateboarding training in his hometown of São Paulo at 11 years old, and turned professional at 14.[7] He holds dual citizenship in Brazil and the United States.[8]

Career[edit]

Burnquist skating in 2012

Burnquist's specialties are switch stance skateboarding, and creating vert tricks. He 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.[9]

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), 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. Burnquist was rewarded with a score of 98 out of 100, 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.[10]

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.[11]

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.[citation needed] This stunt was shown in an episode of the television show Stunt Junkies.[citation needed]

At the 2013 X Games in Barcelona, Burnquist became 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). He also tied BMX rider Dave Mirra as the athlete with the most career X Games medals, with 24.[12] In the 2013 X Games in Munich, Burnquist continued to make history by winning another gold medal in Skateboard Big Air, extending his win streak in the event to five consecutive years - another new record, and making him the sole owner of the record for most career X Games medals in history, with 25.[13]

At X Games Austin 2015, Burnquist won the gold medal in Skateboard Big Air, after having sustained a non-displaced fracture of his left forearm which he suffered during vert practice the same week.[14] On day three, 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).[15] Burnquist finished off Austin 2015 with a silver in Vert best trick,[16] this results brought Burnquist to a total of 30 X Games medals, of which 14 are gold.

At X Games Minneapolis 2017, Burnquist announced his retirement from the X Games.[17] Burnquist retired with the record of the most medals won at the Summer X Games by an individual,[18] with a total of 30 (14 gold, 8 silver and 8 bronze) and as the only person having competed in every single X Games summer event (his first being in 1995, every year through to 2017).[16][19]

Bob Burnquist's Dreamland[edit]

Burnquist's home in Vista, California is home to his private world renowned skate park known as 'Dreamland'. The first build in his backyard skate park was a Wooden Vert Bowl (which was later concreted). This was followed by a Metal full pipe, a loop with an opening gap in the roof (Built for King of Skate 2002[20]) and a corkscrew.

The Vert Bowl 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.[21]

The biggest build on the site is the world-renowned Megaramp.[22] Burnquist's Megaramp is one of the world's few permanent Mega Ramps.[23] The ramp is made up of a 50–70 foot gap jump, followed straight away by a 30 foot quarterpipe.[24] Burnquist opens the ramp to other professionals to enable them to train for Mega ramp competitions and to help advance the progress of tricks on the Mega Ramp. Renowned skateboarders such as Elliot Sloan, Danny Way and Jake Brown have all regularly made use of the ramp.[25]

The latest major addition to the park was a hip ramp built at a 90° angle to the quarter pipe section of the Mega Ramp. This addition was built in 2013 as part of the filming of Bob Burnquist's video part 'Dreamland'.[26]

In 2013, Burnquist, alongside his sponsor Oakley, released a major video part titled Oakley's-Bob Burnquist's "Dreamland". The video is all filmed within the Dreamland compound.[27][dead link]

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 has appeared in every game in the Tony Hawk series up to Tony Hawk's Proving Ground, with the exception of Pro Skater 3, due to a result of his appearance in another skateboarding game, ESPN X Games Skateboarding, during that time.

In 2004, Burnquist made a guest appearance as himself on the popular TV series, Kim Possible.[28] Burnquist was also featured in a commercial for Aero chocolate bars.[29] He also made a brief cameo in the skateboarding film Grind.

In 2013, Burnquist appeared as himself on season 2 episode 4 of Stan Lee's Superhumans.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Burnquist 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."[31]

Filmography[edit]

  • és Menikmati
  • Anti Hero's self-titled 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 "Hallowed Ground"
  • Oakley's-Bob Burnquist's "Dreamland"

Contest history[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "HBO anunció que filmará un documental de Bob Burnquist". Uno Entre Rios (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  2. ^ Ruibal, Sal (18 June 2008). "Skateboarder Burnquist strikes a balance on Dew Tour - USATODAY.com". USA Today. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  3. ^ Thomas, Pete (4 August 2006). "Event No Longer Simply Child's Play". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 August 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Burnquist talks about the MegaRamp 900, contest season and life after "Extremely Sorry."". ESPN.com. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Bob Burnquist: 32 coisas que você deveria saber". Red Bull (in Portuguese). 11 August 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Bob Burnquist - Biography". Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Bob Burnquist Pro Spotlight | TransWorld SKATEboarding". skateboarding.transworld.net. 3 August 1999. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  9. ^ Rosen, Adam. "The 10 Sickest Tricks from Past Summer X Games".
  10. ^ "Summer X Games 2000 - Skateboarding Results". expn.go.com. 21 August 2000. Archived from the original on 9 October 2007.
  11. ^ "Bob Burnquist". ESPN Action Sports. ESPN Internet Ventures. 2012. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  12. ^ Colin Bane (17 May 2013). "Bob Burnquist defends Skate Big Air title". espn. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  13. ^ "X Games Munich 2013 -- Bob Burnquist wins Skateboard Big Air".
  14. ^ Carberry, Joe. "X Games Day 2: Burnquist's legacy builds, Bestwick passes torch".
  15. ^ "Bob Burnquist and Morgan Wade win gold in Big Air Doubles".
  16. ^ a b "Bob Burnquist's official X Games athlete biography".
  17. ^ "Bob Burnquist announces X Games retirement".
  18. ^ "Most medals won at the Summer X Games by an individual". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  19. ^ "Bob Burnquist announces X Games retirement - ESPN Video". 15 July 2017.
  20. ^ "Pioneer: Bob Burquist, Full Interview—Antihero to the Mega | Skateboarding Photos and Video". 30 July 2013.
  21. ^ Skim the Fat, Bob Burnquist videography[permanent dead link]
  22. ^ Higgins, Matt (1 November 2006). "A Skateboarding Ramp Reaches for the Sky". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 April 2010.
  23. ^ New York Times, A Skateboarding Ramp Reaches for the Sky, November 1, 2006.
  24. ^ Higgins, Matt (November 2006). "A Skateboarding Ramp Reaches for the Sky". The New York Times.
  25. ^ "Skater's MegaRamp is 'Dreamland' for pros". June 2016.
  26. ^ Oakley Indonesia (5 September 2013). "Bob Burnquist's Dreamland Hip Dream". YouTube.
  27. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSnfO15cAHE&t=8s
  28. ^ "Kim Possible - Triple S". IMDb. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  29. ^ "Nestlé unveils £7m bubbles ad for Aero bar". The Guardian. 2 March 2009. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  30. ^ "Stan Lee's Superhumans Full Episodes, Video & More - HISTORY".
  31. ^ "Contender.com - Negotiate Tickets, Not The Nonsense". Archived from the original on 1 May 2011.

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