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Bob Burnquist – Professional Skateboarder
Imagine having one of the best in your chosen field think you’re the best. That’s how it goes for Bob Burnquist, whom legendary pro skateboarder Tony Hawk names as his personal favorite skater. Taking up skateboarding as a young boy in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Burnquist displayed a natural ability for the sport, and turned pro at age 14. As an unknown teenager at 1995’s prestigious Slam City Jam (the North American Skateboard Championships), he floored the crowd and judges with his electrifying skills and athleticism. Burnquist was awarded first-place, and was never “unknown” again.
It’s no surprise that Burnquist now calls California home—this is the place where skateboarding zoomed into the spotlight when Tony Hawk and other legendary “Boys of Dogtown” took the sport to a new level in the empty swimming pools of Southern California in the 1970s. Even in the sport’s heartland, Burnquist’s switch-stance ability and creative lines set him apart from the rest. His pioneering moves include stunts that seem to defy physics, like skating a loop with a gap at the top of the loop, and tossing in a switch stance for good measure. Still an innovator of mega-ramp skateboarding, Burnquist has mixed it up by carrying the Olympic torch, and mastered both skydiving and piloting small aircraft. Burnquist also promotes a healthy, human lifestyle for athletes and others, and lives the life with his wife, Veronica, and their two daughters on an organic farm north of San Diego.