Do you think skating is an inborn skill that's developed, or do you think anyone can learn to do it? |
I think that certain people are born with certain features that help them in being agile, although skateboarding is for anyone who feels like it.
What do you do to prepare for a skating event? Are you relaxed or more hyped up?
I don't really prepare for an event, I just get the dates, schedule them in, and fly out to where they end up being. I always have a few things in mind though, meet new people, get to know the area and respect the locals. Contests are just something I do that if I do good enough I get some extra money, If not, I had fun and I got to travel. You never lose.
Has there been something - an injury or anything else - that made you
think twice about what you are doing? Are you hard on yourself when a
trick goes wrong? If you fall hard, is it difficult to get back up
there and try again, or does it make you more determined? |
There are always going to be a good slam here and there. I fell on my head one time at the Rio sul bowl in Brasil, I pinched a nerve on my back and couldn't skate for a while. I couldn't wait to skate again though, I never got discouraged by a slam, if anything it makes me want to try even harder.
When you say a trick goes wrong, do you mean trying something and landing something else or just trying something and not making it? If I try something and land something else, which happens a lot, I'm stoked. I learned something differrent. If I try something and I don't make it, I'll just get up and try again until I make it.
I don't consider myself a celebrity. Bruce Willis is a celebrity, he's
recognisable almost everywhere he goes, and what does he do? He's an actor,
he Acts, right? It makes people want to act in real life. If you ask me,
acting is no good. There's no truth in acting. Which brings me to a conclusion:
Celebrities are an illusion. Glamour is not needed in order to survive. That
diamond ring that makes them "glamourous" could feed 100 hungry people in
Somalia. What's happening on planet earth Jen? I don't consider myself a
celebrity, I'm just a skateboarder and very proud of it....A famous skateboarder
maybe, but it doesn't make me any more special. |
What are your three best qualities? Three worst? Is there something you would like to change about your life or yourself? Who is someone in your life that has affected you the most?
I'm alive, I have love in my life and I know that God is almighty. I have faith.
I'm impure as a human being, I am selfish at times and my pads stink a lot.
If for some reason american products couldn't make it down there,
skaters would still have the products to skate. Maybe not with that
much quality, but at least there would be something. The skaters down
there have the fire, it's awesome to go back and see all the new faces
in skateboarding, ever since I moved out things have been growing and more
skaters are roaming the streets and parks of Brasil. |
How long have you been online? Do you have a website, or do you want to make one? Will we see a bobburnquist.com? How does it feel to do a netsearch about yourself and see tens of thousands of sites come up? What pages do you frequent?
I've been online for about 2 years now. I don't have a website yet but I'm working on it. I actually never ran a search with my name.
I guess I would be going to college right now and definitely would not be
travelling the way I am right now. I try to read as many books as I possibly
can. Computers are also my favorite thing. I enjoy learning the way they work.
The internet is a HUGE and interesting place to visit. |
What would you like to accomplish, both as a skater and personally in the future? Do you have any plans? Ever thought of starting your own skateboard company?
There are a lot of skateboard companies out there already, I would hate to flood the market with yet another company. I have plans to do something, like a branch of