Skateboarding was pretty much the biggest pop culture influence on my life when I was growing up, which is some what surprising considering how terrible I am at it. Nevertheless, the sport had a profound effect on the way I dressed, the music I listened to and the video games I played.
Sometimes I think to myself where I would be if I had devoted more of my time towards the sport. According to studies it takes 10,000 hours to master any skill, which means Bob Burnquist must be nearing the 100,000 mark considering how good he is.
In case you're unaware of who Bob Burnquist is, allow me to educate you. Roberto Dean Silva Burnquist is a Brazilian professional skateboarder who has won 26 medals at the X Games. He is widely known as one of the greatest skateboarders in history.
He is also responsible for some of the craziest stunts ever performed on a skateboard. You've all heard of the loop right? Well how about taking the roof out of the middle of one and still trying to make it round?
Scary stuff, but nowhere near as scary as the monstrosity he constructed in his backyard up in California. "Dreamland" is a mega ramp created that only the most skilled professionals even attempt to take a ride on.
Don't just take my word for it though, take a look at the video below and see for yourself. Featuring insane stunts, nerves of steel and even a helicopter (!) these are eight minutes you don't want to miss out on. Here's what the video makers Oakley have to say about it all...
“Among the most influential skateboarders the industry has ever seen, Bob Burnquist is still innovating. In this webisode, Burnquist grants his fans exclusive access to the private domain in which so many of his contributions to skateboarding were born, his backyard in Southern California, better known as 'Dreamland'.”
"In this video we see something from Burnquist that hasn’t been seen since 2010: a full-length video part filled with never-before-seen footage. And, the Hip. Yes, he added a Hip feature onto his personal MegaRamp. A Hip that starts up on a hill and sends him across a 15-foot gap into the 25-foot quarterpipe. You know, something mellow.”
And if you ever wondered what would happen if you decided to ride a wheelchair down the ramp...wonder no more. Three times, he goes down three times!