Robert Dean Silva Burnquist, born 10 October 1976, is a Brazilian-American professional skateboarder who competed for Brazil throughout his career. In 2010, he became the first skateboarder to land a “fakie 900” (900-degree reverse-natural rotation), making Burnquist the fifth person in history to successfully complete the 900 trick.
Taking the coveted Thrasher Title Skater Of the Year in 1997, Bob has been on the scene and crushing it for almost 3 decades. 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. 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.
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. 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). Burnquist finished off Austin 2015 with a silver in Vert best trick, bringing him to a total of 30 Summer X Games medals, including 14 gold, with both stats being records.
At X Games Minneapolis 2017, Burnquist announced his retirement from the X Games, having earned at least one medal at the event every year from 1997 through 2015 (with the exception of 2004). He holds the record for most medals won at the X Games by an individual, with a total of 30 (14 gold, 8 silver and 8 bronze), and shares the record for most gold medals at the Summer X Games, with a total of 14 (tied with Dave Mirra and Jamie Bestwick). He is the only person to have competed in every single X Games summer event, beginning with the inaugural competition in 1995, every year through to 2017.
Just released today on Thrasher Mag’s Youtube channel, we get a tour of his home park Dreamland on Cold Call: Bob Burnquist. Originally built by Team Pain and then later concreted by Grindland, this park holds true to the name bestowed upon it. Huge bowl with beautiful level change and a channel that Bob floats switch over for fun, a metal full pipe and an insane Mega Ramp that has a ginormous euro gap/hip that makes it skate-able from both sides. Bob throws some light tricks just to show off a little, and then gives some insight on his history.
Bob Burnquist has been at the top of his game for what seems like forever and continues his reign from the top of a 60 ft. roll in. Keep killing it Bob!