The Greatest Skateboarding Moment of All Time
Every skater will have their own opinion on what the greatest skating moment of all time was, such as Tony Hawk’s epic 900, or Shaun White making his long-awaited X Games debut. But there was one performance to top all others – one run that left commentators screaming and still sticks in the memory of everyone who saw it. In 2001, Bob Burnquist was sitting in second place in the vert contest at the X Games, behind the 2000 champion, Bucky Lasek. It looked like the tournament was all over, as Burnquist would need to achieve a massive score in order to jump into first place. And the fact that he was the last man to start his run further heightened the drama. People hoped it could be done, but the chances were extremely slim. From the moment Burnquist’s run began, it was clear that something amazing was about to happen. He nailed trick after trick – some of which were completely original – and the momentum was up, with Tony Hawk in the commentary box, screaming in amazement as Big Bob made vert skating look easier than ever before. While his flips and tricks were out of this world, his grinds were even more unbelievable. When it was finished, he stood at the top of the ramp, board raised above his head. He had scored a 98, which was the second highest score ever – but the most impressive ever, when the circumstances are taken into account. Burnquist now has a grand total of 26 medals at the X Games – more than any other competitor in history. It’s his 2001 victory that will always be the finest achievement of his career though.