Champion skateboarder Bob Burnquist turns 30 this week. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he began skateboarding when he was 11 and turned pro at 14. Now he earns in the mid-six figures and lives on 12 acres of land in California. His backyard is filled with the wooden ramps competitive skateboarders crave.
Burnquist is a vegetarian. In fact, the organic-grocery chain, Whole Foods, is one of his sponsors. The skateboarder believes eating well helps him heal better from various bumps and bruises (“It Has Been Quite a Trip,” Los Angeles Times, August 6, 2006).
Burnquist is only one of five athletes who have competed in all 12 X Games, the ESPN-sponsored Olympics of extreme sports that began in 1993. Known for his creativity, in March, Burnquist displayed his expertise at the edge of the Grand Canyon for broadcast later on the Discovery Channel. Check out?
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