While Bob Burnquist was in Salt Lake City at the “Dude Tour,” he wrote this letter to Skin explaining the controversy surrounding his last run right after Jake Brown’s infamous slam. What controversy? Read on. Send us a point of view to twshasmail@yahoo.com or myspace.com/transworldskateboarding. Or mail us what really happened to:
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LETTER OF THE MONTH At the X Games Big Air contest this year, there was a technical mishap on the production side and during the coordinated intro to the event, production had let the motorcycles go while I was on the ramp, which wasn’t what they said would happen when they briefed me. It really didn’t scare me, it’s skateboarding, we’re used to distractions. Rune even asked me on the top of the roll-in if the noise (FMX is loud inside the arena) messed with me and I told him no, but I thought it wasn’t my run, so I didn’t roll the dice about landing a 21-foot mute 540. Landings are beyond scary at that height. After that run, the production crew came up to me and told me they messed up on letting the motorcycles go and asked me if I wanted a re-run, so I took it. It was a fair competition/production mishap that was remedied. I didn’t complain about the motorcycles, I was approached about taking another run. Then we all know that Jake Brown skated smooth and powerful and judges had him in first when he slammed harder than any other skateboarder ever slammed. I’ve witnessed many heavy slams and slammed hard several times, but that was heavy… I immediately collapsed on the ground and cried and screamed, and I couldn’t believe that Jake slammed that hard and it was all too familiar to me.
I remember doing doubles with Shaun White when he was eleven years old at the first MTV contest in Austin and then we crashed and he got jacked, the crowd was silent, there were more skaters’ runs to go, but they just stopped the contest. The energy it ended on was something that bothered me because of the shock and negative impression it leaves on people when they go home. And here we were-Jake could be seriously hurt, or … dead! I was on an emotional roller coaster, the contest was over and I was not going to take another run. Then, I saw him walk away. I had been up there for ten minutes or more, I was emotionally done, and physically cooled off. But my mind was racing, I had to go, I thought about just letting him have the gold, but what is that? You don’t just let someone win. And I had to go because I couldn’t let the event end on that heavy note. My legs were shaking … I didn’t want to go, but I knew I had to, and as soon as I started to think about rolling switch down that crazy roll in, my legs would shake even more. But I went, and I landed what I tried, and I was scared and drained from everything. When I saw that the judges decided I won, of course I was stoked, but I was more stoked the contest was over and Jake was okay.
I’ve always had respect for Jake and he’s been one of my favorites for a long time. He’s known for being on the top of the list as far as respect, right up there with Danny.
Recently, Pierre Luc told me that he was bummed with the extra run thing and that I had the favorite card going for me. He was also distracted from the starter who messed up on one of his runs, and they didn’t give him a re-run. I can see why he was upset, but it wasn’t my fault and I didn’t see what happened or I would’ve stood beside him. Mega Ramp skateboarding is no joke and you can get seriously hurt. Distractions play a big role and like every contest, there will be some mishaps. I did what I felt I needed to do, and I dug deep in my heart for that. I just hope we can all stand together and learn from this crazy day. I already have some safety upgrade ideas for next year if they want it. But right now, I’m just happy everyone is okay. And I dedicate that gold medal, if it means anything, to ke Brown for having a heart of gold and to Danny Way for everything that he’s done for skateboarding. I’m nothing without the people who inspire me.-Bob Burnquist
Thanks for the letter, Bob. It seems like between the Mega, Jake’s slam, and a muffler-filled arena, this year’s X Games was a little intense to say the least.

GANGSTA GROCER So, I was skating downtown heading to our local skatepark envisioning all the heelflips and melons that I wanted to get that day. Everything was good, but on the way there, I saw the girl that I had a huge crush on, so I stopped and hung out with her for a second before going on to skate.
As I hung out with her and her friends, one of her friend’s boyfriend’s friends had come into the group. He was one of those wannabe gangsta white boys, the ones that annoy me. He was yelling and cussing out little people to seem cool. Then he saw the skateboard that was placed underneath my feet and asked for it. Before I could hand out a, “No!” he snatched it, and started to sit on it and go down the street like he was going down some Montana rapids. So, to make him look like an idiot, I asked him if he could do a simple kickflip. When I asked, he got off my board and looked at me.
“Nah, man,” he replied. “I ain’t no faggot woodpusher like you.”
I stood there, shocked. And it had nothing to do with the fact that he called me a faggot. “Woodpusher?” I questioned. “Man, yous stoopid.”
After that, I just left. I went to the park, wishing that I had Mike V or Matt Mumford’s muscles, or even Tony Tave’s quick tongue to help me out back there.How cool it would have been to summon skaters to help when we need it. But, a couple days later, I ran into him again at our grocery store, where he was bagging my gum. The reason I wrote? I just realized he called me a faggot.-Jesse Starling, Livermore California
Haha, what a chump. But here’s what you do: Go into his grocery store and “accidentally” spill a couple gallons of milk. Then just sit back and wait for it… “Clean up on aisle four.” You know they’ll send the gangsta wannabe.

CONSTRUCTION QUESTION I’m a new skater, I guess. I’m eleven and I’ve been skating for eight months. I was wondering, what’s up with all this new sh-t in boards? I saw an Element board the other day with helium in it. I was like, what the hell? Anyway, I have an almost Impact Support board with carbon fiber in it. It’s pretty tight. Go, Chris Haslam! But what’s next in these boards?-Nickknackskater, via e-mail
Glad you asked. Check out our 2008 Buyer’s Guide in a few weeks and all that scientific sh-t in those new decks will be explained.

TRASH TALK I was looking at some old magazines of yours and I started reading “Top 10 Ways To Ruin Your Skateboarding Career.” The mighty number ten was “Talking Trash.” So, I said to myself, no one in my community will ever go pro because all they do is run their cop-huggin’ mouths. I mean, who cares if you can ollie off of an eight-foot ledge? No one. (Except for your mommy.)
So, I ask you, if you were in a skatepark getting pounded on by a guy wearing platinum all over talking about his perfect backside flips, what would you do?-Sincerely, Kelby Cook, via e-mail
Do one switch and shut him the f-k up.

WAGING WAR Not to sound extremely creepy or anything, but I have every ’07 issue except for the Buyer’s Guide and January in my backpack for when school gets boring (all the time) and study periods. Anyways, I just decided to leave a message after reading the “Art Of War” article in the November issue on the sh-tter. I think it’s great how the stories that not many people know are told to the younger kids like myself. I’m sixteen years old and actually read the stories instead of just looking at the pictures, and it definitely makes the magazine a little bit more interesting.
The “Art Of War” article in particular really interested me because it showed how the little guy made it to the top and helped the legends, like Mullen and Daewon along the way. The pretty pictures were nice too. This one’s definitely going in the archive (my backpack) for safe keeping.-Tha Oreo (HF), via MySpace
Not to sound like a PBS Special, but if you want to go anywhere in skateboarding, you must first learn about its past. And not to sound like a Utah church sermon, but take your backpacked TWS library and spread the word.

ANTI-ARTICLE I just read “The Anti-Tour” article in last month’s issue. After reading it, I was thinking to myself, “This is what skateboarding is really about.” Skateboarding at its best. No advertising campaign, no signings, no bull, just skating with your homies and getting by each day. A lot of people take for granted all the things they have in their lives and living in the streets for two weeks definitely gives you a better appreciation for everything. Thanks to skateboarding, this was possible-the hobbie that has created its own culture that millions share. So thank you, Transworld, for remembering what skating is all about.-Billy Holt, Lake Orion, Michigan
Strictly skateboarding. That’s the way we like it.

SKITCH TO MY LOO Hey. I’ve been subscribing for a while and have just now decided to write a letter. My best friend Diddy was skitching a car up one of the busiest hills in Las Vegas like it was nothing. But when the car stopped suddenly, Diddy had to let go and right behind him was another car, so he got ran over. Laying there on the ground with blood all around him with a broken pelvis, bleeding spleen, huge scratches all over his face, broken back bones and collar bone, collapsed lung, and a chipped tooth, he did the unexpected. He started making jokes. He was in shock, so he didn’t think he was that bad off. Then the cops came and told him he was going to get a ticket, and then they had the nerve to take his only board as “evidence.” The ambulance took him away and now we’re not sure if he will live.
I wrote this because this was his favorite skate magazine and I think he would’ve wanted this. But also I thought that this was a story of a true skateboarder-a man who can break everything in him yet still tell jokes as he’s lying there bloody. And I know exactly what he’s thinking now as he sleeps in his hospital bed, “I can’t wait to go skate again.” That’s my friend.-DIDDY’S FRIEND ALEX!! ), via MySpace
Getting back up for another try on a handrail is one thing, getting back up for another try after a car runs you over is on a whole another level. Damn, Diddy, get well soon.

NO BULL So, it was about April 21, 2007 at Pharmacy skate shop in Las Vegas. We had a lil’ Altamont signing going on and the shop was fully packed. Doug, the shop owner, and I were just in complete awe. After the shop started clearing out and I got a break, I headed to the sandwich place next door for a refreshment beverage. I then ran into Theotis Beasely , and I think Justin Regan was with him.
Theotis and I just started talking about the industry, just bullsh-tting around. We got to the subject of mags and while we were on that subject we both headed back into Pharmacy and he picked up The Skateboard Mag. The question of what magazine I preferred came up. Well, pretty much, I knew what I was going to say: Transworld. And whenever I mention Transworld, I always have to add in something about the We’ve Got Mail, because, quite frankly, the sh-t is hilarious what these kids actually send in. Theotis highly agreed with me on that one, and for that, I’m just saying, keep it up. And hopefully when one of those kids read this, they won’t take it so seriously and just realize it’s bullsh-tting.
Well, I have to get to class now. There’s this fine-ass chick to the left of me and I’m definitely gonna try and get at her.-Matt Proscia, Las Vegas, Nevada
Uh, we’ll have you know, we take this page very seriously. We print only the most confidential and thought-provoking letters while providing helped the legends, like Mullen and Daewon along the way. The pretty pictures were nice too. This one’s definitely going in the archive (my backpack) for safe keeping.-Tha Oreo (HF), via MySpace
Not to sound like a PBS Special, but if you want to go anywhere in skateboarding, you must first learn about its past. And not to sound like a Utah church sermon, but take your backpacked TWS library and spread the word.

ANTI-ARTICLE I just read “The Anti-Tour” article in last month’s issue. After reading it, I was thinking to myself, “This is what skateboarding is really about.” Skateboarding at its best. No advertising campaign, no signings, no bull, just skating with your homies and getting by each day. A lot of people take for granted all the things they have in their lives and living in the streets for two weeks definitely gives you a better appreciation for everything. Thanks to skateboarding, this was possible-the hobbie that has created its own culture that millions share. So thank you, Transworld, for remembering what skating is all about.-Billy Holt, Lake Orion, Michigan
Strictly skateboarding. That’s the way we like it.

SKITCH TO MY LOO Hey. I’ve been subscribing for a while and have just now decided to write a letter. My best friend Diddy was skitching a car up one of the busiest hills in Las Vegas like it was nothing. But when the car stopped suddenly, Diddy had to let go and right behind him was another car, so he got ran over. Laying there on the ground with blood all around him with a broken pelvis, bleeding spleen, huge scratches all over his face, broken back bones and collar bone, collapsed lung, and a chipped tooth, he did the unexpected. He started making jokes. He was in shock, so he didn’t think he was that bad off. Then the cops came and told him he was going to get a ticket, and then they had the nerve to take his only board as “evidence.” The ambulance took him away and now we’re not sure if he will live.
I wrote this because this was his favorite skate magazine and I think he would’ve wanted this. But also I thought that this was a story of a true skateboarder-a man who can break everything in him yet still tell jokes as he’s lying there bloody. And I know exactly what he’s thinking now as he sleeps in his hospital bed, “I can’t wait to go skate again.” That’s my friend.-DIDDY’S FRIEND ALEX!! ), via MySpace
Getting back up for another try on a handrail is one thing, getting back up for another try after a car runs you over is on a whole another level. Damn, Diddy, get well soon.

NO BULL So, it was about April 21, 2007 at Pharmacy skate shop in Las Vegas. We had a lil’ Altamont signing going on and the shop was fully packed. Doug, the shop owner, and I were just in complete awe. After the shop started clearing out and I got a break, I headed to the sandwich place next door for a refreshment beverage. I then ran into Theotis Beasely , and I think Justin Regan was with him.
Theotis and I just started talking about the industry, just bullsh-tting around. We got to the subject of mags and while we were on that subject we both headed back into Pharmacy and he picked up The Skateboard Mag. The question of what magazine I preferred came up. Well, pretty much, I knew what I was going to say: Transworld. And whenever I mention Transworld, I always have to add in something about the We’ve Got Mail, because, quite frankly, the sh-t is hilarious what these kids actually send in. Theotis highly agreed with me on that one, and for that, I’m just saying, keep it up. And hopefully when one of those kids read this, they won’t take it so seriously and just realize it’s bullsh-tting.
Well, I have to get to class now. There’s this fine-ass chick to the left of me and I’m definitely gonna try and get at her.-Matt Proscia, Las Vegas, Nevada
Uh, we’ll have you know, we take this page very seriously. We print only the most confidential and thought-provoking letters while providing the utmost intellectual responses. Now holla at that shorty and write back if it worked out for you or not.


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