What the Pros Are Rockin’: Bob Burnquist

file: Bob Burnquist Interview

Interview by Eric

What board are you riding right now?

I’m riding The Firm Bob Burnquist board.

What do you like most about it?

It was free.

What size boards do you prefer?

It depends on what I’m going to be skating. If it’s vert, I like a board that’s a little wider and has a little longer wheel base so it feels stable and you can handle the speed. If it’s a huge ramp or one of those long jump ramps, I go a little wider and bigger on the wheel base. On the other hand, if I’m going street skating, I like a smaller board that’ll be a lot easier to flip around and control. I just have to let Lance Mountain know in advance so he can get the boards done for me.

Do you have a preference in concave depth?

Not really. I don’t like boards with too much concave or ones with too little concave. Although if it’s the only board I have, I’ll ride it without complaint.

Do you do anything special with your griptape?

It depends on how I feel.

What wheels are you riding right now?

I’m riding some Bob Burnquist Ricta 60 millimeter signature wheels.

Do you ever try a different hardness?

Yeah. Again, it depends on what I’m riding. If it’s vert, Ricta’s are the best as far as that goes. In Brazil we would ride a little softer wheel since the ground is so rough.

Do you care if your wheels are colored?

I like white wheels, and they’re usually faster. But if they’re

colored and they’re fast, I don’t really mind. It’s function that bothers me the most.

How often do you set up new wheels?

Not as often as I used to. The Rictas last a long time on vert¿unless I land weird and get a flat spot.

What are the smallest wheels you’ve ever ridden?

The lowest point in my career was 47 millimeter.

What bearings do you ride?

I’m riding the new Reflex bearings, and they’re amazing!

Do you use any bearing oil or speed cream?

I’m starting to a lot more now. The bearings will last a lot longer, and when you break them in, they’re the best they can ever be.

What trucks do you ride?


What do you like about those trucks?

The way they turn with the ball-point technology.

Do you ride them loose or tight?

Depends on how fast I’m going.

How often do you change your trucks?

Not as often as I change my bushings … trucks will last a long time if you take care of them.

Do you use riser pads?

The bigger the wheels, the farther the trucks have to be from the board. So I only really need the risers when I set up the 70 millimeter for the huge ramp and long jump ramps.

Are there any rituals you have to go through while you set up a new board?

No rituals¿elevating the vibration before a set up is always fun, though.

What shoes do you skate in?

I have the éS Bob 2 prototypes on right now, and they feel good.

What do you think is the most important feature in a shoe?

A good sole is where it all starts. Then all the tech skateboard-

related features help out a lot, too. A shoe with a good ankle support is key as well.

How long does a pair of shoes usually last you?

It depends on what I’m skating and what shoe it is. I’ve had a shoe last me three days one time at the Rio Sul in Brazil. Whenever I want to test the durability of a shoe, I skate down there.

What size shoe do you wear?

Ten and one half.