Always pushing further : This summer, JACKALOPE welcomes Hawk and PLG

Always pushing further : This summer, JACKALOPE welcomes Hawk and PLG

Thanks to all of you, Jackalope gets bigger and bigger every year ! Your growing participation helps bring Jackalope to further lengths and for this edition, we are counting on you to be a part of the party. We are normally very humble, but when Tony Hawk and PLG are in the game, together on a vert ramp, we can easily say that we expect nothing less than an unforgettable show !

Yes yes, you have read correctly !!! We have managed, thanks to Vidéotron and Samsung bring to you all the hype of the summer by welcoming these two legends of the craft.

Having made of this sport their life, they continue to turn the heads of crowds of all ages. Montreal, named Canada’s skateboard capital, brings the two athletes to mention that they are stoked to be participating in the biggest action sports festival of the country.

We expect nothing less than a wild and memorable time, and that all festival goers leave the Olympic Park with the strong desire to set foot on a skateboard !

One thing is for sure, we are certain to have quite the show August 19th on the Olympic stadium’s Esplanade Financière Sun Life

Photo from Tony Hawk inc.

Hawk

 

As a young hyperactif with typically Californian beach blond hair, Hawk grew up in the capital of skateboarding as a young hyperactif with typically Californian beach blond hair. He eventually managed to associate his name to the popular discipline.

Even the slightest «connaisseur» of the sport would be able to identify the face of Anthony Frank Hawk, aka Tony Hawk, aka Birdman.  No matter the age, the nationality, the sexe, it would be difficult to wash our hand after having gotten a high five from this legend.

It is by his specialties in vertical ramps and half-pipes that transition from horizontal with flat bottoms to vertical sides, that he has been able to remain the king of the jungle of skate parks worldwide. It is at 9 years old, in his front entry way of San Diego that he first set foot on a skateboard (right foot in front, making him a goofy). Shortly after, at the age of 12, he earned the title of amateur champion across California a numerous amount of times. Since then, he still practices the sport that drives him on a daily basis. Most of us remember the famous landing of his 900  at the X Games in 1999.

At 49 years old, married with 4 children, we can honestly say that the Birdman’s flame still shines with strength. His implication and dedication to his many ongoing projects keep him on the go: Birdhouse skateboard company, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (since 1999) reaching the 1 billion dollar in sales merge, the Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom HuckJam tour that was created in 2002, along with his many appearances and cameos in television and films.

Seeing him in person ? It would be completely crazy to miss this !

Tony Hawk’s first ever landing of the 900 in competition at the 1999 X Games

Tony Hawk & PLG

Photo from Tony Hawk inc.

Pierre-Luc Gagnon

 

Pierre-Luc Gagnon (PLG) grew up in Boucherville, Quebec, on Montreal’s south shore. Since skate parks in this small town are covered in snow from 4 to 6 months of the year, we can easily state that PLG comes from a far less tropical location than Hawk. This being said, the skateboard bug took a bite out of this soon to be skate hero at the young age of eight. His supportive father (by his side at all times) decided to take measures into his own hands and to help build Boucherville’s first ever indoor skate park. This helped PLG become the skilled and passionate athlete that he is today, leading him to win his first contest in 1992. Ever since then, PLG’s career rose as high as a skateboard on a vert ramp, one of his specialties on the board and where he offers to crowds tricks that are unheard of.

It is with his big win at the 1996 Vans Warped tour (across Europe and the USA) that Vans offered him a contract and a travel budget, which helped him leave Canada and explore new playfields to practice his craft. With a total of 9 golds, 10 silvers and 2 bronzes at the X Games throughout his career, we can truly say that PLG is an athlete that perseveres and manages to succeed constantly. Tony Hawk himself says it: “He did tricks in competitions that you simply did not see from any other skater. It was just too difficult and daring ! “ .

For the past few years, PLG has been living in the non official capital of skateboarding, California, a country where he can’t ride or even walk around without being recognized or approached by an admirer. Today, he is the father of a two year old boy and still competes when an interesting opportunity pops up. Like Tony, he participates in events to promote the lifestyle of skateboarding: one that does not revolve around brands, sponsors or money (even though these often accompany the sport), but around the passion and simple pleasure of doing what they want , when they want on the board. In the words of PLG “ once you quit skating, you stop living”.

Pierre-Luc Gagnon in a Switch 360. Photo by Brian Shamanski

So, to all of you out there that are looking to be a part history, it is a can’t miss opportunity: 19th of August, the JACKALOPE action sports festival will bring together one of the greatest skateboarders of all time and one of the quebeber professional athletes with the most medals all disciplines in account. Tony Hawk and PLG will offer a demonstration in the evening (would be pushed forward to Sunday in case of bad weather) in the company of the talented Evan Doherty, Lizzie Armanto, Kevin Staab and  Elliot Sloan from the Tony Hawk and friends tour.

I don’t know for you, but we can’t WAIT ! See you there !

Want a ticket right now ? Buy it HERE !

Jackalope Fest at the Olympic Park 2016.  Photo by Blizzard Média

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