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Pierre Luc Gagnon Has Been One Of The Best for Over A Decade…No Big. By Ramon Gonzales

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Among the major competitions annually, the dude is a staple. Maloof Money Cup, Dew Tour, X Games – he’s walked away from all of them with gold around his neck. At X Games, he’s done it seven times. Vert, street, pools, he does it all and manages to make it look like, well, nothing.The interesting dichotomy of PLG is that on the course or before he drops in, he is revered as one of the most consistent competitors, absolutely relentless. But his personality is cool as a cucumber – unphased. So much in fact that VH1 sent their cameras to follow him on a regular for the series, The X Life. Getting his first skateboard for his eighth birthday, the guy has never looked back. Since he was 16, PLG has been one of skateboarding’s most exciting riders period.As he gears up to go for the 3-peat in the Mega Mini for X Games Asia in Shanghai, Gagnon talks pressure, legacy, boxing, and how the Warped Tour get things started for him. First and foremost - explain what skateboarding in Shanghai is like. How does China take to skateboarding culture? Skateboarding is brand new in China. There is great street skating there and a lot of skaters go out there to film because there is so much to skate and not many skaters. Street skating in California, all the good spots have been blown up, but in China all the spots are wide open. Skateboarding is really starting to grow there though. They have the SMP Skatepark, which might be a little too advanced for the level of skating right now in China, but it’s still a great skatepark and hopefully they will get to that level soon. Estimated attendance records last year were upwards of 60,000 attendees. Do big crowds help you skate better or add to the pressure? It’s always great to have a big crowd there to support you and I don’t really get nervous in front of crowds. I just use it as motivation. I would be really nervous doing something I’m not comfortable with in front of a big crowd, but skating is what I do and that’s what I’m the best at so I’m really comfortable. You have earned Gold 7 times now at X Games. Is this another day at work for you? How do you charge up for something you have done so many times? Everything’s been positive lately and I feel good about my skating so I’ve just got to keep doing what I’ve been doing. It really helps to be in the middle of a winning streak because it builds up your confidence. A big part of that is that the other competitors know you’ve been winning every contest so you’re probably going to do it again. You’re expected to win in other people’s minds so it’s like they start right away just competing for second place. You’ve got to know how to use that to your advantage and also how to keep it fun because as soon as the fun goes away that’s when you start not doing so well. Where do you feel you rank in terms of skateboarding’s elite? You have been one of the most consistent names in competitive skateboarding for years now. Do you think about your legacy and what do you want it to be? To be honest, I don’t really think about that. I just try to better myself ever year and progress in skateboarding. I try learn new stuff and keep getting better and better and keep enjoying what I’m doing. I’m enjoying traveling the world and making a living skateboarding. I’m grateful to be in the

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Skinnie Magazine Issue 120 - April 2012  

MUSIC • SPORTS • LIFE

Skinnie Magazine Issue 120 - April 2012  

MUSIC • SPORTS • LIFE

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