Pierre-Luc Gagnon in 2009.
May 2, 1980
Montreal, Quebec Canada
Pierre-Luc Gagnon, sometimes known as "PLG" for short (born May 2, 1980 in Boucherville, Quebec) is a Canadian professional skateboarder. He is currently sponsored by Osiris, Darkstar, Electric, RDS, Skullcandy, Capix, Boost Mobile and Monster Energy Drink. He has competed in 5 X-Games where he won Fifteen medals, four of them being gold.
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At 32 years old, Pierre-Luc Gagnon is the greatest skateboarder of the world in his discipline. Until today, PLG has won 8 gold medals at the X-Games competition.
Pierre-Luc found his passion at the age of 9 years old. He asked his father to buy his first skateboard. When he got it, he started to visit the local planchodrome intensively. After few months, he loves it! But the winter, in Quebec, it is harder to found a place to practice this sport. With a group, they decided to rent a local where they put some ramps. Everyboby had to pay 50$ each month. In 1992, his father, who is a physical education teacher, convinces the city of Boucherville to open an indoor skate park. He went practice his sport each day after school during six years and he start being good at this place. In 1996, he tries his luck during a competition (Vans Amateur series) which accompanies a musical tour everywhere in North America. The winner of each city is allowed to go in Los Angeles for the big final. PLG won the whole competition and had his first contract with Vans. This contract started in professional career by doing demonstration with the team and competition. But in 2000, He decided to move to California where the sport is more important and he can do it 12 month by year. There is also more competition in California and since he has moved there, he has doing competition everywhere, in Brazil, China and Swiss.For him, skateboard is not just a sport; this is a kind of art. It is a way of expressing himself, being original and unique. It’s not a traditional sport where everybody executes the same tricks. You need to develop your own style almost like an artist..
Pierre-Luc Gagnon said that skateboard helps kids to use their imagination for trying new things. He fell in love with skateboard when he started and he never stops. He started to go to the skate park each days after school at the age of 9, and now he practice it six days in week three hours by day. He’s now 32 years old.