Commitment to Creativity — Dreamland with Bob Burnquist is Some Next Level Shit

I had a chance to photograph Bob in Brazil couple years ago for Oakley and we couldn’t pull it together

Let’s just say this video galvanizes my regret.

This is some next level shit, Bob.. The intro is humble. The middle is stunning. And gotta say from experience that the helicopter stuff after the 6 min mark is supremely impressive.

This is what it means to be committed.


24 Responses to Commitment to Creativity — Dreamland with Bob Burnquist is Some Next Level Shit

  1. Thomas Pellicer August 5, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    Ok that was ridiculously sick! The dude is pure talent on the skateboard.

  2. Gustavo Kume August 5, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    There is a great documentary about his work, called “The Reality of Bob Burnquist”. Commitment is really the word that defines him.

  3. Justin le roux August 5, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    Legends will always be legends!…great stuff!

  4. Chase jarvis August 5, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    How sick is the Heli section around minute 6 ?!!

  5. Jay August 5, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    Sick! That was intense. Thanks for bringing more awesome media to us, Chase. I’m sure your regret over the missed opportunity is strong, but the future will bring more great ones.

  6. Mike August 5, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    Wooooah – way off the hook. Mesmerizing. I’m not jealous of Bob’s gift, envious yes, jealous no. Great production work.

  7. Duane August 5, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    OMG that was amazing and the helicopter stuff was just insane!

  8. Bimal Nair August 6, 2013 at 3:36 am #

    thats intense! I wonder how awesome it would feel to watch this live there. Thankyou so much for bringing it to us Chase! How committed am i? Probably still just dreaming.

  9. earl August 6, 2013 at 4:57 am #

    I’m not really a huge fan of skateboarding, or even a mild fan of it for that matter. but what I am a fan of is hard work.

    I don’t know what half these “tricks” are or even what hes doing, but what I do know is that he is doing it over and over, probably all day, in order to become as great as he is, and that my friends is the “sick” part to me.

    talent is only so much, hard work is the key and so many people seem to forget that these days. a “gift” is only the start, and to really be great like this guy is, it takes the hard work that shows in this vid.

    and having your own helicopter is pretty bad ass too.

    • Kris Singleton September 5, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

      Awesome, Earl – well said :)

  10. Samuel A. Smith II August 6, 2013 at 6:45 am #

    Awesomely sick and creatively righteous

  11. faisal August 6, 2013 at 7:11 am #

    That is awesome creativity.

  12. Carley August 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    WOW! That was unbelievably awesome! Looked like so much fun, my eyes were glued! The heli was even grinding the rails…craziness! And the guy skydives off the helicopter…This whole production was epic! I’m impressed! Amazing work

  13. Urs August 7, 2013 at 2:23 am #

    What a wonderful proof that creativity has no limits. This is extremely inspiring. Thanks!

    I am already curious to see Joe McNally’s answer with the out-of-the-box R/C quadcopter ;-)

  14. Daf August 8, 2013 at 5:13 am #

    Nice, love the Helicopter parts!

    I would give some critical feedback though ….
    As a non skateboard fan the first 6min was way too long – could have been cut in half. I lost interest and would have stopped watching/missed the helicopter part except for your comment. (but depends who the target audience is)
    Also the sky at 0:59 is so blatantly added/faked etc that it sticks out like a sore thumb. Especially in a video that is otherwise very “real”.

    • Corey September 5, 2013 at 10:17 am #

      To Daf ^^^^

      Why don’t you just keep your mouth shut and enjoy people taking life to a level you will NEVER reach. Enjoy it Daf. Learn to enjoy Life. Absolutely no one but yourself wants to hear negativity.

      Incredible. True Talent, True Dedication. Simply Inspiring.

      • Gem September 5, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

        Corey, no need to be that rude. Daf is probably not used to watching skate videos. he gave his feedback politely, you could do the same.

        Daf, that kind of long intro is typical for skate/ BMX videos. it’s actually not just an “intro” because people who watch skate and BMX videos actually sit and watch those things too. (yes including the falls). you might not know it, but many of these skate/ BMX videos go for as long as 40 minutes to an hour.

        the dramatic fake sky might be a bit cheesy to non-skate video watchers, but that kind of special effects are actually a standing trope in this type of video (just like soap operas will always have fake moms, identical twins raised apart, etc).

        I’ve been a fan of Bob Burnquist since 15 years ago, before the YouTube era. would look at his photos in Transworld, etc, and this type of dramatic sky is always present in those magazines. remember, their primary market are 15- 20 year olds and young people love that kind of stuff. (like the dramatic skies in Twilight, etc.)

  15. Suzanne January 9, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    mesmerizing…. couldn’t look away.

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