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Bob Burnquist tears it up on a floating skateboard ramp installed on Lake Tahoe

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A 7,300 lb (3,311 kg) floating skateboard ramp was installed on Lake Tahoe as part of Visit California's Dream365 tourism campaign
A 7,300 lb (3,311 kg) floating skateboard ramp was installed on Lake Tahoe as part of Visit California's Dream365 tourism campaign
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A 7,300 lb (3,311 kg) floating skateboard ramp has been installed on Lake Tahoe as part of Visit California's Dream365 tourism campaign
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A 7,300 lb (3,311 kg) floating skateboard ramp has been installed on Lake Tahoe as part of Visit California's Dream365 tourism campaign
A film crew captured the action
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A film crew captured the action
The ramp took four days and 300 man hours to complete before it was lowered into Lake Tahoe, CA
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The ramp took four days and 300 man hours to complete before it was lowered into Lake Tahoe, CA
Bob Burnquist had fun showing-off his skate moves on the floating ramp while a film crew shot a promotional video
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Bob Burnquist had fun showing-off his skate moves on the floating ramp while a film crew shot a promotional video
The floating ramp was put to the test by pro skateboarder Bob Burnquist
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The floating ramp was put to the test by pro skateboarder Bob Burnquist
Burnquist finished off the shoot with a massive air jump over the ramp and into the lake
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Burnquist finished off the shoot with a massive air jump over the ramp and into the lake
Burnquist had fun showing-off his skate moves onboard the floating ramp
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Burnquist had fun showing-off his skate moves onboard the floating ramp
Burnquist finished off the shoot with a massive air jump over the ramp and into the lake
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Burnquist finished off the shoot with a massive air jump over the ramp and into the lake
Making of the Dream365 promotional video on Lake Tahoe, CA
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Making of the Dream365 promotional video on Lake Tahoe, CA
The creation features an 8 ft (2.4 m) tall wooden bank ramp accompanied by a smaller 5 ft (1.5 m) secondary ramp
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The creation features an 8 ft (2.4 m) tall wooden bank ramp accompanied by a smaller 5 ft (1.5 m) secondary ramp
Both wooden ramps rest on top of a 36 ft (11 m) long floating platform
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Both wooden ramps rest on top of a 36 ft (11 m) long floating platform
The ramps under construction
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The ramps under construction
Co-designer Jeff King
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Co-designer Jeff King
The creation features an 8 ft (2.4 m) tall wooden bank ramp accompanied by a smaller 5 ft (1.5 m) secondary ramp
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The creation features an 8 ft (2.4 m) tall wooden bank ramp accompanied by a smaller 5 ft (1.5 m) secondary ramp
Designer Jeff King explains the building process
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Designer Jeff King explains the building process
The ramps were polished for optimum skating speed
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The ramps were polished for optimum skating speed
The floating ramp took four days and 300 man hours to complete
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The floating ramp took four days and 300 man hours to complete
Designer Jerry Blohm talks through the construction process
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Designer Jerry Blohm talks through the construction process
The floating ramp gets ready to be hoisted into the lake
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The floating ramp gets ready to be hoisted into the lake
The creation features an 8 ft (2.4 m) tall wooden bank ramp accompanied by a smaller 5 ft (1.5 m) secondary ramp
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The creation features an 8 ft (2.4 m) tall wooden bank ramp accompanied by a smaller 5 ft (1.5 m) secondary ramp
The floating ramp gets towed to location
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The floating ramp gets towed to location
A flying drone films the action
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A flying drone films the action
The floating ramp was put to the test by pro skateboarder Bob Burnquist
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The floating ramp was put to the test by pro skateboarder Bob Burnquist
Burnquist had fun showing-off his skate moves onboard the floating ramp
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Burnquist had fun showing-off his skate moves onboard the floating ramp
During filming, a snorkeler was on hand to dive into the water and retrieve Burnquist's board every time it went over
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During filming, a snorkeler was on hand to dive into the water and retrieve Burnquist's board every time it went over
Burnquist catches some serious air during filming of the promo video
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Burnquist catches some serious air during filming of the promo video
A 7,300 lb (3,311 kg) floating skateboard ramp was installed on Lake Tahoe as part of Visit California's Dream365 tourism campaign
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A 7,300 lb (3,311 kg) floating skateboard ramp was installed on Lake Tahoe as part of Visit California's Dream365 tourism campaign
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A 7,300 lb (3,311 kg) floating skateboard ramp has been installed on Lake Tahoe as part of Visit California's Dream365 tourism campaign. The ramp took four days and 300 man hours to complete before it was lowered into the Californian lake and put to the test by pro skateboarder Bob Burnquist.

Designed by Jeff King and Jerry Blohm, the creation features an 8 ft (2.4 m) tall wooden bank ramp accompanied by a smaller 5 ft (1.5 m) secondary ramp. Both wooden ramps rest on top of a 36 ft (11 m) long floating platform, with the ramps stained with different colors for a creative effect and polished to optimize skating speed.

The floating ramp took four days and 300 man hours to complete
The floating ramp took four days and 300 man hours to complete

"We had a host of folks coming up to the ramp on the way out to see what it was exactly," says Jerry Blohm. "When they got close most could not believe it! It looks like it is fake, floating with no supports."

The floating ramp gets towed to location
The floating ramp gets towed to location

Bob Burnquist had fun showing-off his skate moves on the floating ramp while a film crew shot a promotional video to attract tourists to the state of California. During filming, a snorkeler was on hand to dive into the water and retrieve Burnquist's board every time it went over. Burnquist finished off the shoot with a massive air jump over the ramp and into the lake.

Burnquist had fun showing-off his skate moves onboard the floating ramp
Burnquist had fun showing-off his skate moves onboard the floating ramp

"Brazilian-born Bob loved the ramp so much he wants one just like it built at his waterfront home in his home country," says Visit California.

You can see Burnquist and the design team in action in the video below.

Sources: Visit California, Jerry Blohm, Bob Burnquist via Gizmodo

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Leonard Foster Jr
Hmmm this was done on a barge years ago, it did not work out so well as it would rock around with the movement of skaters and bikers