Norway’s Kevin Bækkel transitioned from BMXing to skateboarding when he was nine years old. By the time he turned thirteen, Bækkel was winning contests in Europe and befriending Creature fiends. Can you even imagine meeting a preteen Bækkel? Never mind that merely being in his presence will give the casual bystander a second-hand adrenaline contact high; never mind that every high-speed slam will make you wince so hard that you get a mild form of whiplash; and never mind that—as a teenager—Bækkel had an odd habit of barking like a dog in mixed company. Yes, young Bækkel probably made quite an impression.
As an adult, Bækkel has established himself as a fearless conqueror, ready for any challenge. You have to literally watch out for him, because when Bækkel goes for a trick he’s like a dog with a bone—nothing can stop him.