Gagnon flies high on Action circuit

first_img “I always treat my runs as my last one,” Gagnon said. “I try to skate like it’s the last time. It makes you motivated. It makes you try and skate great.” The Carlsbad resident has been very close to skating great this summer. This has been, arguably, the best three months of his career. It started with a win in an LG Action Sports Tour in Munich in late June and continued with a second-place finish in the Gravity Games in Philadelphia. In July, he placed second at the Dew Tour stop in Denver. Then he really turned on the heat. Gagnon won three medals at the X Games — gold in vert, bronze in Big Air and silver in best trick. He was the only skateboarder to medal in all three disciplines. It was the second straight year he did it, having won silver in all three disciplines in 2004. A month later, he was the winner of the Dew event in San Jose. Last week, he won the LG Action Sports USA Championships competition at Fairplex Park. “I’ve been feeling good,” Gagnon said. “I’ve been very happy with my season. I prepared well and I haven’t been hurt. I have been skating better.” But skating his best doesn’t mean a medal will be hanging from his neck at the competition’s conclusion. “Everyone’s trying to be original and the judges make what they want on that,” he said of scoring. “It’s really subjective. You never know what to expect from the judges. Well, you sort of know, but when it’s close, I’m like, I don’t see myself skating. So I’m doing my stuff and I’m hoping it’s going to get me up there (on the podium). “I wouldn’t want to be a judge, that’s for sure. It’s kind of hard for them to judge us. Everyone has a different style. You have to go with who is really taking chances and not holding back, doing things that haven’t been seen before. That’s what it is all about.” Gagnon moved into contention for the Dew Tour title with his San Jose victory. He is second, trailing Bucky Lasek by 47 points heading into this weekend’s finale. The series uses a staggered scoring system. Gagnon needs to finish in at least third place to have a shot at winning the title. “It’s nice having an event like (the Dew Tour),” he said. “It’s pretty cool being on live TV. People recognize you more and say they watched you on TV.” Gagnon moved from Montreal to Carlsbad three years ago, because, he said, he wanted to jump-start his career. “If it wasn’t for guys like Bucky and Shaun (White) and Jake Brown, and all those guys, it would be easier to get lazy,” he said. Keith Lair can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img POMONA — When Pierre Luc Gagnon drops into the vert ramp in the Dew Action Sports Tour finale this weekend in Orlando, Fla., it could be the final time he rides a skateboard on a ramp. Well, not really. Gagnon, 25, plans on riding for a long time, in a lot more contests. last_img read more