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Cory Juneau: The USA Skateboarding Golden Boy

By Andres Pachon

A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.

 

  • Stance: Regular
  • Age: 20
  • Country: United States
  • Instagram: @coryjuneau
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Born in June 1999, California born and raised professional skateboarder Juneau, is currently ranked 7th place in the world and moving fast to be on the top 5 or even higher! he started skating at the age of 7 and he is mostly known for his amazing skills in Park and Bowl disciplines standing out from other skaters at a very young age. By 2014, he was already competing in Pro Contests and proving his natural skills surprising judges and crowds and being on the top spots in competitions, some of his early highlights could be his 3rd place at the Dew Tour Ocean City Bowl and the 3rd place at the Vans Pool Party Pros Division in the same year, and this was just the beginning for Cory!

 

The Evolution

If you check out his contests runs, you will be able to see exactly why he stands out in the park, its as if he had been skating it forever (even if he has never seen it) he takes complete ownership of the park making his runs spotless, he brings the freshness of a “youngblood” skater with a smoothness of the best old school runs and tricks, you don’t see this kid break a sweat! he is always focused on providing the best results and this game definitely works for him!

His long frontside boardslides around the bowl have become a signature move that has landed him some of the best spots in the most important park events around the world being a podium regular at the Vans Pool Party and even taking the win for the Dew Tour wins two years in a row in 2017 and 2018 and landing the 3rd place at the 2017 Minneapolis X Games, talk about a great year huh

 

 

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Controversy On The Headlines

Back in 2018 Juneau made headlines because he tested positive for THC in a skateboarding event in Brazil.

The news was controversial not because he smokes weed, for us the controversial fact is that he got a 6 months suspension for it! The truth is that since skateboarding has now become an Olympic sport, skaters ARE subjects to get these tests anytime before during or after a competition which could cause a lot of dudes to follow the same course Cory had to take back in 2018.
It is no secret that weed is now a huge part of worldwide popular culture, artists, musicians, and public figures have already come out and spoke about it and its even recognized for medical benefits it has, and it’s practically LEGAL in a lot of states now! So yeah, shitty move they made on the dude. Lucky for Cory, the suspension measure was cut in half and he was able to get back in competitions after 3 months suspension, still, not cool.

But this leads to a question, is it marijuana really something skaters should be penalized for? Is not like they are doing speed or some SHIT® like that, is this going to be a standard on the Olympics? If so, what impact could it have in some dudes that bake and skate?

“I truly believe you do better sober, but I've known guys who couldn't skate unless they were stoned, so I don't know how it's really going to work,” said skateboard legend Tas Pappas to news media at the time of the incident.

What do you think about this? One thing is for sure, we are really looking forward to seeing his performance in the Summer Olympics next year! How about you?

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