Jasper the skateboarding beagle and his bike-riding human maintain a celebrity status around their hometown of Portland, Oregon and in the skating community at large. Jasper’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feature hundreds of pictures and videos submitted by random bystanders and longtime fans of this rad dog. Now you may doubt the skills of a K9, but don’t be fooled; this dog can lean, handle speed, and howl all at once. He is such a skateboarding icon that his mug is on this year’s RVOD G-Ride at Maryhill Loops poster (see it here).
LeanBoard’s founder, Enzo Shinde, ran into Jasper and his person at the Maryhill Spring Free-4-All in April. Like everyone else in the crowd, Enzo was blown away when the dog on his skateboard and his owner on his bike, not only made it down the hill in one piece but in good time! (Check out a video of a previous year’s run here) Jasper took the turns like a champ, and when he did stumble off the board, he jumped right back on to finish the hill.
When Enzo went over to meet Jasper and his owner after a run he was shocked to see that Jasper was actually riding a LeanBoard! According to his owner, Jasper prefers the LeanBoard trucks to other longboards because the responsive design gives his paws more control around turns. The LeanBoard team was flattered and has added Jasper the Skate Dog to their list of celebrity endorsements. Whoof!