In a curious move the skateboard footwear company IPath recently severed ties with Bob Burnquist, arguably the brand's most recognizable athlete. Burnquist, a 20-time X Games medalist, joined the IPath squad a few years back after a stint with Hurley footwear and after a long relationship with éS Footwear during that brand's early days. Burnquist was baffled by IPath's decision to part ways with him.
"All I can really say right now is that I got fired and I don't know why ... must of not of been up to their standards," said Burnquist via email.
Burnquist was IPath's only MegaRamp and vert skater (though Aaron, "Jaws" Homoki pulls the occasional padless 540). He was also the athlete on the team with the most crossover recognition among more mainstream audiences.
With IPath representatives declining the opportunity to comment, we're left to speculate as to the brand's decision-making process. It's plausible that IPath wants to hone its image around the street, park and pool skaters that comprise the rest of the team. One thing is certain: Burnquist is as a marquee athlete, an innovator in skateboarding, and a competitor with mainstream appeal. It's unlikely he'll remain sponsorless in the footwear department for very long.