Confessions of a French Canadian Skateboarder

Being a foreigner in an english industry can be a hard thing to overcome. Coming to terms with this reality has pushed many of us to do the unforgivable: parting ways with our ancestors in hope of a brighter future. As proud French Canadians, we were quite devastated when our old friends Wade Des'Ormeaux and Pierre-Luc Gagnon left the ranks of the French elite by changing their names to something more American. Sure, Desarmo's and PLG's new identities are undeniably pleasing to the eye, and sort of give you the same comforting feeling as a warm cup of tea, but these choices truly shook the confidence of the French Canadian nation.

Pierre, Wade, with your unmatched board control and graceful trick selection, you could have cemented your legacy with any name, like Wieger Van Wageningen. Unfortunately his fans will never be able to scream his name. The temptation to switch to a household name such as Lizard King, Slash, Spanky, Moose or Furby was definitely very high for Wieger, but that didn’t stop him from staying true to his roots and achieving success. We salute Wieger Van Wageningen for keeping his family’s heritage alive.

However, as the Great Tupac once said, "I guess change is good for any of us. Whatever it take for any of y'all niggaz to get up out the hood. Shit, I'm wit cha, I ain't mad at cha. Got nuttin but love for ya, do your thing boy".

We must embrace Wade's and PLG's new trademarks. At this point, you guys could go with something a little bit catchier, something mind blowing like Wade “Big Daddy” Desarmo, or Pierre-Luc "The Punisher" Gagnon.