Boucherville, Quebec, late '90s

Gagnon's hometown of Boucherville, Quebec, was home to a vibrant vert scene in the early '90s, but it diminished alongside vert's relative decline over the course of the decade. By 2000, Gagnon was convinced he needed to do what so many skateboard pros have done before him: move to Southern California. He's been a fixture on vert ramps in San Diego County ever since. (Daniel Mathieu)