1. Introduce yourself. Tell us who you are, where you’re from, and what you do.
"My name is Lloyd Bureau and I am 19 years old. I’m from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, and I’m currently living in Montreal.
Along with being a full time student, football player and experienced scooter rider, I’m the founder and owner of Quebec Scooters.”
2. When did you first discover you could do more than just roll around on a scooter?
"I’d always been the type of restless kid always looking for dangerous or ‘extreme’ things to do whenever I would be out playing. The time in my life during which I started really directing my energy towards my scooter was when I was about 10 years old. I used to ride my foldable kick scooter to school every day (a Firefly my dad bought for me at Sports Expert when I was 7. The OGs will know). It was lightweight and less cumbersome than my bike, so it was easy to bring to school, and I could just stash it in my locker. During that 15 minute hike I’d be jumping curbs, hopping branches, hitting stair sets and trying various maneuvers that would make my ride to school more fun. It wasn’t rare to see me arrive late to school out of breath and all scratched up because of this… but I also had a big smile on my face almost every morning.
As the months went by, I started spending more and more time riding my scooter and trying tricks everyday, not only to get to school. I didn’t care that I was the only one doing it, I actually embraced the fact that it was different. It felt special.
Eventually, the curb and pavement didn’t cut it, so my dad and I built a bunch of wooden kickers that I’d shred up until I couldn’t stand.
The rest, as they say, is history.”
3. How did you come up with the original idea of scooter pegs?
"I came up with the idea when I was 12 with one of my biker buddies who would also ride scooters with me. We kept breaking our parts, so during that winter we started sketching up designs for parts that wouldn’t break as easily. My friend knew a machinist that made BMX parts and had a lot of experience in making BMX pegs. I thought it would be pretty cool to make real pegs for scooters instead on taking a long bolt and old bearings to mimic the part, so we scaled the design. When it came time to get them actually made, my friend backed out because he didn’t feel like he wanted to commit himself to invest his own time and money (and trust me, at our age, we were counting our pennies) into a project for which there was really no money to be made. And, let’s be honest, at the time it was quite a crazy investment.
It was a bummer at first, but I really wanted to get started and try to make a difference in the sport, so I decided to do it myself. I spent almost all the money I had saved up on getting a first batch of pegs made.
I will always owe part of the merit to my friend, Emile Otis though. He now works at a bike shop in Aylmer, Quebec, rides BMX in trade shows, and is completing his studies in machining. We still run into each other at skate parks and catch up once in a while. If you’re reading this Emile, thanks for all the hookups, I wouldn’t be here without you!”
4. What are your views on education?
"For me, education is an invaluable investment in yourself. I’d be lying if I said that I’ve always been a very hard worker in school and that I was always interested in what I was learning, but I always made a commitment to get through my studies regardless. I really think that education is some sort of training camp for real life. You learn how to interact with people, make friends, deal with the fact that not everybody will like you, and also how to overcome the challenges that are thrown at you. You will also meet many people that will help you later in life. Whether it is for that special job interview, or simply painting your living room, you’ll treasure the fact that you can count on these people and that they can count on you.
It would be pretty easy for me to just quit school and focus more on QCS, but for those reasons, I’ve decided to commit myself to finishing my cegep and university studies.
You never know what could happen down the road and for me, a business degree is a pretty good cushion to fall back on if I ever need it.”
5. We know that you spend a lot of time as the big man behind the desk at Quebec Scooters. How often do you actually get to ride these days?
"Sadly, whenever I am not organizing or attending an event that is scooter related, I’m not much on my scooter anymore. One of the downsides of working around a full time work load and studying at the next level is that you don’t have as much time to do the stuff you love. Whenever I can though, I take it for a spin to remind myself how much I love this sport. For as long as I can still physically ride, I’ll always have a scooter ready to shred!"
6. Which professional rider would you say inspires your style?
"Having been riding for so long, my style has been really influenced by the early comers of the sport. Matt Ogle was my reference when I first got started, but quickly following was Matt McKeen, Brandon Kilbury, Andrew Broussard, Josh Toy, Matt Andrus… So many riders have inspired the way I ride, it’s hard to name them all."
7. How would you describe your riding style?
"As a result of my early influences, today’s riders would consider my style a little strange or old school. I’m more of a street oriented rider, due to the fact that I grew up with no decent skateparks where I lived. For example, I can easily shred a bank to bank pyramid and will try the biggest, dumbest gaps, but I have trouble clearing a box jump."
8. What is your favourite park and/or street spot to ride?
"I usually ride Le Taz. With one of the largest indoor skate parks in Canada, the choice is pretty easy.
Other than that, I have a lot of fun just riding flat ground.”
9. What are your upcoming plans for the Quebec Scooters company?
"Bigger, better things. That’s all I can say as of now."
10. Any inspirational words for innovative people who are trying to start something new?
"I’m not the smartest guy. Hell, if I was any smarter, I probably would have seen that there was no real market for what I wanted to do and I wouldn’t be in this interview today. I just had enough guts to believe in myself and my dream when it didn’t seem possible.
So if you have an idea or a dream that you want to make a reality, pursue it at any cost and never, ever give up. There is no real secret to achieving your goals. You need to work hard at it every day and be relentless, regardless of whatever obstacle is thrown your way.
If a twelve year old kid with $150, an idea, and a whole lot of persistence can build one of the largest retail scooter companies in Canada, I think it is safe to say that anything is possible.”