French badman skater JB Gillet has a long list of some of the biggest sponsors in the game, including Cliché, Diamond Supply Co, Venture Trucks, Gold Wheels, Lakai footwear, Nixon watches and Rockstar Energy Drink. In the 1990s, he was one of the few European skaters who were able to make it big as part of an American company, making his video debut in New Deal Skateboards’ 1996 promo Ninety Six.
Travel restrictions meant that he was unable to visit the States for a number of years, but he didn’t let that hold him back while on a steady killing spree with the Cliché team, featuring in videos such as Freedom Fries (2004), Hello JoJo (2006), Clé (2008), La Cliché (2010) and Bon Voyage (2013). In the past few years he has also been getting reacquainted with the States after successfully applying for a new visa.
JB (or Jean-Baptiste to give him his full name) was born in Lyon on 23rd August 1978, and remains based in the city to this day. He began skating at the age of ten, and by the age of 14 he had already travelled across Europe countless times, competing in contests with his friends and crew.
He hit the big time following his first visit to San Francisco in 1994, when, despite barely speaking a word of English, he made a name for himself through a mixture of talent, will and a touch of luck. Before long he was a regular visitor to California, setting himself apart from other European riders with his fast pace and powerful pop.