Jean-Francois Boulianne hails from the northern Province of Quebec, Canada. His bloodline is a mixture of native Canadian and French explorers. He learned to ride at an early age on a bike he won in a school contest. When he was 16 years old, he met some school friends who were practicing some basic BMX tricks. From then on, Flatland BMX became his passion and a new path in life was opened. After winning his first expert contest in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, motivation was set and he was willing to work hard to become a complete athlete. Working for 5 years at ‘Marseille Bike Shop’ in Montreal gave J-F a better knowledge of the bicycle industry.
At the age of 22, he decided to spend a winter in Brazil training and learning the Portuguese language. After coming back to Canada, a life changing opportunity was offered to him and J-F left for a 3-year trip to China, where he performed over 3000 shows. This gave him the opportunity to bike all-year round and to gain real experience performing in front of huge crowds. Being in Asia also gave Jean-François the chance to explore regions like the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea and Japan.
In February 2011, His contract in South-China was completed and he went back to his homeland – but was determined not to let his dream end. He planned a year tour that permitted him to enter as many BMX competitions as possible, without any major sponsors. His plan worked so well, that he decided to repeat it for the following two years. So far, J-F has traveled to over 25 countries, attended approximately 100 contests representing the Canadian Flag, and proudly represented his sponsors at some of the biggest Flatland BMX events in the world.
2014 is a new year and Jean-François’ goal is to share his passion for BMX and use his skills to inspire children around the world on motivation, determination, and passion.