Jolene Joanna Van Vugt was born in London, Ontario Canada in 1980 to Dutch immigrant parents Bill and Tina.
Youngest to sister Michelle and brother Billy, she grew up heavily influenced by her Father Bill, a young at heart avid motocross racer.
A year and a half later, Travis, 29, and Lyn-Z Pastrana, 23, have cooked up a stunt that makes that night look like child's play: They're going to become parents. Travis: We were in Mexico with Andy [Bell] and Jolene [Van Vugt] when Lyn-Z was like, "Um … Lyn-Z: After Mexico, I flew to San Diego and he flew to North Carolina to do a press day announcing his partnership with Roush. I don't want our kid to ride." Then he gets over it a few minutes later. Lyn-Z: We're both big on being respectful and truthful and we want our kids to be independent. It's good he's planning to do that instead of waiting until the baby, as he puts it, is "sturdy." Have you talked about names yet? Travis: Lyn-Z -- I mean, she spells her name with a dash -- she likes cool names. If she has one one-hundredth of the awesomeness his grandma had, we'll be psyched.
In their first interview since announcing their news, Travis (who's currently with his NASCAR Nationwide Series race team in North Carolina) and Lyn-Z (who's at home in Carlsbad, Calif.) talked baby names, diaper changes and how their lives will change once they welcome a new little bundle of chaos into the world. I'm a little bit late." We kept joking, "Better late than pregnant! I woke up early and couldn't wait to take the test, but I had to wait all day for him to be able to talk on the phone. Lyn-Z: It'll be such a joy to see this little being grow and develop. Where does "having a baby" rank on the scale of scary things you've done in your life? He was like, "It's going to change your life." It's been amazing how many friends have called up genuinely excited for us. He supported me, but the second I didn't show interest in something, he was like, "Great! Lyn-Z: My mom and dad supported me in anything I wanted to do. Travis: Lyn-Z will be the go-getter, getting them on bikes and boards early. Lyn-Z is good at conventional sports, but I never learned how to throw. It will be interesting to see what path they choose. We want to give them the opportunity to learn things on their own without forcing it. I was doing laundry at 6 and packing my own lunches for preschool. I don't want my kid going to college not knowing how to do laundry … Travis thinks if we have a girl first, we should stop. I think it's cool to name your kid after influential people in your life.
I finally texted him a photo of the positive test, but it was an hour before he saw his phone. And then there will be this kid and it's walking and talking and learning to high-five and play sports. Travis: The scariest things I do are when they involve other people, when I have responsibility over someone else. But it's a wild feeling thinking I will have responsibility over another human being. Travis: I didn't do a very good job of keeping it a secret. I just threw it into conversation and tried to throw people off. Travis: So many of my friends' wives are pregnant, and a lot of the Nitro guys have kids now. Lyn-Z: I've been talking about having kids in the next few years for a while. I played soccer, swimming, diving, gymnastics, basketball, Girl Scouts. I want to give our child the same opportunity and I hope they play traditional sports, and great if they want to ride a skateboard and BMX and moto. We agree on a lot of things about how we'll raise our child, but the main thing is, whatever floats their boat. What else are you looking forward to teaching your kids? Travis always looked up to Mat Hoffman, but his middle name is T and Travis doesn't like obscure, funky names.
I am a little responsible for Lyn-Z, but she can take care of herself. We've been traveling so much that everything had to be over the phone. My dad -- if you know my dad, this will not be a surprise -- I told him and he was like, "Well, Lyn-Z always thought she wanted a kid. about the football pool." Lyn-Z: My mom was so excited. She's seen me love kids my whole life and be super maternal. A lot of friends had opinions and said we should wait. He deals with them all the time in autograph lines and sees kids get annoyed when no one spells their name right.
In fact, Jolene is dating someone named Ryan - it says it on her Myspace page and has several pictures of them together.
There goes all our fun." What do you think it will be like to raise a girl versus a boy? I got to experience that first hand, skating with Riley Hawk. No matter how good he was, he was never good enough. But racing and going for the win and not being afraid to crash, that's not one of them.
Travis: At first, I was thinking, "It would be tough if it was a boy. Lyn-Z: I hope it will change Travis in that he will think about the stunts he does.
Pastrana, an X Games competitor since 1999, is one of the most decorated athletes in action sports.
Hawkins competed in Women's Skateboard Vert at the X Games from 2003 to 2010, picking up three gold medals, three silver, and one bronze."They were married in San Diego on Saturday before a small private gathering of close friends and family," confirms Travis Clarke, Pastrana's longtime agent with the Wasserman Media. "They wanted to keep it private."That wish may come as something of a surprise to Pastrana fans who watched his very public marriage proposal on the Megaramp in Las Vegas in June at the close of the Nitro Circus Live tour and saw him post a seven-volume engagement photo album of their adventures together at Travis Pastrana.com, but so far the event appears to have been almost entirely paparazzi-proof (perhaps they're saving the footage for their forthcoming film Nitro Circus 3D? On Monday morning Pastrana posted a single wedding photo to his public Facebook page, with the note, "We've officially tied the knot!