In 1984, 12-year-old Bucky Lasek woke on Christmas morning to find a Steve Caballero skateboard and his calling under the family tree. Amazingly, Lasek, turning 40 this December, still makes a living as a skateboarder after turning pro more than two decades ago.
The Dundalk native, with six X Games gold medals to his name, started developing his skills on the infamous “Hell Ramp” (see photo below) back in the day at the old Fisherman’s Inn on Miller’s Island and with road trips to skateparks in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Returning to Ocean City this week for the annual summer Dew Tour (he bested Shaun White, the Olympic snowboarding champion, among others, to win last year’s vert title at Ocean City), Lasek tells Baltimore that he and his friends “would go anywhere to skate,” coming up.
Scheduled this Thursday through Sunday, the Dew Tour features skateboard and BMX competitions, as well as a surf event and multiple music performances. Anybody heading to Ocean City can check out the wild, fan-friendly action. Information on times, events and tickets can be found here.
Today, Lasek lives in Southern California with his wife and three girls. Returning to Maryland this week, we spoke with him over the phone.
Baltimore: We hear you have the world’s largest skate bowl in your backyard? How big is it?
Bucky Lasek: Fourteen-and-a-half-feet deep and about 120-feet-long and 175-feet-wide.
Baltimore: How do you stay fit for this at 39?
BL: Be active and stretch. I stretch all day long.
BL: I do yoga.
Baltimore: What about nutrition?
BL: I've been living in California about 15 years. Eating healthy is a way of life.