Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bucky Lasek.

Bucky has been around a long time now. He came up in the glory days of Powell Peralta and even turned pro for them. In the years since he has ridden for Birdhouse, New Deal, Natural and Element. He recently built a gigantic concrete bowl in his backyard that is scary to just look at the pictures of. I can't imagine skating it. Much like Bob Burnquist, Bucky pioneered a lot of switch and technical tricks on vert. He could also skate street and mini ramps. Probably still can.

His first name is Charles.

The new Torey Pudwell video comes free with the new issue of Thrasher. If you hate watching things online like me, this is nice. Torey does some amazing tricks. I think it's fascinating that in a skateboard world where rail riders and huge gap jumpers are the big thing that the two leading candidates thus far for Thrasher's S.O.T.Y. don't skate either of those things and work off refining more pure street skating from the early to mid 1990s. Pudwell carries on with ledge trick evolution from the Plan B/EMB days (and let's throw in the Storm here, too) while Dennis Busenitz progresses the concept of a line. Refer to Tim & Henry's Pack of Lies, the Stereo videos, parts of Girl videos and Jason Dill's effort to bring back pushing in Mosaic among other things. I watched the parts from Pudwell and Busenitz back to back last night before going to bed. One interesting thing I noticed was that I doubt I could name all the tricks that Torey does, but could do that easily for Dennis. Make of that what you will.

Also in the new Thrasher, my friend Matt's Fluke Fanzine gets a good review. Finally, there is a tiny photo of my friend Chip from The Body in the SXSW article. Too bad there's no caption, but he still made the mag since the band was part of Thrasher's concert event.

Dave Swift took the photos.

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Keith said...

Bucky had a really low profile for a few years when street was huge and x-games hadn't brought vert back into the limelight.

My favourite tricks in Pudwill's part are the huge bs tail and the inward kick flip over the table. Both of those were awesome. On the basic side in terms of his stuff but awesome none the less.

I like Busenitz a 100 times more than TPud.

justin said...

Yeah, Bucky sure did vanish from the public spotlight for a couple of years in the 1990s.

I liked the extra long back tail and back lip Torey did for his Berrics clip. Just normal tricks pushed a much longer distance and done cleanly.

Unless somebody else does something amazing, I'm backing Busenitz for S.O.T.Y.