Lasek flying high at 40 in vert skating

Posted: July 8, 2013 by kirisyko in Boarding, Skate boarding
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 Professional skateboarder Bucky Lasek soars out of his backyard pool in Encinitas. The 40-year old has won the last three X-Games this year.
Professional skateboarder Bucky Lasek soars out of his backyard pool in Encinitas. The 40-year old has won the last three X-Games this year. — K.C. Alfred
ENCINITAS — Type pro skateboarder Bucky Lasek’s Encinitas address into Google Maps, and the satellite view shows a pool in nearly every yard of the neighborhood. This is the backcountry of the wealthy near Rancho Santa Fe, and the well-to-do need their pools and spas and tennis courts.

Lasek is doing more than just keeping up. He’s got two pools, though water touches one of them only when it rains.

There are perks to being a well-paid and accomplished skateboarder in the sport’s most lucrative era, and they include the wherewithal to build your own playground. Lasek had a large, 13½-foot-deep skate pool constructed in a portion of his $1.7 million property in 2009. They playfully call it “Lasekland,” and at 40, Lasek spends nearly every day ripping in it, still loving living like a kid.

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    Skateboarder Bucky Lasek soars out of his backyard pool in Encinitas. — K.C. Alfred / UT San Diego

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    Professional skateboarder Bucky Lasek does a judo air out of his 13-foot tall backyard pool in Encinitas. The 40-year old has won the last three X-Games this year. — K.C. Alfred / UT San Diego

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    Professional skateboarder Bucky Lasek soars out of his backyard bowl in Encinitas. The 40-year old has won the last three X-Games this year. — K.C. Alfred / UT San Diego

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    Professional skateboarder Bucky Lasek has won the last three X-Games this year, shown here at his Encinitas home. — K.C. Alfred / UT San Diego

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    Bucky Lasek does a Madonna in his backyard pool in Encinitas. — K.C. Alfred / UT San Diego

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    Professional skateboarder Bucky Lasek soars out of his backyard pool in Encinitas. The 40-year old has won the last three X-Games this year. — K.C. Alfred / UT San Diego

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    Skateboarder Bucky Lasek soars out of his backyard pool in Encinitas. — K.C. Alfred / UT San Diego

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    Professional skateboarder Bucky Lasek does an eggplant at his home pool in Encinitas.— K.C. Alfred / UT San Diego


You want to talk about vibe? Check out Lasek’s spring and summer. In an aggressive, worldwide expansion of the X Games franchise this year, there have been three Vert contests on the massive halfpipes, in Spain, Brazil and Germany. Lasek, who hadn’t won a Vert gold in 10 years, has scored the trifecta, capturing all three.

That’s quite a pirate’s bounty for a guy who’s looking like Captain Jack these days with his long black hair and goatee.

Add in a Dew Tour victory near his hometown of Baltimore, and Lasek has four straight wins heading into the Vert competition at the Los Angeles X Games on Aug. 3 at Staples Center.

“The best year of my life,” Lasek said. “With the year I’ve had, I don’t think I’d be bummed if I got dead last (in L.A.). That just puts more pressure on the other guys, to know that I’m going to bring it.”

The most recent victory, in Munich on June 28, became instant X Games lore. Placed last after not finishing his first three runs in the final, Lasek produced an amazing last effort, landing nine difficult tricks in a 30-second span to snatch the victory from Carlsbad’s Pierre-Luc Gagnon by less than half a point.

“That was total Disney Cinderella story right there,” Lasek said. “I know other people were expecting me to do it, but it’s easier said than done.”

Gagnon smiled to shake Lasek’s hand, but the camera also caught him angrily chucking his board when he reached the athletes’ hospitality tent.

“He was mad about the judging,” Lasek said. “He was fine, though. We were all hanging out that night. We’re all good friends.”

Among those oohing and aahing in Munich was legend Tony Hawk, who was commentating for ESPN. It was Hawk who hosted Lasek at his house early in his career, and the Birdman’s influence had a big impact on Lasek moving to coastal North County in 1999.

Lasek started skating when he was 12, when his bike got stolen. Before that, it would have been impossible for him to learn; he lived for a year on a working tugboat with his family off the coast of North Carolina.

 

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  1. betunada says:

    scary neat definitely XXXtreem stuff! (i would NEED a water-filled pool to cool off, i suppose he has one of THOSE too?)

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