Vert Skating

While cruising the 2015 New York International Auto Show, Timbo and the Dose crew ran into skate legend Bucky Lasek, who was on hand to help launch the new Subaru STI Performance concept car and show off his sparkling GRC-ready whip. We got him to break down what it's like being the only person in the world living the dual dream of being a pro skater and pro rally car driver at the same damn time, and (spoiler alert!) it's more work than you'd think. If you like to flatspot urethane and slay rubber, then this one is for you.

The next generation of bowl rippers took over the Van Doren Invitational at the 2013 Vans US Open.
Renowned street artist Mike Giant painted a mural in a section of the bowl at the Van Doren Invitational, part of which read, "Vert Never Died." The skating of young riders Greyson Fletcher, Raven Tershy, and Ben Hatchell at the Van Doren Invitational, which was part of the US Open of Surfing, proved that vert is alive and better than ever. Fletcher, Tershy, and Hatchell were among the new generation of transition skaters who threw down in a big way at the contest. Fletcher, the son of aerial surf pioneer Christian Fletcher and the grandson of tow-in surf pioneer Herbie Fletcher, created his own piece of family history. Fletcher flew around like the bowl like he was possessed and finished in second place behind Hatchell. Tershy finished third.

With a score of 90 on his final run, Lasek rocketed up from last to first at X Games Munich.
Bucky Lasek is 40 years old. Forty friggin' years old. And he just won his third consecutive gold medal in skate vert at the X Games. That's just crazy. Lasek was sitting in last place at X Games Munich before his final run. Then he proceeded to unleash a flurry of incredible tricks, including a nollie flip Madonna. Lasek was rewarded with a score of 90 and won the gold. He has now won every vert contest at the X Games this year.

It's easy when you can do 1080s.
In the second episode Full Rotation, 13-year-old skateboarder talks about his first time dropping in on a vert ramp. Bucky Lasek challenged Schaar to do it and the first time he tried, he fell straight to his face. That didn't stop Schaar who eventually had a vert ramp built in his backyard. While Schaar is best known for being the first skater to land a 1080, he is more than a megaramp skater. Schaar is equally skilled on mini ramps, vert ramps, and pools. He can even do a 540 on one of those plastic cruiser skateboards.

Now that's metal.
As part of Metallica's Orion festival in Detroit, Vans set up a vert ramp for its skate team. The festival featured performances by James, Lars and Kurt plus the Red Hot Chili Peppers and others. Christian Hosoi and Steve Caballero were on hand for the skate demo and aside from riding the vert ramp and checking out the music, the veteran skaters also had the opportunity to take some Segways for a spin. Hosoi also showed off his skills with a slingshot and got Cab to do some push-ups.

Bucky Lasek sweeps vert skateboarding gold medals at all four Global X Games events in 2013.
Transition skating and vert skating have undergone a resurgence in recent years with lots of new blood entering the sport. That makes Bucky Lasek's accomplishment at X Games LA all the more impressive. At the age of 40, Lasek won gold in vert skateboarding. It was his fourth X Games gold medal in vert this year. Call it the four-peat, call it the grand slam, just make sure you call it amazing.

With age comes wisdom. Bucky Lasek, 40, is going to be the oldest skater competing at X Games Munich (June 27-30), but Lasek doesn't just have to pack his skateboard for the trip to Germany. He also needs to pack his car. Lasek will be competing in RallyCross and can't wait to get behind the wheel after the event was called off due to rain at X Games Barcelona.