Vert Skating

17 years after he put down skateboarding's first 900 at X Games, The Birdman is back for one more go. Call it a car commercial. Say whatever you want. But the plain and simple fact is this: You will never be as gnarly as Tony Hawk. Not now. Not at 48. Not ever.

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.

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.

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.

And it burned, burned, burned.
Each year at the Copenhagen Pro skateboard contest, the organizers set up a ring of fire for skaters to jump through. This year's Copenhagen Pro brought out Andrew Reynolds, Ishod Wair and Evan Smith to skate the ring. The Copenhagen Pro vert contest also went down, with Pier Luc Gagnon taking first place.