As Bucky Lasek stepped up to the podium to accept his second place trophy in the Vert Finals, the crowd went nuts, giving Lasek the love he deserved – maybe more so than the other nine participants. But it was for good reason.
Lasek grew up in Baltimore, which is a little over a 100 miles from the Ocean City boardwalk he’s been soaring over all weekend. In fact, Lasek used to spend plenty of time here – when he was checking out the local skateparks – to just relax and unwind. This weekend is different though, it’s all business for the 39-year-old Lasek now.
“This is amazing; this is by far the best venue. On the beach, in relatively close perimeters to my hometown. This is where I used to come to vacate [Ocean City, Maryland] and this is where I came to compete at the age of 12 or 13,” Lasek said after the Vert Finals.
But the Vert Finals didn’t go quite as well as the six-time X-Games gold medalist hoped it would.
Lasek finished in second behind Pierre-Luc Gagnon with a final score of 85.75 but knows that there was plenty more he could have done to win the event – an event he has won four times in the past.
“I didn’t really get a chance to really do the run I wanted to do because I kept falling at the end of my runs and it was frustrating,” he added.
It almost appeared as though the added distractions of being home threw him off his game. On the first heat he managed to nail a few crowd-pleasers but he quickly went down, much to his dismay. The next two heats wouldn’t end the way he planned and there were even a few tricks he didn’t get the chance to breakout.
“I wanted to frontside-bluntside over the bridge and I never got the opportunity to do it because I never got in the comfort zone to where I had one run to rely on,” he said.
In the end, he might not have won the event he has mastered over the years but Lasek seemed just excited to be partaking in all of this weekend’s festivities. There was no doubt that he looked like a little kid throughout much of the day, especially when he received his trophy and had a postgame interview for NBC Sports.
Lasek’s weekend isn’t over yet though, as he still has one more chance to take home a Dew Tour title tomorrow when he will compete with the likes of Bob Burnquist, Andy MacDonald and Josh Rodriguez in the Skate Bowl Finals.
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