“My goal in five years’ time is to be standing on the podium in every event – skateboarding and racing.” – Bucky Lasek, professional skateboarder and rallycross driver
Bucky Lasek gave Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team (SPRT) fans quite a few thrills during the 2012 season. As a rookie in the series, he chipped away at the standings, gaining points, skills, and confidence with every round of the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC). Lasek takes his racing career seriously while still competing as a professional skateboarder. “I’ve dreamed of being a race car driver ever since I was a kid,” he told us.
Lasek got sidetracked from his dream by becoming one of the most successful skateboarders in history. He has won X Games medals and participates in a number of other skateboarding games and championships in vert, best trick, and bowl contests. He is busy with public appearances and is involved with a number of business enterprises. Also, he’s a character in a skateboarding video game, where many of his fans first became aware of him. (Find lists of his accomplishments.)
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1972, Lasek started skateboarding when he was 12 after his bicycle was stolen. By the early 1990s, his skills enabled him to become a professional skateboarder and earn money with appearances in video games and on TV shows. He moved to California in the mid-1990s because he considered it the mecca for skateboarders, and he believed the move would help his career. He also married Jennifer, and they soon had the first of three daughters.
A year later Lasek won his first X Games medal – a silver in Vert Doubles. “It was like a snowball of positivity from that point on,” Lasek recollected. Since then he has won no less than 15 medals at X Games in vert skateboarding.