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By Rachael Pacella, For The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2013
Baltimore native Bucky Lasek took first place in the Dew Tour's skateboard vert competition, handily winning Saturday afternoon in Ocean City as the extreme sports event took center stage on Maryland's shore.   Lasek, who also took first in the skate bowl semi-final on Friday, with last year's winner Pedro Barros right behind him, said yesterday that he planned to focus on the vert before getting to work on the skate bowl finals, which take place Sunday. “I gotta concentrate on vert, where Pedro can come over here and concentrate on bowl all day [Saturday]
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By Jessica E. Evans, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
There was sunshine and good times over the weekend as an estimated 250,000 visitors swarmed Ocean City, with nearly half in town to attend the 2014 Dew Tour Beach Championships. This is the fourth consecutive year the city has hosted the extreme sports event and organizers said more than 100,000 turned out to watch the athletes take on challenging courses on the beach. "It was a wonderful event," said Jessica Waters, Ocean City communications manager. "We are really pleased with the outcome and the weather couldn't have been better.
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By Mike Kettelberger and For The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2013
Dundalk native Bucky Lasek won his third gold medal of the year in skateboard vert at X-Games Munich on Thursday, continuing what has been one of the best seasons of the skater's career. Lasek did not complete a full run during his first three attempts, leaving the crowd in suspense and forcing him to pull a spectacular run on his fourth and final attempt, which gave him the win. “I could have easily [played it safe and] done a run I've done before,” Lasek said during his post-run interview.
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By Cody Goodwin and The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
The X Games are set to kick off Thursday in Austin, Texas, the 20th year of the summer action-sports event. Of all the athletes who will be competing through Sunday, two hail from the Baltimore area: Bucky Lasek (Dundalk) and Travis Pastrana (Annapolis). The Baltimore Sun recently caught up by phone with the 41-year-old Lasek, who will be competing in his 21st X Games (a total that includes trips to international X Games competitions in Europe and South America). Lasek will compete in the men's skateboard vert and rallycross events.
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By Cody Goodwin and The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
The X Games are set to kick off Thursday in Austin, Texas, the 20th year of the summer action-sports event. Of all the athletes who will be competing through Sunday, two hail from the Baltimore area: Bucky Lasek (Dundalk) and Travis Pastrana (Annapolis). The Baltimore Sun recently caught up by phone with the 41-year-old Lasek, who will be competing in his 21st X Games (a total that includes trips to international X Games competitions in Europe and South America). Lasek will compete in the men's skateboard vert and rallycross events.
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By James Giza and James Giza,SUN STAFF | July 17, 2000
Brian Robinson throws his skateboard over the four-foot-high metal fence behind his Bero Street house in Lansdowne. His hands now free, the 10-year-old, clad in a sleeveless, black T-shirt with the likeness of pro wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin on the front, jean shorts and black sandals, climbs over the fence and lands softly in the grass on the other side. Brian, like most of the 16 other boys at the Lansdowne skate park, knows about Bucky Lasek, the best skateboarder to come out of Baltimore -- and one of the best in the world.
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By Patrick Gutierrez and Patrick Gutierrez,Sun reporter | June 21, 2008
When it comes to consistently producing action sports stars, few places can match Camp Woodward. The academy, just outside State College, Pa., continues to make its presence felt with its army of camp-sponsored athletes poised to again challenge for Dew Cup success this year. In the BMX Vert competition, part of the AST Dew Tour's Panasonic Open at the Camden Yard Sports Complex, five of the 10 finalists -- including winner and three-time Cup champion Jamie Bestwick -- have ridden at Woodward.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2011
It's Dew time in OC and the town is kicking it off with some pre-tour festivities, starting with tomorrow's Commotion Down The Ocean at the Ocean Bowl Skate Park. The free event will feature amateur skateboard competitions plus an opportunity to gawk at some of the extreme sports celebrities in town for the Dew Tour aka Pantech Open. Appearances by athletes Bucky Lasek (of Dundalk), Andy Macdonald, Pierre Luc Gagnon, Adama Taylor, Elliot Sloan and other Dew Tour pros.
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By Stefen Lovelace and Patrick Gutierrez and Stefen Lovelace and Patrick Gutierrez,Sun reporters | June 22, 2008
Baltimore native Bucky Lasek delighted the hometown crowd, winning the Skateboard Vert event last night. Lasek's second run was strong, earning him a score of 93.75. Lasek, a two-time Dew Cup winner, was largely responsible for getting the Dew Tour to come to Baltimore. In last year's Panasonic Open, he took third while skating with an injured knee. Winning in front of his hometown fans was Lasek's dream. "This is huge redemption," he said. "It means a lot to me to come to my hometown and to put it down the way I did and to represent Baltimore the way it deserves to be represented.
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By Jessica E. Evans, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
There was sunshine and good times over the weekend as an estimated 250,000 visitors swarmed Ocean City, with nearly half in town to attend the 2014 Dew Tour Beach Championships. This is the fourth consecutive year the city has hosted the extreme sports event and organizers said more than 100,000 turned out to watch the athletes take on challenging courses on the beach. "It was a wonderful event," said Jessica Waters, Ocean City communications manager. "We are really pleased with the outcome and the weather couldn't have been better.
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By Mike Kettelberger and For The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2013
Dundalk native Bucky Lasek won his third gold medal of the year in skateboard vert at X-Games Munich on Thursday, continuing what has been one of the best seasons of the skater's career. Lasek did not complete a full run during his first three attempts, leaving the crowd in suspense and forcing him to pull a spectacular run on his fourth and final attempt, which gave him the win. “I could have easily [played it safe and] done a run I've done before,” Lasek said during his post-run interview.
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By Rachael Pacella, For The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2013
Baltimore native Bucky Lasek took first place in the Dew Tour's skateboard vert competition, handily winning Saturday afternoon in Ocean City as the extreme sports event took center stage on Maryland's shore.   Lasek, who also took first in the skate bowl semi-final on Friday, with last year's winner Pedro Barros right behind him, said yesterday that he planned to focus on the vert before getting to work on the skate bowl finals, which take place Sunday. “I gotta concentrate on vert, where Pedro can come over here and concentrate on bowl all day [Saturday]
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By Seth Boster, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2013
When skateboarder Tom Schaar first stared down the great tongue of a vert ramp, he lurched forward and sent his tiny body tumbling down. "He was 6," recalled Schaar's mother, Regan, chuckling over the phone from Ocean City , where her 13-year-old son will compete in this weekend's Dew Tour. That day, seven years ago, Baltimore native Bucky Lasek was in Orange County, Calif., overseeing his skateboarding camp. Schaar was one of the participants who had to show the ability to roll down the ramp before joining the camp - a practice typically done on a board.
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By Rachael Pacella, For The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2013
The Dew Tour is coming to Ocean City two months earlier than last year in hopes of catching bigger waves, and the town will be packed with extreme-sports fans paying homage to this shrine to surfing, skateboarding and BMX. The five-day competition next weekend gives visitors a chance to see some of the most difficult tricks performed by the top professionals. It's all about their incredible balance, coordination and refusal to obey gravity. And about bringing throngs of fans to the shops and eateries at the beach: The 2012 event drew 90,000 visitors and organizers are hoping to top that number this year.
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Sports Digest | August 20, 2012
Dew Tour Lasek takes second in shortened Skate Bowl Pedro Barros defended his championship in the rain-shortened Skate Bowl at the Dew Tour Pantech Beach Championships in Ocean City on Sunday, holding off Baltimore native Bucky Lasek . In the first-ever Mega 2.0 event, 12-year-old Tom Schaar threw down a front-side 180 melon over the gap and spun a 1080 out of the quarter-pipe to win with a score of 89.00. Second place was earned by New York native Elliot Sloan with a score of 87.00 by throwing a tail grab combo first with a 720 over the gap then with another in a 540 on the quarter pipe.
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By Brooks Welsh, Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2012
Dark clouds and a bit of rain was not enough to stop fans from packing the stands for the fourth and final day of the Pantech Beach Championships in Ocean City, but it was enough to delay the skate bowl final twice due to the rain-slicked surface of the bowl. The skate bowl final was delayed the first time after the first heat. Bucky Lasek took command in the first heat by throwing huge 540s and Mctwists to the delight of the packed stands. Zero Skateboards rider Ben Hatchell of Manassas, Va., was nipping at Lasek's heels using a more technical array of grind tricks.
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By Rachael Pacella, Special to The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2012
The Dew Tour has announced the list of confirmed competitors for August's Pantech Beach Championships, just 15 days away. The list has some major names, unfortunately one is missing: Shaun White won't be competing this year due to a knee surgery, but still plans to be in O.C. to show his support for fellow athletes. White, 25, was recently seen at the Summer Games in London, where he was pitching for skateboarding to become an Olympic sport. "I've heard talk about 2016 in Brazil maybe getting skateboarding, for me that would be like the ultimate to compete Winter and Summer," White, an Olympic medalist for snowboarding, told Reuters.
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By Brooks Welsh, Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2012
Dark clouds and a bit of rain was not enough to stop fans from packing the stands for the fourth and final day of the Pantech Beach Championships in Ocean City, but it was enough to delay the skate bowl final twice due to the rain-slicked surface of the bowl. The skate bowl final was delayed the first time after the first heat. Bucky Lasek took command in the first heat by throwing huge 540s and Mctwists to the delight of the packed stands. Zero Skateboards rider Ben Hatchell of Manassas, Va., was nipping at Lasek's heels using a more technical array of grind tricks.
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Sports Digest | August 19, 2012
Swimming Phelps' agent says photos didn't break IOC rules Could Michael Phelps ' 2012 Olympic medal haul of four golds and two silvers be in jeopardy because of his recent photo shoot with the French fashion house Louis Vuitton? Pictures of the retired Baltimore swimmer taken by Annie Leibovitz were leaked on the Internet late last week, apparently violating the International Olympic Committee's Rule 40, which says athletes can't promote non-Olympic sponsors from July 18 to Aug. 15. Punishments range from fines to the stripping of medals.
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By Rachael Pacella, Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2012
Half-way through the Dew Tour's Pantech Beach Championships in Ocean City, all eyes were on the skateboarding events Saturday afternoon. Thousands of fans were on the beach at Dorchester Street as defending champion Pierre Luc-Gagnon won the skate vert finals, with Baltimore native Bucky Lasek taking second place, followed by Sandro Dias in third. Lasek was leading going into the finals, but he fell on his last run. "I never got around to doing the round I wanted to because I kept falling toward the end of my run," Lasek said, adding that he loves bringing something new to the competition, like the boneless to invert maneuver that he pulled off after inventing it just last week.
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