October 1, 2013
A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Tuesday for the first phase of a skateboarding park in Hampden. The $180,000 "skatepark," as it is called, will be built within Roosevelt Park on West 36th Street near Falls Road, starting with a 5,000-square-foot concrete bowl for skateboarders, to be constructed by Artisan Skateparks. The skatepark is funded with $90,000 each from the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks and The Skatepark of Baltimore, Inc., a non-profit group that has been working on the project since 2006, according to board president Stephanie Murdock.
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.
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]
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.
February 14, 2013
You've probably run across a video of Tillman sometime in the last year or two -- he holds the Guinness World Record for fastest 100 meters on a skateboard by a dog (yes, it's a real category, and no, your dog shouldn't try it), and more than 25 million people have viewed his skating antics on YouTube. Friday, Tillman takes over Baltimore and Annapolis on national television. Tillman is an English bulldog who's been all over You Tube and video clip shows for a few years, along with his skateboard, snowboard, surfboard and human, Ron Davis.
January 19, 2012
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been blitzed with criticism in the past year, starting with NFL linebackers LaMarr Woodley and Dhani Jones during the lockout and eventually, after a 12-4 season and another win in the playoffs, he was criticized by his teammate, safety Ed Reed, sparking a minor media firestorm this week. Things have gotten so ridiculous that even a neighbor has called out Flacco for hopping aboard a skateboard. While making an appearance on “NFL Total Access,” Flacco revealed that during the team's playoff bye week, he decided to see if he could stand upright on a skateboard without falling.