Bucky Lasek returns home for Dew Tour
August, 16, 2012
By Lynn Hoppes | ESPN.com
Mark Kolbe/Getty ImagesBucky Lasek returns to his hometown this weekend to compete in the Dew Tour.It's going to be a big homecoming for skateboarding legend Bucky Lasek as he returns to Ocean City, Md., this weekend for the Dew Tour.
"It will be bizarre because I haven't seen some of my cousins for a long time," said Lasek, 39, who grew up in nearby Baltimore and now lives in San Diego. "I don't see them as grown me. I see them as 5-year-olds. When I see them, that will make me feel so old."
The Dew Tour features the biggest names in skateboarding and BMX, setting up on the beach for four days of action. You can see the site on the city's webcam here. Pierre-Luc Gagnon and Jamie Bestwick are among the others competing this weekend.
Even though he's been skating for more than 20 years, Lasek isn't close to retiring. He won the vert skateboarding championship in 2005, 2006 and 2009, and said he'll do it for a few more years.
"Skateboarding is a way for me to vent and test my wits, and still drives me. I need something like that," Lasek said. "As long as I can, I will. I'll be doing it until I can't get back up."
And he'll have a big test in front of his family -- about 40 strong -- this weekend.
"Having them there doesn't put pressure on me," he said. "It's kind of a support group. Win or lose, we'll have a good time."