Game On: X Game Legend Bucky Lasek Talks Busch Gardens’ “Ramp Jam” and More

April 29th, 2011 by Will Armbruster


The folks at Busch Gardens have quite a show in store for their guests this weekend who plan on attending the park’s second annual “Ramp Jam.”

Featuring six time X-Game gold medalist Bucky Lasek, over a dozen world-class extreme sports athletes on skateboards, bikes and in-line skates will shred up and down “Big Red,” the largest competition ramp in the United States.  Big Red is used all over the country for some of the most extreme sporting events such as the X-Games and the Action Sports World Championships.


Lasek shows off his signature trick on Big Red: an Ollie Flip Madonna. The “Madonna,” he says, was created by skateboard legend Tony Hawk. But he adds his own unique twist to it.

The event, taking place Saturday and Sunday, will be divided into three different sessions on each day at 1pm, 3pm & 5pm. This is the first of three consecutive weekends Busch Gardens will have “Ramp Jam” on display next to the Festhaus.

This morning, Lasek, who says he a has a few new tricks he hopes to unleash this weekend, gave us a preview of what to expect when things kick off tomorrow afternoon with a gripping demonstration on the massive competition ramp.

But before hitting the half-pipe, Lasek sat down for an exclusive one-on-one interview with WY Daily to talk about everything from his favorite trick to his secret hobby:

When did you first start skaketboarding?

I started when I was 12 years old. It was sort of the new thing and caught on pretty fast

What’s your favorite trick to do on a half-pipe?

Backside Ollie 360. But it always changes. I get tired of doing the same stuff

Other than yourself, who’s your favorite extreme sport athlete?

Travis Pastrana.

You answered that pretty quickly. Why him?

Lots of reasons. I used to ride BMX bikes, and he’s the most gifted person I know. And he’s really humble, too.

Out of the 6 gold medals you’ve won at the X-Games, any in particular would you say is most


Lasek’s first skateboard was a Steve Caballero Powell Peralta.  Now he fancies Element decks with Independent trucks


Uh… probably the first one I got in ’99. It gave me that rush that I like to keep acquiring.

Have you ever been to the ‘burg before?

Yea I grew up in Baltimore so once when I was in school. It’s a really pretty town with a lot of historical value. Glad to be back.

In 2009, you built one of the world’s most unique concrete bowls in your backyard to practice. What made you choose the name, “Heaven?”

Haha. Well, ‘cause it’s my rendition of what heaven would be like. I made it the way I like it and put stuff in it that I like when I skate.

What’s something interesting about you that people may not know?

I’m actually real big into car racing. I got my professional license back in ’05 and I’m part of Rebel Rock Racing.

Is that like NASCAR?

Sort of. I’ll be racing in the 2012 ALMS (American Le Mans Series) in 2012. I’m partners with Jim Johnson who’s a record producer. He’s actually on American Idol right now.

Is it true you named your daughter (Tenzin) after the Dalai Lama?

Yea it’s the Dalai Lama’s real name actually. It’s like Mary over there. Everyone in Tibet has that name.

Obviously your name sticks out on the list of participants this weekend. But who else should we look out for?

Sandro Dias and Simon Tabron. They’re two of the few people that can land a 900 consistently.

What differentiates your sport from some of the major ones like football or basketball?

It’s a little more up close and personal I’d say. You see and talk to all the athletes up close. And when we’re done skating, no matter where it is, we always like to hang out and talk to fans.

What are you looking forward to most about this weekend?

It’s a new season for skating. Just looking forward to working on some new tricks, having fun and hanging out with all the fans

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