If you thought the Buck would stop here; you are correct! Bucky Lasek zoomed into the program with a great chat including topics of growing up in Baltimore, living on a boat, coming to California, having a bowl in his backyard, F1 racing, the complete circle of sponsors(starting with Powell and ending with Powell), Vans Combi Masters and Legends divisions, crashing his car during a Gopro course preview, the Olympics, the invention of the switch Fall Guy and much much more…
Imagine having this beast of a bowl in your backyard…
One of my all-time favorite vert photos. Photo: Fick
I looked up what the symbol for 20th anniversary was and it said: “traditional gift is china, and the modern 20-year anniversary gift is platinum.” Well for 20 years of Hightower, Im hoping all their albums go triple platinum and the band gets a world tour ending in China. Dave Fallis, Jake Palladino, Shane Medanich have all three been bros for days and their band Hightower has been ‘instrumental’ in many a SF party and beyond. Listen up kids, we’re talking Robstock, the 1040 house where it all began, bbq’s and skating on the road, from touring with S.T.R.E.E.T.S. to opening for Bad Brains, phone calls from Halsey, Magnethead, Weibust, and Sean John… there’s a lot going into this one, but I’ll let you decide what the highlights are. Listen up and when you’re done, head over to Bandcamp and get some of if not all their tunes. This is HIGHTOWER!!!
Chillin’ at Delores Park…
SPB Convention with Kool Keith…
Looks like Toad’s about to ‘SEND IT!’
Opening for Bad Brains…. CHECK!
The Hemlock… CHECK!
San Jose with Dirty and the Donuts?!?!? CHECK!!!
Kicked off stage at the SF Weekly awards after winning the award? CHECK!!!
Acoustic at Bass Lake… CHECK That one off the list too…
Holdin’ it down at an Air BnB in Seattle…. FUCKIN CHECK!!!!
Thee Parkside with a J-Dog appearance??? CHECK!!!! Duh
Bros will always be the days!!!
HIGHTOWER TUNES AT BANDCAMP: https://hightower.bandcamp.com/
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Down undah with Yeah Sheezy? Good on ya mate! Listen as we discuss early surf vibes in Australia, discovering skateboarding, first time to the United States, meeting her idols, Krux commercial, Van Doren Invitational contests, thoughts on the olympics, having a kick-ass lady friend, playing music, skating against Regina George in the X-Games finals, and much much more. We had a great time on this one, hope you learn a thing or two—peace.
Growing up in Latvia, coming to America for the first time (without Arsenio), riding for Element and going pro, winning European Skater of the Year twice, linking up with Red Bull, creating a YouTube series, going on King of the Road, travelling with Wes Kremer and the DC squad and much more. If you think nothing else Madars, you are right.
From the early days in Costa Mesa, to skating for Sonic and living in San Jose, moving over to Dogtown, working at Big Brother and going to Disneyland with Slayer, getting recognized in Japan for being in the Jackass TV show, working with snakes and parachutes and all the hijinx from the Jackass movies, buying a van to live in, sky diving with Matt Hoffman, meeting Pony Boy of the Outsiders at Danny Boy’s, a first impression from Andy Roy and much more. Wee Man has lived an incredible life and is always down for skateboarding and the good times.
I first met Alana at the training compound down in Mesa, AZ several years back. I remember filming her do a perfect tre-flip which went nuts on the Thrasher instagram. Since then I’ve got to get to know her better from seeing her at most of the contests and when I’m down in Arizona. She’s a member of the very small group of girls that have landed a 540 on vert, she’s skated the mega, also got the Silver medal in her first XGames at the age of 12, and won the Combi Classic in 2015. Been hoping to get our schedules in line for a while and I’m stoked it all worked out. Hope you all enjoy this one, Alana is a ruler!
Skating Del Mar with the legends, inventing the sidewinder, living on a boat, filming with Ternansky for the H-Street video, living in a house where Sal Barbier is the oldest most responsible dude in there, early days of the Muska in San Diego, being sponsored by a bong company, Big Wednesday’s with Danny Way, the origin story of the nickname “Cookiehead”, and much much more. Ladies and gentlemen, THIS is Cookie Head!
Joey has been the lead singer for the legendary punk band D.O.A. for over 40 years and is currently the city concillor in Burnaby, BC Canada. We sprinkle a little politics in but mostly we discuss early life in Canada, starting a band, playing one their first show in SF and meeting Jello Biafra, and more. We also listen to some of his favorite songs from the band with little stories about each one and we end the conversation with a discussion on our thoughts about the greatest American punk band of all-time.
Joey’s working on a documentary entitled “Something Better Change” that will be coming out in 2023—if you’d like to help fund it go to their kickstarter page.
Zoom into Ramona and catch up with Archer Braun. We talk moving West to California, meeting Hewitt and Navs, getting a college degree, color spectrums, tossing his first 540 on vert, working at a skateshop, living at the Ramona vert ramp, filming his Skeleton Key part and much more…
Year 3 kicks off with one of my best bro’s, Senor Alex “Cranny” Horn. Kickin’ it in Mexico via zoom, we discuss the early days living in San Diego, meeting the Hesh crew, getting hooked up by Black Label, Vox and later Creature, stories about the Big Dog, 2015 reminiscing of mayonaise, a huge ‘show and tell’ segment, and much more… We even have to legendary cameos including one former Skater of the Year. Bottom line is, we are BACK!
Cranny con pelo!
Photo THE KNUCK
Real friends have the same middle name and have met their bro’s grandpa. Cranpa is nailing it in the triple figure club(!00 years runnning)