1. Mark Suciu – “Cross Continental”

Mark Suciu seemed to lurk around every corner in 2012, roaming the map and riddling spots with very hard tricks before resurfacing every few weeks with yet another video clip, earning him favorable comparisons to Gucci Mane in his prime. In recent months Suciu has ripped downtown San Jose, Spain, the southern U.S., Philadelphia and most recently New York, finding a new way over the courthouse cliff en route to an Adidas paycheck. And this all came after setting off 2012 with a skateshop part that digs deep into a trove of well-worn spots to unearth some bar-lifting lines and certain yet-to-be-dones. Views can and will differ as to the tastefulness of frontside reverts out of backside noseblunts or frontside crooks, but Suciu proponents were handed piles of ammunition this year in favor of a rare talent that gets over without slavish retreads of coast-specific tricks on coast-specific spots, hands-off editing and (aside from a little wavy animation) no punchlines and no gimmicks when it comes to execution. Mark Suciu in the “Cross Continental” part shakes out a seemingly bottomless bag of tricks, including the little-seen switch frontside smith grind and an immaculate hardflip, and rolls below nighttime lights of skate capitals on both coasts as he composes a love letter to turn-of-the-century urban classics like “Photosynthesis” and “Ryde or Die Vol. 2” and possibly the first “EST.” It is rare that he passes up the chance to add a flip trick up a curb or a 180-out at the bottom of a bank, and he packs multiple variations on 360 flips and 360s into the same line, but it still doesn’t come off all egregious. I for sure watched this part more than any other one this year and maybe more than any other part in the last couple years, up there with Dylan Reider and Jake Donnelly.

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5 Responses to “1. Mark Suciu – “Cross Continental””

  1. Anonymous Says:

    This further ads to my suspicion that BTO is in fact Mark Suciu

    • george Says:

      Ha, agree. The omission of either Gillette part or Busenitz’s pushing SF part is glaring. Gilbert too. Feeling Suciu’s Zabars shirt though.

  2. John Says:

    Great choice; that part was tits and it prompted some fun discussion on this here board too, which I guess is a bonus. Provocation never dimmed any lights in your living room, seems like.

  3. REID Says:

    George makes a great point.Fabian over Gillette,Crockett, or Busentiz? Complete anomaly.

  4. t.a. Says:

    While I admire Suciu’s skills, I have a hard time sitting through his parts. There’s just something boring about it.

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