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I’m totally fascinated with Suciu’s career.
He’s phenomenal, right?
By this point, all of the people who don’t care for Street League are pretty much in agreement that Mark Suciu is a part of a movement that is saving skateboarding. Right?
This dude has been put on such a high pedestal.
"He’s the next Pappalardo" and "He’s like the Gonz, back in the day."
This guy is a living legend at 21, and I feel like he was chosen at random.
Part of me believes that skateboarding was subconsciously begging for a guy who would put ollies into his part, and would let sketchy landings be in his interviews. And Suciu had the right sponsors (a ‘core’ brand mixed with a well off company), the right location (east coast, where people still get hyped on no complys), and the right amount of drive to assume the position (Seems like the dude is always be collecting footage.)
Because some of his stuff looks like a small city shop video.
Guys rolling around the areas they know well. None of them pro, but all super good and creative.
And you could argue that it’s the amount of footage that he puts into each part that makes him this unique guy. Like, being able to see that the dude who puts 2 ollies in a line also throw a switch bs flip over a hefty double-set and noseblunt through a kink is a unique character in skateboarding these days.
I buy 1/2 of that.
I can’t imagine that there aren’t other skateboarders that we know and love who couldn’t put out these enjoyable/relatable (to a certain extent) parts that people get psyched on Suciu for.
Marc Johnson posted a video on IG this week of a “throwaway” manny trick he dialed down in a warehouse somewhere.
Half cab nose manny laser flip (or something ridiculous like that.)
It was flawless, and complicated, and it made my eyes widen.
But he mentioned that companies would never put that trick in a video.
He would be asked to do it on something bigger, or add a flip-in factor or something blah blah blah.
This leads me to think that MJ probably has footage that would look like a Suciu part. And I bet people would be psyched.
But he’s not Suciu. He’s not “The next Pappalardo.”
He’s Marc Johnson, and the way skateboarding sees him has to be different from the way skateboarding sees Mark Suciu.
Because they have to have distinguishing features in order to be marketable.
Suciu is incredible. He’s so good.
But his entire XGames Real Street part was filmed in one line, on one location, and half of those tricks are things he could probably do blindfolded.
Nike would never let Paul Rodriguez put out that part.
And even though it would be a much more relaxed conversation than Nike and PRod, I would bet that if Busenitz filmed that clip, Deluxe would at least ask him to do it faster.
Suciu is who he is, and I’m psyched on it.
I’m not really complaing,
I just think these ideas are interesting to think about.