Marco Lambertucci / Pro-model for Blind Skateboards.
Marco Lambertucci is one of the most motivated and determined skateboarders I have ever met. He has dedicated his life to skateboarding, pushing beyond his limits. Now he’s over 30 years old, has a son, and finds himself facing all the responsibilities that growing up involves. Nonetheless, this has not changed his desire to skate.
Good news for our friend Marco: released today its first pro-model board for Blind Skateboards Brotherhood Series Program.
Full interview on abg issue / 16.
Fs smith grind.
You have traveled a great deal to skate, you’ve been on so many tours and seen so many places. If you had to choose, what is the most exciting experience you had?
All the tours I’ve been on were awesome actually, I always have fun and the important thing to me is that I get to skate with motivated teammates, going around, making the best of available time filming and getting photos, meeting new people, seeing new places and finding virgin spots to skate. A fantastic tour was the time we went to China with Blind Europe, we’d wake up early every day to have breakfast, and then spend all day skating with Philipp Schuster, Andy Welter, Raphael Brunis, Chris Oliver, Leo Sharp,.. now that was a tour! Even all the Texture Tours with Nike were cool and fun to be on. That was a nice project.
Skateboarding has always been a constant in your life. After all these years, what do you think skateboarding has taught you?
For me skateboarding is a way of living, like soccer for a soccer player. I always give 100% and I’m sure my passion will be there even when I’m an old man on a cane! Those who have never really lived skateboarding cannot understand this.
I know that hip-hop is your music of choice. Do you listen to other types of music as well? Can you tell me 3 songs/bands you’re listening to lately?
Lately my I-pod has been pumping Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne, Slim Toug, French Montana. When I skate I listen to other more classic bands like The Doors, Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Outcast, Venditti, Mina, Built to Spill…
Who is your favorite skateboarder?
A skateboarder that has always inspired me is Tom Penny; he’s too steezy. Others that cross my mind are Andrew Reynolds with his fs kickflips down everything, Danny Way, Colin McKay, PLG, Giorgio Zatt, Bob Burnquist, Ron Creager, Rodrigo TX, Salabanzi, when you see him skate he infects you with his energy. New generations, I’d say P-Rod, Luan Oliveira, Chaz Ortiz, he’s really killing it… there’s just too many.
You are 30 years old and have a son, how has your approach to skateboarding changed in face of these “new responsibilities”?
All that’s changed is that I have to organize everything in function of work and the baby’s needs, but everything else hasn’t changed. I’m convinced that having a baby is wonderful even though all the effort required to make him grow makes it difficult. The money I make from my career as a pro skateboarder is not enough to pay all the bills, so I’m forced to have a real job besides being a dad and skating!
I’ve never seen you back down in front of huge spots. What keeps motivating you to jump down big gaps?
I love skating gaps; when I land a trick over a gap and the photo is cool I’m happy, satisfied, and more motivated to skate big things than film lines. I still don’t feel the passing of time, I’m in great physical shape and want to keep skating to the max. If I could, I would still be around all the time, skating, filming, and doing demos, but when you grow up and have to take care of your family instead of thinking about getting boards and clothing, you have to work. I’d do anything to be able to take care of my family by just skateboarding.
Nollie fs heel flip.
Do you ever think about the fact that maybe one day you’ll need to slow down in the way you skate? How do you see yourself in 5 years?
I don’t know, I never think about it. In five years maybe I won’t be doing huge gaps, but I surely won’t stop skating.
How has the perception of your sponsors changed over the years? What was it like before, and what is it like today with all the experience you’ve gained at an international level?
No comment! The only possibility to survive may be to move to California, but even there with such high living costs, sponsors let you starve.. I’ve always been lucky to get product from my sponsors and hope to keep getting it for a long time. If I didn’t have this responsibility of having a baby I’d always be around doing what I do best, skateboarding.
Do you think it is possible to live solely off of skateboarding or is it a dream? You have been trying to live from skateboarding, what’s it really like hustlin’ every day?
It’s cool for sponsors to pay you I guess… What does it entail? Those months you do receive money it goes well, but the months where you don’t it makes it really hard. It all depends on your needs and you lifestyle.Going on tour and not being paid is not the best thing in life, there has to be some balance with your sponsors, there has to be mutual respect, but nowadays it’s damn hard!
What’s your dream nowadays?
Spending time with my family, meeting all of my son’s needs, and as usual traveling the world with my skateboard.