Greg Lutzka shares his hometown, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with another notable American icon, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. Greg was initially discovered by Al Partanen and, fittingly, got his first board sponsorship from Beer City Skateboards. In 2003, Greg left Beer City for his current board sponsor, Almost. At the age of eighteen, Greg moved to Orange County, California where he resides to this day.
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing Greg skate a contest, demo or a street spot, you’re fully aware of his uncanny skills atop a skateboard. His ability to pair technical flip tricks and handrail hammers is an awe-inspiring sight. Recently, his signature lockdown 270 handrail tricks have earned him top honors at the 2008 Tampa Pro, Slaughter at the Opera and a bronze medal at the 2008 X-Games.
In July 2008, Greg collaborated with Oakley, Almost and New Era on a limited three-piece product release that included a pair of Frogskins, an old school Almost deck and a New Era fedora and fitted cap. If you haven’t already done so, check out Greg’s parts in Oakley’s “Our Lifeâ€ and Almost’s “Round 3â€. You won’t be disappointed.
Q & A
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SONGS CURRENTLY LOADED ONTO YOUR THUMP?
Jimi Hendrix, all along the watch tower
WHAT MOVE / TRICK OR YOU WORKING ON?
Back side trail crail in pools
IF YOU COULD BE SOMEONE FAMOUS, WHO WOULD YOU BE?
Elvis, the ladies loved him
ANY LAST WORDS?
I guess a survival tip I heard yesterday, Next time you are too drunk to drive. Walk to the nearest pizza shop, Place an order, and when they go to deliver it, catch a ride home!!!! Brilliant...
NUMBER OF YEARS PARTICIPATING IN YOUR SPORT
WHEN DID YOU START YOUR SPORT?
When I was 10
WHO / WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Music, travel and meeting new people inspires me also progressing on my board
TO ME, OAKLEY IS
Great products and good people
PARTY ANIMAL or MELLOW TV ON THE COUCH?
BANDS: Led Zeppelin, Doors, Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix-anything that gets me going FILMS: Fast times at ridge mount high BOOKS: Thrasher Magazine TV SHOWS: Simpson's, Dave Chappelle, Married with Children, That 70 show
YEARS AS A PROFESSIONAL
DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER SPECIAL TALENTS (MUSIC/WRITE/DRAW/PAINT)?
Draw, paint and play a little music
5 ITEMS I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT
Skateboard, Girls, I-pod, Passport, Phone