We always sweated the Portland scene and the cult-classic Blueprint was a major influence to my riding and countless others. One section that was always somewhat clouded in mystery was Lou Rajsich’s (although later, Lou moved down to SD and I got to know him some). It was progressive, confusing, awesome, and odd. I remember making fun of it at points and being completely amazed at others. With wardrobe changes from Dave Young-esque to Mexican-cholo to a vampire doing a toothpick down the ledge, you could see that Lou was still figuring out what he was into. But damn, he was forward-thinking: opposite ices, manual to crooks down rails, opposite backwards rails, and the first attempt to hard 180 down a rail, too. I suppose I should mention the banger/legendary gap that broke both his wrists…just hearing the story of how he had to get off the building was agonizing. This section definitely pushed the game forward…

Anyone know what Lou is up to now? I heard he was a well-off piano player…

Check out SnakebiteBMX’s write up on the section for a bit more info (Psst, Shad, it’s a hard 180 to rail, not 270).