December 13, 2021/ / VIDEOS/ Comments: 17

Everyone loves to say contests and awards don’t carry any weight in skateboarding, but every year, skaters seem to give a lot of weight to Thrasher’s Skater of the Year award. “SOTY Season” gives us a lot to debate about, like whether someone shotgunned enough beers in their b-roll clips, if their handrails had enough kinks in them, or if they even released enough footage to “really deserve it.” It all seems silly and trivial, but that’s the nature of this thing of ours that we all love to overthink.

Now that the dust has settled, and all the congratulations and angry rants have been sent off into the void, I hope we can all agree there’s no denying Mark Suciu deserves his win. We’ve spent the year watching as he released a full-length’s worth of footage featuring marathon lines, multi-stair bangers, and a silly amount of handrail tricks.

Our friend James Thomson spent a couple of days with Mark filming this 16mm edit for our “Ground Glass” series – Don’t think of this as yet another part of his “SOTY run,” but rather as a victory lap, and a showing of our appreciation for one of the best skaters of our generation.

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  1. Anonymous

    December 13, 2021 7:55 pm

    What a lovely coda to a brilliant year for Suciu. More importantly where have we heard that second song besides the movie Lost in Translation?

  2. Miguel Useche

    December 14, 2021 9:50 am

    I loved this part. Honestly is one of the most beatufil video parts I’ve seen. Good job!

  3. Cole

    December 14, 2021 1:52 pm

    It’s such a bummer that other professional skateboarders are coming out and saying Mark doesn’t deserve it. Absolutely no class at all.

    • Gary Glitter

      December 14, 2021 2:55 pm

      Yes, we need to get to the bottom of this Kevin Bradley, tyshawn beef. Saying he wants to brukk mans up lol

      Most interesting topic in skating right now!

    • Samantha LaRusso

      December 14, 2021 4:51 pm

      Who says that? Whoever they are, they’ve lost their pro status. Nobody’s deserved SOTY this much since Grant Taylor won it a decade ago!

      • Nigel

        December 14, 2021 10:05 pm

        Kevin Bradley and Tyshawn Jones say that.

      • Corrector

        December 15, 2021 3:20 pm

        It’s Kevin Bradley & Nakel Smith who are saying shit about Mark. NOT Tyshawn Jones.

      • Tommy HealFlipper

        December 16, 2021 3:13 am

        The Nakel Smith character with his stanky kickflip to 50/50 grind to picking up pennies on the ground in that new Strobeck vid hating on a tru-master like Suciu 👌 FOH NEXT!

  4. Johnny Sellers

    December 14, 2021 9:10 pm

    I really hope Mark is the first person in SOTY history to win it two years in a row. He’s seriously has every trick, not to mention all the new shit he’s brought to skateboarding. The hardest working skater. Congrats.

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