Meijer State Games of Michigan: Grand Rapids Urban Downhill Skateboarding Review

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Events, Mike Stories, News | 0 comments

Bustin Boards hosted the 2nd annual State Games of Michigan – Grand Rapids Urban Downhill Skateboarding event Saturday June 27, 2015 in the central downtown district of Grand Rapids, Michigan – in partnership with Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.  State Games of Michigan staff assisted in obtaining permits and event logistics to close three of the best hills Downtown Grand Rapids, then added Downhill Skateboarding as the 40th event of the Michigan State Games last year.  The urban course is 1 half-mile city-blocks on a 7% grade track that starts at the crest of Lyon Hill, drops to an off-camber fast corrugated concrete 90-degree left onto Ransom Avenue then another 90-degree right onto Fountain St. crash corner.  GRDH offered skaters 2 hours of freeride & 2 hours of  we ran heats of 4 – ladies, grom & open classes.

25 sponsorships and 110 registrations closed the $14,000 price tag to host an urban downhill in GR.  The logistics of hosting an urban event became very real to me in 2013 while planning State Games of Michigan 2014.  Except, I was trying to host an urban Push event in Grand Rapids, because the hills are mellow and quick, uphill pushes max at a 1/4 mile and the Midwest appreciates push events – I like push events.

We created 2 courses for the 2013 presentation to the State Games & City of Grand Rapids, a PUSH course and DH track.  The DH race was a smash hit for the presentation, the push was appreciated & considered but logistically not affordable.  The cost of hosting an urban push event, closing streets, hiring officers, paying for meter hoods and barricades – shit’s not cheap.  So we decided to only add DH to the State Games roster in 2014.  I tried again in 2015 but the costs were scary, and we decided to throw an old-skool underground distance push – like the old days. Advertised the event casually thru Facebook, Chicago’s finest Joe Mazzone showed up, I showed up – we placed 1 & 2 in an 11.2mi Distance Push, respectively.

We closed registration for GRDH at 110 skaters 2 years in a row for the DH.  That’s pretty consistent for a Midwest event.  The crowd attendance more than doubled from last year.  The demand is HOT for more downhill skateboarding in Grand Rapids and the City is on board.  We’re now working with the city to design and build a gravity park, skateboard-supercross track & skate plaza Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Future is NOW.

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FOR ALL WHO PUSH – Team Bustin Midwest Longboard Tour

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Events, Mike Stories, News, Shop of the Week | 0 comments

For All Who Push Tour Part 1

Team Bustin is touring the MIDWEST for the next couple weeks.  Stay tuned to Bustin Facebook and Instagram for crucial updates!

 

Tour Dates & Facebook event pages:

Sun and Snow Sports – https://www.facebook.com/events/1680085318877511/

Action Board Shop – https://www.facebook.com/events/674251999343760/

Electric Forest – https://www.facebook.com/events/703899126373216/

Buffalo Bob’s – https://www.facebook.com/events/971785539520001/

Wet Mitten – https://www.facebook.com/events/1585258008408262/

Tommy’s – https://www.facebook.com/events/1451839191777638/

Wind Waves & Wheels – https://www.facebook.com/events/1607744572822853/

State Games of Michigan – Grand Rapids Urban DH – https://www.facebook.com/events/1671156116439172/

Escape From Grand Rapids Distance Push – TBA

Third Coast – https://www.facebook.com/events/400243103501862/

 

STAY TUNED FOR MORE EVENTS!!!

Bustin Boards on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bustinnyc?fref=ts

#TEAMBUSTIN  #FORALLWHOPUSH

 

 

 

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Tommy’s Grand Rapids Grand Opening – Friday June 26 NOON-7PM

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Mike Stories, News, Shop of the Week | 0 comments

Tommy's Grand Opening

Tommy’s Grand Opening on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/events/1451839191777638/

Tommy’s Michigan is proud to announce their new location in Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan!  Tommy’s has a new location opening along US-131 in Comstock Park just north of GR.  The Grand Opening is Friday June 26, NOON-7PM.  Bustin will have the team van full of pro skaters doing a team demo – you won’t want to miss!  See you Friday!

Tommy’s 

4022 West River Dr NE

Comstock Park, MI 49331

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Custom Board of the Day – Ibach Blackout

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Board Of The Day | 1 comment

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Designed and ordered at BustinBoards.com/custom by Colby from Kansas.

Vote 1-10 for our ‪#‎boardoftheday‬ for a chance to win your own. Rank this board on a scale of 1-10 in the comments and receive one entry into our Monthly Custom Board Giveaway. Follow us and vote daily on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Google+ pages for the most chances to win! We’ll announce the winner on the 1st of each month.

Not sure which board to choose? Our new Board Specs Videos can help –http://www.bustinboards.com/video-specs/

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Max Ballesteros at Maryhill Festival of Speed

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in News | 0 comments

With the 2015 Maryhill Festival of Speed just around the corner, we’re stoked to release a little raw run from Max Ballesteros on the course. Max took home 3rd Place at the 2014 event and is in game shape for this year’s race. Good luck Max!

If you can’t make it to the event, you can live vicariously through Max and company here! Enjoy

Max taking 3rd Place at the 2014 Maryhill Festival of Speed

Max taking 3rd Place at the 2014 Maryhill Festival of Speed.  Photo: William Royce

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Go Skateboarding Day

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Events, News, NYC Street Report | 0 comments

Steve Rodriguez has posted the official schedule for this year’s Go Skateboarding Day in NYC presented by Nike SB.

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Click on photo to enlarge  for details on each boro

This Sunday! NikeSB presents Go Skateboarding Day NYC 2015. There will be 3 simultaneous events from 11am to 1pm at Astoria skatepark, Queen. River Avenue skatepark, Bronx. LES skatepark, Manhattan. Then at 2pm everyone meet at LES. Then at 3:30 skate over the bridge with the @nikesb crew to Williamsburg’s newest skatepark at 50 Kent street (opening at 4pm) Best trick contests, giveaways, NikeSB demo. FOR MORE DETAILS AND TIPS ON FAST PASS DOWNLOAD THE NIKE SB APP. – Steve Rodriguez

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GRDH – State Games of Michigan Urban Downhill Skateboarding

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Events, Mike Stories, News | 0 comments

GRDH 2015 Final

Bustin Boards & Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc Present GRDH – State Games of Michigan Urban Downhill Skateboarding event scheduled Saturday June 27, 2015  4-8pm, in partnership with State Games of Michigan, West Michigan Sports Commission, Experience Grand Rapids,  Tribe Boardwear,  Rey Trucks, Go Green Longboarding, Sugar Urethane, Wind Waves & Wheels, Action Board Shop, Longboard Loft, Five-O Wheels, Concrete Wave Magazine, Serendipity, Wheelbase Magazine, Skate Slate Longboarding Magazine, Michigan Roots Wear, Grand Rapids E-Liquid, IDSA,  Roy Designs, Wingman, IDSA, Loaded Boards, Orangatang Wheels and 105.3 HOT FM.

What: GRDH – State Games of Michigan Urban DH Skateboarding

When: Saturday June 27, 2015  4-8PM

Where: 68 Ransom St (Lyon, Ransom & Fountain Streets – Downtown Grand Rapids, MI

REGISTER FOR GRDH HERE: http://stategamesofmichigan.com/GRDH#.VWjjZ89VhBe

 

Facebook Event Page:  State Games of Michigan: Grand Rapids Urban Downhill Skateboarding 

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That NY Push is Bustin Boards

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Mike Stories, News | 0 comments

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Bustin makes a longboard for just about every style of riding, but our roots are deep in that NY PUSH.   I was back in NYC last week for an annual dose of NYC Push Culture and to hang out with Team Bustin at the kick-off of our FOR ALL WHO PUSH tour along the East Coast and into the Midwest.  I learned that NY PUSH is EXACTLY what it used to be, and that got me fucking STOKED!

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Vote ‘Board of the Day’ – Custom Maestro

Posted by on Jun 14, 2015 in Board Of The Day | 29 comments

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Today’s Board of the Day is a Custom Maestro headed to Patrick in Levittown, NY.  Win a board by VOTING “1-10″ in the comments section of this post for a chance to win your choice from 2015 Board Lineup!

Rank this board on a scale of 1-10 in the comments and receive one entry into our Monthly Custom Board Giveaway.  Follow us and vote daily on Facebook and Instagram for the most chances to win and we’ll announce the winner on the 1st of each month.  Our custom boards are hand-printed, signed, numbered and shipped in about one week.  Feeling it?  Design your board now at www.bustinboards.com/custom.

See more pics by clicking READ MORE —–>

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Vote ‘Board of the Day’ – Custom Modela 33″

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 in Board Of The Day | 25 comments

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Today’s Board of the Day is a Custom Modela 33″ headed to Girvydas in Lithuana.  Win a board by VOTING “1-10″ in the comments section of this post for a chance to win your choice from 2015 Board Lineup!

Rank this board on a scale of 1-10 in the comments and receive one entry into our Monthly Custom Board Giveaway.  Follow us and vote daily on Facebook and Instagram for the most chances to win and we’ll announce the winner on the 1st of each month.  Our custom boards are hand-printed, signed, numbered and shipped in about one week.  Feeling it?  Design your board now at www.bustinboards.com/custom.

See more pics by clicking READ MORE —–>

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