2013 was a very interesting year in our industry and sport. We say the drop through and drop mount boards of 2012 and earlier fall out of favor to be replaced by the rise of the top-mount brick. It seems that from spring, to summer, to fall, and even into the winter, there was an ongoing discussion of what was the ideal shape. Brick vs DK vs Single Kick DH shape. The battle may not have been a particularly vicious one but there was a clear winner: the skater.
One of the most rewarding parts of being involved with the Bustin family, the East Coast skate scene, and the Longboarding world in general is to track it’s evolution. I know that we’ve spent the past 12-18 months stressing that it is all skateboarding, but to be a realist, a lot of the disciplines that are shining today have not been around as long as “skateboarding” has or at least haven’t been as widely regarded or known. As our sport grows and people flock to to pulpit of Steezus they bring with them countless backgrounds both skate related and not, which dictates how they approach a skateboard.
It has been nothing short of a pleasure to learn more and more about the ever expanding skate world and attempting to meet the needs of the multi-disciplined skater. As I set off to start writing, I imagined I would turn my focus towards what 2014 holds and what I hope to see in the skate scene, and seeing as there’s not really a segue in sight…
From the varied board shapes introduced in 2013 it seems that we’re running out of places to turn for innovation. Or so it may seem to the uninitiated! It won’t be a brand new idea, and it won’t be the first time for many companies, but 2014 will be the year of construction if I have any idea of what I’m talking about. New materials, new processes, new takes on old material, and that’s just the beginning! We’ve already seem some fantastic composite lay-ups in the past from a number of different brands, and recently, new pressing techniques are being implemented to reduce weight, increase strength, durability, as well as longevity to boards.
It’s a very exciting world, the Future is. I wish I could say more specifically, but ya’ll will have to deal with waiting a bit more for an specifics for Bustin’s 2014, but rest assured, we have some things that will put your brain on the wall.
Stay tuned shredders
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