Push Culture Events reached a new attendance record of 500+ skaters at the Broadway Bomb 2010. The race was more exhilarating than previous years because of the high attendance. Longboarding enthusiasts world wide followed the annual “CALL TO ACTION” at 116th st. and Riverside Drive on the West Side of Uptown Manhattan. High attendance is the target objective of the Broadway Bomb event weekend. Critical Mass skateboarding represents a longboard lifestyle that is inspiring groups and individuals around the globe.
The Bomb kicked off 5 minutes early, again this year. Ian Nichols wandered through the crowd before the race with his mega phone declaring that the race would not start until his announcement. Moments later, the crowd fled up 116th street toward Broadway. I was right next to Ian as he said “FUCK YOU ALL” as everyone raided the hill. I was pretty far back and with a deep breath I took off. Most of the skaters were running up 116th st. KOOKS. I skated full speed uphill screaming like an exorcism. I’m pretty sure the noises and gestures I created freaked some people out. I am sorry. The Broadway Bomb is an underground race and I do what I takes to speed skate Broadway. I also apologize to those of you who I screamed at from behind. You didn’t know, I don’t know you and it was every man for himself. I had a great time yelling like a banshee at everyone in my path. I want to thank all you thrill seekers who risked you lives to block intersections for me. A few times I though we lost some soldiers but I guess longboarders have 9 lives. Thank you Gray Madder for carrying my shirt in your backpack so I could rock my sweet Warriors Vest.
Broadway had a good traffic flow on Saturday and offered some excellent obstacles. Thank you NYC for supporting our event! Every intersection of the race was another camera being used by a random bystander. People liked what we were doing, that is awesome!
The most memorable moment was the crotch rocket motorcycle that cruised from the back of the pack to the front. This nameless biker drove the course with a camera man and drove like a skater; through busy intersections, against traffic on bike lanes, through Times Square Pedestrian zones. It was awesome. I may have even caught a sweet skitch on the bike…….only the video will tell.
In the end, Bustin rider Mark Schaperow defended his title and was officially crowned the winner of the male division by race organizer Ian Nichols. Finishing first in the girls division was Bustin rider Sarah Paulshock who was also defending her title from last year. Though Mark and Sarah officially defended their titles, there was some drama at the finish line. Ian’s rule of no skitching was disobeyed by many skaters who in turn were disqualified. Brian Davenport of Push Culture News was at the end with a camera crew and captured the emotional debate of podium finishers. Bustin rider Adam Crigler was the first to the bull but was confronted by a dude in a Captain America suit. The video shows a tasteless display of rage as the dude in a superhero suit flips out on Crigler cussing in his face. Adam told the dude to relax and accepted his disqualification with class. Had the dude stick around he may have qualified for the podium except for allegations of skitching from other leaders in the front pack. Kiefer Dixon rolled in next as I expected then Steven Sanchez which was Soladay’s pick. Theseus, Evan, Jim, The Leg then Collin. That’s the unofficial Bomb finishing lineup from Mike D. POST YOUR PHOTOS/VIDEO WHILE THE IRON IS HOT!