Versatility is one of the keys to truly Skating Everything which is one reason our dude William Royce heavily relies upon his Bustin Shrike when looking to get situationally shreddy. This symmetrical, non-traditional double kick allows you to perfectly blur the line between what normally is done in the streets with whats possible when creativity is injected into the equation. We recently brought Bill to Baltimore and unleashed him on the surrounding harbor and all the features it contains. We armed Will with a fresh Bamboo-X Shrike featuring some beefed up plies to achieve the strength properties he needed while keeping the board lively underneath his feet. The skating results speak for them selves as does the perma-smile that can be found plastered across Will’s face as proof that this board simply yields fun and encourages creativity for anyone piloting this craft.
From the man (Bill Rice) himself:
“Everything in Korea is skate-able. The roads and the city. Gong to S.Korea was similar to getting off the plane and arriving in the future. Everyone has nice cars, clean streets, and neon lights everywhere. Illegal drugs are super illegal there but they love their legal drugs. Everyone smokes and drinks… BUT, if you’re Korean and you smoke cannabis in California, then fly home and they find out, you go to jail.
Everyone I met was super friendly and easy to talk to and there didn’t seem to be any sort of homeless problem. I can’t wait to go back for Koreas first IDF race in April – the road looks amazing.
The 1 Love Skate Shop in Seoul was one of the best shops I have ever visited. They had longboards and skateboards, giant TVs playing rad videos, and a really good vibe. We set up a rail out front one day while I was there and had a good session. The shop is also right down town and close to all the action!
Thanks and shout-out to Young for all the hospitality and love!”
Throughout fall and carrying into the current winter season, accompanying every contact or email exchange between Bustin HQ and Will Royce inevitably included was a request for a sample Thermo Glass Shrike for his shredding pleasure. Until recently, the sled that we were able to supply was just the latest step within the proto-typing process but with the dropping of our production run of Thermo Shrikes for the holiday season, we knew we had to get one under Will’s feet ASAP. Plans were thrown together and Will was brought out to the East Coast from his usual Casa de Cali for a mission of shred atop what has become one of his favorite skateboards. Full documentation of the week long session that ensued was captured by our media mad geniuses Khaleeq and Matt with the digital evidence of this work trickling out over the past few weeks on all of our social sharing platforms. We are stoked to now be able to present to all of y’all out there a full video of Will being Will while riding “…the best board possible” deep in the back country of the North Carolina Mountains.
If you are interested in learning more of the fine details about this piece of high tech machinery, check out the Product Review done by Will and also the tech specs break down done by the boards designer Jonathan AKA Bubbles. Time and time again this board delivered unparalleled performance for Will no matter what he hucked or hacked while riding it and we are sure that the same could be said for all of your personal shred-ventures as well.
Last Monday the Bustin Van high tailed it from its usual resting spot at HQ in Baltimore for a skate mission down into the backwoods of North Carolina in search of black top beasts fiercer than even Sasquatch. The human cargo consisted of my self, our newest Bustin Team Rider Matt K., our man behind the lens Khaleeq, and an amping William Royce who was successfully shipped across the country to come rekindle his old love affair with this regions roadways. After a solid week of skating roads that could have been paved for no other reason than for us to mob down them, Bill Rice has logged some literal mileage on both the stiffer Bamboo-X Shrike as well as the soon to be released Thermo Glass version and the results clearly speak for them selves.
From beefy standies, mobbing hectic leaf littered straights, all the way to slashing around in the city, The Shrike delivered top notch performance no matter what Will hucked it down. The newly beefed up plies in the Bamboo-x board added extra stiffness and strength to allow this board to handle high speeds with the same ease that it handled blasting city gaps while the urethane bumpers on the Thermo kept his sled safe even after emergency ejections. After an entire week of skating that combined hitting some of steepest paved inclines in the country with getting wild in the streets and sidewalks around Baltimore, The Shrike lived up to its “Quiver Killer” reputation allowing Will freedom to skate literally anything and everything he could find.
“The Shrikes versatility gives it an advantage over most boards on the market. It is small and light weight making it great for flat ground but its also strong and study for skating downhill.” -William Royce
For a full break down of the tech specs check out this recently published break down by the boards designer, Jonathan aka “Bubbles” which goes into the nitty gritty of what makes this board so unique. Also make sure to stay tuned right here on our blog for more media to be released from this savage week of skating as well as be on the look out for some special Will Royce + Shrike collaborations going down in the near future!
Bustin Boards is proud to present the premier video collaboration between legendary filmmaker Brett Novak and the skate everything talents of William Royce. Shot recently in some of the most uniquely diverse terrain Southern California has to offer, this video is a reminder that skateboarding has no rules and no boundaries. Whether you’re smashin’ down mountain roads or flippin’ your shit at a local D.I.Y. spot, it’s all skateboarding and it’s everything you want it to be. Get some!!!!
Film & Edit: Brett Novak
Follow-Car Footage: Alberto “Perropro” Alepuz
Producer: Marcus Bandy
Music: “Bradycardia” by Cullah
A couple of behind the scenes pics from the making of this video: