The SkateAcrossUSA team skated from Oregon to New York City earlier this year. The dudes walked into the Longboard Loft after completing their trek. Nobody knew they were skating here but we showed them a good time when they arrived. The guys were super stoked to be finished with their longskate so we took them on the Warriors Route from the Bronx to Coney Island – 26 miles. The dudes told me how fun it was to skate the entire length of NYC which made me smile. Big ups to these guys for accomplishing what I aspire to do someday. STOKED!
This weekend in North Carolina I had the opportunity to join up with two guys skateboarding across the America from NYC to San Diego, California. Their objective: Reach Southern California by October 20th, 2012 to participate in the Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon Race in San Diego, CA.
The team of two met in New York City and shared the dream of skateboarding across America. Imagine the challenge of crossing the USA on a skateboard….Pretty intense. To accomplish this type of challenge, one may assume these skathletes are made of steel and operate on diesel fuel, but that’s not the case. Bustin Team Rider Andrei Hippix, 22 and The Mad Russian Sasha Popper, 21 are human like you and I and share the dream to skateboard across America.
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The Action Sports world flooded San Diego August 13-15 for the annual ASR and Crossroads convention. Manufacturers, Wholesalers and Retailers attended the action packed weekend to meet the industry leaders, talk shop and discuss new ideas and opportunities. Thats excactly what Ryan, Rob and I were up to for the past few days. We flew to LA last Wednesday with a plan to meet some of our partnering manufacturers located along California’s Pacific Coast. We hopped in the rental at the airport and GPS’d the www.skatehousemedia.com house to visit our DH friends James Kelly, Brian Peck, Loius Pilloni, Max Dubler and friends. If you have been to LA you’ll understand that traffic was a bitch so we rallied on down to one of our wheel factories for an R&D meeting and tour of the top secret facility.
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Walking through the urethane factory was the nearest I will ever be to touring Willy Wonka’s factory. The operations team is well oiled and productive. Most skate related businesses are running three shifts just to break even with manufacturing. The size of some of the wheel machines was astonishing and the ability to create unique urethane blends, wheel shapes and textures blew my mind. Definately stoked on visiting the wheel factory. Afterward we discussed what we had learned over a quick Starbucks then did our research for hotel in the Newport/Huntington area.
The Skater Across USA crew landed at the Bustin Headquarters today. 22 days, 130 miles per day the team skated from Newport, Oregon to New York City supporting San Diego Youth Services – SDYC. The crew is super amped about their arrival to NYC and would like to skate from the Bronx to Coney Island tomorrow, 7/2/2010 @ 9pm. The skate is called “Warriors Ride”, organized to celebrate the recent skate across America victory from 2,894 mile push to NYC. JOIN US AT BUSTIN BOARDS, 340 GRAND ST, BROOKLYN, NY TUESDAY 7/2 @ 7:30PM. The group will take the L train @ Lorimer, 7:45pm. We will assemble at Van Cortland Park @ 9pm. Join the 26 mile longboard skate parade through New York City! It’s Bustin!