Good morning campers! Today we’re going to start part 1 of a 2 part series and go through some talking points on the different boards we offer. With 3 new decks (EQ, Boombox, Yoface) in the past couple months, our line-up has expanding quite a bit and it can be a little daunting to choose which one is right for you, especially if you’re new to the sport (welcome by the way!) So without further adeu, lets go to the drawing board. (get it?)
Spliff (31″ L x 8.7″ W x 22″-23.5″ WB)
Coming in at 31 inches, the Spliff is the shortest board that we offer. This makes it our number one choice for grab and go boards. The compact size means it’s perfect to stach under a desk or in a locker, and the tight wheelbase makes for an awesome carve experience. Whether you’re dodging traffic on your way to work, or other students headed to class, the mauverability of the Spliff is it’s claim to fame. And just in case the small size isn’t enough to make tight turns a standard, the nose is wedged up 20° for even MORE turn. Too much turn? Pop the wheelbase back to 23.5″ for a touch less twitch.
Talking points: Compact size, super tight carves
Maestro Mini (32.5″ L x 8.5″ W x 22″ WB)
The Maestro Mini is another great shorty, however we’ve takin a different approach. By making the board totally symmetrical and adding kick-tails to both sides, we’ve created our mini freestyle / freeride board of choice. For shorter and younger riders, or those who are more comfortable with a smaller deck (I’m talking to you street skaters!), the Mini combines the stability of a longboard via the drop through truck mounting with the pop and responsiveness of a shorter rider.
Talking points: Compact size, symmetrical, kick-tails, drop through
Sojourn (34″ L x 9″ W x 22.5″ WB)
Another choice for those coming from the “short board” world is the Sojourn. Traditional top-mounted trucks will give you all the leverage you’re used to, and we’ve upped the ante with a 5″ tail for incredible pop for ollies and other flip tricks. Being on the smaller side of our decks, it still makes for easy storage and toting should you find yourself indoors. The Sojourn also features our “push camber,” a forward mounted camber to add bounce under your front foot while pushing. This also adds a slight pocket at the rear foot, which really helps if you want to throw a quick slide.
Talking Points: Big tail, small size, forward mounted camber
Yoface (34.625″ L x 9.188 W x 16.5″ WB)
Bustin is very proud to introduce the Yoface, the newest additional to our current line-up. This is our very first expedition into the tech-slide world, as well as being a familiar shape for denizens of pools and ramps. With a twin-tipped popsicle shape, the Yoface looks like a “regular” skateboard with some enhanced dimension. But looks can be deceiving! May I direct you attention to the wheel-wells. Traditionally a sander of some sort is used after the board is pressed in order create wells to accomodate larger wheels and more turn from the trucks. We decided to start earlier. The wheel-wells on the Yoface have been pressed into the wood during the glueing process. This means that when we did sand the wells, we only had to add a very little bit and could leave most of the wood for strength. Additionally, the raised wheel-wells are perfectly placed to lock your feet in on all side when you’re spinning down the hill. Combine all that with a raised concave at the base of the tails, and you’d have to try and loose your footing!
Talking points: Integrated wheel-wells, diminishing concave in the kicks
EQ (36.5″ L x 10″ W x 29.5″ WB)
Downhill? Did someone say downhill? Cause if they did, here is the board for it! Whether you’re whipping around corners at 45 mph and above, or throwing out giant stand up slides, this is your ride right here. The EQ is a super stiff (9-ply) speed machine. The long wheel base makes it incredible stable (especially considering the relatively short length), and we’ve added some curves that’ll make your girlfriend jealous. Lets start with the drop. Typically, a “dropped” board means that after the trucks, the entire standing platform is lowered like a ledge. But we’ve never seen a foot shaped like a ledge, so for our drop, we used a radial pattern that snuggles right up into the arch of your foot. This also means that we can push the progressive radial concave all the way to the edge of the standing platform for superb foot grip. Add some rocker and you find that your feet are cupped, locked, caressed, and well loved by this deck.
Talking points: Stiff construction, radial dropped platform, rocker
Maestro (37.5″ L x 9″ Wx 26.5″ WB)
Woof, this is a daunting one. With some many variations and so many different uses, I could do a whole article on the Maestro (I just might, stay tuned hahaha). So for starters lets just separate the family members and how they differ, then dive into what it is to be a Maestro. The 7-ply, the most chill member of this particular family. A nice flex with a light construction makes it very well suited for cruising, carving, and generally, getting from A to B as comfortably as you can imagine. The 8-ply is the punky older brother. The one who wants to go out and throw shuv-its between slides and after hopping down a ledge or two. And then comes the fiberglass. All the flex of the 7-ply, but with strength unmatched. Plus the glass lay-up makes the flex super responsive and quick!
Now that we can tell the 3 apart, let’s talk shape. The Maestro utilizes our “push camber,” by putting the front foot up on a raised platform for superb forward bounce, while creating a pocket in the rear for throwing checks and slides. We’ve added kick tails for freestyle action and some very unique wedging patterns (see “What’s Wedge“) for a VERY lively performance. The Maestro can trick, flip, slide, cruise, dance, leave it’s friends behind, and have a blast through all of it!
Talking points: variety of lay-ups for increased control over board performance, “push camber,” twin kick tails, drop-through
Allright kids, thats it for now, stay tuned for the second half of the Bustin line-up in the next installment! And remember, skate safe, enjoy the ride, and stay stoked!