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Bustin Boards Retailer of the Week: Sun and Snow Sports – Plymouth, Michigan

Bob and Nancy Parent originally owned a roller rink/skate park when they realized there was more potential to embrace the action sports lifestyle. In 1971 they opened Sun and Snow. Ever since then, they have catered to the outdoor and action sports culture hosting a series of events whether it be sun, or snow oriented. The shop offers everything you need for skiing, snowboarding, longboarding, swimming or just hanging out on the beach”

“It is our mission to generate hype for action sports in the community getting everyone involved as often as we can. We like to have fun, seriously. We also offer a wide variety of rentals, including longboards.”

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Sun and Snow Sports has a rad staff! Everyone who works there has a passion for what they do. Longboard, slackline, discgolf, skateboard, ski, snowboard, hike, surf and paddle. They do it all, especially in terms of longboarding/skateboarding making the staff some of the most knowledgeable around. Ask for Mike, Andy, Scott, Kyle, Evan or Andrew for anything skate related and if they don’t have it, they’ll will do their best to get it.

“We are stoked to announce that we will be hosting our first ever push race! Not all details have been ironed out yet so be sure to follow us on IG and Fb to stay updated. (@sunandsnowsports). The event will be on the 12th of September and it will be held at Rolling Hills Park in Ypsilanti Mi.”

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In the past 2 years, Sun and Snow hosted an event called Kick Butt. The goal is to get everyone out in teams of four on longboards and skateboards to compete on who can collect the most trash. Within those two years, they have collected over 4,000lbs of litter thus helping the image of skaters and our community shine! The shop will be hosting two more Kick Butt events this summer with the first one at the end of May and last at the end of August. (details to come)

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Like Sun and Snow Sports on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/sunandsnowsports/info?tab=overview

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Bustin Boards Retailer of the Week – Wind Waves & Wheels

Wind Waves & Wheels is West Michigan’s premier skateboarding destination.  W3 has been a Bustin retailer since Bustin first offered longboards to retailers.  WWW continues to be the #1 destination to find a Bustin Board in Grand Rapids, Michigan it’s the longest running skate shop in West Michigan with a rich history.

Started by the Farmer family (from Rockford) back in 1984, Wind Waves and Wheels (W3) was an attempt to bring the Florida surf lifestyle to Michigan. Located in the heart of Rockford, W3 grew quickly as we provided many clothing styles that you could not find anywhere else in Michigan including Billabong, Quiksilver, Stussy, OP and Gotcha. We naturally branched into hardgoods and started to carry surfboards, skateboards, windsurfers and eventually snowboards.

We had a outdoor skatepark located next to our building and hosted many pros that came to skate the “superstructure”………….our famous half pipe that was 12 feet tall. Tony Hawk, Tony Magnussen, Steve Caballero, Rob Roskopp, Danny Way, Ron Allen and Jeff Phillips were just some of the big names that came to Rockford to perform.

As the sport of snowboarding started to grow, we poured our energy into making W3 the best snowboard shop in the Midwest. Just as we do today, we stocked all the best brands, hired great help, provided the best service, and of course, became avid snowboarders ourselves.

Sometime around 1992 the economy was tough and we almost went out of business. We made a tough decision to move out of Rockford and get closer to the stronger retail area of town………..28th street was to expensive, but we found a nice location on 29th street in Kentwood. Fortunately, the sport of snowboarding really started to take off and was accepted at more and more ski resorts. W3 truly found its niche with snowboarding and we continue to work very hard to be the best snowboard shop around.

Our staff is dedicated, knowledgeable, and we snowboard every chance we get. Our 12 person staff represents over 80 years of riding experience…………in other words, we know what we are doing and promise to put you on the right product!!

W3 continues to be locally owned and our owners actually get their hands dirty and work on the store floor!! Whether its snowboards, skateboards, longboards, wakeboards, skimboards, clothing, footwear or sunglasses, we will do our best to earn your business.

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Bustin Knuckles at Meijer State Games of Michigan Big Air Competition

The Midwest Bustin Roots Crew was assigned to the judges panel for Meijer State Games of Michigan “Big Air” Competition at Cannonsburg Ski Area.  The Winter games happen once a year at Cannonsburg, check it out!

Bustin is a Presenting Sponsor for MSG Summer Games Urban Downhill Skateboarding event that happens in June.  2014 was the first year of the DH longboard/skateboard event in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  This year the event happens June 27, 2015.  Stay tuned.

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Skateboarding History Compared to Today, Mike D’s Perspective

Take a look at skateboarding history. NO WORRIES!  We did your homework for you.  Basically, some young MacGyvers in the 1940’s attached random metal wheels to some janky trucks and nailed them into a wood plank.  This happened in California, Paris, Hawaii – nobody I know really knows.  But it happened.  There are lots of details here, I don’t really know, so I’ll summarize what I find relative to our scene report today.

1950’s – a California shop started selling complete skateboards.  The fire started.

1963-1965 – $10 million worth of board sales

1965 – Pattti McGee made the cover of Life magazine.  Pretty major for a young sport.

1966 – Shops started getting scared, shit was dangerous. That made parents scared. Sales dropped significantly and Skateboarder Magazine stopped publication. The popularity of skateboarding dropped and remained low until the early 1970s.

1970 – FRANKY NAS!!!  Homie was pumping out home-made Urethane Wheels!  Respect.

1970s- Skaters were digging Frank’s urethane wheels!  Skateparks hadn’t been invented yet, so skaters started skating everything.

1976- (probably happened earlier, I don’t really know) Truck companies started casting trucks, and skateboarding became awesome.  The banana board was also introduced, and it was for the cool kids because it came in assorted colors!  Relate that to today – Precision trucks and Penny Boards….skateboarding skipped a beat in 1976.  So, lets back up to 1975.

1975- Del Mar National Championships, which is said to have had up to 500 competitors!  What?  A skateboarding competition where all the cool kids could show off their colored boards?  RAD!

Competitions continued into the…80’S!

1980s- BIRTH OF THE MILLENNIAL  This period was fueled by skateboard companies that were run by skateboarders. The focus was initially on vert and cheap transition. This is a special period, because most of the skateboard and longboard companies today are owned/operated by skaters born in this decade.  Do the math.  We were raised on the same shit, in different homes.  SHIT WAS RAD IN THE 1980s!  Subconsciously, the 1980’s kind of run this industry we call home.

1990’s – STREET.  POPSICLE SHAPE BOARD.  TWIN TIP.  FUNCTIONAL.  Need I say more?  Competitions and skateboarding in the mainstream caused the industry to become very competitive, and skateboards became very minimalistic. but the only competitions that you heard of were X-games, and whatever other big namers.  Independent events happened at skate parks, skate shop parking lots, etc – but hosting an event was not easy, 1,2,3.   Teeny-tiny wheels for higher ollies.  Hanging your board out of your front pocket, hanging on by the wheel, the side shaved head with the comb over, wide-leg jeans – 55″!  Walkmans, Bart Simpson…MAYNESTREAM!

THE INTERNET.  tHE INTERNET.  tHE iNTERNET. The Internet.

(The Internet had a pretty major role in all of this……….)

2000-2005- By the turn of the century, skateboarding was officially no longer a fad, but a serious sport with immense international growth and local bans.  Most cities were pretty harsh on skaters – no matter the size of the board.  This was also the period when most of today’s longboard companies started becoming successful.  A re-birth of shapes and extended wheelbases attracted new participants – and new genres of skateboarding/longboarding emerged.  DH skateboarding was growing fast!  Distance Skateboarding was growing fast!  Examples:  Maryhill Festival of Speed & Broadway Bomb NYC.

2006-2010- Longboard companies continued to grow.  Traditional skateboarding went full mainstream, acquired by the big Corporate brands, re-branded and marketed to specific age demographics.  Longboarding continued to be skater-owned/skater-operated until 2008 when Sector Nine Longboards was acquired by Billabong.  Pretty major move for both companies, and I think it was a solid move.  That definitely makes it more difficult to distribute boards for smaller manufacturers, but whatever. #Respect

OK – You want the truth?

I skated in the 80’s, but I was a kid just fucking around in the neighborhood, not like I got good at it or anything.  No matter what, it’s my roots and it was sweet.  I didn’t really skate much until 1999 when a buddy offered me an Envy Classic 159 from California on 10″ standard king trucks and 70mm side-set, vented aluminum core wheels, abec 5 bearings.  I remember that shit like it was yesterday.

After that, I skated most of what Sector9 offered in their catalog 2001-2005.  I was hooked.  My local dealer Wind Waves and Wheels would special order anything for me that they didn’t have in stock.  I made that a habit.  Moved to Daytona Beach and converted to Loaded38, then left Daytona Beach riding a Gravity38 & Santa Cruz31.  Landed in New York City with my girl, and skated Friday Night Rip with the Earthwing crew.  Note Setup: Gravity Posiedon38, 72mm centerset S9 wheels on Randal150 front 62mm centerset wheels on a gullwing 9″ truck on the rear.  You know, for sliding.

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Met Ryan, Founder of Bustin in 2007 and helped around the Bustin shop after work every day.  I was a cheese-salesmen for Land-O-Lakes and a Hot Dog Wholesaler for Hebrew National Dogs. (I’m Italian-Irish, but pretended to be Jewish).  Worked for gear until the recession of 2008 hit the USA and I was laid off from the corporate world.  Ryan offered me a job at Bustin same day.  Say word.

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2009 – Ryan asked me to join Bustin as a Partner, I cut out my first Mike D prototype, designed for Traffic Surfing in NYC traffic.  We defined Push Culture was that same week, recognizing out style of skating as different.  We moved Bustin from Hoboken to Brooklyn and opened our first retail location/online fulfillment/shipping dept.  That was rad.  Some say 2009 was also the spike in the skateboard industry that we will always compare to.

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2010-2015- We still here!  And now you have some decent history to compare to.  New products, events, corporations….it’s all going full-circle.  DH Skateboarding & Street League are the biggest segments in skateboarding, so it seems.  Parents seem less in control of the decisions their kids are making on a skateboard, so long as helmets are worn. Longboarding and Skateboarding are commonly dubbed as one, regardless of what the Pure Bloods blab.  Longboarding is a form of expression, an activity, a sub-sport with a bright future.  Kids are playing less soccer and choosing to cruise the neighborhood with their friends on a longboard.  You may not think that’s cool, but I know it means we’re all going to be OK.  1 Love.

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Dublin Longboard Crew & Irish DH Outlaw League -Words, Pearse D’Arcy

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Last year, The Dublin Longboard Crew in Ireland hosted their first ever Irish Downhill Skateboarding Outlaw League. After a few years of hosting Outlaws races, the mates finally decided to put their heads together and created an Outlaw League so us Irishmen (and gals) could get some race practice in before heading out to International events during the summer. Continue reading

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