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Which Longboard or Skateboard Should I Buy My Kid?

Customer Question of the Year:  “Do You make longboards for kids?”

GOOD QUESTION!  YES, Bustin designs boards for all styles of riding, skaters young and old.  Not all kids are the same, so we have a few recommendations. Bustin recommends you skate with your kids now, before it is too late.  They grow up fast…

1. Bustin Maestro34 (Maestro Mini)


The MaestroMini is 34 inches in length, and is one of the smaller decks Bustin offers.  The board was designed for smaller riders, with drop-thru truck design and shorter wheelbase than most other Bustin Boards decks.  Maestro34 is kin of Maestro38, Bustin’s #1 selling longboard, M34 was shortened for younger riders.Drop-Thru design means your trucks are fastened to the top of the deck, rather than the bottom like a traditional skateboard.  Most trucks are universal and will be compatible with a drop-thru deck made by Bustin.   Drop-Thru allows the deck to be lower to the ground making it easier for a smaller skater to push their longboard, since kids have short legs.  Kids have a much easier time pushing drop-thru style decks because their legs do not have to stretch as far to touch the ground while pushing.  We also design Drop-Thru decks for LDP, Long Distance Pushing – in 38″, 40″, 42″ length.  Longer deck platform = Greater EFP (Effective Foot Platform).  Deck length preference is different among all Skaters, there is no perfect formula. Top skathletes prefer the lowest possible deck platform for distance skateboarding and races.

2. Bustin Sportster33 (Sportster Mini)

 My next recommendation is Sportster33, the little brother of Sportster36, Bustin’s Top freeride deck.  The Sportster series has deep concave & dropped platform making it the lowest riding deck in Bustin’s lineup.  Deep concave keeps feet locked in while going fast and freeriding, which is all the rage these days.  I recommend the Sportster33 for the kid who is age 10 going on 18.  The kid who drools over longboard photos and wants a deck to grow with over the years.  Sportster & Maestro series are designed for all-around, which is why we make a smaller version for kids.  My wife is 5’2 and prefers Sportster33 for all-around cruising.  My 4 yr old daughter also loves the Bustin Sportster 33.

3. Bustin Modela26 & Bustin Modela33


Some kids are drawn to the single kick-tail board series, we call ours Bustin Modela.  We make 2 length options, Modela26 & Modela33.  You may assume Modela26 is the best for your kid because it is the shortest deck.  That’s not necessarily true.  Modela26 was designed for skateboarders who want tail function on a cruiser deck.  The single kick-tail design allows for the same style of skating as a regular popsicle shape skate deck, with bigger wheels.  The 26 may be one of the more difficult shapes to learn, but also one of the most rewarding boards to learn to skate well.  I recommend Modela33, it is a super fun shape that can be enjoyed by kids and parents for cruising and tricks.

Please note:  You can teach your kid to skate on ANY style of skateboard, it really does not matter that much.  The best recommendation we have is to get your kids on board as early an age as possible to initiate muscle memory.  Skateboarding is good for kids, it promotes brain and muscle growth and is a super fun activity.  Do it.




Bustin Spotlight: Ashlee Kristin Photography



Action Sports photographers are your best friend, your static extension, your personal GoPro ready to capture the moment.  All you have to do is something sweet, the photog will make you look cool with their lens.    Sometimes you see ‘em, sometimes you don’t.  At longboard events they’re lurking in the bushes, or right in your face with the flash blasting.  Either way – we depend on these soldiers to get in there and capture the goods.  Thank you photographers for your service!


Photographers can go on tour!  There are plenty longboard skateboard events these days for a photog to really get to know the skaters, and to add depth to their work.  Each rider has strengths & style of their own.   Slide Jam, Push Race, Boarder Cross, Downhill, Slalom, Street, Park, team shoot, brand ad – you name it.  Pick your favorite sessions and get to know the riders, we salute you for that!


Ashlee Brown figured it out, and has gained a lot of experience shooting long board skate events professionally, as Ashlee Kristin Photography.  Here are a few shots from Downhill Skateboard events in Michigan this summer.


I started doing photography because it allowed me to capture special moments, use my creativity and view the world in a way that others may not normally see. It really makes you appreciate the little things in life and that’s why I love it.

I picked up my first longboard six years ago and couldn’t get enough. I honestly had no idea there was such an awesome scene for it in Michigan and I got to witness that when I was asked to photograph my first longboard event in 2013.
I’ve been so fortunate to meet some of the coolest and most talented people through longboarding and have made some of the best friends I could ask for. I have mad respect for these guys and ladies because I get to witness their passion firsthand and it’s always incredibly inspiring.

As a local photographer, I also shoot a lot of weddings, seniors, families, etc… But nothing beats hanging out at a race event all day with my “skate family” and snapping photos of my friends doing what they love.” -Ashlee


Look for Ashlee’s camera at events around West Michigan this winter and follow 2015 skate season events via facebook, Ashlee Kristen Photography.


Bustin x Tribe BoardWear team up for 2015


Photo: Ashlee Brown Photography

If you made it to any skate events in Michigan this summer, you probably noticed quite a few of the homies rocking Tribe BoardWear.  You noticed because the threads are sick and “The Tribe” is a pretty massive crowd!  Its rad when a Tribe of like-minded cats gang up and spread the positive.  it’s even better when they sell dope apparel out of a pop-up camper-thing that is pretty sweet.

The Tribe has created a massive following around Michigan, and I’m sure that will spread as Tribe Owner Jake Tolan & Cameron Steger join the Bustin Michigan Forces in 2015!   Stay tuned for more to come…

The Tribe Ethos:  “We are striving to provide original, high quality, and affordable clothing for those with an active lifestyle and a love of all board sports.  It doesn’t matter if you’re on the snow, asphalt, or out on the water there is no other feeling like a board under your feet, and that is what we are all about. We stand for the simple and the most important things in life: family, friends, progression and fun! Welcome to the Tribe”

Follow Tribe on Instagram & Twitter: @TribeBoardWear


Roll into the Holidays on the Evolve Electric Skateboards Bustin Series


Evolve Electric Skateboards x Bustin Boards teamed up!  The top Electric Skateboards manufacturer on the market now offers the Bustin Mission40 with Battery, Motor & Handheld Bluetooth controller – ELECTRO-MISSION!!!  The Mission is a popular commuter shape that has mellow flex to dampen road vibrations from the 20mph motor!  This thing will cruise at 20mph for more than 6 miles!  We have a test model at our Bustin Brooklyn Store in Williamsburg, BK & Longboard Loft in Manhattan.  If you are in the big city, stop in and check out the beast!

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Occupy Pando III – December 27, 2014 – Rockford, Michigan

Occupy Pando III

Occupy Pando III is going down Friday, December 27 2014!  For the third year, Grand Rapids #BackYardUnderground shredder Zepplin Zeerip will be hosting Occupy Pando in partnership with Pando Winter Sports Park.

“Last year, as we gained notoriety and increased event recognition, we saw nearly fifty competitors and over two hundred spectators visit Pando for the event. This upcoming seasons event will be very similar to the last, in that we will add wallrides and street features to the pipe while placing emphasis on it’s natural turns by building up larger hips and quarterpipes throughout it. ” – Zeppelin

Pando Winter Sports Park is the Birthplace of Competitive Snowboarding.  Jake Burton won a competition here in the 1970’s.  Bustin is more than amped to support cross-season throw-downs like Occupy Pando because the backyard snowboard scene is the roots of many side-stance sports. It’s what got us into into skating hills, because it was cross-training when the snow melts.  DH Skateboarding is basically snowboarding in the summer, so we’re hooking it up with some mad shredworthy decks for the podium and few lucky rippers.

The homies at hooked it up with event coverage from 2013.  Zep says this year the features will be changed up and there will be a DIY section for that extra naughty.  I’m stoked to be there with the Bustin tent and crew!  Don’t miss out on Friday, December 27!

Occupy Pando II Coverage on