You know that park down the road from your crib, the one with the big hill and paved road? Grab your Bustin Boards Longboard, gloves, pads and go for a rip! Bustin Flow Team Rider David Driscoll of West Michigan knows what to do, follow suit! Watch this video as David effortlessly slays a shred-worthy hill on his skateboard in Grand Rapids, Michigan. What are you waiting for? Go Skateboard.
Distance skateboarding is cool, most people can do it, young and old. Find a paved trail, bring a skateboard and go for a rip, bud. You decide how far you will go, you decide when to finish. It’s Easy. I described the fundamentals of Distance Skateboarding in pictures from this morning’s rip, 11 miles there-and-back on the White Pine Trail in Rockford, Michigan.
1. Get up early and eat a good breakfast.
2. Have a chill if you prefer, then get out for a rip bud.
3. Switch-up your pushing leg every-so-often, skate proportionally and stay aero, bud. Use your arms to carry momentum and circulate yer blood.
4. Optimal distance push position is foot forward just rear of the truck bolts. Raise yer knee high when you pump and extend your toes when you push. Use yer entire leg muscles for best momentum, power, aerodynamics and performance.
5. You just went for a rip, bud. Take a selfie. It’s also a good idea to download Map My Run on your smart phone and track your performance. The app is free and really allows you to understand how you perform in all conditions and on all terrain.
If yer skating a there-and-back track, set a personal goal and achieve it. Mine was 5 miles, averaging 12.2. This is my first push in some time, so I eased into it. Skate however you prefer.
During the return skate, I kicked it in a bit to see what juice I had left. Felt good. 11 miles is pretty chill. I skated 6 miles back and averaged 13.7mph. Almost competitive! 14-17mph is the average speed of the fastest guys on flatland. Add some hills and some guys will average 24mph. Pretty quick!
The best part of Distance Skateboarding is you feel like a CHAMPION. I recommend it. Get out for a rip, bud. I prefer the Bustin Boards Maestro38 with 70mm-75mm wheels for Distance Skateboarding. The end.
Battle at Boyne Presented by Action Board Shop, Sponsored by Bustin Boards among other industry sponsors was a rager! Boyne Resorts is the second largest owner of Ski & Golf resorts in the United States. We have successfully hosted an event on their turf which could mean more events at more ski resorts next year! Everybody was stoked to play skateboards in the woods for 2 days. Nobody complained. Everybody wins!
Now for a little Boyne history lesson: Boyne Resorts was founded by Everett Kircher, Jim Christianson and John Norton in 1947, when a hill in Northern Michigan that was too steep and wooded to farm was sold to the co-founders for $1 by former State Senator Pierson. A desire to keep his employees on staff between ski seasons led Kircher into golf. A friend suggested that a golf course might attract summer visitors. That was all Kircher needed. Using his father’s ancient Ford farm tractor, he carved out a sporty nine-hole, par-three layout near the Main Lodge. For decades the Hemlock course was a favorite to Boyne Mountain guests and visitors.
Basically, the lesson is together we have created a niche which Mr. Kircher might be interested in. Originally, he created the Boyne Resort Golf Course to support his staff during the warm months of the year. he created jobs for skiiers. Downhill skateboarding and Distance Skateboarding is now healthy enough to quantify a reason to design and build gravity sports specific paved courses to be used during the summer time. Battle at Boyne was hosted on a service road, Whister Longboard Fest is hosted on a resort service road. Push Culture Family Picnic event series utilized resort roads…
The state of the Skateboard union is the inception of ISF – International Skateboard Federation. Downhill Skateboarding is regulated by the IDF. Are ski resorts in the future of recreational skateboarding? It seems to have happened with Camp Woodward at the hot spots. Street League? State Games of America? Olympics?
This engine called skateboarding is just starting to rev up, whether some like it or not.
Skateboarding will always be skateboarding, but I am fascinated that we have new options to look forward to! Thanks Boyne! Thanks ABS! Thanks Christian Lefley for the Edit!
Racine Relays is a 2.6 mile 2-person relay style longboard push race along the Lake Michigan Pathway of Racine, Wisconsin on a a there-and-back track. Bustin partnered with Action Sports Agency AGA Nation, who focuses on skateboard, wakeboard, snowboard & BMX sports.
Where: Racine, Wisconson (hour and a half north of Chicago)
When: Saturday August 2, 2pm
Who: All ages welcome, $10 individual / $20 team
America’s Midwest has been introduced to Urban Downhill Skateboarding! Saturday June 21st, Bustin co-presented Grand Rapids Urban Downhill Skateboarding, a premiere event sanctioned Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan – in partnership with State Games of Michigan, Kendall College, Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc, Rey Trucks, Gilmore Manufacturing, Wheelbase Mag, Wind Waves & Wheels, Action Board Sports + dozens of contributors. 107 registered skathletes dropped Lyon, Ransom & Fountain Streets boasting 6% grade & two off camber corners to negotiate.
The event, dubbed GRDH included Pro, Women, Intermediate & Beginner class’ designed to distribute talent evenly. Many showed sporting leathers, one Grand Rapids native turned-up rocking a chicken suit, racing on a maestro34. Six ladies entered the Women’s Class representing six United States. Thought that was dope!
Bustin Team Rider Annah Dallas pulled a solid 3rd place in the Women’s Division! 1st downhill event and she yanked a 3rd place podium spot, hell yeah! Our kids were there and have forever been influenced on International Go Skateboarding Day. Thank you skateboarding! FULL RESULTS
Registered Skaters were permitted to skate Lyon, Ransom & Fountain Streets 4-8pm with roads closed. Open Runs 4-6 and competition was 6-8pm. 4 person heats, 2-person elimination created a competitive atmosphere during race, complimented by the chill environment skateboarders often provide. Very cool.
A number of police officers were hired for the day to assist with operations, lasting relationships were forged. Grand Rapids Urban Downhill received support from every corner – Bustin provided Custom Boards for the podium among dozens of prizes distributed by event MC WINGMAN of 105.3 HOT FM. prize giveaways were offered to the spectators & radio-waves via live Broadcast, which attracted hundreds of listeners to the event.
Nearly 3,000 spectators spectated the event, and each person was engaged. New opinions have been created, kis are stoked, Mom’s are amped, Dad’s want to skate, the City wants to get more involved, the cops gave us high-fives, the weather was great, the hay was soft, the course was fun, the crowd was mellow, the riders turned-up, THE EVENT WAS SUCCESSFUL. Thank you for Party Rocking. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work.
photos: Paul Soltysiak (thank you!!!)
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