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Bustin Sponsorship Takes Midwest DH Skateboard Event to the Next Level


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.

zcrowd paul

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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State Games of Michigan – Grand Rapids Urban Downhill Skateboarding, June 21 2014

State Games of Michigan urban Downhill Skateboarding Poster

REGISTER HERE:   Bustin Boards is a proud supporter of skateboard events all around the world.  We’re particularly excited about a new event this summer, State Games of Michigan – Grand Rapids Urban Downhill Skateboarding.  Bustin has been working with the local governments of Grand Rapids, Michigan in partnership with the State funded Games of Michigan -  a multi-sport Olympic style program that offers 41 sporting events over a 3-day weekend.  This is the 5th year of the State Games in Michigan,  which includes a fully sanctioned Downhill Skateboarding event.  The GRDH course is a short, urban style track boasting left and right off-camber 90 degree corners – perfect to grip and rip.

Skateboarding is illegal downtown Grand Rapids, posing a real problem for urban commuters living downtown and students who commute to class./work.  This is the first time Lyon, Ransom & Fountain Streets will be closed to protect State Games participants involved in the Urban Downhill event and the first time skateboarders are allowed on the hill.  We hope the event will raise awareness that skateboarding is a viable form of transportation that needs a green-commuter infrastructure, curbed bike lanes separated from the roadway.


Wheelbase supports the movement: Click Here 

GRDH on Fox17 News with Christian Frank




Shred Board Shop – Bustin Boards Retalier of the Week

Bustin retailer of the week is Shred Board Shop in New Brunswick, Canada.  You can find the entire Bustin longboard lineup at Shred + some of the raddest dudes in New Brunswick.  Check ‘em out and ask for Bustin!

    • Shred Board Shop
      83 Hampton Rd. Unit B
      Rothesay New Brunswick
      E2E 2K3 Canada

Bustin Visits Utah, Idaho, Wyoming Skate Shops – Excited to work with new retailers!

The Bustin crew is amped on our 2014 lineup so I figured we better yell it from the top of a mountain…in Utah, Wyoming & Idaho.  Given my responsibility of maintaining shop relationships in the northwest, I embarked on a journey through the region to give hi-fives, learn more about our customers and what we can do to help.   Take a photo journey through the mountains & valleys with me – check out some super rad shops.  Hopefully, we’ll have many more Bustin Boards in the northwest in 2014!  Get hyped.

teton board sports 2Teton Board Sports – Rigby, Idaho

628 skate shop628 Skate Shop – Pocatello, Idaho

arizeArize Board Shop – Ogden, Utah

blindside 2Sled Shed – Rexburg, Idaho


Blindside – SLC
board room 2Board Room of Jackson Hole, Wyoming

board roomPeaked Sports – Driggs


Crossroads Skate Shop & Skate Park – Ogden, Utah


Deckadence – Pocatello, Idaho

dinoRad Dino along the way

directiveDirective Board Shop – Logan, Utah

epic park cityEPICBOARDSHOP – Park City, Utah

epic salt lakeEPICBOARDSHOP – Salt Lake City, Utah

EzraAnnex Skate – Bountiful, Utah

habitatHabitat – Driggs, Idaho

nayborhoodNayborhood – Idaho Falls, Idaho

park city 2The drive did not suck.  FYI

performancePerformance Longboards – Salt Lake City, Utah

pocatelloBustin likes cows.  FYI  (cows like Bustin)

salty peaks 3Salty Peaks – Salt Lake City  (no shop like it! incredible history pieces!)

salty peaksand another shot of Salty Peaks…

skiYou think I would travel to Wyoming and NOT Ski?

sled shed 2Sled Shed – Rexburg, Idaho

sled shedMilosport – SLC


Grand Rapids Urban Downhill Event gets the Green Light for Public Funding

Bustin Boards, Kendall College of Art & Design & Rey Trucks are a presenting sponsors of the first ever State Games of Michigan Urban Downhill Skateboarding event – June 21, 2014.  State Games of Michigan  is a multi-sport, Olympic-style event(s) that welcome athletes regardless of age or ability. The Games embody the values of participation, sportsmanship and healthy living among residents of the state of Michigan.

Facebook Event Page: State Games of Michigan Urban DH

Downhill skateboarding has become a very popular style of skateboarding, but many communities face the challenge of providing safe spots to skate.  Downhill skateboard events lead the way for the longboard community in providing a fun, interactive, relatively safe atmosphere to do what we do best – skate.  Outlaw events are great but often get busted up by the law before they even get going.  Sanctioned events are rad, but can be super expensive to pay for.  State Games of Michigan accepted Downhill Skateboarding as their 40th event of their 5th annual Games, summer 2014.

An Urban Downhill event requires a lot of logistics, and cash flow – which is why we submitted for an events grant from the city.  Downtown Grand Rapids.  Without the support of the presenting sponsors & grants from the city – a $14,000 event is not possible.  Today, the City of Grand Rapids, MI approved a $3000 grant to be spent on marketing & city costs.  The Mayor was present and took a moment to say how awesome he thinks a downhill skateboard event will be in his city.  #respect to Mayor George Heartwell!

The problem we face is the legality of skateboarding while downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.  We hope the Urban Downhill sanctioned event will be the Trojan Horse promoting change.  Think Forward toward a Greener Grand Rapids, Michigan – support a Green Commuter network.police state

Follow links:

Police to Enforce Skateboard Ordinance

Grand Rapids Michigan Longboard, Skateboard ban

Grand Rapids Urban DH Skateboarding