What to say about the Broadway Bomb… Well to start with, despite the NYPD’s best efforts (again) it did happen. Over 1,000 skaters turned out, and under 40 arrests were made, all in all, good odds! Coincidentally our apologies if you do fall into that roughly 3% who found themselves in irons! Thanks to everyone involved who made it possible for your tenacity as well as steadfast resistance in the face of unreasonable authority. If it weren’t for you, this event would not have lasted all the way through 2013 and grown all the while!
The weekend started on Friday at the Longboard Loft. We threw a welcome party to greet all of our friends coming in from out of state and overseas and it was a blast!
And a video screening…
Thats right, in case you missed it, we dropped our new video of Bruno and Toti’s trip to China over 3 months! They had a blast, skated some serious spots, and created a FANTASTIC video out of it all. We’ll have the video available this fall so keep an eye out for the release!
The welcome party and screening were a blast and from there groups dispersed to different after parties throughout the city. I will never understand how all you skaters look so chipper at noon after a night like friday night… anyway, Saturday found skaters gathered in the upper west side getting directed and pushed by New York’s finest all over the place until, at noon, it started. There is nothing quite as powerful as seeing 1,000 people simultaneously rush in one direction. Once we got past the initial road blocks and over zealous officers, it was smooth sailing (relatively speaking) down the spine of Manhattan to the Bull.
However, seeing so many happy people must have ticked someone off, because the lords of New York unfortunately saw fit to shut down the Earthwing Slide Jam on Sunday at Darktower (an unused road 113 blocks (over five and a half miles) away from Times Square just a few hours before the first would be skaters showed up.
But, despite the set-backs, the 2013 Bomb weekend can be looked back on with Pride and Joy by those who managed to get to NYC and dodge the nets (I’m not kidding, they tried to catch us with nets…).
Hope you all had as much fun as we did and thanks for tuning in! Skate safe, have fun, cheers, enjoy, and every other sign-off ever used!