We’re all very excited and proud to announce that Rob Rodrigues has joined the family as our new team manager for Bustin Boards. Rob has been a respected friend of mine for years and I’m stoked to start working with him. Here is a very nice article from our friends over at Freshpaved.com that talks about Rob’s history and his business, Sure Skateboards.
—–from Freshpaved article—–
Rob Rodrigues – Spreading the Stoke
Words by Terry Synnott
Photos courtesy of Rob Rodriques
The year was 1976, and the celebration of the United States bicentennial was in full swing. Jimmy Carter was elected the 39th president of the United States. And in Miami, Florida, a young Rob Rodrigues was getting hooked on skateboarding. “I saw a TV commercial for the GT skateboards with Russ Howell, who was an internationally known skateboard star at that time” Rob said. “He was doing 360s and hand-stands and some other foot work…I saw that commercial and I was like, ‘I’ve got to have one of those’”. Rob convinced his grandmother, who was visiting from New York, to buy him a urethane-wheeled skateboard with a bright yellow plastic deck. “I was hooked, I was like, ‘this is mine’…within a few weeks, I was spinning 360s outside my house.”
Rob went on to compete locally, entering his first major contest, the Clearwater Pro/Am, in March 1979. That event led to a sponsorship with California-based Dogtown Skateboards. Later, Rob went on to join the Walker Skateboards team and traveled to demos and contests, skating for the team. He competed against Rodney Mullen and participated in Florida’s active contest scene, including a win at the 1981 Kona/Variflex Summer Nationals.
Late that year, Rob relocated to New York City to study graphic design at Pratt Institute and took a break from competitive skateboarding. Living in New York, Rob found himself influenced by the city’s emerging street skating scene and he began incorporating more fast-paced rolling lines into his freestyle skating. In 1990, he won the National Skateboarding Association’s amateur freestyle championships in Reno, Nevada.
Rob continued to skate over the years, but didn’t discover longboarding until more recently. “I fell in love with longboarding about three years ago and I just started using it to get around and then as I got more into the equipment and the drop-through decks, it just seemed so efficient to me to use all the time”, he says. Rob keeps a freestyle board in his quiver and uses a longboard as his main form of transportation throughout Manhattan and the outer boroughs.
This year, Rob started S.U.R.E Skateboards to promote skateboarding as a viable and unique means of local transportation for people of all ages. He explains, “I always helped people with skating and gave lessons, but I only started formally giving lessons this year…I started out trying to inspire older people who used to skate to try and skate again by showing them, ‘look at this…its not about doing tricks, its about cruising, flowing, getting around town’”. Rob gives lessons to skaters of all age groups and skill levels and teaches all styles of skateboarding and longboarding. Check out www.sureskateboards.com for more information.