What’s up Portland! Team Bustin will be in Portland tomorrow for a Demo Day at Switchbacks with Daddies Board Shop. Come out and join us!
Where: Switchbacks, Portland, OR
When: Tuesday, July 21st from 3pm – 6pm.Read More
GR Movies in the Park Series featuring, “Hook” on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/366119706907133/-s
The details: Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc was a partnered title sponsor of State Games of Michigan: Grand Rapids Urban Downhill Skateboarding event and now DGRI has included Bustin Boards & AGA Nation Action Sports Agency in DGRI’s Movies in the Park format downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Every Friday in the heart of summer, DGRI plays a series of curated movies on an inflatable jumbo-screen on the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum lawn, next to the Grand River. The event has a beer/wine permit allowing guests to enjoy beer & wine while hanging out in Ah-Nab-Awen Park. There are food vendors, entertainment and the movie begins at dusk. This week features the movie “Hook”, and AGA Nation will provide a bunch of skate ramps and features for a pro skate demo, followed by free-skate. Bustin will also have a special push event announcement, coming soon…Read More
Michigan longboarding roots are dense in distance skateboarding. Commuting point A to B is part of everyone’s life, and it feels good on on a skateboard. Only the past 30 years or so the majority of Americans have invested a major chunk of their savings into automobiles, and bikes- to commute point A to B. Automotives are rad! Bikes are pretty cool too. But, you can’t drive an automotive on a State-Trail networks.Read More
AGA Nation Bikes, Boards & Beach Series – Racine: https://www.facebook.com/events/1656034541294954/
Bustin partnered up with AGA nation Action Sports Agency to bring you the Bikes, Boards and Beach Series Distance Skateboard Race in Racine, Wisconsin July 31- August 1 2015. The event is hosted on the beautiful sandy beaches of Racine, along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The push competition is a 3 mile short-course sprint on the Lake Michigan Pathway adjacent to the beach. Will add more classes depending on participation, but podium winners of the sprint win the prizes.Read More
The Divide Distance Skateboarding Challenge- Manton, MI: https://www.facebook.com/TheDividebikerace?fref=ts
The Divide Distance Skateboarding Challenge is a hybrid skate event offering 5k/10k distance races + a hybrid push with speed sections. Longboard skateboarding was added to the Manton, Michigan event because the road is closed for a bike race and the bikers are interested to see how skaters can keep up on a course with climbs and descents. The course is not very technical, but does offer thrilling speed sections, corners and climbs. There is a campground on a nice lake in Manton where we’ll camp out for the evening should you choose to stay and hang out in northern Michigan for the evening – bring a tent. Family friendly event, until someone takes their pants off.Read More
Bustin Boards hosted the 2nd annual State Games of Michigan – Grand Rapids Urban Downhill Skateboarding event Saturday June 27, 2015 in the central downtown district of Grand Rapids, Michigan – in partnership with Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. State Games of Michigan staff assisted in obtaining permits and event logistics to close three of the best hills Downtown Grand Rapids, then added Downhill Skateboarding as the 40th event of the Michigan State Games last year. The urban course is 1 half-mile city-blocks on a 7% grade track that starts at the crest of Lyon Hill, drops to an off-camber fast corrugated concrete 90-degree left onto Ransom Avenue then another 90-degree right onto Fountain St. crash-corner. GRDH offered skaters 2 hours of freeride & 2 hours of we ran heats of 4 – ladies, grom & open classes.
25 sponsorships and 110 registrations closed the $14,000 price tag to host an urban downhill in GR. The logistics of hosting an urban event became very real to me in 2013 while planning State Games of Michigan 2014. Except, I was trying to host an urban Push event in Grand Rapids, because the hills are mellow and quick, uphill pushes max at a 1/4 mile and the Midwest appreciates push events – I like push events.
We created 2 courses for the 2013 presentation to the State Games & City of Grand Rapids, a PUSH course and DH track. The DH race was a smash hit for the presentation, the push was appreciated & considered but logistically not affordable. The cost of hosting an urban push event, closing streets, hiring officers, paying for meter hoods and barricades – shit’s not cheap. So we decided to only add DH to the State Games roster in 2014. I tried again in 2015 but the costs were scary, and we decided to throw an old-skool underground distance push – like the old days. Advertised the event casually thru Facebook, Chicago’s finest Joe Mazzone showed up, I showed up – we placed 1 & 2 in an 11.2mi Distance Push, respectively.
We closed registration for GRDH at 110 skaters 2 years in a row for the DH. That’s pretty consistent for a Midwest event. The crowd attendance more than doubled from last year. The demand is HOT for more downhill skateboarding in Grand Rapids and the City is on board. We’re now working with the city to design and build a gravity park, skateboard-supercross track & skate plaza Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The Future is NOW.Read More