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Skateboarding History Compared to Today, Mike D’s Perspective

Take a look at skateboarding history. NO WORRIES!  We did your homework for you.  Basically, some young MacGyvers in the 1940’s attached random metal wheels to some janky trucks and nailed them into a wood plank.  This happened in California, Paris, Hawaii – nobody I know really knows.  But it happened.  There are lots of details here, I don’t really know, so I’ll summarize what I find relative to our scene report today.

1950’s – a California shop started selling complete skateboards.  The fire started.

1963-1965 – $10 million worth of board sales

1965 – Pattti McGee made the cover of Life magazine.  Pretty major for a young sport.

1966 – Shops started getting scared, shit was dangerous. That made parents scared. Sales dropped significantly and Skateboarder Magazine stopped publication. The popularity of skateboarding dropped and remained low until the early 1970s.

1970 – FRANKY NAS!!!  Homie was pumping out home-made Urethane Wheels!  Respect.

1970s- Skaters were digging Frank’s urethane wheels!  Skateparks hadn’t been invented yet, so skaters started skating everything.

1976- (probably happened earlier, I don’t really know) Truck companies started casting trucks, and skateboarding became awesome.  The banana board was also introduced, and it was for the cool kids because it came in assorted colors!  Relate that to today – Precision trucks and Penny Boards….skateboarding skipped a beat in 1976.  So, lets back up to 1975.

1975- Del Mar National Championships, which is said to have had up to 500 competitors!  What?  A skateboarding competition where all the cool kids could show off their colored boards?  RAD!

Competitions continued into the…80’S!

1980s- BIRTH OF THE MILLENNIAL  This period was fueled by skateboard companies that were run by skateboarders. The focus was initially on vert and cheap transition. This is a special period, because most of the skateboard and longboard companies today are owned/operated by skaters born in this decade.  Do the math.  We were raised on the same shit, in different homes.  SHIT WAS RAD IN THE 1980s!  Subconsciously, the 1980’s kind of run this industry we call home.

1990’s – STREET.  POPSICLE SHAPE BOARD.  TWIN TIP.  FUNCTIONAL.  Need I say more?  Competitions and skateboarding in the mainstream caused the industry to become very competitive, and skateboards became very minimalistic. but the only competitions that you heard of were X-games, and whatever other big namers.  Independent events happened at skate parks, skate shop parking lots, etc – but hosting an event was not easy, 1,2,3.   Teeny-tiny wheels for higher ollies.  Hanging your board out of your front pocket, hanging on by the wheel, the side shaved head with the comb over, wide-leg jeans – 55″!  Walkmans, Bart Simpson…MAYNESTREAM!

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(The Internet had a pretty major role in all of this……….)

2000-2005- By the turn of the century, skateboarding was officially no longer a fad, but a serious sport with immense international growth and local bans.  Most cities were pretty harsh on skaters – no matter the size of the board.  This was also the period when most of today’s longboard companies started becoming successful.  A re-birth of shapes and extended wheelbases attracted new participants – and new genres of skateboarding/longboarding emerged.  DH skateboarding was growing fast!  Distance Skateboarding was growing fast!  Examples:  Maryhill Festival of Speed & Broadway Bomb NYC.

2006-2010- Longboard companies continued to grow.  Traditional skateboarding went full mainstream, acquired by the big Corporate brands, re-branded and marketed to specific age demographics.  Longboarding continued to be skater-owned/skater-operated until 2008 when Sector Nine Longboards was acquired by Billabong.  Pretty major move for both companies, and I think it was a solid move.  That definitely makes it more difficult to distribute boards for smaller manufacturers, but whatever. #Respect

OK – You want the truth?

I skated in the 80’s, but I was a kid just fucking around in the neighborhood, not like I got good at it or anything.  No matter what, it’s my roots and it was sweet.  I didn’t really skate much until 1999 when a buddy offered me an Envy Classic 159 from California on 10″ standard king trucks and 70mm side-set, vented aluminum core wheels, abec 5 bearings.  I remember that shit like it was yesterday.

After that, I skated most of what Sector9 offered in their catalog 2001-2005.  I was hooked.  My local dealer Wind Waves and Wheels would special order anything for me that they didn’t have in stock.  I made that a habit.  Moved to Daytona Beach and converted to Loaded38, then left Daytona Beach riding a Gravity38 & Santa Cruz31.  Landed in New York City with my girl, and skated Friday Night Rip with the Earthwing crew.  Note Setup: Gravity Posiedon38, 72mm centerset S9 wheels on Randal150 front 62mm centerset wheels on a gullwing 9″ truck on the rear.  You know, for sliding.

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Met Ryan, Founder of Bustin in 2007 and helped around the Bustin shop after work every day.  I was a cheese-salesmen for Land-O-Lakes and a Hot Dog Wholesaler for Hebrew National Dogs. (I’m Italian-Irish, but pretended to be Jewish).  Worked for gear until the recession of 2008 hit the USA and I was laid off from the corporate world.  Ryan offered me a job at Bustin same day.  Say word.

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2009 – Ryan asked me to join Bustin as a Partner, I cut out my first Mike D prototype, designed for Traffic Surfing in NYC traffic.  We defined Push Culture was that same week, recognizing out style of skating as different.  We moved Bustin from Hoboken to Brooklyn and opened our first retail location/online fulfillment/shipping dept.  That was rad.  Some say 2009 was also the spike in the skateboard industry that we will always compare to.

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2010-2015- We still here!  And now you have some decent history to compare to.  New products, events, corporations….it’s all going full-circle.  DH Skateboarding & Street League are the biggest segments in skateboarding, so it seems.  Parents seem less in control of the decisions their kids are making on a skateboard, so long as helmets are worn. Longboarding and Skateboarding are commonly dubbed as one, regardless of what the Pure Bloods blab.  Longboarding is a form of expression, an activity, a sub-sport with a bright future.  Kids are playing less soccer and choosing to cruise the neighborhood with their friends on a longboard.  You may not think that’s cool, but I know it means we’re all going to be OK.  1 Love.

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Bustin Warehouse Sale – Final Weekend Online

This weekend is the LAST weekend to take advantage of our Early Bird Warehouse Sale Online!

There are super limited quantities left in our Early Bird online supply. Now is your chance to grab a sick board for a sick price before they are gone forever.

If you miss out on the deals online, come party with us! Help us clean out our warehouse and snag a ridiculous deal on 2014 goods by stopping by our Brooklyn Flagship Store on Saturday, March 7th. Head out to 154 Grand Street in Brooklyn for food, music and awesome deals from 12-8! Who’s coming out?!

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Dublin Longboard Crew & Irish DH Outlaw League -Words, Pearse D’Arcy

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Last year, The Dublin Longboard Crew in Ireland hosted their first ever Irish Downhill Skateboarding Outlaw League. After a few years of hosting Outlaws races, the mates finally decided to put their heads together and created an Outlaw League so us Irishmen (and gals) could get some race practice in before heading out to International events during the summer. Continue reading

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Bustin x Tribe Judge BIG AIR COMP at Cannonsburg Ski Area

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State Games of Michigan Winter Games happened this weekend at Cannonsburg Ski Area near Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Of course, the Bustin homies and I were there – because we’re into rad shit.  And let me tell you, Cannonsburg knows how to dose up the Midwest with 100% Pure.  Grade A.  High Quality Shit.

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Cannonsburg boasts the absolute best freestyle terrain in West Michigan, including a skier/rider-only rail jam setup in GR, new and improved 4-pack jumpline, better-than-standard Skier/Boarder X course, and the first-ever banked slalom course. This photo was taken by a local photographer during Opening Ceremones of Winter State Games – a traditional pass-the-torch -which was carried by a skiier on the jump set. Obviously, terrain park personnel must know pyrotechnics, in case of a Michigan Avalanche. Because that happens. Pretty rad.

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OK, Busted. I was going to watch the ceremony with everybody else at the bottom of the Double lift, but instead jumped on the Quad lift to watch the fireworks from the sky. Great decision! Snapped this click when the works exploded then reviewed the photo and noticed the Bustin Tent in the background! The Tribe homies had set up the tent right on the knuckle of the last kicker, so I exited the chairlift all amped about it, did a few whirly-tricks down the hill and skied the line below double chair, left of the jump set. Saw some pretty sweet airs from down there! Ski Patrol was a little confused when I slid up, so I explained myself. Gravy.

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Not all work is play, but when you play do work – Salute your local terrain park shaper. Those few brave few who brave extreme temps to make sure we have smooth jumps, jibs, rails, walls, features, landings. Thank you for your service! Back in the day, we used to build rogue jumps off in the woods – but ski patrol would kick-down your jump and maybe clip your pass.  That never stopped us from making jumps, and doing sweet tricks when nobody was looking. Here you have an old school Iron Cross. Who cares if its not technical, that shit felt good.

Like I said before, jumps are a lot bigger than we used to make them. Mostly because now the resorts have big-ass snow-cat machines that push and pull snow around to make huge snow piles – beyond our old school imaginations – and its great! Here is a cool phone camera snap of a State Games of Michigan competitor launching the final kicker in the triple set at Cannonsburg. Word.

 

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NYC Street Report – Reloading for Spring 15

While the Northeast is getting hammered with another Arctic blast, skateboarders and the Bustin Boards Crew are reloading for Springtime. Thinking about fresh setups, shedding jackets and ripping the streets without all the trash frozen in dirty layers of ice. Skate photo & video dudes are clearing out and creating storage space on iPhones and memory cards. Here’s the RobRod151 – 2014 New York photo recap. A whole year of sick skating packed into a crazy short Flipagram. Making room for the next serious sessions.

Click the Bustin team riders name to see what boards they’re rocking in these photos: Will Royce, Jonas Richter, Max Ballesteros, Steven Vera, Andy Millien, Eddie Henriquez, Prince Lang, DeJaune Jones, Noishh Boom.

Also! Check out the 2014 NYC Bustin video clip recap (click here). The Four Seasons Captured in four short videos.

Rob Rodrigues

Contact: robrod@bustinboards.com

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