NYC Street Crew – 2016, Year in Review

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in bustin photography, bustin skateboards, NYC Street Report, Reviews, Video

Andy Millien, always Bustin out the Fresh Grip Art for his decks.

With 2016 coming to a close I dove into what I do at the end of each year. Start making space for the future by clearing out my phone and camera of old photos and video clips. Before I hit delete I make it a point to repost some of the year’s highlights all in one place as a small time marker of current skate culture and style.

Enjoy the video and photos. 2016 was epic in NYC Skateboarding. 2017 is looking even better.


Bustin Street Crew’s 2016 Instagram Video Highlights – This vid also includes a few epic clips of other random ripping skaters at events that our lenses were pointed at.
Filming & Edit by Rob Rodrigues with additional filming from Prince Lang and Bustin Street Crew Friends.

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Get Your Bearings With Bubbles

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Bubbles Blog, Built By Bubbles, Reviews, Tech Talk


Hey everyone!  Today we’re going to slow down…. actually the opposite – we’ve got new bearings, they go FAST.  For a long time now, bearings have been the mysterious little metal things inside you wheels.  Many people underestimate their importance, and we STILL get people who don’t realize that they’re absolutely necessary (literally, a skateboard won’t roll without them).  So I figured we’d take a little time to look at our new bearing offerings and try and de-mystify them a bit!

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William Royce Product Review: The Shrike

William Royce Product Review: The Shrike

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in News, Reviews

Last Monday the Bustin Van high tailed it from its usual resting spot at HQ in Baltimore for a skate mission down into the backwoods of North Carolina in search of black top beasts fiercer than even Sasquatch. The human cargo consisted of my self, our newest Bustin Team Rider Matt K.,  our man behind the lens Khaleeq, and an amping William Royce who was successfully shipped across the country to come rekindle his old love affair with this regions roadways. After a solid week of skating roads that could have been paved for no other reason than for us to mob down them, Bill Rice has logged some literal mileage on both the stiffer Bamboo-X Shrike as well as the soon to be released Thermo Glass version and the results clearly speak for them selves.


Will taking his Shrike deep on the inside Photo: Khaleeq


The Shrike makes a perfect hiking partner even up the steepest of roads. Photo: Dunn

From beefy standies, mobbing hectic leaf littered straights, all the way to slashing around in the city,  The Shrike delivered top notch performance no matter what Will hucked it down. The newly beefed up plies in the Bamboo-x board added extra stiffness and strength to allow this board to handle high speeds with the same ease that it handled blasting city gaps  while the urethane bumpers on the Thermo kept his sled safe even after emergency ejections. After an entire week of skating that combined hitting some of steepest paved inclines in the country with getting wild in the streets and sidewalks around Baltimore, The Shrike lived up to its “Quiver Killer” reputation allowing Will freedom to skate literally anything and everything he could find.

“The Shrikes versatility gives it an advantage over most boards on the market. It is small and light weight making it great for flat ground but its also strong and study for skating downhill.” -William Royce


Beefed up plies means blasting fat ollies never felt so good. Photo: Khaleeq

For a full break down of the tech specs check out this recently published break down by the boards designer, Jonathan aka “Bubbles” which goes into the nitty gritty of what makes this board so unique. Also make sure to stay tuned right here on our blog for more media to be released from this savage week of skating as well as be on the look out for some special Will Royce + Shrike collaborations going down in the near future!

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The Bamboo-X Sportster // Redefining Comfort

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Bubbles Blog, Built By Bubbles, News, Reviews

In 2012 the Sportster hit the market to meet the demand for a super low push deck that offered a freeride friendly approach.  We had just revolutionized our push ethos with the release of the Maestro board the year before, and were looking to continue the legacy of NY Push Culture.  The Sportster was originally our no-frills, no-nonsense, performance ONLY push board.  We were immediately astounded by the reception!  Rave reviews and dozens of riders swearing by the deck got us paying attention to some of the critical insights.  The two main comments were: A) we made it too big, and B) It could use a touch flex for comfort.  So over the course of 4 years of tweaking and developing, we landed on our current model: a shrunk-down, bamboo-ified version built to skate.  Mild flex and a compact platform makes it an extraordinarily nimble pusher that feels GOOD to ride, while the Radial-Dropped-Rockered shape locks feet comfortably into place for pushing out those slides.


The drop-through design combined with our RDR mold (radial drops and rocker throughout the standing platform) give this deck a low down, high response, super controlled ride unlike any other board. The mild dampening flex provided by the combination of Bamboo and Maple, in addition to the slightly rockered shape and hip notches make this deck comfortable on smooth or rough terrain and the forked nose design allow it to pack a huge engine into a tight 33” frame while still maintaining a stable wheelbase.


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Bustin Boards Shop of the Week

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Events, News, NYC Street Report, Reviews, Upcoming Events

This Friday will be our first post celebrating the beautiful differences between all of our partners in retail all over the world. In other words, the shops that work with us to get Bustin Boards in the hands of our Bustin Boards “Skate Everything” faithful! Just as riders of Bustin Boards tend to be the kind of skaters that ride everything from ditches, parks, pools, downhill and street, so do our retail partners have that same varied approach to presenting there shop mantra. So check in every Friday to explore with us some of the sickest shops around, how they operate, what they offer and where it is they call home!!

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How to Buy a Skateboard – as a Gift – Bustin Blog

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Bubbles Blog, News, Reviews

Alright, so it’s the holiday season, and your favorite person in the whole world wants a skateboard, so you turn to Bustin Boards!  But with all of the options available, it can be tough to pick something out as a gift.  So – let’s get started on a quick how-to not disappoint your favorite skater!


1 – What will they be doing?

The most common mistake that those new to the sport or those just looking in as a gift-giver, is that all skateboards are for all skateboarding.  In reality there are a number of “sub-sports” or disciplines within “longboarding” or “skateboarding”.  If you know exactly what they want to do, then great!  But if not, you’re going to want to get a little info.  Keywords like “sliding”, “freeriding”, “cruising”, “carving”, and “downhill” are all hot words!  Try and get your gift recipient to say one of the following words…

“Cruise” or “Cruiser” – These boards are typically fun to ride, and non-aggressive.  They make for great introductory boards!  The Cruiser 32 is this author’s personal favorite!

“Push” or “LDP” – Boards in this category excel at looooong distances.  We highly recommend the Nomad for the true distance pusher!

“Downhill” or “Freeride” or “Sliding” – These will tend to be slightly larger, stiffer boards made for speed and sliding the board sideways.  For the do-it-all kid who’s gonna want to skate everything, get them the Royce PRO.  For the guy or gal who’s gonna spend most of their time on the hill or in the mountains, grab the EQ!

2 – What wheels, truck, bearings do they need?

Many skaters are very preferential to their favorite brands of wheels or trucks.  We’ve made this step easy by creating a “pre-built” complete option for each of our boards.  Our team riders and designers worked together to figure out the best all-around set-up for each board in our line-up.  So if you’re unsure of specifics, you can grab them one of our favorite builds in order to get skating right away!


69mm Five-0 Royce Pro wheels

If you do know generally what they want – we have a wide variety of trucks available and the Five-0 wheels we cary are some of the most respected in the industry!

3 – When in doubt ask!

Of course you can ask them exactly what they want, but that can take some of the fun out of the process!  SO, also feel free to reach out to us either by email, online chat feature, or by phone!  We’re always happy to make a recommendation!

Impossible to be disappointed with some much gear!

Impossible to be disappointed with some much gear!

4 – Mystery Boxes!

For the skater who like a little random in their life – pick up a big ole box of skate stuff!  Assorted gear means no one leaves disappointed!


5 – Gift Cards!

Last but not least – you can always grab a gift card for your beloved skater!  It shows that you know and respect their love for the sport, but that maybe you weren’t 100% on what they needed.  Plus we’ll toss a couple stickers in with the card for extras!


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