We’ve got a monster of a downhiller on our flow team who hails from Argentina. Santiago only has one speed, full send and he only rides one board; The Ratmobile.
Over here at HQ, we’re going over all the Madrid footage with a fine-toothed comb. In the meantime, some content just needs to be seen. Here is a quick run with Bruno the Kid on the Craft Series 8.875, in (mostly) raw form.
Skating in the city of Medellin, Colombia can get hectic at times. On the streets there is always traffic and police. Thats why we like to leave the city and drive half an hour out to a gorgeous road that leads into the country. Angelopolis has perfect pavement mixed with dropping hairpins. In Colombia Moto’s are life and on this day it was no different. Everyone drove their motorbike to the session. Usually we will either pack 2-3 people on a Moto, drive to the top and take runs. Skating down we use a Moto Driving in front, honking the horn if cars are driving up. Occasionally a large truck will be slowly driving up and the whole crew will grab on for a ride to the top. We put a camera on one of the follow drivers during a midday session and captured some of the fun.
5 differences between Skateboarding in the USA vs Colombia
Hi My name is William royce. I have been visiting Colombia for 5 years and have experienced the country a total of 7 times. I just finished a 2 month trip to the vibrant and beautiful city of Medellin.
Skaters in Colombia will skate whatever they have. Broken board, flatspotted wheels. Even boards with missing tails and noses are not an uncommon sight. Witnessing people attempting 360 flips and landing almost every try on a board that looks too beat up to make an olli with is an eye opener. Meeting up with skaters to bomb hills and watching them put cored wheels on a downhill board is the norm. This is the result of skateboards and skate gear being very expensive For most Colombians. Only the rich or sponsored can afford Fresh Gear. The majority of people are left riding one board for 5 years and loving it.
In the USA all the best people at the skatepark are kids, in Colombia all the best people at the skatepark are adults.
It’s not out of the ordinary to see a 12 year old at a California skatepark doing airs out of the bowl that are taller than you. However you want see any of that down south.
Roller blading or Agressive Inline skating is still alive and well in Colombia so don’t be surprised to see a healthy amount of Bladers at the skatepark.
Almost everyone bombing hills has to be rather good. In Colombia if your not good then you die. Traffic is heavy in the city and you have to deal with numerous motos weaving there way between traffic as well as buses constantly cutting their lane. Mix that in with some of the steepest roads in the world and you get a group of skaters with a high caliber of skill and precision not seen in other places around the world.
In Colombia all the skaters actually skate. Its not like in North America where you see people pretending to be skaters with penny boards or thrasher T shirts. Most skaters in Colombia still share that common bond of belonging to a small group of outlaws.
On a recent moto adventure into the Colombian Andes Mountains, we skated a road where a land slide had recently attacked both lanes. Lucky for us one side had already been cleared out making the run skate-able. Below is a raw run video of myself filmed by Colombian Sk8rat Juan Pablo.
Layne’s Lunch Line
As we here at Bustin Boards approach the spring season, we’re gearing up to premier our new line up and bring our customers from all around the world the awesome quality products we have created. Earlier this week we pushed through extra work loads so we could have a little fun on a Thursday afternoon. In this weeks Layne’s Lunch Line I featured new shipping recruit Will Morales who stepped up to the challenge with a smooth line of tricks, after of course downing a delicious locally brewed beer.
Due to a continuous battle with my ankle injury, I, Layne will not be able to skate well enough to feature myself in the next upcoming videos. However, on a good note I will be going out of my way to feature Bustin Team Riders, Warehouse Crew and any other random characters I may come across. So don’t be bummed you won’t be seeing a whole lot of me in front of the camera! I will be there right behind the lens to take you on your weekly Layne’s Lunch Line adventure. Stay Tuned!