Hey all. Michael Brooke at Concrete Wave gave us clearance to release this today on YouTube so here it is. If you follow the blog and/or our YouTube page you’ve probably seen a few trailers showing some of the footage from the cutting room floor and here is the final cut. The video was shot by our good friend Lukas Korver (www.lukaskorver.com) who is a long time friend of mine from college and an awesome DP in Los Angeles. He and I collaborated on the editing in an attempt to show the perspectives of real NYC longboarders. The Bustin family here in New York is one of the greatest groups of friends I’ve ever seen and is such a positive movement. Every day more and more people are joining the Push Culture movement to get around town and cutting out expensive taxis and subways. Wall Street dudes are buying boards and skating to work in suits. Freelancers are zipping around town with tools or computer bags taking care of business. Actors and models are showing up for castings sweaty with longboards. College kids are ripping around town for short adrenalin rush between classes. 45 year old Dad’s are jumping at the chance to run an errand for their wife because it means a few minutes of Push Culture Bliss.
In this video we feature some, but not all, of our Bustin family of riders. The video starts off with the Bustin ladies ripping through Queens on a nice day. Jenica, Micku and Nathalie are the most hardcore girl longboarders I’ve seen and they don’t hold back, ever. I was not there for this shoot and when I flipped through the footage with Luke I couldn’t believe the stuff they attempted and pulled off. Charming as they are, I’m still surprised they talked that truck driver into letting them use his truck as a prop for the pass under shots. Next you get into the dialogue from Micku, Rob, Nathalie, Solomon, Jenica and Travis. We shot tons of interview footage and I tried to come up with revealing questions like “what is the biggest enemy of the New York City longboarder”. In the end everyone had quality content, but Rob Rodrigues stood out with great insight into what its like to longboard in New York City. If you don’t know, Rob is kind of legend from skating in the 70’s and 80’s and has a skateboard mind like noone else. Hearing him describe how he thinks longboarding has evolved and where its going was insanely interesting. So interesting that I’m planning to cut a full piece with just his interview. After the interviews you are led through some creative descriptions of longboarding in NYC, the obstacles and the euphoria, before leading into a hype segment with Travis ripping through Times Square. Travis stepped up big for the video and was pulling out things I’ve never seen him do. Following Luis around playing SKATE is not a game for passive people and Travis hang right there with him the whole time while showing off his own original style. Following that is a short piece on the community. Again, the community is another segment that really deserves its own video and when we do it, King Solomon will be your host. Solomon brings people together like noone I’ve ever seen and has become kind of the glue that holds this growing community together. Finally, we end with some commentary on how longboarding is evolving and our own super star Luis Domingo gets to lead the grand finale. Luis is one of those skaters that just doesn’t seem to try, like a brand new computer programmed to skate. You’ll be skating along with him casually, perhaps going to lunch or something, and he’ll just pull out an impossible trick, land, and keep skating while he’s in the middle of telling a story. He is a true Push Culture disciple because he skates to commute and for fun at the same time. I hope everyone enjoys the way we ended the video with a short display of the crazy things Luis and Javon are currently doing on the Maestro and Sojourn. We end the video with a trick Luis tried about 15 times before he landed. He’ll tell you that he’s not big on skate parks, but it was one of those moments when you just knew it was possible and noone wanted to walk away. As you may have seen in the Crash Trailer, he ate pavement more than a few times trying to pull this off and so we decided to honor his determination by ending the video with this trick.
I’d like to personally thank everyone who helped us pull off this video for taking the time and putting your creative thought into this story. That includes Travis and Brian for pitching in big time helping Luke with filming, slugging all the equipment around town in the Cruiser and for skating your hearts out (Brian f’d up his tail bone crowd surfing at a Sublime concert so he didnt get as much air time as he should, haha) and all the riders who came out and pushed yourselves to help us make an awesome video. Thanks also to everyone who supports Bustin by buying our products, watching our videos, writing reviews online and just generally spreading the love of Bustin. We are a growing young company that runs on the creativity of people who love longboarding and love community. Everyone that hangs at our Williamsburg Shop contributes in some way and culmination of everyone’s ideas and commitment to growing the sport is Bustin Boards.
Enjoy the video and come skate with us when your in New York City.