This past Saturday Bustin team rider Nate Cohen went to Philadelphia to compete in the National Freestyle Skateboarding Championships. Nate took a respectable 10th place, a big climb from his last year placing. I wanted to call this out because Nate is a great longboarder for Bustin but he also spends countless hours ripping it up on his short board as well. He’s the man on the street, shredding through the city traffic to go teach kids skateboarding, holding it down in every push race and tricking out on his Bustin Robot Deck.
Short board freestyle is essentially flat ground technical skating with footwork thrown in for some flavor & continuity. Anything goes, consistency and creativity are rewarded. One of the strongest parts of Nate’s overall skating is his ability to add his own unique style to even the most basic moves. A simple 180 ollie becomes “Nate’s 180 ollie”. This is why I look forward to following his progression as a skater and competitor.