Sitting around waiting for my leg to heal the first part of the year allowed me lots of “free time”. I often thought about the ascension of NYC into the longboard scene. In the past three years I have been living in this place that is king of all cities I have witnessed an explosion of board pushers on these crazy streets. The state of the economy combined with the “green revolution” has led to people looking for eco-friendly and cheaper methods of transportation, especially in urban areas. As longboarding increases in these areas a new discipline or culture has emerged. There are no long, winding downhills to bomb or slide down. The lightning pace of our streets does not allow for cones to be set for slalom. As cabbies menacingly chase you down and bipeds foolishly blunder across the streets there is one constant thought in your mind….PUSH! The faster and harder you push the safer you are. PUSH through red lights, cutting and weaving, as vehicles that noticed you only after you pass them belatedly blow their horns. PUSH pass that daydreaming pedestrian wandering across the street before his eyes lock on your board and he begins to erratically dance in your path. PUSH to catch a skitch and fly down the avenues doing at least 35mph. Our cities become virtual video games with minute room for error. Nothing compares to the feeling of flying through traffic, headphones on blast, as you navigate through a moving maze. Your other senses in fine tune with the scene around you. Eyes searching ahead of you, scouting for debris and breaks in the road. Trusting in your ability and instinct to keep you from injury. PUSH!
This discipline is the next wave in longboarding and we are at the heart of it. It’s is time for us to claim our position as the leaders of this culture!
I am forming a New York City longboarding club where riders of all boards are invited. Yes, Bustin will sponsoring this club, but this is about our city and brotherhood. Anyone interested in representing this city and longboarding itself should contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not from here you should do the same in your area and discounts will be avaialble to your group.
King Solomon-Bustin Riders Team Captain
It’s Bustin Bitches!