2×4 Chinese Downhill Race at Maryhill: $500 Cash Prize!!!

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Events

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For our second (many more to come too!) Skate Everything Project challenge we are hosting a 2×4 Chinese Downhill Race during the final day of the Showdown at the Loops at Marhill on June 25, 2016. It’s a winner takes all challenge for $500 in cash. It’s gonna be super wild and fun and we can’t wait to watch a pack of skaters ripping down Maryhill on 2x4s and smiling and having fun together. Anyway, here are the challenge details and rules:

Date: June 25, 2016 mid day at the “Showdown at the Loops” event at Maryhill.

The Challenge: 2×4 Chinese Downhill Race (everyone rips down the hill all at once)

Cash Prize: $500 Cash winner takes all.

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Bustin Out To Giant’s Head Tour, 2016

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in News

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Howdy y’all! We are packing up the Westcoast Bustin van and headed to events and shops and skateparks starting on June 17th, 2016. We’ll heading all the way up the Northwest coast from Los Angeles and ultimately landing Summerland, BC Canada. The above tour poster outlines all the tour stops and dates.

On this tour we’ll have a diverse cast of our Bustin Team and will include: Carla G. Javier-BreaWilliam RoyceMax Balesteros, Clark Patrick, Juan Pablo Villegas, Khaleeq Alfred, Marcus Bandy, Colbee the Cattle Dog, and we’ll also be meeting up with other homies like Cody Lux, Kurt Hurley and more.

Our goal for this tour is to help grow the skate community via sessions, events, and . We’ll also be filming and taking photos for future articles and videos showcasing this Northwest Coastin’ adventure. Stay tuned to all our social media platforms for more details to come “BustinBoards”.

One of the cool things we’ll be doing on this tour are a couple of pop-up Skate Everything Project challenges. If you are registered for Showdown at the Loops at Maryhill or for the Giant’s Head Freeride, then you are welcome to join in on our fun challenges for a chance to win $500 in cash for skating, having fun, and pushing your limits. Stoked! More details about our 2×4 Chinese Downhill Race at Maryhill coming soon, as well as details as to what we’ll be doing via a Skate Everything Project challenge at the Giant’s Head Freeride.

Last But not least, we’ll most definitely be stopping at Daddies Boardshop while in Portand, Or for a BBQ and session, as well doing something rad at Jack’s Board House in Medford when we roll through there too. See y’all on there road soon!!!!

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Anyway, make sure you are registered for these two rad events (click the respective images to just DO THAT) and also make sure to follow us via our Facebook event page for daily updates on our upcoming tour and make sure you meet up to shred along the way.

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Skateboarding Wins 2020 Olympic Gold!!!!

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Events, News

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So it’s semi (pretty much a done deal!) official that skateboarding will be in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The buzz is buzzing and there are many who are stoked, some who are bummed, and others who are left confused. Regardless of where you stand on the spectrum, it’s an interesting and important step for skateboarding and many questions are still left unanswered: Will downhill be included, Freestyle, What about the drug testing, and what will their costumes look like?

Anyway, we’re excited to watch it all unfold, and hope to one day have a Bustin Boards rider competing (Max Ballesteros wins Gold!!!) in this arena.

That said,  Wheelbase Magazine just launched a rad little news article discussing this new development with some links to more info as well as pertinent quotes from some of skateboarding’s icons as they way in on this exciting development. Click here to check it out.

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The Rooted: Marcus Bandy

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in The Rooted

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Brother Dave and I acid droppin’ in Round Rock, Tx. 1980s. Photo: Mom.

I started skateboarding way, way back in the 1980’s in Round Rock, Texas. There was no real or defined genre of street skateboarding at this point and most everyone skated ditches, backyard ramps, neighborhood hills, and anything else we could find or fashion with what we had around us. The older skaters taught us about the importance of being a well-rounded skater and of embracing the outcast. Shit, we were all outcasts back then! Ha ha! The OGs taught us that if we were gonna be skaters we needed to know our roots and how to skate anything in your path. Not everyone grew up in the time or place I did, nor with this type of mentorship I mention above, and that’s perfectly okay—everyone in skateboarding has their own story and their personal approach to ripping. That said, I’m proud and thankful for my experience—good and bad. The important thing my journey has taught me is that you gotta stay skating and remember to keep the fire lit in new skaters coming up—that’s what gets the heat rockin’ onward!

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Smith grind basher in Compton, CA. 2016. Photo: David Ruano.

Y’all know I’m old as dirt and my hip is about to turn to marrow dust, but I’m still skating for now and searching for the feeling captured way back then when my lil brother Dave and I used to acid drop off of shit in the parking lot of our local city mall—at that time period that acid drop was a critical move. Ha ha! To this day, I try to get critical whenever I can and make sure I stay smiling in the process!

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Boardslide at the Corridor Ditch in Round Rock, Tx. 1980s. Photo: Uncle Jon.

I still roll every single chance I get and I make it a point to remember those old days when I first started and everything was new—not because I wanna be nostalgic—naw, but more so as a reminder that pulling a simple acid drop was EVERYTHING. Some call it a search for Animal Chin, or stroking’ the Stoke Donkey (Actually, nobody calls it that except for me, ha ha!). regardless of what ya wanna call that feelin’,  it is crucial to remind myself of why I started to ride skateboards in the first place: It’s mine, I make the rules, there’re endless possibilities, flow, speed, it’s my transporter, it’s all that and a bag of Chips A’hoy, there’s always unique opportunities to see an otherwise mundane and bureaucratic surrounding as actually flexible, it’s open for interpretation, and it is a canvas to create. My escape! Thank you skateboarding!

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Frontal ollie at CM5, Harvard, Mass. 2015. Photo: Khaleeq Alfred.

Anyway, I just wanted to quickly share a few memories and mental meanderings of my life as a skateboarder and to touch on why I’m still in love after all these years. The story continues. . .

Thank you Bustin Boards and all my friends for the support and inspiration. Hell yeah skateboarding!!!!!

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SF homie bomb in the Sunset. 2015. Photo: Yvonne Byers.

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The Rooted: Malek Abouljoud

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in The Rooted

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Malek Aboujoud and his first board way back when. Photo: Mom.

Why do I skateboard? It’s a question I always consider, yet, there may not be a definitive answer. However, I can certainly attempt to explain why I am stuck to skateboarding as firmly as that seized bearing is stuck on a rusty axle. As cliché as it sounds, I never really fit in with any of the people on the sports teams I played on.  I had a go at soccer, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, and golf over the course of my childhood/adolescence.  Since my run-in with all of those team sports, I have realized I simply do not like being confined to an itinerary of when we practice and when we play, not to mention the majority of the people I played with were total ass wipes.  Speaking of grievances regarding team sports, I played on my fair share of baseball teams where the father of a player only ever put their son at first base, on the mound, or at home plate.  I sincerely did love baseball, however the politics and nepotism of it ruined the game for me—no one likes a dad that’s an even larger douchebag than their arrogant son (I’ll never forget you, coach Williams! Ha ha!).

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Malek Abouljoud leading the pack at the Grand Rapids Urban Downhill event 2015. Photo: Ashlee Brown.

In skateboarding, there is no roster, no mandatory practice schedule, and most importantly, no nepotistic coaches who will scold you for blowing that play. For the most part, you skate when, where, and how you want, unless the 5-0 or the owner of that private property rains on your parade of course. Contrary to the team sports in which I participated, I have made copious amounts of genuine, tremendous friends via skateboarding.  I sincerely do not know where I would be without all of the impeccable friends I’ve met through skateboarding who hail from all across the United States, and the world for that matter. Skateboarding is a channel in which I can express creativity, relieve stress, and clear my mind (cliché, yet true).  Skateboarding is my justification to travel and explore, in addition to a gateway by which a monotonous, day-to-day lifestyle can be transformed into one which is significantly more fruitful.  There’s no team sports which are capable of delivering a more exhilarating feeling than bumping shoulders with your homie whilst descending a hill at 50 mph, or coming out of that sketchy pass alive, or touching their hip as you draft them down the hill.  The travels, friends, experiences, and excitement I get from skateboarding are the reasons I do it.  Why do you skateboard?

-Malek Abouljoud

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