How to Buy a Skateboard – as a Gift – Bustin Blog

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Bubbles Blog, News, Reviews

Alright, so it’s the holiday season, and your favorite person in the whole world wants a skateboard, so you turn to Bustin Boards!  But with all of the options available, it can be tough to pick something out as a gift.  So – let’s get started on a quick how-to not disappoint your favorite skater!

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1 – What will they be doing?

The most common mistake that those new to the sport or those just looking in as a gift-giver, is that all skateboards are for all skateboarding.  In reality there are a number of “sub-sports” or disciplines within “longboarding” or “skateboarding”.  If you know exactly what they want to do, then great!  But if not, you’re going to want to get a little info.  Keywords like “sliding”, “freeriding”, “cruising”, “carving”, and “downhill” are all hot words!  Try and get your gift recipient to say one of the following words…

“Cruise” or “Cruiser” – These boards are typically fun to ride, and non-aggressive.  They make for great introductory boards!  The Cruiser 32 is this author’s personal favorite!

“Push” or “LDP” – Boards in this category excel at looooong distances.  We highly recommend the Nomad for the true distance pusher!

“Downhill” or “Freeride” or “Sliding” – These will tend to be slightly larger, stiffer boards made for speed and sliding the board sideways.  For the do-it-all kid who’s gonna want to skate everything, get them the Royce PRO.  For the guy or gal who’s gonna spend most of their time on the hill or in the mountains, grab the EQ!

2 – What wheels, truck, bearings do they need?

Many skaters are very preferential to their favorite brands of wheels or trucks.  We’ve made this step easy by creating a “pre-built” complete option for each of our boards.  Our team riders and designers worked together to figure out the best all-around set-up for each board in our line-up.  So if you’re unsure of specifics, you can grab them one of our favorite builds in order to get skating right away!

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69mm Five-0 Royce Pro wheels

If you do know generally what they want – we have a wide variety of trucks available and the Five-0 wheels we cary are some of the most respected in the industry!

3 – When in doubt ask!

Of course you can ask them exactly what they want, but that can take some of the fun out of the process!  SO, also feel free to reach out to us either by email, online chat feature, or by phone!  We’re always happy to make a recommendation!

Impossible to be disappointed with some much gear!

Impossible to be disappointed with some much gear!

4 – Mystery Boxes!

For the skater who like a little random in their life – pick up a big ole box of skate stuff!  Assorted gear means no one leaves disappointed!

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5 – Gift Cards!

Last but not least – you can always grab a gift card for your beloved skater!  It shows that you know and respect their love for the sport, but that maybe you weren’t 100% on what they needed.  Plus we’ll toss a couple stickers in with the card for extras!

 

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Joe Mazzone! Chicago’s Finest Distance Skateboarder

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in Mike Stories, News

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How did you get into Distance Skateboarding?

I got into distance skateboarding from a cross country background, and to manage depression I’ve had for almost 10 years now. I used to run from 5th grade throughout high school, so I naturally developed that endurance.  After competitive running I was eager to fill the void.  When I got into skating everything transferred very smoothly; short skates became hour-long cruising ventures.  Of course everything changed one I got into the racing scene because I was introduced to competition.  Distance Skateboarding promotes endorphin release, it soothes my soul.

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Alyssa Monteiro, 2015 Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon Women’s Champion!

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Mike Stories, News

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Alyssa Monteiro is the 2015 Fiesta Island Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon Champion!  Alyssa’s win was not easy, as she defeated reigning champion Lexi Hutchings who was favored for the 2015 race.  Alyssa is from Chicago, Illinios and this was her 2nd Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon.  She has been travelling to quite a few skate events, skating a Bustin Maestro.  Her efforts have definitely paid off.  Alyssa’s name will be forever etched into the Adrenalina trophy and will be remembered as the fastest women’s skater in San Diego for the year 2015.  The following is an in-depth interview with Alyssa to learn a bit about who she is and why she loves distance skateboarding.

Photo Credit: Brad Miller

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Dublin Pearse D’Arcy Crowned Champion at “King of Huku” at Ticknock, Ireland!

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Events, Mike Stories

King of Huku by Paul Fitzgerald

Dublin Pearse D’Arcy  wins “King of Huku”, a 2-man heat race on huku hill on the 14th of November. For anyone who hasn’t skated it or seen it before it’s narrow 5 corners and around 55 kph. There were a lot of potholes but they filled them in but it’s still rough in a few sections. The heats were picked by names pulled from a hat and the winners progressed. Pictured:  Pearse showing his mean face!

Photo: Paul Fitzgerald

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