The streets of D.C. have recently been playing home to a local crew of renegades going rogue on any an every spot the District has to offer. From marble ledges to janky hand rails, this crew mobs it all making the most hectic spots look tame and manageable. #TeamBustin has some representation in this rip squad in the form of Karl Watford featured in the opening part and Tyten Washington who snags a few clips along the way. The video was filmed and edited by local skate cinematographer William Polly who absolutely crushed it behind the lens. Without further ado, sit back and relax as you enjoy the tastey visuals of Small Talk.
Bustin Street Crew
Hi all! Thanks for tuning back in for this release of “What’s Your Set-Up”. This week I’m doing it a little different. I was out on the shipping floor, helping out our man Layne with quick ships and custom orders, when I stumbled upon easily my favorite board from today’s shipments. Since I can’t ASK Ian Sterling about his set-up (well I could, but not before we get his board shipped out) I thought I’d come up with the answers I think he’d give us. So, Ian Sterling: This is why I think you picked your set-up!
First off the Modela deck. The Modela does fall into what we classify as our “Cruiser” line, but with a fully-functional and super-lively kicktail, and a relatively little amount of flex, the Modela also shines as a freestyle / street / hill board (it really can do anything if you’re down to push yourself!)
That Jack-Of-All-Trades lifestyle is continued by Ian’s choice of Bear Kodiak trucks. These forged beauties are stronger, and more true to accurate geometry than traditional cast trucks. This means that while they’ll feel just as good on the boardwalk as say, a cast Bear Grizzly, they have the added benefit of confidence at speed. Downhill / Freestyle / Cruiser hybrid on the way!
Next up: Wheels. Ian went with the Five-0 Royce Pro wheels in 64mm. Small means light for using the tail to it’s fullest functionality. Combined with a thick, rounded lip, and proprietary SLIDY urethane ALSO makes these wheels a dream when getting sideways. The release and hook-up of Five-0 urethane is legendary and the 64 Royce’s are going to really excel at slope-side skating.
Last we’ve got to look at bearings. Ian decided to upgrade all the way with his Bustin Built-In Ceramic bearings. The Ceramic material means the bearings will do a better job of eliminating and expelling grit, meaning they will stay cleaner longer than a traditional steel bearing. But the pivotal point of these bearings in my opinion, is the built-in spacer. We’ve recognized over the years that there is no true standard for bearing spacers or wheel hubs, so our answer has been to eliminate the question by including a built-in spacer and speed ring on ALL of our higher end bearings.
Thanks Ian for letting me guess at what was on your mind when you designed your board, and again, let me say, GREAT choices, definitely my favorite board today!
After a brief break, we’re back this week with another edition of “What’s Your Set-Up”! This time we’re keeping in the warehouse and hitting up someone you may recognize from his segment – Layne’s Lunch Line. Layne is our in house Shipping Master, skate representative, and all around homie. So, Layne, what’s your set-up?
“I ride a Bustin Street deck – the 8.0 size. With Caliber 8.0 TKP’s and Bones 56mm wheels. I like the 8.0 because it’s just the right size for flip tricks while giving me confidence on the board. I’ve found that the Caliber’s have a really good weight to them, not like, too heavy, but solid. A lot of people look for the absolute lightest trucks they can find for maximum lift, but I find that the Calibers really seem to feel right. And Bones is just a great reliable wheel, not sure what else to say about them!
Oh! And of course my Union sticker – put one of those on every deck I ride!”
Photo Tip #1: It’s a simple fact that skateboarding is an accelerated sport. Regardless of the discipline, downhill, freeride, pushing, street, the dynamics tend to be swift. To keep pace with the velocity in skateboarding, a fast shutter speed is fundamental…However, I’ll let you in on a secret, KNOW your composition and than FOLLOW the skater all the way to that planned shot.
Being conscious of the shot enables one to imagine what is needed, and than execute it perfectly. The focus is on the skater from wherever their beginning was, and following them all the way to the chosen destination. Below are a couple of examples where I was able to envision, pursue, and capture a skater in motion, and all their glory.
The very essence behind skating is the use of self propulsion via a vehicle that takes the ordinary act of transportation and makes it into an extraordinary experience. We here at Bustin have been working hard since our conception to craft a proper skateboard built solely to simplify daily commutes by developing specific design elements engineered for this sole purpose. After nearly fifteen years, we have come up with multiple shapes that fall into this criteria of skating that often gets overlooked by many board designs on the market today. Below we will break down the various boards found in our Bamboo-X Push Series and will briefly explain a few key features and the functional rationalization as to why they were included.
The 2016 Spliff is a reincarnation of one of our classic shapes that was developed as a small, agile board to allow easy and efficient pushing through the streets of Brooklyn and beyond. Measuring in at 31″ long and 9″ wide with a forward camber design makes for a comfortable pushing platform that still allows for tight carves when whipping in and out of traffic on your daily commute. Weighing in as one of our smaller push models, this board is easily stowed on the bus, in a locker, or in your trunk making this the perfect sized stashable shred sled.
This years Sportster may be the greatest version of this city smashing machine that we have produced to date featuring a combination of bamboo and maple construction that really helps bring this board to life underneath its riders feet. A slight radial drop leading into a rockered riding platform lowers this skateboard making it closer to the ground creating a confidence inspiring stability as well as maximizing the motion produced from each push. A radial concave throughout helps to gently hug the riders feet without impeding any foot placements adjustments for kicking out slides or dodging unexpected pedestrians.
Designed to be the ultimate for commuting as well as pursuits in the long distance push realm, the Nomad is a game changer for anyone looking to push rather than pollute. A symmetrical double drop design capitalizes on the benefits of lowering the riders center of gravity while still providing the “locked in” feeling desired by many of todays skaters. Coming in at 36″ long and 9″ wide, this board has all the length you need without any excess material making this board light and responsive without impeding any needed quick directional changes along the way.
This pint sized pusher was developed not just for our younger, smaller riders out there but also for anyone who is ready to get super shreddy without the commitment to a larger board. Measuring in at only 33″ long and 8.5″ wide and featuring a fully functional nose and tail, this board is ready to blend barriers and allow you to spice up your daily commute with ollies and manuals that will open up new doors of possibilities.
A revolutionary shape that quickly became our flagship skateboard, this forward cambered board provides a comfortable pushing platform that helps to maximize the momentum generated out of each push. Designed to whip its rider in and out of crowded NYC streets, a flowy element is easily recognizable once any amount of time has been spent atop this commute killer. Weighing in at 37″ long and 9″ wide, this board is big enough to positively effect your push but still small enough that it still retains a very fun and playful element.
A first cousin to both the Maestro Mini and Maestro 6, this skateboard takes the two and combines many of their best features to create a hybrid commuting experience. The mellow concave plus fully functional symmetrical nose and tails makes this board perfect for flat ground shenanigans as you blast through city blocks. Coming in at 39.7″ long and 9.22″ wide, this design was constructed to allow its captain the chance at experiencing rapid transit with full lurk capabilities during the wait between switching buses or trains.
All skateboards have the inert ability to transport their rider from “Point A” to “Point B” but we as a company composed of daily skateboarders know that certain design elements deliver clear advantages during these pursuits. With this philosophy in mind, every board in this series was designed, constructed, and guaranteed to deliver unparalleled performance For All Who Push. If this Holiday you are looking for the quickest, coolest, and most convenient way to get around your local piece of concrete jungle, we got your back on the most (fun)ctional push boards on the market today.