Maysles Film Institute is presenting 2 nights of films dedicated to local skateboarding, July 28-29, 2010.Follow the link for showtime details. See you there!
First thought…..Thank you! To the Concrete Kings and everyone else that is PushCulture. Thanks to our sponsors..Bustin, Arbor, Bern, Original, Landyachtz, and Uncle Funky’s skate shop. We couldn’t have done this without you all!
Second thought….Booyah! The first annual Concrete Kings “Mini-Bomb” was a huge success! We had 100-120 riders show up from as far as Florida and maybe even further. And as I rolled up, late as usual, I was greeted with a rolling wave of stoke and scores of eager riders ready to start. Sorry guys, we spent 30 minutes looking for a parking spot close to the after-party location….prizes and my dad’s grill were in the trunk. Also greeting me at the 116th and Broadway starting line were Columbia University students, pedestrians and even the NBC news team. I did as many greetings as I could, lined up and then my co-host/organizer Rob Rodriguez shouted go and the race was off!
The race was 6+ miles of NYC traffic surfing, pedestrian dodging, adrenaline pumping fun! The first rule of this race was…”There are no rules”. I wanted this race to represent what you would see on any given day as the Concrete Kings shred the city’s streets and that includes bypassing lights, caution signs, cops and even skitching. This too is PushCulture. Adam Crigler caught a skitch that people will envy until the next race. The cab was waiting at the crosswalk, the lights turned green, the heavens opened up and Crigler went flying down 5th Ave doing at least 30. Awesome! He wasn’t the first or the last but it was definitely the best! After that it was a close race for second. The fastest riders in the city were there and to them six miles of pushing through the city non-stop is an everyday occurrence. But this push race is more than speed…it is about awareness, daring and natural instinct. You have to be ready for the cars that want to cut you off, the light that is about to turn red or the pedestrians that litter your path. There can be as many variables as there are people in NYC, the only thing you can do is be ready to react. This too is PushCulture.
Adam Crigler did the course in a fast 21 minutes and was rewarded with a crisp $100 and his choice of prizes. Big Up bro!!!!! Evan Armbrister really made his presence known with a strong second. Apparently he can do more than talk trash! …That might seem harsh but I bet he’s doing that crazy laugh of his right now. Do work. Look out for this guy to do some real work in the races to come! Congrats bro and don’t get too comfortable…The Rifts Are Coming….RIFTS! (Read the blog if you don’t know what If you don’t know what I’m talking about).
No man..or woman was left behind and we waited at the Union Square until everyone crossed the finish line. Their was tons of love being spread and no drama. We left Union with crowds of people staring in amazement. Way to go Concrete Kings! The group as a whole skated a few blocks where my dad aka Bear began to grill and everyone prepared for the awards ceremony.
Finishers in order from 1-10.
Adam Crigler. Evan Armbrister. Solomon Lang(Me). Kiefer Dixon. Wilfried Bouillon. Caspar Henrici. Travis Davenport. Javon Prince Lang. Jeff Vyain aka the wiggler. Nelson Oliver.
Video from the race and finish line are being worked out now…Thanks Jeff.
You would think that after 6+ miles of continuous kicking that the group would be ready to take it easy….not the Concrete Kings. The only breaks were to grab a hot dog or hamburger and to listen for prizes being announced. After that it was back to skating with a few more contests yet to be held…..There was the sprint race spanning a few blocks that was won by Mike Dallas aka Diesel. The Best Trick by Wilfried Bouillon. And the Hippie Jump by Paulie Connor.
All together the day went perfectly. I can’t thank everyone enough. The Kings for representing us so well. Our sponsors for the dope schwag. Open Road for help making the awards ceremony possible. My dad for laying it down on the grill even though he had just done the race as well. And everyone who attended and made this such a wonderful experience. You are PushCulture!
Stay tuned for info on the Concrete Kings next event……”The Track Meet”.
The New York Longboard Association presents:
BROADWAY BOMB 2010- Saturday, October 16 @ HIGH NOON
Meet: 11am @ Riverside Park & 116th St.
This is the 10th annual Broadway Bomb longboard race and weekend celebration. A decade of longboard Push Culture skating through traffic on Broadway Ave. in New York City. Stay tuned for details on the full schedule of skate events planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Use the comment section below for car pools and accommodations. DONT MISS THE SHOW! October 16, 2010.
ATTENTION: ARMIES OF THE NIGHT
Rat Rod NYC is hosting the 1st annual Warriors Race – Bronx to Coney Island. 24-27 miles depending on route. Easiest Route Here
*****NOTE DATE CHANGE!!!! Official Race is FRIDAY, JULY 23 @ 7:00PM – NYC SUBWAY – 1TRAIN TO 242nd St, Van Cortland Park. END OF THE SUBWAY LINE. Meet outside the subway station.
1. Teams of 3
2. All teams take the MTA subway 1 train to the end of the line in the Bronx, 242nd St, Van Cortland Park
3. Teams RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org Rat Rod NYC will assign all team names via e-mail. Race meeting is 6:30pm outside the White Plains Road 2 train subway entrance.
4. Cost: $20/team for prize purse. ($6.60/skater/biker) Bring $20/team cash to Race Meeting at start.
5. Checkpoints will be announced at start, teams will be provided a map printout of the 3-4 Borough area.
6. Research your assigned team and dress the part. The race will be more fun if everyone dresses the part.
A quick summary of the notable gangs from “The Warriors”.
Question…Can my blog be anther person’s blog. Answer….Most definitely.
Our flagship store has become the unofficial headquaters of the longboard community here in NYC. And it’s not just skaters stopping by; the whole neighborhood has taken notice and people continually stop by to check us out. Is it the beautiful customized boards. Or how much fun we all seem to be having. What about the family vibe that seems to exude from everyone rocking these Bustin shirts that keep showing up everywhere. I say it’s all that and more. Whatever the reason, people are paying attention and we are basking in the love. I never stop getting excited as I get close to finishing each persons board and the joy each person shows as I pass it to them more than makes up for the long hours and busy days.
Everyday I get to meet some of the most interesting and awesome people in NYC and from around the world. I am constantly making new friends and networking is always the word of the day. Throw all your stereotypes of what makes a skater out the window. Clothes, job, age, sex…..mix all that together and that is what makes up the Bustin family.
Check out this blog from one of the newest members of our extensive family. I consider myself extremely lucky that my “hobby” is also my “job” (neither of those words really fit) but that could hardly be possible for all of us. Yet we all somehow find ways to intertwine our lives with longboarding. We can’t help it! Epic Uno
And check another vid by Craze 29 films of some of the Concrete Kings.