‘Tis the season where it is better to give than receive, but here at Bustin we like to think that we challenge the philosophical truth behind that proverb since its almost equally as rad receiving the gift of one of our boards as it is to give one! The biggest challenge that often is faced by those looking to gift the shredder in their life with one of our sleds is choosing the particular shape and/or model that would best pertain to the individuals skating style. As a solution to this plaguing predicament, we here at Bustin have come up with a full 2016 Holiday Buyers Guide that will highlight the various categories found within our shred sled line-up to better help you pick the proper performing plank. Our entire line-up will be discussed throughout the next couple of weeks including our boards, wheels, and bearings so make sure to stay tuned for the dropping of each of these new postings as the go live right here on our blog!
In 2012 the Sportster hit the market to meet the demand for a super low push deck that offered a freeride friendly approach. We had just revolutionized our push ethos with the release of the Maestro board the year before, and were looking to continue the legacy of NY Push Culture. The Sportster was originally our no-frills, no-nonsense, performance ONLY push board. We were immediately astounded by the reception! Rave reviews and dozens of riders swearing by the deck got us paying attention to some of the critical insights. The two main comments were: A) we made it too big, and B) It could use a touch flex for comfort. So over the course of 4 years of tweaking and developing, we landed on our current model: a shrunk-down, bamboo-ified version built to skate. Mild flex and a compact platform makes it an extraordinarily nimble pusher that feels GOOD to ride, while the Radial-Dropped-Rockered shape locks feet comfortably into place for pushing out those slides.
The drop-through design combined with our RDR mold (radial drops and rocker throughout the standing platform) give this deck a low down, high response, super controlled ride unlike any other board. The mild dampening flex provided by the combination of Bamboo and Maple, in addition to the slightly rockered shape and hip notches make this deck comfortable on smooth or rough terrain and the forked nose design allow it to pack a huge engine into a tight 33” frame while still maintaining a stable wheelbase.
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!
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…
“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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
Customer Question of the Year: “Do You make longboards for kids?”
GOOD QUESTION! YES, Bustin designs boards for all styles of riding, skaters young and old. Not all kids are the same, so we have a few recommendations. Bustin recommends you skate with your kids now, before it is too late. They grow up fast…
1. Bustin Maestro34 (Maestro Mini)
The MaestroMini is 34 inches in length, and is one of the smaller decks Bustin offers. The board was designed for smaller riders, with drop-thru truck design and shorter wheelbase than most other Bustin Boards decks. Maestro34 is kin of Maestro38, Bustin’s #1 selling longboard, M34 was shortened for younger riders.Drop-Thru design means your trucks are fastened to the top of the deck, rather than the bottom like a traditional skateboard. Most trucks are universal and will be compatible with a drop-thru deck made by Bustin. Drop-Thru allows the deck to be lower to the ground making it easier for a smaller skater to push their longboard, since kids have short legs. Kids have a much easier time pushing drop-thru style decks because their legs do not have to stretch as far to touch the ground while pushing. We also design Drop-Thru decks for LDP, Long Distance Pushing – in 38″, 40″, 42″ length. Longer deck platform = Greater EFP (Effective Foot Platform). Deck length preference is different among all Skaters, there is no perfect formula. Top skathletes prefer the lowest possible deck platform for distance skateboarding and races.
2. Bustin Sportster33 (Sportster Mini)
My next recommendation is Sportster33, the little brother of Sportster36, Bustin’s Top freeride deck. The Sportster series has deep concave & dropped platform making it the lowest riding deck in Bustin’s lineup. Deep concave keeps feet locked in while going fast and freeriding, which is all the rage these days. I recommend the Sportster33 for the kid who is age 10 going on 18. The kid who drools over longboard photos and wants a deck to grow with over the years. Sportster & Maestro series are designed for all-around, which is why we make a smaller version for kids. My wife is 5’2 and prefers Sportster33 for all-around cruising. My 4 yr old daughter also loves the Bustin Sportster 33.
3. Bustin Modela26 & Bustin Modela33
Some kids are drawn to the single kick-tail board series, we call ours Bustin Modela. We make 2 length options, Modela26 & Modela33. You may assume Modela26 is the best for your kid because it is the shortest deck. That’s not necessarily true. Modela26 was designed for skateboarders who want tail function on a cruiser deck. The single kick-tail design allows for the same style of skating as a regular popsicle shape skate deck, with bigger wheels. The 26 may be one of the more difficult shapes to learn, but also one of the most rewarding boards to learn to skate well. I recommend Modela33, it is a super fun shape that can be enjoyed by kids and parents for cruising and tricks.
Please note: You can teach your kid to skate on ANY style of skateboard, it really does not matter that much. The best recommendation we have is to get your kids on board as early an age as possible to initiate muscle memory. Skateboarding is good for kids, it promotes brain and muscle growth and is a super fun activity. Do it.