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Bustin Boards Retailer of the Week – Wind Waves & Wheels

Wind Waves & Wheels is West Michigan’s premier skateboarding destination.  W3 has been a Bustin retailer since Bustin first offered longboards to retailers.  WWW continues to be the #1 destination to find a Bustin Board in Grand Rapids, Michigan it’s the longest running skate shop in West Michigan with a rich history.

Started by the Farmer family (from Rockford) back in 1984, Wind Waves and Wheels (W3) was an attempt to bring the Florida surf lifestyle to Michigan. Located in the heart of Rockford, W3 grew quickly as we provided many clothing styles that you could not find anywhere else in Michigan including Billabong, Quiksilver, Stussy, OP and Gotcha. We naturally branched into hardgoods and started to carry surfboards, skateboards, windsurfers and eventually snowboards.

We had a outdoor skatepark located next to our building and hosted many pros that came to skate the “superstructure”………….our famous half pipe that was 12 feet tall. Tony Hawk, Tony Magnussen, Steve Caballero, Rob Roskopp, Danny Way, Ron Allen and Jeff Phillips were just some of the big names that came to Rockford to perform.

As the sport of snowboarding started to grow, we poured our energy into making W3 the best snowboard shop in the Midwest. Just as we do today, we stocked all the best brands, hired great help, provided the best service, and of course, became avid snowboarders ourselves.

Sometime around 1992 the economy was tough and we almost went out of business. We made a tough decision to move out of Rockford and get closer to the stronger retail area of town………..28th street was to expensive, but we found a nice location on 29th street in Kentwood. Fortunately, the sport of snowboarding really started to take off and was accepted at more and more ski resorts. W3 truly found its niche with snowboarding and we continue to work very hard to be the best snowboard shop around.

Our staff is dedicated, knowledgeable, and we snowboard every chance we get. Our 12 person staff represents over 80 years of riding experience…………in other words, we know what we are doing and promise to put you on the right product!!

W3 continues to be locally owned and our owners actually get their hands dirty and work on the store floor!! Whether its snowboards, skateboards, longboards, wakeboards, skimboards, clothing, footwear or sunglasses, we will do our best to earn your business.

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Bustin Spotlight: Ashlee Kristin Photography

 

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Action Sports photographers are your best friend, your static extension, your personal GoPro ready to capture the moment.  All you have to do is something sweet, the photog will make you look cool with their lens.    Sometimes you see ‘em, sometimes you don’t.  At longboard events they’re lurking in the bushes, or right in your face with the flash blasting.  Either way – we depend on these soldiers to get in there and capture the goods.  Thank you photographers for your service!

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Photographers can go on tour!  There are plenty longboard skateboard events these days for a photog to really get to know the skaters, and to add depth to their work.  Each rider has strengths & style of their own.   Slide Jam, Push Race, Boarder Cross, Downhill, Slalom, Street, Park, team shoot, brand ad – you name it.  Pick your favorite sessions and get to know the riders, we salute you for that!

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Ashlee Brown figured it out, and has gained a lot of experience shooting long board skate events professionally, as Ashlee Kristin Photography.  Here are a few shots from Downhill Skateboard events in Michigan this summer.

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I started doing photography because it allowed me to capture special moments, use my creativity and view the world in a way that others may not normally see. It really makes you appreciate the little things in life and that’s why I love it.

I picked up my first longboard six years ago and couldn’t get enough. I honestly had no idea there was such an awesome scene for it in Michigan and I got to witness that when I was asked to photograph my first longboard event in 2013.
I’ve been so fortunate to meet some of the coolest and most talented people through longboarding and have made some of the best friends I could ask for. I have mad respect for these guys and ladies because I get to witness their passion firsthand and it’s always incredibly inspiring.

As a local photographer, I also shoot a lot of weddings, seniors, families, etc… But nothing beats hanging out at a race event all day with my “skate family” and snapping photos of my friends doing what they love.” -Ashlee

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Look for Ashlee’s camera at events around West Michigan this winter and follow 2015 skate season events via facebook, Ashlee Kristen Photography.

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Bustin x Tribe BoardWear team up for 2015

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Photo: Ashlee Brown Photography

If you made it to any skate events in Michigan this summer, you probably noticed quite a few of the homies rocking Tribe BoardWear.  You noticed because the threads are sick and “The Tribe” is a pretty massive crowd!  Its rad when a Tribe of like-minded cats gang up and spread the positive.  it’s even better when they sell dope apparel out of a pop-up camper-thing that is pretty sweet.

The Tribe has created a massive following around Michigan, and I’m sure that will spread as Tribe Owner Jake Tolan & Cameron Steger join the Bustin Michigan Forces in 2015!   Stay tuned for more to come…

The Tribe Ethos:  “We are striving to provide original, high quality, and affordable clothing for those with an active lifestyle and a love of all board sports.  It doesn’t matter if you’re on the snow, asphalt, or out on the water there is no other feeling like a board under your feet, and that is what we are all about. We stand for the simple and the most important things in life: family, friends, progression and fun! Welcome to the Tribe”

Follow Tribe on Instagram & Twitter: @TribeBoardWear

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Occupy Pando III – December 27, 2014 – Rockford, Michigan

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Occupy Pando III is going down Friday, December 27 2014!  For the third year, Grand Rapids #BackYardUnderground shredder Zepplin Zeerip will be hosting Occupy Pando in partnership with Pando Winter Sports Park.

“Last year, as we gained notoriety and increased event recognition, we saw nearly fifty competitors and over two hundred spectators visit Pando for the event. This upcoming seasons event will be very similar to the last, in that we will add wallrides and street features to the pipe while placing emphasis on it’s natural turns by building up larger hips and quarterpipes throughout it. ” – Zeppelin

Pando Winter Sports Park is the Birthplace of Competitive Snowboarding.  Jake Burton won a competition here in the 1970’s.  Bustin is more than amped to support cross-season throw-downs like Occupy Pando because the backyard snowboard scene is the roots of many side-stance sports. It’s what got us into into skating hills, because it was cross-training when the snow melts.  DH Skateboarding is basically snowboarding in the summer, so we’re hooking it up with some mad shredworthy decks for the podium and few lucky rippers.

The homies at MichiganBoarder.com hooked it up with event coverage from 2013.  Zep says this year the features will be changed up and there will be a DIY section for that extra naughty.  I’m stoked to be there with the Bustin tent and crew!  Don’t miss out on Friday, December 27!

Occupy Pando II Coverage on www.MichiganBoarder.com

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Skateboard Supercross Debuts this weekend in Seattle, Washington #SBSX

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Skateboard Supercross: The latest innovation on skateboard racing, it provides a mix of technical ability, athleticism and speed. This will surely stoke you out.  Debuting in Seattle, Washington this weekend – #SBSX paves the way for paved pump-track skateparks and competition.  The tracks are designed for skaters, by skaters and require speed and agility.  The tracks are a closed-loop format so the motion is continuous and rewarding.  Skateboard Supercross is catching on across the globe, one day there may be a Skateboard Supercross park in your backyard.  Think Big!  Get involved.

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