Michigan longboarding roots are dense in distance skateboarding. Commuting point A to B is part of everyone’s life, and it feels good on on a skateboard. Only the past 30 years or so the majority of Americans have invested a major chunk of their savings into automobiles, and bikes- to commute point A to B. Automotives are rad! Bikes are pretty cool too. But, you can’t drive an automotive on a State-Trail networks.
The Divide Distance Skateboarding Challenge is a hybrid skate event offering 5k/10k distance races + a hybrid push with speed sections. Longboard skateboarding was added to the Manton, Michigan event because the road is closed for a bike race and the bikers are interested to see how skaters can keep up on a course with climbs and descents. The course is not very technical, but does offer thrilling speed sections, corners and climbs. There is a campground on a nice lake in Manton where we’ll camp out for the evening should you choose to stay and hang out in northern Michigan for the evening – bring a tent. Family friendly event, until someone takes their pants off.
Bustin Boards “For All Who Push” tour is at Black Squrl in Wisconsin today, Cal-Surf in Minnesota tomorrow then on the road south to Burning Spider Stoke Company in Missouri on Friday. The tour is pretty wild, we get to skate with a bunch of new rad people at every stop and learn a bunch of new terrain. Everybody on the FAWP tour has different skate background and style that really helps the tour get weird. The best part of the tour is everybody throws down. From you who is reading this to your Mom – everybody that we meet is pretty amped up about the tour when we roll through. I think it’s because our crew is a bunch of genuinely nice people who love to skate. We represent 4 countries and even Alaska <Bill Rice.
There is no RIGHT way of skateboarding in our crew, The Bustin crew is all about creating a challenge and overcoming it in all aspects of skating. We’ll find a spot and one of us will slay it while the rest of us play around until we figure out how to have fun on it. That’s skateboarding. Everything we skate (almost) is man-made (except grass runs, etc), so when we overcome challenging terrain – everybody gets rad. It’s simple, its skateboarding. Somehow, we were lucky enough to afford to send a pack of our friendly wolves into my country – the Midwest. A Land that the bi-coasters don’t understand, the simple life.
Sun and Snow Sports is a rad Action Sports Shop in Plymouth, Michigan. Team Bustin planned a visit in June and kicked it with the locals for the day. Our team even had the chance to get some ZZZ’s with one of the employees – which is just the icing on the cake! We’re blessed to work with such good people. I hope you enjoy the video above – send to me by the guys at Sun and Snow. We appreciate it guys! World: Enjoy Summer footage in Michigan.
Bustin Boards hosted the 2nd annual State Games of Michigan – Grand Rapids Urban Downhill Skateboarding event Saturday June 27, 2015 in the central downtown district of Grand Rapids, Michigan – in partnership with Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. State Games of Michigan staff assisted in obtaining permits and event logistics to close three of the best hills Downtown Grand Rapids, then added Downhill Skateboarding as the 40th event of the Michigan State Games last year. The urban course is 1 half-mile city-blocks on a 7% grade track that starts at the crest of Lyon Hill, drops to an off-camber fast corrugated concrete 90-degree left onto Ransom Avenue then another 90-degree right onto Fountain St. crash-corner. GRDH offered skaters 2 hours of freeride & 2 hours of we ran heats of 4 – ladies, grom & open classes.
25 sponsorships and 110 registrations closed the $14,000 price tag to host an urban downhill in GR. The logistics of hosting an urban event became very real to me in 2013 while planning State Games of Michigan 2014. Except, I was trying to host an urban Push event in Grand Rapids, because the hills are mellow and quick, uphill pushes max at a 1/4 mile and the Midwest appreciates push events – I like push events.
We created 2 courses for the 2013 presentation to the State Games & City of Grand Rapids, a PUSH course and DH track. The DH race was a smash hit for the presentation, the push was appreciated & considered but logistically not affordable. The cost of hosting an urban push event, closing streets, hiring officers, paying for meter hoods and barricades – shit’s not cheap. So we decided to only add DH to the State Games roster in 2014. I tried again in 2015 but the costs were scary, and we decided to throw an old-skool underground distance push – like the old days. Advertised the event casually thru Facebook, Chicago’s finest Joe Mazzone showed up, I showed up – we placed 1 & 2 in an 11.2mi Distance Push, respectively.
We closed registration for GRDH at 110 skaters 2 years in a row for the DH. That’s pretty consistent for a Midwest event. The crowd attendance more than doubled from last year. The demand is HOT for more downhill skateboarding in Grand Rapids and the City is on board. We’re now working with the city to design and build a gravity park, skateboard-supercross track & skate plaza Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.