After a long day in Manhattan I made the trek across the water to the narrow peninsula that sits just southeast of Brooklyn; Rockaway. If you’ve never been to Rockaway it can be a bit of a culture shock. Roughly 3 blocks wide, this beach is home to some of the richest culture in all of New York City. The bay is situated on the north side and the south side opens up directly to the Atlantic Ocean. Modern Rockaway isn’t as much of the rough-and-tumble telltale that you’ve likely heard about. The Rockaways were met with Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012, devastation ensued for the tiny peninsula in a way that no one could imagine. “We heard there was going to be flooding, but this street had never really seen more than about 4 inches of water.” This is Thomas Brookins, New York surfer, filmmaker, and de facto ambassador for his home of Rockaway. I was told there were houses floating up the street, pieces of the boardwalk thrown blocks away, carnage. Among the structures lost, memories went with them. Pictures, keepsakes, family heirlooms; entire lives and history were gone.Read More
“We’re old – 19 years old to be exact. We sold our first skateboard and snowboard on November 10, 1995 out of our 700 sq ft shop in Portland, Oregon. We fell in love with longboarding in 1999 and have been selling them ever since to hundreds of thousands of customers ALL OVER THE WORLD. Today, Daddies is the largest longboard shop in the world. Really. We have a good time here at Daddies. But we take our work seriously. Longboarders have graciously rewarded us for our efforts by voting Daddies the 2012 and 2013 Best Online Longboard Shop.”Read More
For this year we’ve re-re-released the EQ in a whole new iteration. 2014 saw the move away from the rocker / drop profile of the original EQ and the addition of our Honey-Comb Hollow-Core tech to greatly reduce weight. The new mould featured an elliptical W-cave in the center of the deck, a progressive radial concave that worked with the W-bubble to create a slightly rockered platform, with a peaked waist for added strength.Read More
Last weekend the Catalina Island Classic, presented by Riviera Skateboards, went down for it’s fourth installment on the beautiful island of Santa Catalina, off the southern coast of California. Catalina presents a unique take on the downhill skateboard event; combining high speed gravity fascination, with the beauty and celebrity of the island itself. Will Royce and Max Ballesteros headed out to the picturesque island for a weekend of skating, sun, and enjoyment. Shout out to Max for snagging a spot in the semi-finals!Read More
Bustin Shop Focus: Billabong New Jersey
Billabong New Jersey is a family owned and operated surf and skate shop—but this is not just any family. The Mesanko family has a long, proud history at the heart of the New Jersey surf scene. Sons Dillon and Luke run the shop now but their father Greg Mesanko opened the legendary Grog’s Surf Palace in Seaside Park all the way back in 1971. They’ve been supporting Bustin for years and we’re stoked to have them as supporters of our boards and our brand.
They have this to say about Bustin: “We have grown a trust with Bustin because…they’re constantly pushing out cutting edge models and construction while still offering high quality cruisers and bamboo boards for the average skater. And of course their graphics are always sick. Our customers also count on us to carry brands who are pushing the sport forward and are different then what’s on the racks at mall stores.”
Their current spot in Shrewsbury has been open since 2007 and has built a loyal following because of a focus on customer service and a knowledgeable staff. They also support a local skate team—and we love to support shops that support skaters!
Local shops are what it’s all about and Billabong New Jersey is just that. If you live in the area get out there and show them your support—whether it’s buying a new longboard, some wheels or even picking up some new boardshorts for the beach.
If you don’t live near them then get out there and support the local shop in your area—check out our dealer locator for a Bustin dealer new you!Read More