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Bustin Knuckles at Meijer State Games of Michigan Big Air Competition

The Midwest Bustin Roots Crew was assigned to the judges panel for Meijer State Games of Michigan “Big Air” Competition at Cannonsburg Ski Area.  The Winter games happen once a year at Cannonsburg, check it out!

Bustin is a Presenting Sponsor for MSG Summer Games Urban Downhill Skateboarding event that happens in June.  2014 was the first year of the DH longboard/skateboard event in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  This year the event happens June 27, 2015.  Stay tuned.

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Bustin Warehouse Sale – Final Weekend Online

This weekend is the LAST weekend to take advantage of our Early Bird Warehouse Sale Online!

There are super limited quantities left in our Early Bird online supply. Now is your chance to grab a sick board for a sick price before they are gone forever.

If you miss out on the deals online, come party with us! Help us clean out our warehouse and snag a ridiculous deal on 2014 goods by stopping by our Brooklyn Flagship Store on Saturday, March 7th. Head out to 154 Grand Street in Brooklyn for food, music and awesome deals from 12-8! Who’s coming out?!

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Dublin Longboard Crew & Irish DH Outlaw League -Words, Pearse D’Arcy

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Last year, The Dublin Longboard Crew in Ireland hosted their first ever Irish Downhill Skateboarding Outlaw League. After a few years of hosting Outlaws races, the mates finally decided to put their heads together and created an Outlaw League so us Irishmen (and gals) could get some race practice in before heading out to International events during the summer. Continue reading

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Building a Prototype – with Bubbles

Today we’re gonna learn how to build a prototype board!  Lots and lots of prototypes are needed to settle upon a final board shape, and the fastest way to turn around a brand new skateboard sample to play with is in house, so let’s learn how it’s done!

Step 1 – Think of a board

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This is the creative first step!  Imagine the board, feel the board, be the board.  This step is easiest and fastest done with pencil on paper, digital paper and pen goes a lot further towards creating the exact skate machine that exists in your head.  We use 3D modeling software to create the different concaves, kicktails, and other bends that go into our boards.  This way it also allows us to visualize the board before we even start physically working on it!

Step 2 – Make a mould

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Blood Sweat and Tears!

Dats a lotta dust!

Dats a lotta dust!

Now this is where sh!t gets technical.  There are TONS of instructions and DIY projects online that describe how to create skateboard moulds and presses.  We get an easy out here with our handy-dandy Computer Numerical Controlled cutting device!  With the CNC machine we can convert our 3D shapes into files that tell the machine what shape to cut and it takes it from there.

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Smooth it out

Step 3 – Press a panel

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Once we’ve got 2 halves of a mould, a positive and a negative, we can use them to make a skateboard sandwich.  We make sandwiches out of Maple, Bamboo, and sometimes our Honey-Comb Hollo-Tech cores which were developed by bees.  These sandwiches get a nice layer of wood glue and then get smashed with tons and tons of pressure in our super high-tech bottle jack press.

Step 4 – Cut a board

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After a few hours drying in the press, we pop the freshly pressed panel out and skate it!  Alright not quite yet, it’s still a 44″ x 11″ skateboard, too big to ride effectively.  We take the panel back over to the CNC machine, set it up on top of a jig that holds it in place, and after whispering sweet nothings into the machine’s input port, stand back and let the board come to life out of the panel.

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SAND!

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PAINT!

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GRIP!

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SKATE!

Photo by Dustin Hampton

Photo by Dustin Hampton

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The Road to Recovery – Dejaune Jones – Guajataka, PR

Congratulations to Dejaune Jones for his 4th place finish at Guajataca!

photog – Jose E. Mojena

Rewind roughly 6 months, and Dejaune was in a totally different place – in an ambulance with several vertebrae broken as well as a rib, after hitting a guard rail during a race heat at the Madison County Gravity Fest.  Thankfully, there was no paralysis although the doctors were unsure of his potential for recovery.  Back and spinal injuries are nothing to joke about, and even with confidence that Dejaune would be walking again, there was the question of how well.

photog – Marcell Santos

But Dejaune has spent the past 6 months astounding both his team-mates as well as his doctors, making everyone cringe every time he insisted on getting back on a skateboard or his BMX in the early months after his injury.  But perseverance paid off, and after only 6 weeks he was back on his bike in the park, and after 4 months, was back to filming high speed downhill skateboarding!

photog – George Mendoza

For 2015 Dejaune is already going hard and not letting his injury stand in his way.  Within just a few months of his re-introduction to downhill, Dejaune competed in, and placed 4th at the 2015 Guajataca Downhill Festival.  We want to use this opportunity to give Big D a big shout-out for the finals finish, and our best wishes for his continued recovery, and his success in 2015!

Go big D!

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