Bustin makes a longboard for just about every style of riding, but our roots are deep in that NY PUSH. I was back in NYC last week for an annual dose of NYC Push Culture and to hang out with Team Bustin at the kick-off of our FOR ALL WHO PUSH tour along the East Coast and into the Midwest. I learned that NY PUSH is EXACTLY what it used to be, and that got me fucking STOKED!
What with deadlines approaching for holiday shipping (this Saturday 12/21 is THE deadline for getting a deck shipped in the US in time), we figured this would be a great opportunity to talk about some of the latest tasty treats from the Bustin workshop (we’re like, next door to Santa, sometimes the elves come over to hit the ramp, it’s awesome). Whether you need ideas for a skater on your gift list, or you’ve got some holiday cash to spend on yourself, these are the most recent releases from the Bustin Labs!
First and foremost, is the extraordinarily limited holiday release of the Ratarang deck. We only made 100 for this run and we’ve got like, 10 left so they may be sold out by the time this blog drops (I hope not, go run and check!) This beast was made from the brain waves of a couple of our team riders. Will Royce got us thinking about a double sided Ratmobile, and when Dave Aparicio started riding his Ratmobile backwards, we got hooked on the idea. We wanted something uniquely new and different from the original Rat, so we retouched the concave (steeper is steezier), added some elliptical w (ya’ll been eating it up on the 2013 Ibach), and threw in some subtle wheel flares (what wheel bite?). End result, freeride / downhill madness.
Take it back a couple of weeks to the re-release of the biggest DK that matters, the BGDK. We asked what you thought about this large piece of wood, and the general response was that it was too large to be enjoyable. So we listened! We took off a little of the length (.5″) and a touch out of the girth (.375″) to make it easier and more enjoyable to ride. These modifications make the BGDK easier to pop and trick, while the sharp rails maintain a steep, DH / Freeride concave.
Last on today’s list of new new to check out for the holiday season is our latest wheel offerings, the Five-0 Sniper series. We took the well-loved urethane from our wildly popular Five-0 wheel, and put it into a slightly off-set, square lipped shape. The result is a wheel that slides as buttery smooth as the original Five-0‘s with a little more grip at speed and a LOT more life to them! The wide contact patch gives these wheels a much slower wear pattern than their round lipped counter parts, which still dumping the same amount of consistent thane that you’ve come to expect from Bustin Five-0 wheels.
Last series I’ll touch upon today is a re-envisioning of our past, our history, our Bustin Culture. We started Bustin Boards with the idea that longboarding should be for everyone who wants to! And while we’ve tried to keep up with the competitive portion of the industry (talk about fast growth!) we also like to return to our roots from time to time. This is what inspired our 2013 cruiser / camber line-up. We brought back the Cigar in 2 new sizes and added the new Mission deck. All equipped with a more balanced camber in order to give a ton of life and spring in the board’s step. If you’re looking for a tight, springy cruiser to slash around campus, check out the 31″, for board-walking down to the beach, the 38″ and the new, drop-through Mission deck are where it’s at!
Thanks for joining me!
What to say about the Broadway Bomb… Well to start with, despite the NYPD’s best efforts (again) it did happen. Over 1,000 skaters turned out, and under 40 arrests were made, all in all, good odds! Coincidentally our apologies if you do fall into that roughly 3% who found themselves in irons! Thanks to everyone involved who made it possible for your tenacity as well as steadfast resistance in the face of unreasonable authority. If it weren’t for you, this event would not have lasted all the way through 2013 and grown all the while!
The weekend started on Friday at the Longboard Loft. We threw a welcome party to greet all of our friends coming in from out of state and overseas and it was a blast!
And a video screening…
Thats right, in case you missed it, we dropped our new video of Bruno and Toti’s trip to China over 3 months! They had a blast, skated some serious spots, and created a FANTASTIC video out of it all. We’ll have the video available this fall so keep an eye out for the release!
The welcome party and screening were a blast and from there groups dispersed to different after parties throughout the city. I will never understand how all you skaters look so chipper at noon after a night like friday night… anyway, Saturday found skaters gathered in the upper west side getting directed and pushed by New York’s finest all over the place until, at noon, it started. There is nothing quite as powerful as seeing 1,000 people simultaneously rush in one direction. Once we got past the initial road blocks and over zealous officers, it was smooth sailing (relatively speaking) down the spine of Manhattan to the Bull.
However, seeing so many happy people must have ticked someone off, because the lords of New York unfortunately saw fit to shut down the Earthwing Slide Jam on Sunday at Darktower (an unused road 113 blocks (over five and a half miles) away from Times Square just a few hours before the first would be skaters showed up.
But, despite the set-backs, the 2013 Bomb weekend can be looked back on with Pride and Joy by those who managed to get to NYC and dodge the nets (I’m not kidding, they tried to catch us with nets…).
Hope you all had as much fun as we did and thanks for tuning in! Skate safe, have fun, cheers, enjoy, and every other sign-off ever used!
All we can tell you is Broadway Bomb happens in October and this year is #10! Expect an incredible weekend as always and stay tuned for more info! The race is organized by the New York Longboard Association and should be announced soon. Check out this video of the race while you wait for details. Get stoked!