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Skateboarding History Compared to Today, Mike D’s Perspective

Take a look at skateboarding history. NO WORRIES!  We did your homework for you.  Basically, some young MacGyvers in the 1940’s attached random metal wheels to some janky trucks and nailed them into a wood plank.  This happened in California, Paris, Hawaii – nobody I know really knows.  But it happened.  There are lots of details here, I don’t really know, so I’ll summarize what I find relative to our scene report today.

1950’s – a California shop started selling complete skateboards.  The fire started.

1963-1965 – $10 million worth of board sales

1965 – Pattti McGee made the cover of Life magazine.  Pretty major for a young sport.

1966 – Shops started getting scared, shit was dangerous. That made parents scared. Sales dropped significantly and Skateboarder Magazine stopped publication. The popularity of skateboarding dropped and remained low until the early 1970s.

1970 – FRANKY NAS!!!  Homie was pumping out home-made Urethane Wheels!  Respect.

1970s- Skaters were digging Frank’s urethane wheels!  Skateparks hadn’t been invented yet, so skaters started skating everything.

1976- (probably happened earlier, I don’t really know) Truck companies started casting trucks, and skateboarding became awesome.  The banana board was also introduced, and it was for the cool kids because it came in assorted colors!  Relate that to today – Precision trucks and Penny Boards….skateboarding skipped a beat in 1976.  So, lets back up to 1975.

1975- Del Mar National Championships, which is said to have had up to 500 competitors!  What?  A skateboarding competition where all the cool kids could show off their colored boards?  RAD!

Competitions continued into the…80’S!

1980s- BIRTH OF THE MILLENNIAL  This period was fueled by skateboard companies that were run by skateboarders. The focus was initially on vert and cheap transition. This is a special period, because most of the skateboard and longboard companies today are owned/operated by skaters born in this decade.  Do the math.  We were raised on the same shit, in different homes.  SHIT WAS RAD IN THE 1980s!  Subconsciously, the 1980’s kind of run this industry we call home.

1990’s – STREET.  POPSICLE SHAPE BOARD.  TWIN TIP.  FUNCTIONAL.  Need I say more?  Competitions and skateboarding in the mainstream caused the industry to become very competitive, and skateboards became very minimalistic. but the only competitions that you heard of were X-games, and whatever other big namers.  Independent events happened at skate parks, skate shop parking lots, etc – but hosting an event was not easy, 1,2,3.   Teeny-tiny wheels for higher ollies.  Hanging your board out of your front pocket, hanging on by the wheel, the side shaved head with the comb over, wide-leg jeans – 55″!  Walkmans, Bart Simpson…MAYNESTREAM!

THE INTERNET.  tHE INTERNET.  tHE iNTERNET. The Internet.

(The Internet had a pretty major role in all of this……….)

2000-2005- By the turn of the century, skateboarding was officially no longer a fad, but a serious sport with immense international growth and local bans.  Most cities were pretty harsh on skaters – no matter the size of the board.  This was also the period when most of today’s longboard companies started becoming successful.  A re-birth of shapes and extended wheelbases attracted new participants – and new genres of skateboarding/longboarding emerged.  DH skateboarding was growing fast!  Distance Skateboarding was growing fast!  Examples:  Maryhill Festival of Speed & Broadway Bomb NYC.

2006-2010- Longboard companies continued to grow.  Traditional skateboarding went full mainstream, acquired by the big Corporate brands, re-branded and marketed to specific age demographics.  Longboarding continued to be skater-owned/skater-operated until 2008 when Sector Nine Longboards was acquired by Billabong.  Pretty major move for both companies, and I think it was a solid move.  That definitely makes it more difficult to distribute boards for smaller manufacturers, but whatever. #Respect

OK – You want the truth?

I skated in the 80’s, but I was a kid just fucking around in the neighborhood, not like I got good at it or anything.  No matter what, it’s my roots and it was sweet.  I didn’t really skate much until 1999 when a buddy offered me an Envy Classic 159 from California on 10″ standard king trucks and 70mm side-set, vented aluminum core wheels, abec 5 bearings.  I remember that shit like it was yesterday.

After that, I skated most of what Sector9 offered in their catalog 2001-2005.  I was hooked.  My local dealer Wind Waves and Wheels would special order anything for me that they didn’t have in stock.  I made that a habit.  Moved to Daytona Beach and converted to Loaded38, then left Daytona Beach riding a Gravity38 & Santa Cruz31.  Landed in New York City with my girl, and skated Friday Night Rip with the Earthwing crew.  Note Setup: Gravity Posiedon38, 72mm centerset S9 wheels on Randal150 front 62mm centerset wheels on a gullwing 9″ truck on the rear.  You know, for sliding.

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Met Ryan, Founder of Bustin in 2007 and helped around the Bustin shop after work every day.  I was a cheese-salesmen for Land-O-Lakes and a Hot Dog Wholesaler for Hebrew National Dogs. (I’m Italian-Irish, but pretended to be Jewish).  Worked for gear until the recession of 2008 hit the USA and I was laid off from the corporate world.  Ryan offered me a job at Bustin same day.  Say word.

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2009 – Ryan asked me to join Bustin as a Partner, I cut out my first Mike D prototype, designed for Traffic Surfing in NYC traffic.  We defined Push Culture was that same week, recognizing out style of skating as different.  We moved Bustin from Hoboken to Brooklyn and opened our first retail location/online fulfillment/shipping dept.  That was rad.  Some say 2009 was also the spike in the skateboard industry that we will always compare to.

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2010-2015- We still here!  And now you have some decent history to compare to.  New products, events, corporations….it’s all going full-circle.  DH Skateboarding & Street League are the biggest segments in skateboarding, so it seems.  Parents seem less in control of the decisions their kids are making on a skateboard, so long as helmets are worn. Longboarding and Skateboarding are commonly dubbed as one, regardless of what the Pure Bloods blab.  Longboarding is a form of expression, an activity, a sub-sport with a bright future.  Kids are playing less soccer and choosing to cruise the neighborhood with their friends on a longboard.  You may not think that’s cool, but I know it means we’re all going to be OK.  1 Love.

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Bustin x Tribe Thursday Terrain Park Session at Cannonsburg Ski Area

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Bustin is taking full advantage of the snow, because we are tired of complaining about too much snow in the streets.  This year, Bustin teamed up with Cannonsburg Ski Area & Tribe Boardwear in Grand Rapids, Michigan to host a Thursday Night Session in Cannonsburg’s terrain park.  We were honored to have the Pure Michigan Antix Board Co crew on site!  Their new Hoffmaster 154 is FRESH!

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We set up a Bustin rainbow Feature & Tribe set up a step-down feature, then we put the Bustin tent between the features and blasted some Tropical Trance music for all to enjoy.

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Bustin & Tribe brought hella swag and we had fun getting creative with the giveaways.  From 6-8pm, 100+ skiiers & snowboarders lapped the park and had a blast.  Bustin hooked it up with some Cannonsburg Custom decks which were awarded to the heavy hitters at the end of the event.

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We came up with a pretty fun game, which was more dangerous as the night went on.  We would stand next to a feature and wave a shirt in the air, like in a bull fight.  Riders would come maching in, jib the rail, and try to grab the shirt.  Between Tribe & Bustin – we gave away at least 30 shirts!  We saw some great grabs and epic slams.  The riders couldn’t get enough!  It was rad.  Another moment of badness was when we handed out a sticker to 100+ shredders at the beginning of the event, and when we asked everyone to take off their gloves and apply the stick, everybody did it! its never that easy!  i blame the cold!  #success

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After awhile, we wanted to see riders jump, and clear the entire feature.  We saw some BIG AIRS!  Sketchy, and AWESOME!

blog5Eventually, I got a little antsy and decided to do some shredding.  Founders All Day IPA may, or may not have influenced my involvement.  I’m old school, not used to terrain parks, rails, jibs, features.  i’m down with the old skool JUMPS!  Sorry for the crappy photo!  I swear I landed it.

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Growing up, we used to make jumps wherever Ski Patrol was not.  because, if you were caught making jumps – you’d have your pass clipped.  F that noise.  These days, there is more park riding than alpine skiing, especially in the midwest where vertical is not our friend.  We’re dealing with about 900ft of vertical at #MyCannonsburg, and we slay it.  But, Michigan has 4 seasons – 3 warm, 1 freezing.  That’s why we’re so into longboarding!  We can shred all year long!  1 Love.

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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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