Madness in the Mitten Distance Skate & Skids Jam – Saturday, April 25 2015

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in News

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The legendary Midwest push race and slide jam is back! Action Board Shop and Go Green Longboarding are proud to present Madness in the Mitten 2015. It will happen April 25th. The push race will take place on the Lansing River Trail, which features brand new pavement on some parts, chunder, bridges, and pedestrians on others – all of which make this race a truly unique and challenging event. The course is approx. 4.5 miles long, so even if you don’t plan on racing to win, come cruise the course with us for a scenic skate, lots of people do. There will be cash prizes for the top 3 finishers, and the top 10 will receive product prizes. There will also be a raffle for all of those who participated. We have numerous sponsors lined up – Bustin has been a supporter of madness and the Michigan longboard scene since 2008.  Watch Bustin Mike D push way out front at the beginning of this movie (Madness 2) , riding one of the first Maestro prototypes in 2009

The slide jam will take place on a hill just outside of East Lansing. We may set up a kicker ramp, cones, who knows. The location will be announced closer to the event date. Prizes will be awarded for best trick, longest slide, most style, etc. Note: most of the product prizes will be given out at the push race. Some prizes will be held for the slide jam, but even if you don’t want to race, we encourage you to sign up for the push, cruise the course with us and have fun, and then you’ll also be entered to win raffle prizes after the race.

The push race and slide jam are open to riders of all skill levels and ages. At check in, all riders are required to sign a waiver. If you are under 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign for you.

Registration is $10. Cash only, pay at check in.

Tentative Schedule:
10:00am – Rider Check In at Ranney Skate Park in Lansing, MI
11:15am – Small Push to Starting Point
11:30am – Race Begins
12:30pm – Awards at Ranney
2:30pm – Slide Jam

 

Madness in the Mitten on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/782899145098176/

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Bustin Boards Retailer of the Week: Sun and Snow Sports – Plymouth, Michigan

Bustin Boards Retailer of the Week: Sun and Snow Sports – Plymouth, Michigan

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in News

Bob and Nancy Parent originally owned a roller rink/skate park when they realized there was more potential to embrace the action sports lifestyle. In 1971 they opened Sun and Snow. Ever since then, they have catered to the outdoor and action sports culture hosting a series of events whether it be sun, or snow oriented. The shop offers everything you need for skiing, snowboarding, longboarding, swimming or just hanging out on the beach”

“It is our mission to generate hype for action sports in the community getting everyone involved as often as we can. We like to have fun, seriously. We also offer a wide variety of rentals, including longboards.”

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Sun and Snow Sports has a rad staff! Everyone who works there has a passion for what they do. Longboard, slackline, discgolf, skateboard, ski, snowboard, hike, surf and paddle. They do it all, especially in terms of longboarding/skateboarding making the staff some of the most knowledgeable around. Ask for Mike, Andy, Scott, Kyle, Evan or Andrew for anything skate related and if they don’t have it, they’ll will do their best to get it.

“We are stoked to announce that we will be hosting our first ever push race! Not all details have been ironed out yet so be sure to follow us on IG and Fb to stay updated. (@sunandsnowsports). The event will be on the 12th of September and it will be held at Rolling Hills Park in Ypsilanti Mi.”

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In the past 2 years, Sun and Snow hosted an event called Kick Butt. The goal is to get everyone out in teams of four on longboards and skateboards to compete on who can collect the most trash. Within those two years, they have collected over 4,000lbs of litter thus helping the image of skaters and our community shine! The shop will be hosting two more Kick Butt events this summer with the first one at the end of May and last at the end of August. (details to come)

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Like Sun and Snow Sports on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/sunandsnowsports/info?tab=overview

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Bustin Boards Retailer of the Week – Wind Waves & Wheels

Bustin Boards Retailer of the Week – Wind Waves & Wheels

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in News

Wind Waves & Wheels is West Michigan’s premier skateboarding destination.  W3 has been a Bustin retailer since Bustin first offered longboards to retailers.  WWW continues to be the #1 destination to find a Bustin Board in Grand Rapids, Michigan it’s the longest running skate shop in West Michigan with a rich history.

Started by the Farmer family (from Rockford) back in 1984, Wind Waves and Wheels (W3) was an attempt to bring the Florida surf lifestyle to Michigan. Located in the heart of Rockford, W3 grew quickly as we provided many clothing styles that you could not find anywhere else in Michigan including Billabong, Quiksilver, Stussy, OP and Gotcha. We naturally branched into hardgoods and started to carry surfboards, skateboards, windsurfers and eventually snowboards.

We had a outdoor skatepark located next to our building and hosted many pros that came to skate the “superstructure”………….our famous half pipe that was 12 feet tall. Tony Hawk, Tony Magnussen, Steve Caballero, Rob Roskopp, Danny Way, Ron Allen and Jeff Phillips were just some of the big names that came to Rockford to perform.

As the sport of snowboarding started to grow, we poured our energy into making W3 the best snowboard shop in the Midwest. Just as we do today, we stocked all the best brands, hired great help, provided the best service, and of course, became avid snowboarders ourselves.

Sometime around 1992 the economy was tough and we almost went out of business. We made a tough decision to move out of Rockford and get closer to the stronger retail area of town………..28th street was to expensive, but we found a nice location on 29th street in Kentwood. Fortunately, the sport of snowboarding really started to take off and was accepted at more and more ski resorts. W3 truly found its niche with snowboarding and we continue to work very hard to be the best snowboard shop around.

Our staff is dedicated, knowledgeable, and we snowboard every chance we get. Our 12 person staff represents over 80 years of riding experience…………in other words, we know what we are doing and promise to put you on the right product!!

W3 continues to be locally owned and our owners actually get their hands dirty and work on the store floor!! Whether its snowboards, skateboards, longboards, wakeboards, skimboards, clothing, footwear or sunglasses, we will do our best to earn your business.

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Skateboarding History Compared to Today, Mike D’s Perspective

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in News

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!

1980sBIRTH 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!

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(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

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in News

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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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