America’s Midwest has been introduced to Urban Downhill Skateboarding! Saturday June 21st, Bustin co-presented Grand Rapids Urban Downhill Skateboarding, a premiere event sanctioned Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan – in partnership with State Games of Michigan, Kendall College, Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc, Rey Trucks, Gilmore Manufacturing, Wheelbase Mag, Wind Waves & Wheels, Action Board Sports + dozens of contributors. 107 registered skathletes dropped Lyon, Ransom & Fountain Streets boasting 6% grade & two off camber corners to negotiate.
The event, dubbed GRDH included Pro, Women, Intermediate & Beginner class’ designed to distribute talent evenly. Many showed sporting leathers, one Grand Rapids native turned-up rocking a chicken suit, racing on a maestro34. Six ladies entered the Women’s Class representing six United States. Thought that was dope!
Bustin Team Rider Annah Dallas pulled a solid 3rd place in the Women’s Division! 1st downhill event and she yanked a 3rd place podium spot, hell yeah! Our kids were there and have forever been influenced on International Go Skateboarding Day. Thank you skateboarding! FULL RESULTS
Registered Skaters were permitted to skate Lyon, Ransom & Fountain Streets 4-8pm with roads closed. Open Runs 4-6 and competition was 6-8pm. 4 person heats, 2-person elimination created a competitive atmosphere during race, complimented by the chill environment skateboarders often provide. Very cool.
A number of police officers were hired for the day to assist with operations, lasting relationships were forged. Grand Rapids Urban Downhill received support from every corner – Bustin provided Custom Boards for the podium among dozens of prizes distributed by event MC WINGMAN of 105.3 HOT FM. prize giveaways were offered to the spectators & radio-waves via live Broadcast, which attracted hundreds of listeners to the event.
Nearly 3,000 spectators spectated the event, and each person was engaged. New opinions have been created, kis are stoked, Mom’s are amped, Dad’s want to skate, the City wants to get more involved, the cops gave us high-fives, the weather was great, the hay was soft, the course was fun, the crowd was mellow, the riders turned-up, THE EVENT WAS SUCCESSFUL. Thank you for Party Rocking. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work.
photos: Paul Soltysiak (thank you!!!)
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