Welcome back kids! Last week on “Built By Bubbles” we took the first steps towards developing a production level board! We thought about the board, we thought about what we wanted the board to be, we considered the board’s own personal feelings, and we landed on a shape (to be fair, we landed on version 1.0 – plenty more versions to come!)
The Evolution of Skateboarding in NYC
There was a point in time when every east coast kid that became good at skateboarding aspired to move to the west coast and pursue “California Dreaming”. Deathbowl to Downtown, an essential skateboarding documentary breaks down the shift that put New York City on the Skateboarding map.
Released back in 2008, it is time to reintroduce Deathbowl to the latest generation of ripping skaters. The history is rich and inspirational. It puts NY Skateboarding into a context that helps you understand how you arrived here.
A Must See!
We gave a camera to Bustin Team Rider Dave Anders and asked him to give us some video insight into what his average day is like pushing his street board around New York City. A lot goes down in a very short amount of time. He’s gotta be on point with the traffic and crowds.
In 2012 the Sportster hit the market to meet the demand for a super low push deck that offered a freeride friendly approach. We had just revolutionized our push ethos with the release of the Maestro board the year before, and were looking to continue the legacy of NY Push Culture. The Sportster was originally our no-frills, no-nonsense, performance ONLY push board. We were immediately astounded by the reception! Rave reviews and dozens of riders swearing by the deck got us paying attention to some of the critical insights. The two main comments were: A) we made it too big, and B) It could use a touch flex for comfort. So over the course of 4 years of tweaking and developing, we landed on our current model: a shrunk-down, bamboo-ified version built to skate. Mild flex and a compact platform makes it an extraordinarily nimble pusher that feels GOOD to ride, while the Radial-Dropped-Rockered shape locks feet comfortably into place for pushing out those slides.
The drop-through design combined with our RDR mold (radial drops and rocker throughout the standing platform) give this deck a low down, high response, super controlled ride unlike any other board. The mild dampening flex provided by the combination of Bamboo and Maple, in addition to the slightly rockered shape and hip notches make this deck comfortable on smooth or rough terrain and the forked nose design allow it to pack a huge engine into a tight 33” frame while still maintaining a stable wheelbase.