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!Read More
“We’re old – 19 years old to be exact. We sold our first skateboard and snowboard on November 10, 1995 out of our 700 sq ft shop in Portland, Oregon. We fell in love with longboarding in 1999 and have been selling them ever since to hundreds of thousands of customers ALL OVER THE WORLD. Today, Daddies is the largest longboard shop in the world. Really. We have a good time here at Daddies. But we take our work seriously. Longboarders have graciously rewarded us for our efforts by voting Daddies the 2012 and 2013 Best Online Longboard Shop.”Read More
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.
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/Read More
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.
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.
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.
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.Read More
Distance skateboarding is cool, most people can do it, young and old. Find a paved trail, bring a skateboard and go for a rip, bud. You decide how far you will go, you decide when to finish. It’s Easy. I described the fundamentals of Distance Skateboarding in pictures from this morning’s rip, 11 miles there-and-back on the White Pine Trail in Rockford, Michigan.
1. Get up early and eat a good breakfast.
2. Have a chill if you prefer, then get out for a rip bud.
3. Switch-up your pushing leg every-so-often, skate proportionally and stay aero, bud. Use your arms to carry momentum and circulate yer blood.
4. Optimal distance push position is foot forward just rear of the truck bolts. Raise yer knee high when you pump and extend your toes when you push. Use yer entire leg muscles for best momentum, power, aerodynamics and performance.
5. You just went for a rip, bud. Take a selfie. It’s also a good idea to download Map My Run on your smart phone and track your performance. The app is free and really allows you to understand how you perform in all conditions and on all terrain.
If yer skating a there-and-back track, set a personal goal and achieve it. Mine was 5 miles, averaging 12.2. This is my first push in some time, so I eased into it. Skate however you prefer.
During the return skate, I kicked it in a bit to see what juice I had left. Felt good. 11 miles is pretty chill. I skated 6 miles back and averaged 13.7mph. Almost competitive! 14-17mph is the average speed of the fastest guys on flatland. Add some hills and some guys will average 24mph. Pretty quick!
The best part of Distance Skateboarding is you feel like a CHAMPION. I recommend it. Get out for a rip, bud. I prefer the Bustin Boards Maestro38 with 70mm-75mm wheels for Distance Skateboarding. The end.