Active Push More Rep as well as #TeamBustin Rider from Down Under Cameron Hancock recently hosted a radical race on a perfectly paved course. Check the quick video recap highlighting the skating and the rad time that was had by all who attended. Get out and host your own Push More Event as not only a great community building exercise but also as an excuse to get out and have the most fun with the homies!
Push More Rep Program
Aloha Push More Family! Welcome to the first Blog Post Newsletter that will go even further in depth than the Weekly email blast on some key topics that you will begin to encounter on your Rep Journey. To start things off, I will be giving you a few quick tips on how to embrace the rep lifestyle so that you can begin setting your self apart in your community as a leader.
Push the Push
The single most effective way to begin showing your local community about your commitment is to simply fulfill it by getting out and Pushing More! By using your Bustin Board as your primary transportation you are going to be demonstrating that it is possible to avoid fossil fuel consumption while also gaining many health benefits during your various commutes. As you get deeper and deeper into the , I promise you will start to crave those pushes through your town or campus as they become just as much of an escape as the usual mountain mob or skate park session has offered you in the past.
As previously mentioned, you are going to be the living example for your fellow community members that you can in fact replace some of their time spent in traditional transportation methods with invigorating pushes to their destination. Everybody knows that skateboards can be pushed but there certainly seems to be a disconnect with the fact that you can Skate Everywhere as a part of Skate Everything. By rolling up on the homies you will be leading by example as you put your self in a position to influence others to mimic your actions.
Distinguishing your self as a Bustin Rep really begins with embracing the lifestyle your self before working toward spreading the stoke to others. Once you have fully embraced this transformation, people will begin associating you with your board which is the exact end goal you are looking for. Remember, there is no wrong way to skateboard so as long as your keep the focus on fun, it will be a very natural transition into this new role.
Hosting an Event, Day of Best Practices…
Aloha Push More Family! Last Newsletter we got deep into the nitty gritty of the details involved in planning your own community event. The focus is now going to shift from the prep work to the actual best practices for what to expect the day of when you’ll actually be running the show.
Running an Event Step by Step Guide:
When you are the host, there are a lot of things to remember to bring as well as duties that will need your attention while at the spot. Here are a few tips of how you can come fresh and prepared to make sure things run smooth and everyone has a rad time!
1. Prep the Night Before and Show up Early
You are going to be responsible for organizing whatever details are associated with the event you have planned. If you will have heats of any kind, you should AT LEAST figure out the structure if not the actual names within the heats the night before if possible to avoid delay and headache at the spot. Also round up any cones, clipboards, prizes, and any other items you will need so that way you aren’t running around searching the morning of. Being ready to rock and roll so that you can be there early to greet everyone showing up will help set the good vibe for all participants.
2. Quickness is Key for any Contests
If you choose to run a contest portion of your event it will be very important to make it as smooth and seamless as possible. Having your act together and minimizing delays between heats or runs will keep everyone engaged and help everyone stay stoked on participating. Don’t rush but don’t dilly dally. Keep things moving and you will have happy competitors eager to push themselves which is one of the main objectives when hosting an event.
3. Front Side Help the Community
The event that your organize is meant to provide a place for the community to get out and interact over a light hearted, but organized day of skating. This sometimes means that as the host you will not get to be the star of the show and take as many runs as you would like. Be prepared to let your skating take a back seat as you create the platform for others to enjoy themselves and hopefully plug deeper into the scene.
There is no way to account for all of the situations you may encounter as the host of your own event but the best advice we can give you is to just get out there and make it happen! It won’t always go 100% according to plan but the more exposure and practice planning you get, the more experience you’ll have to ensure things go as smooth as possible.
Always feel free to hit up Joshtafari on his email (email@example.com) or on Facebook Messenger (Josh Dunn) with any specific questions you may have and we can work together to try and find the best solution for your local scene.
Stay Stoked and Keep Pushing!
Hosting an Event, The Planning Stages…
Aloha Push More Fam!! One of the main motivators for us here at Bustin for starting this program was the fact that the skateboarding community is one of the strongest and best places to get plugged into on earth. One of the main ways to build and strengthen the local scene in your area is to provide an excuse for them all to come out to shred and lurk together. Hosting events is going to be perhaps the greatest way to gather your local scene all in one place at the same time and it actually is much easier then you may think!
Hosting an Event Step By Step Guide:
1. Pick your Location
When picking out the spot to host your event, remember that this could attract people from a couple hour radius so you want to make sure your spot fits a few key criteria:
-Low to No Bust is a Must: Make sure what ever spot you choose will allow for a fairly long session to go down without interfering with the flow of the local traffic flow. Talking to the local residents is also HIGHLY recommended prior to the event to give them a heads up of what will be going down. This also gives them a point of contact the day of the event that is not the local law enforcement incase an issue arrises which obviously is a much better option for everyone.
-Cater to the Community: Know that everyone who comes out is not going to be in the “advanced” skill bracket so picking a spot that pushes beginners but also allows seasoned vets to have fun is an important balancing act to follow.
2. Plan your Itinerary
Once you have your location dialed in, you now need to decide whether you are looking to simply host a community gathering or offer some kind of contestable situation for the homies.
-Keeping it Casual: Freerides/gatherings are low pressure opportunities for the community to come out and push each other while keeping the focus oriented on fun. Aim to keep the “hang out vibe” present so everyone feels a part of the group throughout the entirety of the event.
-Contest Considerations: Contests are great ways to casually compete with the homies and should be planned carefully to ensure a fun and safe experience for all involved. Cycling through heats quickly to keep the skating flowing is key as well as offering the chance for everyone to get in their personal skate time before or after the competition will keep the focus on having fun for everyone.
3. Blast Out the Details
Now that you have put all the back end leg work in its time to let everyone know to save the date so they can come out and get shreddy! There are various avenues to get this information out to the people and when all are worked in conjunction with each other, you are able to cast a wide net to get as much interest as possible in your event.
-Create a Facebook Group: FB is a very powerful tool to digitally rally a crew by informing a large swath of people of whats going to be going down soon in their neck of the woods. Give all of the details possible pertaining to the event but its always worth the consideration of keeping the exact actual address of the event under raps until a day or two prior to the event to avoid blowing the spot just before your event.
-Generate an Event Flyer: This is a great way to get all the event details quickly listed out for anyone interested in coming out. You should try to make this as clean and professional as possible which can be accomplished by using either Canva.com or Pixlr.com which are both free web hosted photo editing programs.
-Word of Mouth: Although it may be 2017, simply getting out and talking to the community is a great way to gain interest in your event. Hit up skate parks, skate shops, or any other known skater hang out and leave an event flyer or at least talk to whoever is around about it.
After completing all of these steps you are ready to actually host the event that you have worked so hard to plan. Check out the next Push More Rep Newsletter to get some hints on actually running the event!