Bustin Boards Euro Summer Shop Tour, 2016 (7/19 – 8/2)

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Events, News

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Art by Kris Haro

We are headed to Europe next week for a full-blown shop tour July 19 through August 1, 2016. We’ll be hitting shops and sessions in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Spain. Stay tuned for the full tour schedule and other info in the next couple of days. The stoke is way, way high and we can’t wait to meet up with all our friends overseas and skate with them and have an awesome time.

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Deeply Rooted: Ditch Slap, 2016 (Video Release)

Deeply Rooted: Ditch Slap, 2016 (Video Release)

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in Events, News

For this year’s tenth-annual Ditch Slap event we opted to forego the traditional recap formant of simply showcasing our team and other shenanigans; instead we focused our attention, and camera, directly on the wide variety of skateboarders who were in attendance at this year’s event and who joined us in riding the endless ditches of Albuquerque, New Mexico with new and old friends of all ages, backgrounds, and origins.

Thanks to all the riders who took the time to share their histories. A special thanks Joe for hosting all of us yet again.

If you missed our first Skate Everything Project challenge of year that we also did at Ditch Slap then make sure to also check out the two winning teams here & here.

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Skateboarding Wins 2020 Olympic Gold!!!!

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Events, News

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So it’s semi (pretty much a done deal!) official that skateboarding will be in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The buzz is buzzing and there are many who are stoked, some who are bummed, and others who are left confused. Regardless of where you stand on the spectrum, it’s an interesting and important step for skateboarding and many questions are still left unanswered: Will downhill be included, Freestyle, What about the drug testing, and what will their costumes look like?

Anyway, we’re excited to watch it all unfold, and hope to one day have a Bustin Boards rider competing (Max Ballesteros wins Gold!!!) in this arena.

That said,  Wheelbase Magazine just launched a rad little news article discussing this new development with some links to more info as well as pertinent quotes from some of skateboarding’s icons as they way in on this exciting development. Click here to check it out.

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The Rooted: Marcus Bandy

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in The Rooted

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Brother Dave and I acid droppin’ in Round Rock, Tx. 1980s. Photo: Mom.

I started skateboarding way, way back in the 1980’s in Round Rock, Texas. There was no real or defined genre of street skateboarding at this point and most everyone skated ditches, backyard ramps, neighborhood hills, and anything else we could find or fashion with what we had around us. The older skaters taught us about the importance of being a well-rounded skater and of embracing the outcast. Shit, we were all outcasts back then! Ha ha! The OGs taught us that if we were gonna be skaters we needed to know our roots and how to skate anything in your path. Not everyone grew up in the time or place I did, nor with this type of mentorship I mention above, and that’s perfectly okay—everyone in skateboarding has their own story and their personal approach to ripping. That said, I’m proud and thankful for my experience—good and bad. The important thing my journey has taught me is that you gotta stay skating and remember to keep the fire lit in new skaters coming up—that’s what gets the heat rockin’ onward!

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Smith grind basher in Compton, CA. 2016. Photo: David Ruano.

Y’all know I’m old as dirt and my hip is about to turn to marrow dust, but I’m still skating for now and searching for the feeling captured way back then when my lil brother Dave and I used to acid drop off of shit in the parking lot of our local city mall—at that time period that acid drop was a critical move. Ha ha! To this day, I try to get critical whenever I can and make sure I stay smiling in the process!

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Boardslide at the Corridor Ditch in Round Rock, Tx. 1980s. Photo: Uncle Jon.

I still roll every single chance I get and I make it a point to remember those old days when I first started and everything was new—not because I wanna be nostalgic—naw, but more so as a reminder that pulling a simple acid drop was EVERYTHING. Some call it a search for Animal Chin, or stroking’ the Stoke Donkey (Actually, nobody calls it that except for me, ha ha!). regardless of what ya wanna call that feelin’,  it is crucial to remind myself of why I started to ride skateboards in the first place: It’s mine, I make the rules, there’re endless possibilities, flow, speed, it’s my transporter, it’s all that and a bag of Chips A’hoy, there’s always unique opportunities to see an otherwise mundane and bureaucratic surrounding as actually flexible, it’s open for interpretation, and it is a canvas to create. My escape! Thank you skateboarding!

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Frontal ollie at CM5, Harvard, Mass. 2015. Photo: Khaleeq Alfred.

Anyway, I just wanted to quickly share a few memories and mental meanderings of my life as a skateboarder and to touch on why I’m still in love after all these years. The story continues. . .

Thank you Bustin Boards and all my friends for the support and inspiration. Hell yeah skateboarding!!!!!

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SF homie bomb in the Sunset. 2015. Photo: Yvonne Byers.

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Shop of the Week-Soulriders

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Shop of the Week

Soulriders is located in the Northern California town of Santa Rosa. This unique shop is a tribute to how Surfing, Skateboarding, Hot Rods and Music are connected since the 1950’s. Featuring surf clothing brands that preach the heritage side of surfing and how hot rods are part of that heritage is the goal of Soulriders. The history of Skateboarding is well represented here with boards from the early 60’s to current boards all over the shop. You never know what legendary skateboarders and personalities you might see there as this shop is frequented by skaters and surfers from all eras and really is like no other shop in the world. While you’re there it will be very noticeable that Soulriders has vast amounts of cool clothes, vinyl records, memorabilia and lot’s and lot’s of Bustin Boards. If you ever get up north of San Francisco do yourself a favor and say hi to the owners who are also long time skaters, surfers and hot rod enthusiasts! Soulriders 404 Mendocino Ave Santa Rosa, Ca 95401 707-978-3810

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