The Rooted: Malek Abouljoud

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in The Rooted

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Malek Aboujoud and his first board way back when. Photo: Mom.

Why do I skateboard? It’s a question I always consider, yet, there may not be a definitive answer. However, I can certainly attempt to explain why I am stuck to skateboarding as firmly as that seized bearing is stuck on a rusty axle. As cliché as it sounds, I never really fit in with any of the people on the sports teams I played on.  I had a go at soccer, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, and golf over the course of my childhood/adolescence.  Since my run-in with all of those team sports, I have realized I simply do not like being confined to an itinerary of when we practice and when we play, not to mention the majority of the people I played with were total ass wipes.  Speaking of grievances regarding team sports, I played on my fair share of baseball teams where the father of a player only ever put their son at first base, on the mound, or at home plate.  I sincerely did love baseball, however the politics and nepotism of it ruined the game for me—no one likes a dad that’s an even larger douchebag than their arrogant son (I’ll never forget you, coach Williams! Ha ha!).

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Malek Abouljoud leading the pack at the Grand Rapids Urban Downhill event 2015. Photo: Ashlee Brown.

In skateboarding, there is no roster, no mandatory practice schedule, and most importantly, no nepotistic coaches who will scold you for blowing that play. For the most part, you skate when, where, and how you want, unless the 5-0 or the owner of that private property rains on your parade of course. Contrary to the team sports in which I participated, I have made copious amounts of genuine, tremendous friends via skateboarding.  I sincerely do not know where I would be without all of the impeccable friends I’ve met through skateboarding who hail from all across the United States, and the world for that matter. Skateboarding is a channel in which I can express creativity, relieve stress, and clear my mind (cliché, yet true).  Skateboarding is my justification to travel and explore, in addition to a gateway by which a monotonous, day-to-day lifestyle can be transformed into one which is significantly more fruitful.  There’s no team sports which are capable of delivering a more exhilarating feeling than bumping shoulders with your homie whilst descending a hill at 50 mph, or coming out of that sketchy pass alive, or touching their hip as you draft them down the hill.  The travels, friends, experiences, and excitement I get from skateboarding are the reasons I do it.  Why do you skateboard?

-Malek Abouljoud

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Bustin Boards Shop of the Week

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Events, News, NYC Street Report, Reviews, Upcoming Events

This Friday will be our first post celebrating the beautiful differences between all of our partners in retail all over the world. In other words, the shops that work with us to get Bustin Boards in the hands of our Bustin Boards “Skate Everything” faithful! Just as riders of Bustin Boards tend to be the kind of skaters that ride everything from ditches, parks, pools, downhill and street, so do our retail partners have that same varied approach to presenting there shop mantra. So check in every Friday to explore with us some of the sickest shops around, how they operate, what they offer and where it is they call home!!

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Skate Everything Project (Ditch SLAP) Winning Videos

Skate Everything Project (Ditch SLAP) Winning Videos

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Events, News

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Last week, our team decided to kick-off our first Skate Everything Project challenge of 2016 at one of our favorite annual events, Ditch SLAP, in Albuquerque New Mexico. The concept of our Skate Everything Project events are to inspire and promote skaters thinking outside of the box, get them trying new moves and styles of riding, give away some $$, and well as to promote a universal and open vibe within skateboarding culture. With the help of our team riders William Royce, Josh Dunn—as well as SLAP organizer Joe Lehm—we came up with a fun list of tasks for the registers Ditch SLAP event skaters to do, of which, the participants had to film one of their team members doing the tasks, post to Instagram, and tag and add the appropriate hashtags. At the end we had $500 cash to give to the winning team. Ultimately, the judging was focused on completion of the above, as well as a strong emphasis on Style, Creativity, and Smiles.

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Pearse D’Arcy – Down For The Ride

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Bubbles Blog, News, Video

Have you ever wondered – “WHAT ARE THOSE CRAZY KIDS THINKING THROWING THEMSELVES DOWN MOUNTAINS?!?!?!” – Bustin Team Rider Pearse D’Arcy gives a little insight to the mindset he gets in when he hits the hill.  It’s not something you can easily put to words – the incredible juxtaposition of community and competition.  Check it out!

Down For The Ride – clearhaze.ie hung out with Downhill Skateboarder Pearse D’Arcy and captured him doing what he loves to do most, in some of the most beautiful places in Ireland.

Camera – Sean Gallagher
Camera and Drone – Joe Van Velzen
Camera – Hector Gomez

Music by Nicholas Kattar – https://soundcloud.com/nicholaskattar

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