A Bustin Florida rep sent us this fresh video of some gnarly shredding on the Bustin Strike. Thanks Lukas – shred on!
This is an excellent read from the vantage of a longstanding skateboard pillar in NYC and beyond. Rob Rodrigues is the founder of SURE skateboards, an NYC skateboard school that teaches lessons all over Manhattan and BK. Thanks to Rob for giving me permission to repost this note from his facebook page. His opinion is one that I respect, and while we all have different goals for where we want to push this whole movement, his are most definitely noble and inspired. Here’s the article:
I’m a lifelong skateboarder. I live in Manhattan and recently started a business that teaches and promotes skateboarding. I was a designer in the fashion industry for 17 years, but like many people my position was eliminated about two years ago, the casualty of corporate downsizing.
The first annual Prospect Park Winter Push Race debuted on Friday, February 25, as 2011’s first NYC push race of the year. It was a great success, and we had what felt like about 50 guys and girls take part during this gruesomely windy and wet night. Didn’t stop anyone from showing up ready to rock and roll, though the cold definitely served as a catalyst to a little bit of a premature start–they left Evan Armbrister and I while we were tying our shoes and started the race without us!
How that happened is still a little beyond me…we were both going to race in our Vibram toe-shoes but we got cold feet (!!!) and decided to go back to shoes as everyone was gathering at the entrance of the park to head toward the start line. I was the first to finish tying my shoes, and I looked up and then saw everyone take off. I sorta paused for a moment and looked at Evan and said “Are they starting the race?” and he agreed that yep, that looked like people were trying to go fast…that was a race start. I probably yelled some expletive, grabbed my backpack and my Kombucha and headed toward the start line while Evan was finishing tying (sorry buddy). I don’t know how much time either of us lost, but we definitely had a large gap to close up.
2011 will be a big year for skateboarding and I expect to be on the road a lot. Longboarding is at its peak of awareness in the action sports industry so we all need toplay our cards right and leave warm lasting impressions to stoke out new riders. I respect everyone who is OG in this sport and beyond Skaters now have the opportunity to create . There is no “correct” way to skateboard – choose your own adventure and use the internet to help define your style, then apply what you learn and expect your style to change. Change is the only way to become a respected well rounded confident skater.
Last night we got an email from Kazuka Matsubara, one of our Bustin Longboard customers and pioneer of push culture in Yokohama, Japan and I wanted to put it up. Kazuka’s story about the explosion of longboarding in Yokohama was so exciting. For those of us who have been longboard addicts for years, we knew this was coming, but it never ceases to amaze me that the sport is growing so vibrantly in every corner of the earth. If you have even a slightly addictive personality, don’t get on a longboard because you may never get off (of course thats a joke, GET ON ONE NOW, IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE).
Photo credit: Quinn Thomas