Versatility is one of the keys to truly Skating Everything which is one reason our dude William Royce heavily relies upon his Bustin Shrike when looking to get situationally shreddy. This symmetrical, non-traditional double kick allows you to perfectly blur the line between what normally is done in the streets with whats possible when creativity is injected into the equation. We recently brought Bill to Baltimore and unleashed him on the surrounding harbor and all the features it contains. We armed Will with a fresh Bamboo-X Shrike featuring some beefed up plies to achieve the strength properties he needed while keeping the board lively underneath his feet. The skating results speak for them selves as does the perma-smile that can be found plastered across Will’s face as proof that this board simply yields fun and encourages creativity for anyone piloting this craft.
Words: William Royce
St Lucia Party Island Race
St Lucia is a Volcanic island in the south Caribbean chain, directly above Venezuela. To the north is Martinique as well as Dominica and to the south is St. Vincent and the Grenadines. St Lucia island is a classic vacation destination, complete with palm trees, coconuts and pale skinned tourists. Many of them, fresh off the cruise ship and searching for their next purchase.
One of the famous attractions in St Lucia is the “drive up volcano” featuring sulfur water pits to bathe in for potential health benefits.
Since it’s a volcanic island, that means everything is a hill or a mountain. Some of the island even has perfect hairpin roads that wind down directly into the city of Castries.
This was the very first race in St Lucia so we didn’t know what to expect. We were lucky enough to race down one of the most perfect sections of road I had seen on the island.
Race day was laid back. We all waited at the bottom turn for the track to be closed as people from the city started to gather on the curves. We took the first practice run and then it rained and we took a wet practice run.
Our next descent was the first round of the race and the road had already dried enough by then.
We did nine races to determine standing for the 16 man final. They started at two person rounds then four and then eight. If you won every race, you had the best starting position for the final.
The final was completely soaked because of the tropical storm that happened the run before.
Almost every single skater in the 16 man heat crashed in the first turn. I made the first turn but hit a pot hole in the next curve and flew into a ditch.
After managing to crawl out intact I was back on the road and trying to avoid the chaos behind. I took the safe route and foot braked the last turn. People were falling everywhere, trying to make a pass for podium in the physical cacophony.
Best event of the year! The first skate event at any place is the best since there are usually less rules and it’s more fun. Once the locals figured out that we are all skaters looking for a good time and not serious “athletes” you get less focus on rules and restrictions and more focus on just fun.
10 out of 10 for St Lucia. Also shout out to Striker and Jody who had the idea to give away the prize money to help build the island’s FIRST skate park! Johnny Yardwaist, Raggie and I all donated our prize money to the local community skatepark fund. Hope to come back next year and skate a brand new park!
Throughout fall and carrying into the current winter season, accompanying every contact or email exchange between Bustin HQ and Will Royce inevitably included was a request for a sample Thermo Glass Shrike for his shredding pleasure. Until recently, the sled that we were able to supply was just the latest step within the proto-typing process but with the dropping of our production run of Thermo Shrikes for the holiday season, we knew we had to get one under Will’s feet ASAP. Plans were thrown together and Will was brought out to the East Coast from his usual Casa de Cali for a mission of shred atop what has become one of his favorite skateboards. Full documentation of the week long session that ensued was captured by our media mad geniuses Khaleeq and Matt with the digital evidence of this work trickling out over the past few weeks on all of our social sharing platforms. We are stoked to now be able to present to all of y’all out there a full video of Will being Will while riding “…the best board possible” deep in the back country of the North Carolina Mountains.
If you are interested in learning more of the fine details about this piece of high tech machinery, check out the Product Review done by Will and also the tech specs break down done by the boards designer Jonathan AKA Bubbles. Time and time again this board delivered unparalleled performance for Will no matter what he hucked or hacked while riding it and we are sure that the same could be said for all of your personal shred-ventures as well.
Last Monday the Bustin Van high tailed it from its usual resting spot at HQ in Baltimore for a skate mission down into the backwoods of North Carolina in search of black top beasts fiercer than even Sasquatch. The human cargo consisted of my self, our newest Bustin Team Rider Matt K., our man behind the lens Khaleeq, and an amping William Royce who was successfully shipped across the country to come rekindle his old love affair with this regions roadways. After a solid week of skating roads that could have been paved for no other reason than for us to mob down them, Bill Rice has logged some literal mileage on both the stiffer Bamboo-X Shrike as well as the soon to be released Thermo Glass version and the results clearly speak for them selves.
From beefy standies, mobbing hectic leaf littered straights, all the way to slashing around in the city, The Shrike delivered top notch performance no matter what Will hucked it down. The newly beefed up plies in the Bamboo-x board added extra stiffness and strength to allow this board to handle high speeds with the same ease that it handled blasting city gaps while the urethane bumpers on the Thermo kept his sled safe even after emergency ejections. After an entire week of skating that combined hitting some of steepest paved inclines in the country with getting wild in the streets and sidewalks around Baltimore, The Shrike lived up to its “Quiver Killer” reputation allowing Will freedom to skate literally anything and everything he could find.
“The Shrikes versatility gives it an advantage over most boards on the market. It is small and light weight making it great for flat ground but its also strong and study for skating downhill.” -William Royce
For a full break down of the tech specs check out this recently published break down by the boards designer, Jonathan aka “Bubbles” which goes into the nitty gritty of what makes this board so unique. Also make sure to stay tuned right here on our blog for more media to be released from this savage week of skating as well as be on the look out for some special Will Royce + Shrike collaborations going down in the near future!
Photos: Khaleeq Alfred
The word “Skateboarding” means many different things to many different individuals, all of who claim it as the sub-culture that they most relate to and emotionally align with. The skateboarding community was meant to be an all inclusive celebration of individuality since its organic conception back in the early seventies. We here at Bustin Boards are honored to be able to pay homage to our roots by continuing to uphold and foster this type of freely expressive environment by building skateboards for any type of skateboarder.
Since we began shaping and designing boards in 2001 a lot has changed within the skate world but our desire to provide top quality equipment to skaters has remained the exact same. We have never been satisfied with the status quo within skateboarding which lead us to developing boards designed for the specific type of riding we were doing in New York City and beyond. New conceptual designs of what a “skateboard” should be began to spring out of molds with names like Maestro and Spliff, both of which have stood the test of time and still hold a prominent place in our line up today. As we grew as a board manufacturer within our surrounding community, we began adding new models to meet the ever changing appetite of the day to day skater which is still the ethos that fuels our crew today.
With nearly 15 years of commitment to crafting innovative skateboards that stand up to the brutal demands placed upon them, we are more stoked than ever to keep pushing the boundaries of what a skateboard is. We have no bias based upon length, shape, or style of board which promotes pure expressive freedom for all who choose to roll with us. Expanding our lineup to include boards that span the entire spectrum of skating today allows us to support any scene no matter how they get down. This is a movement manifested by real skateboarders looking to encourage creativity and a true Skate Everything mentality. The stoke is real within the entire #BustinFam and we are incredibly excited to keep growing with the skateboarding community that we are so lucky to call our home.