Mini-Bomb — 7/20/13 in NYC

The 4th Annual Mini-Bomb is set to go off on July 20th at 12:00 noon on 116th and Broadway, in front of Columbia University and end in Union Square East at 15th St. Organized by the Concrete Kings and GhostSkate NYC, the traditional mid-summer race should be a blast and will only get better later on with a BBQ and Hippie Jump Contest afterward.

broadway minibomb

The race is always a good preview of what’s to come at the Broadway Bomb in October and usually has NYC’s fastest pushers going head to head in the summer heat to take the number 1 spot, so if you’re looking for some good push race action you’ll want to be near the finish line for sure. The race typically draws much smaller numbers and is shorter than the Broadway Bomb, at 5.8 miles. This helps to create a much more competitive atmosphere, making sure you remember that it’s a race first and foremost. If you’re not a local you’ll want to make sure you take a good hard look at the route, as it’s easy to get lost and lose the pack if you’re not expecting the turn.

For those of you who can’t figure out the map, we’ll describe the course here for you in plain English. The route starts at 116th and Broadway then turns onto 72nd St and continues until you turn into Central Park and continue on West Central Park Drive to 7th Ave & 59th St. You’ll take 59th St to 5th Ave and then bolt down until you intersect with Broadway, then continue on Broadway to the finish in Union Square East at 15th St.

As of this writing Bustin’ is the only sponsor officially on board, but there are more surely to come as the date draws nearer. We skated the Mini-Bomb last year and had an absolute blast so you can bet we’ll be there again this year. Stay tuned for any updates or details as the event comes closer. For official updates and more information check out the Facebook Event page.

In Brief: 2011 South Beach Bomb Goes Off in Miami

The 2011 South Beach Bomb in Miami, Florida went off Saturday with around 200 riders storming the most famous beach in the world, riding 6.7 miles down the coast. While I couldn’t make it myself (and oh man did I want to) I did my best to imagine I was there by cranking up the heat in my room and patiently watching Twitter updates from some of the Bustin’ crew who made their way down as well as the Florida skaters that were representing hard.

Before the race Salomon tweeted that traffic was sketchy and Florida skaters were out in numbers which sounded like a mix that would be sure to make for a fun event. One of our fans on Facebook tipped us off to some great photos of the event, which I’m reposting below. They were originally tweeted by Lacko Illustration‘s Twitter account Lackostration and all copyright credit goes to him, props for sharing with us though!

If you were at the South Beach Bomb and have a more pictures, video, or a more in-depth write-up that you want to share e-mail me: mike [at] skatetheeast.net along with a short blurb about yourself.

And for those of you who haven’t heard…we’re getting ready to announce our first give-away as soon as our Facebook Page reaches 450 likes! Make sure you’re a fan of us on Facebook and share our post with your friends, the sooner we hit 450 likes the sooner we can announce the contest and get it started. Who doesn’t want a chance to win some sweet gear? Spread the word so we can help spread the stoke!

Bustin's Will Royce and Cami Best pre-race

Nice sized pack!

Miami Khauna swag, pushing isn't for everyone

Another shot of the pack from behind

Wrap-up: 1st Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon Championship

It’s been a rough week up here in the Northeast after being absolutely torn apart with the unusually early snow storm that struck over Halloween Weekend. Power had been out for 10 days for many people, some just getting it back last night. While life has been returning to normal slowly for many people up here, it didn’t miss a beat in Hallendale Beach, FL.

This past Saturday marked the first ever Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon Championship in Hallendale Beach, FL. The 4th leg of the Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon (ASM) series and the 5th ever ASM set the stage to be the most exciting and to-the-wire race yet with previous winners Jeff Vyain, Paul Kent, and Keifer Dixon all in the running for a win and other top finishers such as Robin McGuirk itching for their first taste of Adrenalina victory.

Sure enough the race was exciting just as expected with the two top favorites, Paul Kent and Jeff Vyain, duking it out for the win lap after lap. Both Paul and Jeff posted nearly identical times for laps 1 and 2, it wasn’t until lap 3 that Jeff pulls ahead by 3 seconds (averaging a pace of 3 mins 28 secs/mile this late in the race) to take 1st. The next lap, however, Paul was able to catch up, instead of duking it out in an all out finish the two decided to finish hand-in-hand and cross the finish line as a tie — sharing the win. Despite deciding to share the win this time, Paul Kent was named Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon Champion, having edged Jeff out of the title spot by just one point during the course of the season.

Update: Having poked around on Facebook a little more I stumbled across conversation between Jeff Vyain and Paul Kent talking about the race. After a couple of laps Paul had a collision with oncoming racers that forced him off the road and to a dead halt in the grass, an accident that would have taken him out of the running for first place had Jeff decided to capitalize on the accident. Instead, Jeff said on Facebook:

Truthfully, I just think it is a little unfortunate what happened with the collision. I just hope we learn from these sort of occurrences and adjust the courses however possible to keep that from happening again. I’d have loved to just straight up battle with you for the remaining lap and a half to see where that put us. It just didn’t go down like that. I pressed hard but didn’t try to capitalize on what happened (for my own personal integrity), you still caught up…you earned it. Your face shows it at the end of the race. I feel great about how it ended, with the slight exception that the time chips separates us by .08 seconds and that creates some level of confusion, but I think we can get over that.

Since they decided to share the first place victory together, the two also took their prize checks, cut them in half, and re-taped them together, a silly yet symbolic gesture showing that the two were willing to split their earnings in a true sportsmanlike fashion — something I’m quite confident you will rarely find in other professional sports today.

While they ended up in the top spot, Paul and Jeff had to fight for their position against Jason Yerke from Lansing, MI (who I believe is the same guy who fell and lost his board in the water at the NYC ASM having been in 3rd place) who kept the race pretty spicy according to time splits. Jason actually went out faster than Paul through lap one, trailing just behind Jeff by about a second going into lap 2. In lap 2 he was able to overtake Jeff and actually lead into lap 3 with a 2 second lead on Jeff and Paul, who were neck and neck. Unfortunately he burnt out right after holding that pace and added three seconds to each of the last two laps, bringing him in third place just over a full second after Paul and Jeff.

Kiefer Dixon and Robin McGuirk, two of the other projected top contenders, both showed a steady race maintaining their positions at 4th and 5th, respectively, for the entire race and allowing them to round out the top 5.

The women’s side of things was also exciting, coming down to a two second split between the winner and runner-up. Bustin’ Boards rider Cami Best was able to come back strong after a challenging race in Plano, TX that put her 9 minutes behind winner Sarah Paulshock. She was able to drop an unbelievable 16 minutes from that performance, however, and best Sarah Paulshock by 2 seconds — finishing the race in 1:59:30. Anna O’Neill rounded out the podium for the women, finishing in 3rd place in 2:08:19 — also posting an incredible 16 minute drop in time.

What I think is clear here is the fact that this is just the beginning for competitive long distance pushing in the world of longboarding. If you look at the vast improvement in times seen by many competitors. According to my research online and through looking at past marathon results from the season, this year’s ASM Championship saw both the men’s and women’s world records shattered once again. For the men, Paul Kent and Jeff Vyain, who tied on purpose, now both share the title having finished in 1:30:48. On the women’s side of things Cami Best was able to break her previous women’s World Record (also set at the NYC ASM) by about 2 minutes. So, unofficially the mens and women’s Skateboard Marathon World Records stand as follows:

  • Men’s: Jeff Vyain & Paul Kent 1hr 30min 48seconds
  • Women’s: Cami Best 1hr 59mins 30.09seconds

It’s clear after seeing the first full season of the ASM circuit that the sport of distance longboarding is clearly just starting to develop, and that this really is just the beginning of what we’ll see in the future. In just the year since the first ever Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon was held in Hallendale Beach we’ve seen the men’s World Record broken multiple times and drop by about 10 minutes total — that’s just in one year! As the field grows and competition becomes fiercer we’re going to see a lot of close, exciting races for sure.

I think the outcome of the Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon Championship also allowed the sport of longboarding to show what it’s really made of. The decision for Paul Kent and Jeff Vyain to share their combined prize money shows exactly just how close and upstanding the longboarding community is — something we should strive to foster and instill in new riders just beginning to shred. We’re all here to spread the stoke, Paul and Jeff were perfect examples of sportsmen and role models for younger shredders. Congrats to all the racers and a big thank you to Adrenalina for a successful and exciting first marathon season!

Update #2: Jeff Vyain just posted his first-hand account of the ASM Championship on the Bustin’ Blog. It’s an inspiring and moving story that shows the unreal amount of sportsmanship and determination both Jeff and Paul exhibited and is well worth the read.

In case you just want a quick list of the top 5 men’s finishers, here it is:

  1. Paul Kent/Jeff Vyain (tie)
  2. Jason Yerke
  3. Kiefer Dixon
  4. Robin McGuirk

You can also check out the official results list and splits here.

Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon Championships & Interview with Jeff Vyain

Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon Championship trophy.

The biggest names in both men’s and women’s push racing will be making their way down to Hallandale Beach, Florida this Saturday (11/5) for the  fourth and final leg of the Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon Series. The course for Saturday features longer laps, requiring the racers to only complete 4 of them, as opposed to 12 in New York and 13 in Puerto Rico. Bustin’ Boards’ Cami Best had said in an interview with Adrenalina after the Plano, TX race — which also featured long laps — that fewer laps “makes it seem more attainable,” and allows you to focus on skating more rather than what lap you’re on. While the weather looks like it will be in the high 70s and sunny it’s not going to be just another day at the beach for competitors.

As with the previous legs of the ASM a whopping $30,000 prize purse is on the table, half of which (yes, that’s a full $15,000) goes to the first place male finisher. In addition to the prize money, the winner will be crowned the first ever Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon Champion and hoist the 20 pound trophy (which they unveiled 4 days ago) on the podium alongside the women’s ASM champion. In the previous 3 legs of the ASM we’ve seen three different winners: Jeff Vayin who won in New York City, his teammate Kiefer Dixon who won in Puerto Rico, and Paul Kent who won the last ASM in Plano, TX. Not only has every race seen a different winner, but the top 5 changes dramatically from race to race — for all intents and purposes this is really anyone’s game on Saturday. Favorites, of course are the previous three winners alongside Robin McGurik and Enrique Cubillo, both of whom posted impressive finishes in other recent push races. While there doesn’t appear to be a clear winner one thing is certain: Saturday is going to be one of the most exciting stops on the ASM this season.

I had the opportunity to talk to Jeff Vyain of Bustin’ Boards, and winner of the Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon in New York City earlier this summer, via e-mail and asked him a few questions about the race coming up. Check it out below:

STE: What, if anything, have you done differently to train for the Championships on Saturday? If you didn’t make  any changes, are you wishing you had?

JV:” I have done a few workouts, so I guess that’s a change from the past two races anyway. I’ve also started drinking distilled water. That’s more of a lifestyle thing, though…not sure if it’ll have any impact on my racing. Been drinking a lot of Smoothies and I’m taking a suppliment powder that Paul’s been on since day 1, so I’m cutting that variable out of the mix! I wish I got a couple more workouts in but I’m going in mentally prepared, and that’s what’s most important.”

STE: Do you have any traditions or superstitions you try to abide by before a race?

JV: “I’m not superstitious in the sense that if I don’t get to do something, I don’t think it will impact my performance. I try to get decent sleep, though before Adrenalina NYC, I got about 2 hours, and that’s the only race I’ve won this year, so I can’t say that that matters all too much either. This is a mental game more than anything, and I don’t like to rely on things I may not always have control over. I’m always ready to race.”

Jeff Vyain, right, battles against Paul Kent, left, on his custom Bustin' Board

STE: With the Championship title and all that cash on the line, whats the atmosphere between competitors like  going into the race?

JV: “Kiefer is always quiet and kind of serious. Paul and I are always joking around, playing up our “rivalry” but talking strategies and trying to push each other to get better. Cami and Sara are always partying it up and endlessly bothering me with setup questions. I think everything’s pretty normal.”

STE: What’s the first thing you plan on doing if you win in Hallandale Beach?

JV: “I’m probably going to pay my dad off on some college loans he helped me out with a couple years ago. He’s been very patient with me 🙂 Thanks Dad! And I’d like to take Maribeth on a little vacation sometime this winter, maybe hit some slopes out west or something. And maybe one day I will build a pyramid.”

STE: So what comes next after the Championship? How do you plan on training through what looks to be  another harsh winter in NYC?

JV:” I’m going to get as deep into board building as possible. I’ve been happily put in charge of doing a lot of the prototyping for Bustin, and I’m having a really good time with it. I’m still learning, but it’s coming quickly. My goal for the winter is to get as deep into my work as possible and release some really sick boards next year.

Most of my training will probably be cross training. I’ll skate whenever I can, but I really want to get into a climbing gym and get my body back into shape. I’ve suffered from back problems ever since the NYC race, and the racing schedule has been so tight that all I’ve really been able to focus on is recovery rather than strengthening to prevent injury. That’s my main goal physically–to get as strong as possible so I can train a lot harder next year. New York was the only race I’ve really been able to train for, and at the time, I thought I was just getting started. Hopefully that is still the case and that it’s all just on a bit longer timeline than previously expected. I want to break some records next year. I still hope to do well in Florida, though. I’m not counting myself out!”

If you’ve ever seen Jeff’s custom Bustin’ Board that he designed with Subsonic (which he is riding in the image above) you know you should be extremely excited to see what he comes up with during the off-season! We’ll cover more of that when it comes time, until then get ready for what looks to be a very exciting race weekend in Hallandale, Flordia!

Best of luck to all the competitors, especially the East Coast constituency that has been doing so well!

Wrap-up: 2011 Broadway Bomb & BBQ

I think the only way to sum up what happened at the 2011 Broadway Bomb is with one word: wow. To be honest, wow isn’t even good enough to describe how amazing the event was this year. With the lead-up to the event so strong I knew it would end up being a huge deal, but I don’t think anyone could have planned for just how big it really was. My friend John, who helped me film, and I got to the meeting place near Barnard College and 116th and Broadway at around 10:30. With the race not starting till 12 we figured we would be pretty early, how wrong we were. Already a couple hundred longboarders sat buzzing about the park excited and anxious to see how many people would actually be coming, by 11:15 it was clear that the event would indeed be massive as the influx of longboarders continued at a heavy rate bringing the numbers well over 1,000 by the time the race started at noon.

That’s right, over 1,000 longboarders actually came to this year’s Broadway Bomb. Words cannot begin to describe the amount of energy and enthusiasm that could be felt pulsating throughout the crowd as we ran up the hill and started to skate down Broadway, every single person was so stoked and so excited, having one of the best times of their life. Skaters from all walks of life, ability, and location showed up this year, with people from as far away as Australia and California coming to see what the Bomb had to offer this year. Big names also came out in numbers this year, James Kelly of Skate House Media and the Arbor Collective made his first ever appearance in NYC for the Bomb and was joined by Brian Bishop and the Concrete King himself, Salamon Lang, along with other big faces such as Max Dubler and Paul Kent. Talk about a STACKED event!

What was previously a major concern for us and other people, and even an issue in years past, the NYPD was amazingly helpful throughout our entire time on the road. Instead of pulling longboarders over or trying to break the pack or even the whole event up, the NYPD were right there shutting down roads and intersections at various points so we could safely pass through. I rode next to two NYPD scooters for a little while, it was a very pleasant and nice experience knowing that we were on the same side. Without the fear of having to deal with the police everyone was able to skate care-free and fully enjoy what an amazing event the Bomb was this year.

Me with James Kelly of Skate House Media and the Arbor Collective

What might have been the best part, however, was the look on people’s faces as we passed en masse down Broadway. People stopped dead in their tracks, pulling out cell phones to quickly snap photos and take video, cheered us on, and stuck hands out for high fives. As we passed by cars drivers and passengers alike rolled down windows and pounded fists with skaters, the outcry of support was unbelievable and beyond my wildest imagination.

Of course, since this was a race to determine who the strongest city-skater in quite possibly the world is, the winners are mighty important. For the men, pushing powerhouse and recent Adrennalina Marathon Puerto Rico winner Kiefer Dixon took first place, followed closely by Steven Sanchez who actually THREW UP while riding in order to not sacrifice second place, and Robin McGuirk in third. Other notable finishes include Kaspar Heinrich, who has won more Broadway Bombs than anyone else, in 4th; Thesseus Williams, another past Broadway Bomb winner, in 10th; and Saloman “The King” Lang in 11th place. On the women’s side of things a tie for first place between Cami Best and Sarah Paulshock was followed closely by Danielle DeJesus in 2nd and Katie Fry in 3rd.

Because the NYPD was blocking off the Charging Bull Statue at Bowling Green (the official finish line) for various reasons we were forced to immediately keep skating to the East River Park where the Bustin BBQ and awards ceremony were taking place (again, with the grace of the NYPD). Although a bit of a long skate, hundreds showed up to talk and hear the results from the day’s event. Once the winners were announced people moved closer to the Williamsburg Bridge to skate and eat more food provided by the kind souls at Bustin’ Boards in Brooklyn. The BBQ was a lot of fun and provided people more time to mingle and talk about the race and also turned into a bit of a flatland session as people started getting their energy back after the race.

Overall the 2011 Broadway Bomb was by far the best event of the season that I’ve been to. The energy and enthusiasm that everyone brought to the event was unparalleled and made for an absolutely unforgettable and unbelievable time. If you were at the Bomb this year, either as a skater or a spectator, and have a story for us feel free to share it via a comment here, on Facebook, or by e-mail at mike [at] skatetheeast.net. Check out the video we put together of the race and the BBQ after as well as a slide session John and I ran into while skating around Central Park later in the day.

It’s Official — 2011 Broadway Bomb Breaks 1,000 Registered Skaters!

With 4 days left until the event itself, the 2011 Broadway Bomb has already smashed another milestone that many people didn’t expect to be broken this year: over 1,000 registered skaters! When I first checked the registration count just before 10EST this morning it read 963 registered users. Now, just over 12 hours later the count stands at 1,045…that’s another 82 skaters during the day today alone! If this pace keeps up over the next four days it wouldn’t surprise me to see us push close to 1,300 people registered, the real question past that is just how many will show up?

Last year saw 423 participants register to skate the Bomb and about 350 actually show up and participate. If registration says strong and fast over the next four days like it has been, and a similar dropout rate is assumed for participants we’ll still see close to 1,000 people skating this event all at once. The overwhelming majority of registered skaters live in the Tri-States (Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey) with a lot of the rest coming from Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, as well as other parts of New England and the Mid-Atlantic. This puts most of the registered participants within a short trip of the event which will hopefully mean little excuse to not actually show up.

All I have to say is, THIS IS GOING TO BE NOTHING SHORT OF EPIC no matter what! The forecast looks sunny and temperature looks great for a very fun and exciting push through 8.5 miles of New York City streets! Keep an eye out for more updates as they come to us and check in on race-day for live updates and last minuet news. If you missed it before we posted some information regarding skateboarding in NYC to help avoid any unwanted contact with the NYPD and also have a guide to the full weekend.

Broadway Bomb 2011: Know How to Steer Clear of Trouble with the NYPD

Updated 10/5/11 @ 5PM to address finish line/Occupy Wall Street concerns.  

So far the response to the Broadway Bomb 2011 article I posted not too long ago has been huge, and with less than a week to go until the Bomb itself (the weekend starts Friday and the actual race is Saturday) I figured I’d address a concern that a lot of people have been voicing: the NYPD. We’ve all seen the videos of Broadway Bombers having some unfortunate (and in many cases illegal on the NYPD’s part) interactions with the police, but what can you do to prevent it yourself from being one of the unfortunate few?

First and foremost, you should know what your rights as a skateboarder in New York City are. I’m not a lawyer, but the law reads pretty clear in outlining what we can and cannot do. Skateboarding both on the street and, if necessary, on the sidewalk is legal so long as you don’t do so recklessly. That is, you cannot “skateboard on a public street, highway or sidewalk in such a manner as to endanger the safety or property of another” (Local Law 43 of 1996). Furthermore you must adhere to all of the local traffic laws (including stop lights) and must use the bike lane where possible or stay as far to the right as possible as to not interfere with traffic. We all know this will be hard, however, and that the bike lane in New York City is usually really an illegal parking lot. Weaving in and out of traffic will be a part of the race, but try your best to not skate like a reckless bat out of hell and stay to the right as much as possible you should be fine. New York City law also prohibits groups from skating more than 2 across, another law that could lead the NYPD to stop you and one that will be hard to avoid with over 950 people registered. Probably the biggest troublemaker and attention caller for both the NYPD and race officials will be skitching. Skitching is frowned upon heavily by the police, who see it as dangerous to you, the drivers, and others around, race officials have said that it will be grounds for DQ this year too, and while I haven’t seen the rule in writing I’d be careful. NYCSK8 posted a good list to sum things up:

  • Section 1230. These laws apply to skating on public roads, on private roads open to public traffic, and on all bike and skate trails.
  • Section 1231. You have similar rights and duties as are held by the driver of a motor vehicle. In other words, skating on public roads (excluding expressways, interstates and certain other roads) is legal but you must honor all traffic laws (e.g., obey traffic lights, no wrong-way skating, etc.).
  • Section 1233. You may not attach yourself to any vehicle in motion, i.e., no “skitching”.
  • Section 1234. If there is a bike/skate lane, you must use it. If not, you must skate as far to the right side of the street as possible so as to not interfere with traffic. If you are skating in a group, you may not skate more than two abreast. You must skate single file if there is other traffic which wishes to pass by you.
  • Section 1235. You may not carry any article or package which would obstruct your view.
  • Section 1238. Any child under 14 must wear a helmet when skating. This is a $50 offense, the ticket being issued to the skater’s parent/guardian. When skating at night, you must wear a jacket or other clothing with reflective material.
But what if you do get stopped or asked to stop? It’s always best to comply with orders from the police, if you’re skating with a group of people we don’t expect much trouble so long as you aren’t skating too recklessly or posing a big danger to people around you. If asked to stop and you or your group has a camera make sure you start filming your interaction, be polite to the officers and answer their questions as best you can. Chances are if you remain calm and polite you won’t have too much trouble with the police. If you do, make sure you get it on film and file an official complaint.
With what looks to be 1,000 riders coming out for this event there’s a high likelyhood that the NYPD will be on our side, protecting us from traffic instead of pulling us over. Be polite to drivers, pedestrians, and the NYPD and you should have an awesome, problem free day.
UPDATE: Something I didn’t touch base on too much is the fact that the finish line is at the heart of where the Occupy Wall Street protesters have been set up recently. While there is some chance that they won’t be on Broadway/Bowling Green itself, it’s more likely we’ll have to skate our way through the protest. Jeff Vyain of Bustin’ Boards and the Longboard Loft NYC posted a great article on their blog reminding the longboarding community that this is a chance for us to show that we’re “good guys” so to speak, not out to cause trouble or hurt anyone, just to skate and spread the stoke. If we are polite and respectful Occupy Wall Street shouldn’t pose any problems to the Bomb and visa versa. Here’s an excerpt from Jeff’s post:
Aside from obvious safety concerns of riding full-speed down Manhattan’s busiest street, there are protests going in downtown Manhattan (occupywallstreet.org). There will be a LOT of people down there, and we’re not 100% sure where they’ll be yet because they keep moving around. We MAY skate right through a march! On one hand, this provides our longboard community an outstanding opportunity to make an awesome positive impression on a lot of people, including local law enforcement. On another, we’re heading into an area of potential volatility, and because of this, we need to be on our best behavior. So be respectful. I know a lot of people will be racing, but don’t sacrifice the vibe that we’re creating here for the sake of beating the guy next to you by a couple seconds. Be safe, protect yourself, and protect our community. Thanks, that is all!

We’re not expecting this to go down this year…

2011 Broadway Bomb & More — NYC 10/8/11

If you’re even remotely close to the Northeast this is the event that we’ve all been waiting for, the 2011 Broadway Bomb in New York City

on October 8th, 2011. I’m so excited I’m not even sure where to start. The event that saw over 550 skaters last year is expected to draw close to 750 this year. As of this posting there are currently 647 skaters registered and the number is climbing steadily making it a possibility there could be closer to 1,000 skaters total. UPDATE 10/4/11: As of 11:00PM tonight (Tuesday, 10/4) there are officially OVER 1,000 SKATERS REGISTERED FOR THE BROADWAY BOMB! Right now the number stands at 1,046 and doesn’t appear to be slowing down as we get closer to the race. With numbers like that the Broadway Bomb will literally take over the streets of Manhattan for the race — making it an uban longboard paridse. From what the Bustin’ Blog said we’ll skate through 150 traffic lights, 100,000 pedestrians, road blocks, road kill and the good ole police. I guess that’s why the race’s tagline is “YOU COULD DIE!” Both Friday 10/7 and Sunday 10/9 other events are taking place as well as some events right after the race on Saturday.

The 2011 Broadway Bomb Push Race & After parties:

The race is scheduled to go off right at noon (12:00PM) from Riverside Park at 116th and Broadway, the race ends at the bull statue on Wall Street. You can take the 1 train to 116th and get off there. This is *the* push event through the streets of Manhattan. In years past we’ve seen some super fast pushing and some pretty reckless skating through traffic lights and cars. This year there is a no skitching rule to help prevent injury and unwanted negative attention. You can register here for the race. If it’s raining there is a posted rain date for  October 17th. We’ll keep you updated if there’s question as to whether or not the race is on. 

Immediately after the race is the Bomb Ass BBQ at East River Park in Manhattan. The official start time is 2PM, you can skate over with the pack that will most definitely be headed over there or take the JMZF train to Delancey Street — either way you have to walk over the FDR via the pedestrian path

way to enter the park. It’s under the Williamsburg Bridge alongside the East River. This is going to be a great time and will allow for a lot of people to check out the famous Williamsburg Bridge — one of NYC’s best longboard spots.

If you still haven’t had enough there’s also the Bomb Ass Afterparty going down right next to the Longboard Loft at Lucky Jacks 125 Allan Street. Again it’s the JMZF train to Delancey Street.

Friday & Sunday Extended Bomb Sesssions:

So, in addition to the famous push race there are events to start the weekend off and finish it the right way on Friday night and Sunday afternoon (October 7th & 9th)

On Friday the Friday Night Rip Session is going down in Prospect Park, Brooklyn at 7:00PM. It’s a slide and freeride jam and will be sure to have appearances by some of the Earthwing and Bustin’ riders and will be tons of fun for everyone that shows up.

Sunday, for your post-race and after-party enjoyment you have the Sunday Style Sessions going down at 7AM on Dyckman Street in Manhattan. The Style Session is hosted by Uncle Funky’s Board Shop and requires a $20 registration fee (and very early wake-up).

If you’re looking for something a little later in the afternoon you can check out the Earthwing Technical Slide Jam at 1:00PM at the same location as the Style Session (Dyckman Street). It’s a freeride, hard wheel event. Contact Steve Kong at: stevekong89@gmail.com for the Earthwing event.

It looks like it’s going to be one hell of a weekend!

Check out the documentary about the history of the Broadway Bomb and see some highlights from the 2009 Bomb:

Push Culture – The Broadway Bomb from Joe Goodman on Vimeo.

Last Minute: 2011 Philadelphia Push Race 8/14 (RAIN OR SHINE)

Oh man am I late on posting this one, but I guess it’s better late than never. I somehow completely missed the fact that the 2011 Philadelphia Push Race is SUNDAY AUGUST 14TH (that’s tomorrow/today depending on when you actually read this post). The race sounds like a ton of fun and supports the Ian Tillman Foundation, spreading helmet awareness and putting helmets on the heads of skaters across the country. The race sounds like it has a fun spirit to it and will without a doubt be a great time, rain or shine.

Registration, which is $5, starts at 10:00AM and the race will start at 11:00AM. Riders should meet in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (on the Rocky steps) for registration and more pre-race instruction. A HELMET is required to qualify and register — no registration means you can’t officially finish and aren’t eligible for prizes or the raffle. It’s a pretty simple — wear your lid and you get a chance to win great stuff. The sponsor list is HUGE for this event (like 14 deep) so you’re likely to walk away with something sweet if you’re a winner. Speaking of winners…

There are multiple classes for the race: Mini, Dropped, Regular, Dancer and Women’s. The classes should pretty much speak for themselves but if they don’t, this is how they break down according to the Facebook Page:

dropped- anything lowered, deck is lowered, or drop-thru (regardless of size)
mini- any board shorter than 29″
regular – any board between – 30″ and 47″
dancer – any board bigger than 48″
women’s – must be a real woman (no cross-dressers 😉 )

Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in all 5 categories although if you place in one class you can’t place in another. If you happen to finish in the top 3 for one of the classes you’re ineligible for the raffle — one prize per person for the event. If you’re a woman and place in one of the board classes you can choose where you want to be represented (the board class or the women’s class).

The other major rule other than wearing a helmet is that you must finish the race on the path. Emphasis on finishing the race there.

The event sounds like it’ll be a very fun time with a lot of great faces. As of this post there are 68 racers that pre-registered and there’s sure to be a bunch more that show up in the morning and register on site. If you’re reading this before the morning you might still be able to register online by clicking here.

Below is a map of the push route for tomorrow. Have fun and send some pictures of the event to mike [at] skatetheeeast.net so we can post a follow up!

Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon & Expo in NYC — July 30th

I’ve been waiting to post this one for a little while, but with July finally here, the prize purse decided, and a sick deal from GroupOn for registration (more on that in a second) it seemed like the perfect time to get this out there. The Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon & Expo is going to be big with a lot of riders and a ton of companies coming out to show their new products and talk to skaters. It’s going down on Governors Island and the race will begin promptly at 7:00AM.  The competitions are a “mini-marathon” 2.6 mile race and the main event, the 26.2 mile full marathon. Registration is $35 for the mini-marathon and $100 for the full. If that seems a little steep for you, good news! GroupOn today posted a deal that will get you riding in the mini-marathon for $9 and $39 for the big race.

Each stop in the Adrenalina Marathon series will post a prize purse of $30,000 (yes, you read that correctly) and will be divided amongst the top 5 finishers with the winner taking home $15,000 ($5,000 more than last year), second place taking $5,000, third place $2,500, fourth place taking $1,500 and the fifth place finisher walking away with a cool $1,000. Not too shabby for a fun morning skateboarding on Governors Island.

If you’re looking to participate you’ll need to register with Adrenalina and meet at the docks at  5:30AM for a 6:00AM ferry over to the Island. Like I said, the race is going to begin promptly at 7:00AM so you’ll want to make sure you’re at the docks on time so you don’t miss your chance to skate! The course is 12 laps around Governors Island (map embedded below) which is closed to cars and will be virtually empty, racers will have a 3 hour time limit to finish the marathon otherwise you’re disqualified. As of this posting only 2 people are registered for the mini-marathon and around 60 registered for the main event with big names including Kiefer Dixon poised and ready to go (although it looks like another 12 have bought the mini-marathon GroupOn today).

We’ll post more information as we get it, but the ASM is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year and doesn’t sound like it will disappoint anyone.

UPDATE: Adrenalina has posted a full course description which you can find here. They run you through the entire course, turn by turn so you have a better idea of what to expect come Saturday. From what I can tell it doesn’t look like the map has changed all that much from the original one I posted on July 2nd, but it’s worth a look to make sure.

Rayne and Loaded/Orangatang have also been posting some videos from last year’s Adrenalina (the first ever in North America) and recently posted the 3rd in the series, showing the actual race from last year. The video got me AMPED for Saturday, hopefully it’ll do the same for you.