Introducing the NEW
The Bustin Boombox and its cousin, the EQ, are the latest additions to the 2012 Bustin Boards lineup. The Boombox is designed to amplify your imagination into a riding experience that you've only dreamed of with a rock solid maple construction at a price to performance ratio that can't be beat. The board maximizes footspace, allowing the feet to stand near the trucks and enhancing control during slides. Radial drops and a killer progressive radial concave lock in the feet like bindings on a snowboard, and kicktails give the deck some extreme freestyle versatility, allowing you to perform pop tricks on the hill and in the flats. Rocker throughout the deck lowers you to the ground, making this deck just as comfortable to push around as other dropped and drop-thru decks such as the Ibach and Maestro. Designed to be your swiss army knife longboard, this beast is meant for big speed, big slides and big air!
You could say the EQ and Boombox shapes were divinely inspired. We spent many hours in front of our 40-inch gong in meditation, and after a few days locked in the undergound Bustin Labs, we came out with the EQ concept and an initial design. A few sessions later, radial drops were added, and after a couple months of testing, a plan was set in motion to find a way to incorporate kicktails into the mold to provide a deck that many of Bustin's team riders had been requesting for some time--a freeride deck with kicktails that riders could perform freestyle maneuvers with. More hours of gong meditation passed, a mold was cut up and assembled, and a deck was pressed. After the idea was formed, it only took a few tries for the shape, and the hard part was over. After a few rounds of testing and tweaking the smaller details, we felt confident that we'd laid the framework for a board that exemplifies the progression and evolution of freeride longboarding in 2012. The Bustin team has been slowly growing in talent and influence, and this board is the direct result, helping riders here in NYC and around the world take their skating potential to the next level.
The Boombox started with the shape of the EQ, a topmount deck that aimed to maximize footspace and lock in feet with an extreme but comfortable concave. Much thought was placed into how and where the foot bends, and the shape of the concave reflects this. After the baseline shape and bends of the EQ were in place and the drops had been established, the focus was turned into how to bend the wood back into a shape that would allow the addition of kicktails. Deep thought and more gong provided us with the answer--a secret we'll only tell providing the right circumstances, those circumstances likely involving buying the right people a few beers and shouting "Wiggle me timbers!" at the top of your lungs. All good things come with a price.
The progressive radial concave starts out very mellow in the center of the deck and increases in intensity near the edges, creating a comfortable standing platform for front facing pushing and locking you in tight in sideways stance. The concave tops out at 9/16" near the deck's shoulders. The radial drops lift the center of the deck where the trucks mount, creating a shelf that keeps your feet from shifting. Bending and lifting the wood out of the center of the deck allows concave to be retained throughout the length of the standing platform. Many freeriders will find that they can simply spin in circles, toeside and heelside, on this deck without ever adjusting the feet. And that's the idea.
With all the bends in this board, there is hardly a weak spot to be found, and for this reason, we chose to take a ply out of the Boombox from the EQ to lighten the deck for freestyle tricks. This gives the Boombox a small amount of flex, typically only felt when jumping in the middle of the deck, but enough to provide a little cushion when landing flatland tricks or early grabs off stair sets. We call the 9-ply EQ a downhill/freeride deck and the 8-ply Boombox a freeride/freestyle deck. Both are rock solid and will last you many moons providing no evil automotive spirits find their way on top of it.
8-ply Canadian Maple
26" Effective Foot Platform
29 1/2" Wheelbase
1/2" Radial Drop
1/2" Rocker Along EFP
The construction on the Boombox is 8-plies of sturdy, Canadian rock maple and is made in our North Carolina manufacturing facility. It is cold pressed for extra strength using our special composite blend glue. After fully curing, the mold is CNC cut and drilled. Wheel wells are then hand sanded and the board is sanded smooth. The board the goes through a wood finishing process which includes several cycles of sealing and sanding.
The Boombox was designed to fit 70mm wheels on most of today's popular trucks without bite. Larger wheels tend to be much less smooth during sliding and are heavy for pop tricks, so for a freeride/freestyle specific deck, we decided to incorporate as much footspace as possible rather than make room for wheels that don't really play into its strong points. We particularly like Paris trucks, Calibers, Bears, and Indy 215s on this board for cast options. Randals may bite depending on weight, bushing choice, and washer type. Look into our Surf-Rodz INDeeSZ and RKP collabs for some truly awesome freeride/freestyle and DH/freeride setups.
The Boombox is designed to handle just about any type of skating situation with ease. It will amplify your imagination and spit out some of the most creative skateboarding scenarios you've ever dreamed of. The possibilities of the Boombox end where the EQ begins, and vice versa. We didn't weigh this deck down with too many features; we didn't have to. You'll find yourself upping your game from the first time you step foot on it, as we have found ourselves doing the same. See you on the streets!
One Love from the Bustin Brooklyn Crew!