Check out this vid from 2009!
Then peep last years event!
And check out our team rider, Robin McGuirk’s write up on the event! Get a rider perspective!
In 2009, I went to my first Broadway Bomb with the help of my local shop in Portland, Oregon – Daddies Board Shop. As one of the few committed push racers in the NW, I’ve always wanted to go and check out this very hyped and seemingly scary event. As their slogan says, “You Could Die”. Starting back in 2002 with a dozen or so riders, it is now creeping up on 500. I was in NYC for my first time when I attempted to compete in the craziest traffic in the world with some of the fastest pushers known. There is no such thing as skating casually in traffic through this city, you have to keep up a medium to high pace in order to stay with or ahead of traffic and not get eaten up. When you’re racing, it just adds flame to the fire and rush of assessing danger and constantly striving to find the hole to pass through at a hundred plus intersections in a row! Yes this is vigilante style, never stopping at red lights, and always struggling to keep a high pushing pace while threading the needle through sometimes very small holes.
After the race, there was a little drama about some riders getting disqualified for skitching which is a common rule these days in push races. Other outlaw events like Coast Longboarding’s Urban Assault Race and Timeship Racing’s Ditch Slap X-town race do not allow this type of cheating to win either. The Prize giveaway was headed by organizer Ian Nichols who gave out a few hundred dollars to the top male and female racers, plus loads of free swag by the many great sponsors. He also gave some big props to the competitors who traveled the farthest away from places like Australia, France, and Switzerland. Traveling from Oregon myself, I am used to skating with my downhill crew of riders who mostly view endurance races as “silly push races”. Why would you want to tire yourself out like that when there are so many great hills to skate? And for the most part I agree, downhill is my favorite part of skating. Taking corners and negotiating speed with a pack of riders is the best feeling in the world. But in the mostly flat terrain of NYC, the local riders have proven that you don’t need hills to have fun on a longboard. The most basic part of skateboarding is pushing your board around. And they have taken this concept to the ultimate extreme with the up-rise of Push Culture.