Archive | August, 2013

Meet Torus Jackson, Maribeth’s New Baby Boy

24 Aug

SURE Skateboards Instructor, Maribeth McHugh, takes a break from teaching to start a new family.

Maribeth and TJ

If you are a longtime friend or follower of SURE, you probably are familiar with Maribeth McHugh, marathon push skater and super popular SURE instructor for two plus years. Maribeth gave birth to a healthy baby boy this past May. The little guy’s name is, Torus Jackson, TJ for short.

Maribeth and TJ’s daddy, Jeffrey Vyain, moved from Brooklyn down to Hagerstown, Maryland to start their life with TJ. Hagerstown offers nearby rural outskirts and a better opportunity to live a holistic lifestyle, something dear to both Maribeth and Jeff.

Maribeth in Fresh Paved

Maribeth in an appearance on the cover of NYC’s FRESHPAVED magazine earlier this year.

What’s next for Maribeth? MB has recently started to get back on her board to do some casual distance skating. How could she not? Living with Jeff Vyain, a world class marathon distance skateboarder and the product designer for Bustin Boards, all things skateboarding are never far from this young family. In addition to riding again, Maribeth will also be doing some writing for Concrete Wave magazine. Reaching into her archive of experiences as a skate instructor and Longboarding New Yorker, MB will find inspiration to share with Concrete Wave’s global audience.

This is an amazing new journey for Maribeth, Jeff and Torus Jackson. SURE Skateboards will be keeping them close and constantly in mind as new horizons open up to spread the stoke and keep skateboarding accessible for everyone to enjoy.

Brooklyn Based Bustin Boards has Pro Rider Success With Spain’s Bruno Sirera Sorondo

3 Aug

Bustin has teamed up with Sirera Sorondo, releasing world wide, his signature “Bruno” Longboard model and collaborating on global video projects.


Bruno launches his 39″ hybrid Street//Longboard under the High Line. Photo, Rob Rodrigues

New York, NY. August 3rd, 2013

 Bustin Boards, signed Bruno Sirera Sorondo to a professional team rider deal early in 2013. After the design and development phase, the Yoface 39” Bruno Pro Deck has hit skate shops around the world and the Bustin Boards website with a bang. The Bruno model is also being offered through the company’s popular online Create A Longboard customization program, engaging the creativity of Longboard consumers via the Bustin interactive design your own website.

 Bruno is based out of Madrid, Spain, he also spends a lot of time on the Island of Mallorca with his family. His diverse skating talent has opened the door for some adventurous traveling recently. In addition to several trips to NYC, Bruno just returned from a month long journey to Shanghai, China where he worked with team mate, Toti Bicicleta and the well known videographer, Perropro. The three worked tirelessly on video footage to create an epic Longboard travel feature that will be released later this year. The same team, all hailing from Spain, spent  July of 2012 in the streets of the five boroughs filming the awesome, New York Longboard 3, the third installment of a video series produced by Bustin Boards.


Bruno Sirera Sorondo

Bruno “The Kid” takes a breather during a recent visit to NYC. Photo, Rob Rodrigues.


Bruno was also one of the featured skaters in Offshore, Patrick Switzer’s latest Longboard web-series for Greener Pastures. After spending several weeks filming in Europe in February, the much anticipated debut is about to be rolled out to the public. Follow Bustin Boards Custom Longboards on Facebook to stay up to date as Bruno’s exciting videos get released and for all the latest news updates.

 Bustin Boards Pro Team Manager, Rob Rodrigues, weighed in on Bruno’s career saying, “Having just turned 18, Bruno is off to an amazing Professional start. Between his highly adaptive skating style, a multi functional signature model deck and playing a key role in largely visible video releases. Bruno is poised to be a cutting edge pro level rider for years to come”.

Rise to Stardom – Bronx Native Moving Through the National Ranks as a Junior Downhill Skateboard Racer

3 Aug

16 year old Bronx, NY resident DeJaune Jones is making waves and turning heads in a mostly west-coast dominated downhill skateboarding scene.


DeJaune leads the pack at the Maryhill Festival of Speed. Photo, Khaleeq Alfred

(PRWEB) July 17, 2013 – Rob Rodrigues

16 year old, Highbridge Bronx resident, DeJaune Jones has been making a splash in Downhill Skateboarding locally for a couple of race seasons. Downhill racing has been growing rapidly out of the Longboard segment of the skate industry for several years now. Dejaune took 2nd place in the Junior division of the Guama Downhill race back in January during a trip to Puerto Rico. In April, DeJaune proved himself as a threat to racers of all ages by winning the Pro Open division at New Jersey’s own Major Stok’em.

Up until recently, 50 plus mile per hour downhill skateboarding was largely dominated by racers from the west coast of the United States and Canada. DeJaune recently opened a lot of eyes by taking the Junior’s division first place spot at the Maryhill Festival of Speed in Goldendale, Washington, the USA’s largest and most famous race. Maryhill had serious racers of all ages attending from all over the world.

DeJaune skating in NYC

DeJaune demonstrates Free Ride sliding techniques on a Brooklyn hill. Photo, Rob Rodrigues.

Downhill skateboarding takes nerves of steel and fierce technical control, racing down a hill in a tight competitive pack is very dangerous and requires athletic skill, conditioning and training. New York City is a part of the country that is relatively flat compared to other mountainous regions. DeJaune spends a lot of time taking day and weekend trips out to hillier parts of the tri-state area in order to try and simulate the speed conditions he will be facing as he starts to attend more top tier competitions.

DeJaune is sponsored by several equipment manufactures including Brooklyn’s own Bustin Boards. Bustin has been growing fast as a skateboard and longboard company and has been working closely with several talented young riders to establish a global presence with equipment and skate talent. The company’s focus on developing longboard products geared towards downhill skating along with their sponsorship of dozens of East Coast events is one of the reasons that the sport of downhill skateboarding has begun to flourish amongst east coast riders.    

With a focus and commitment, Dejaune has a potentially amazing career ahead of him in a growing discipline that is also proving to be an exciting spectator sport.

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