A FIRST-TIMER’S PERSPECTIVE
By JARED I. GREENE
If longboarders could fly they would have blocked out the sun, but since they can’t, we had to settle for blocking traffic for as far as the eye could see. The 2010 Broadway Bomb blanketed the streets of New York City for more than an hour, and it was stupendous. I had less than four hours of sleep the night before and had to make my way from Philadelphia, but honestly, I was the most awake that morning that I had been in months. The day before I was panicking, I was afraid I wouldn’t have enough time to write my research paper, prep my board, clean and lubricate my bearings and get back to school so I could be picked up by a complete stranger – a 33-year-old guy that I knew from a Facebook group! Despite the nervousness, when my three alarms had gone off at 6 a.m., I literally jumped out of bed, made myself an omelet and departed. The words “stoked” and “ecstatic” can’t even come close to describing the excitement before the race, but when we hit the streets, it was nirvana. This was my first time competing in this race, or any race for that matter, and it really didn’t matter to me what position I came in, because to me it wasn’t about winning; it was about being a part of the longboarding momentum. Once the race started I witnessed just how powerful we were as a group. It was as if it were complete anarchy; we were almost lawless, running red lights and stopping drivers in their tracks. It was a beautiful combination of the dynamics of city skating and marathon-like distances: shooting between tiny gaps between cabs and buses, drivers completely losing their cool, riders almost getting nailed by vehicles, a racer getting arrested and even a skater throwing up on the way to the after-race barbeque.
The group at the Williamsburg Bridge on their way to Brooklyn. Photo: Michael Brooke
After the Bomb, Earthwing tested out the waters and put on a slide jam. The response was excellent. Rider: Ian Donohue. Photo: Mitchell Moshenberg
Left to right: Theseus Williams, Mike Boz of Boz Boards, Ryan Rubin of Longboard Living and Steven Sanchez. Photo: Mitchell Moshenberg
Brian Petrie, founder of Earthwing and creator of the Broadway Bomb logo. Photo: Michael Brooke
72 CONCRETE WAVE HOLIDAYS 2010
Paul Bloess and his 4-year-old son Max had a great time skating at Bomb. They turned a lot of heads! Photo: Michael Brooke
An unofficial photo detailing the unofficial sponsors of the Broadway Bomb.
Ian Nichols is truly one of a kind. This haircut tells only a part of the story! On the right is 5th-place finisher James Soladay. Photo: Mitchell Moshenberg