The Overbored Bus Invades the Upper East Side

6 04 2009
bustin boards overboard vegetable oil bus, NYC

As I rolled into Thompkins Square Park yesterday, I come across the legendary Overbored bus and a slew of skaters ready to go for a ride to the UES to bomb a hill on 91st St.  The bus is an old school bus with a bio-deisel conversion, so it runs entirely on vegetable oil. It sounds like a pack of Hells Angels ready to rape and pillage, and smells like chinese food and french fries, but is awesome.  In a few months the bus, along with six longboarders, will skate across the United States to break the current record and raise awareness about longboarding as a alternate form of transportation. Building the inside of the bus will be a project lead by carpenter/longboard beast Theseus Williams, and I can’t wait to start working on the living area, kitchen and common spaces. It was a solid day, a gorgeous afternoon, and a pretty good session. Enjoy.

overboard-longboard-bus-skitchoverboard-skitch-ditchThe first bus skitch of the afternoon was an impressive two miles until a law dog suggested he disengage

insane-skitching-on-overboard-bus-in-tunnel-nycThings got crazy when this dude rode alongside the bus through the tunnel on First Avenue. We were going about 40 mph and he was inches from detestation on either side. Crazy shit.

upper-east-side-longboarding-new-york-cityupper-east-side-longboarding-91st-stoverboard-longboard-nyc-downhillunique-longboards-nyctaking-the-hill-sitting-downupper-east-side-longboard-slidelongboard-in-nycPoised on top of this freshly laid cobblestone hill on 91st St. and 3rd Avenue, we had a decent carve and slide session, although I kept skating and forgetting to take pictures.

overboard-bio-deisel-busoverboard-vegetable-powered-bus-and-longboarders-nycThe Overbored bus already looks pretty pimp, and once the inside is built up, it will be a mobile longboarding tank with an arsenal of skaters and photographers and coll ass dogs.  We then left to head down 2nd Ave to the Williamsburg bridge, and on a six man big-rig skitch, tragedy strikes….

dead-short boardtrashed-boarddestroyed-trucks-dead-longboardTwo boards were completely destroyed, the trucks were snapped like twigs,  and the wheels savagely ripped off. Sucks. May Solomons sweet carve board rest in pieces.

overboard-bus-skating-down-second-avenue-nychomage-skate-shop-brooklynThe rest of the ride back down Second Avenue was pretty damn fun, racing the bus and hitching a ride here and there. Also met Jason from Homage Skate Shop in Brooklyn, whose card is pictured above at the Edge bar during a post skate drink. We finished the night back in the Heights, with this ghostly pic of Q’bn crusing down the tunnel to the 190 St 1 train elevator. Until next time….wash-heights-subway-tunnel-ride-cuban

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