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The Women Of Brooklyn’s Homage and Bustin Boards Skate Shops

The concrete jungle is known for many things, most predominantly as a street skaters dream. When it comes to the skate scene, Brooklyn has been recognized for having some of the most creative and driven individuals – many of whom are women. Brooklyn’s Homage, independently co-owned by female boarder Michelle Sauer, and Bustin Boards are good examples, with a strong female presence on their team rosters.

“For us, it’s all about supporting skating, and we love to see that there are girls out there who rip and enjoy skating,” says Homage COO Dante Yore. “Beyond that, I think it’s good for our shop to actually have a female presence in skateboarding. Some of the girls on our team are better than the guys. You open up a [skate] magazine and you don’t hardly ever see girl skaters, so I think it’s good for us to showcase that and point it out to the skate community – to show that it’s open to everyone.”

Bustin Boards’ women athletes Jenica Davenport, Nathalie Herring and Micku Murgolo recently proved their skills at the 2010 Central Park Race collectively taking first, second and third place, all completing the 6.7 mile loop in under 30 minutes and beating most guys. TransWorld Business caught up with the shops and their women athletes to find out more about the female skate revolution in NYC and why it’s an important part of the skate industry. Stay tuned to our July issue for a more in-depth look at these shops, as well as a feature on the most influential women in action sports.

Nathalie Herring, BUSTIN Boards

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Nathalie Herring owning the street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Photo: Brett Beyer

Who are you, and how did you get into skating? And now that you have been at it a while, what is important to you in skate?

I began street skating in NYC six years ago at a time in my life when I felt like I merely existed in the world and not actually living in it. Longboarding allowed me to be an individual in a city of millions and connect with the world around me. I’m a female longboarder at the forefront of a movement that promotes an alternative eco-friendly way to get around. That to me is awesome! My ultimate goal is to inspire girls to not be afraid to be different, take chances and live like there is no tomorrow!

How does your shop stands out in the NYC market, and why did you choose to side yourself with your specific shop?

The Bustin Boards Shop in BK is home to a community of skaters worldwide and the first stop destination for everything longboard related. I skate for BUSTIN because it represents being innovative, staying positive and having freedom to be you.

What are your favorite brand/item that sells in your store, and what is one that is the most popular for this season?

The Bustin Strike deck is my favorite board at the store! Bustin is constantly reinventing the longboard market and The Strike is everything I’ve ever wanted out of a longboard. The board design is sexy; it carves NYC’s concrete waves smooth as ice & can tackle any terrain, or potholes in its path. Longboarding in NY is so unique and I love skating these streets everyday.

Jenica Davenport, Bustin Boards

Micku Murgolo showing off her NYC battle scars in front of the Bustin Boards Skate Shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Jenica Davenport surrounded by Bustin decks at the Bustin Boards Skate Shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Photo: Brett Beyer

Who are you, and how did you get into skating? And now that you have been at it a while, what is important to you in skate?

I grew up surfing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I started skating when the water got too cold, thanks to my brother. I moved to New York seven years ago and met the long board- I’ve been in love ever since.  It is my passion and this life is my dream, to ride this concrete wave. It’s been crazy to see how this sport has evolved since I started. I never used to see anyone longboarding around the city, now the scene here has exploded. There are so many people from all different walks of life longboarding. I freaking love it!

How does your shop stands out in the NYC market, and why did you choose to side yourself with your specific shop?

It’s like a family here at Bustin! I think people really experience that here in our shop. Its the love and stoke that we put into everything that makes people feel like they are a part of something bigger than themselves… the community.  Its all about spreading the stoke.

What are your favorite brand/item that sells in your store, and what is one that is the most popular for this season?

I have to be partial to say that our decks are my favorite things we sell here in the store. The fact that the customer is a big part of the design process is awesome. What other company offers personalized graphics? I love what we do, everyday I talk to a customer that is so stoked about their new board and it it’s the best feeling ever.

Micku Murgolo, Bustin Boards

10-	Micku Murgolo showing off her body’s NYC battle scars in front of the Bustin Boards Skate Shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

10- Micku Murgolo showing off her body’s NYC battle scars in front of the Bustin Boards Skate Shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Photo: Brett Beyer

Who are you, and how did you get into skating? And now that you have been at it a while, what is important to you in skate?

I was born and raised in Venezuela, and I came to the U.S about six years ago. My passion for skateboarding began back at home when I was about fifteen; I was one of the first longboarder chicks that started skating in my town. When I was sixteen I attended to my first freestyle contest and other local downhill and sliding events. My passion for skating has only continued to grow, I have participated in different events in NYC from the Broadway Bomb (won 2nd place) in 2008 and 2009, Central Park Race (won 2nd place) 2008 and 2009, The Cloisters SLide Jam, and the SLidefest in California; where I placed 1st in slopestyle in the women’s division 2007, 1st place slope style in the women’s division 2008 and 3rd place slope style open class (with the dudes). I have also competed internationally at Danger Bay in Canada in 2008.  I competed in the 2008 Go Fast Speed Days World Cup race in Eastbourne where I placed 2nd downhill in the women’s division.

Skateboarding means absolutely everything to me; I don’t really see myself without it. I have met the coolest people through skateboarding, and I have traveled thanks to it. I skate for the fun of it, and I’m still learning new things, skating never stops amazing me

How does your shop stands out in the NYC market, and why did you choose to side yourself with your specific shop?

Bustin boards is a unique company that offers longboarders the freshest shapes and personalized board graphs that makes every single board a one of a kind piece of art. Bustin has given me the opportunity to be part of their creations, and the main reason why I chose Bustin is because they share the same passion I have for longboarding; simple ideas like skate for fun is what its all about!

What are your favorite brand/item that sells in your store, and what is one that is the most popular for this season?

My favorite item in the shop is our latest creation: THE MAESTRO this board is like a Mercedes. It feels like skating on clouds! Super smooth, enough flex and concave great board for standup slides and cruising through the city. Maestro is what’s hot right now on the streets of NYC.

Vicky Paez, Homage Brooklyn

Vicky Paez cruising the streets of New York City

Vicky Paez cruising the streets of New York City. Photo: Brett Beyer

Who are you, and how did you get into skating? And now that you have been at it a while, what is important to you in skate?

My friends call me Ninjastank BC of my stealthy ninja style. I got into skating when I was 20 years old as a way to keep my snowboarding skills on point after the winter season, and funny enough, I fell deeply in love with the skateboarding lifestyle. Skating is a very prominent part of my life now and I intend on doing it for as long as I can. I consider myself a well-rounded person, so it’s super important for me to be a well-rounded skater. You can catch me skating the city and the Brooklyn streets from spot to spot & over bridges from borough to borough. I love a good transition sesh at the new Chelsea piers spot, and working on my street skills at LES/Chinatown Park and the gnarly streets in between!

How does your shop stands out in the NYC market, and why did you choose to side yourself with your specific shop?

When it comes to shops, I’m homage represent! I love chilling and killing time there because they’re a core shop that can cater to both my skating n snowboarding needs (they’re also the only shop in the area with a coffee shop to support my caffeine addiction along with my skating addiction)! Their staff all skate and Homage is always out to help the skate community. They pitch in support and love from small local events to the biggest events, such as the first Maloof in NYC.

What are your favorite brand/item that sells in your store, and what is one that is the most popular for this season?

I love that Homage tries to keep core items from hardgoods to softgoods! I personally love their deck selection- Baker Anti-Hero; it’s a toy machine!
As far as most popular items, in the spring, summer, and fall decks are always in high demand.  Homage also has an amazing shoe selection; I personally gravitate towards Nike SB’s and Emerica. Also, their lady clothing variety is rad.  My favorites are Matix, Vans, and Volcom.

Homage truly is my one-stop shop; Have I mentioned their coffee shop?