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    Haggy and the Broadway Bomb

    The answer to the giveaway question in Hopshop Newsletter number 11 was Hagbarth Strom, otherwise know as Haggy, President of ASRA. Yup he came second in the Broadway Bomb in 2002. Here is his story on what it is like to take part in the infamous push race. As told to Hop by Haggy one afternoon. I might have got some facts wrong, this blog post is just to get the feel of the event, to a bunch of Australians who have never experience NYC longboarding. Broadway Bomb is one of those iconic events. It is a mix of organised chaos, Broadway, NYC, longboarders and then gently stirred. Recipe for a great event. Start of the event is the corner of 116th and Broadway. The time of the event in 2002 was around 2pm. Haggy read about it on NCDSA (Northern California Skateboarding Association) website, which in the early 2000's was the centre of the universe for longboarding online. In the early afternoon, about 50 longboarders gathered, Haggy with his Landyachtz Chief, randals and flashbacks. As the start time got close, everyone gathered on the corners, Brian called the race start, and it was ON. It was a red light, but a hand full of skaters skated the light and started heading towards the financial district from Harlem. Broadway is four lanes of traffic separated by a median strip. Two lanes south, two lanes north. However, longboarding on roads in New york is a lot different to many Australian cities like Sydney. Although the car drivers are aggressive, they are aware of pedestrians and there is more room for skaters on the roads. In Australia the traffic runs right on the footpath. in NYC there just seems more room. At the start of the race at 116th, the road is a gradual slope south, but make no mistake this is a push race. To keep up with the fastest skaters and the traffic you need to push hard (no skitching allowed) and negotiate the road and foot traffic. Heading south from 118th street it is over 8 miles to the finish, a good 30-35 minute skate, and the finish line is the the bull statue at Wall Street. Haggy said that as the race progressed, he had no idea where he was amongst the skaters. He skated hard the whole time, skating through red lights when he could. He said what was funny, during the race you would skate up to a red light intersection with a few skaters just looking for an opening to get through, see a gap and just go for it. There is a reason it is called the most dangerous outlaw race in the world...you could die! I think every year the city throws something unexpected at the skaters. This particular year it was a Korean parade! The road was blocked with a barricade and police. Haggy without thinking just skated under the barrier and found himself skating in a parade down Broadway! He later found out the police only let the first few skaters through and made the main group go down the footpath. Towards the end, Haggy knew he was close to the lead, he was racing Brian, both pushing and swearing at each other trying to get ahead. However, Kasper beat them both. Kasper won, but Haggy got second! Broadway Bomb is run every October. Go to their website to check out all things rad about NYC longboarding. Hopefully I have inspired some Australian skaters to make a mission to the 2010 race. You know that means you!! (tell em hop sent yah) You never know you could beat Haggy's result and win, or you could die.