Skaters and Outlaws
Race Against the Machine
When the New York Supreme Court granted a temporary restraining order for the state in order to prevent thousands of skateboarders zooming through traffic this weekend, Broadway Bombs founder Ian Nichols said okay. He told us that most skateboarders “aren’t criminals,” and that he didn’t want to get in trouble or break the law. The image of the anti-establishment (or girl) skater was just an antiquated stereotype left over the sport’s early punk origins. Most skaters who participated in his race, he told us, were over 30, had jobs, and found skating to be meditative.
Mr. Nichols said that he was no longer involved with Broadway Bomb, and that the event was canceled.
Apparently, some people didn’t get the memo about any of this.
Yesterday, New York Supreme Court Judge Geoffrey D. Wright ruled in favor of a temporary restraining order that would halt an annual longboarding race through Manhattan this weekend. Broadway Bombbegan in 2002, and has grown from 20 racers to an expected 2,000 this year, skating from 116th to Wall St.
The restraining order was granted on the grounds that no parade or event permit was granted for the event, and while police could certainly make arrests during the race itself–which is sponsored by NY Longboard Association, the sheer number of people participating would make it nearly impossible to control.
Well, skateboarding is all about punk rock, right? Damn the man, screw the authority…we expected that Bombs Over Broadway’s co-founder, Ian Nichols, would be gearing up to give a big middle finger to the city and go ahead with the race anyway.
So color us surprised when we reached him by phone yesterday for comment.