5th Annual Battle Of The Shops

5th Annual Battle Of The Shops

5th Annual Battle Of The Shops

5th Annual Battle Of The Shops

THIS YEAR ASR INVITED US

To hold our 5th Annual Automatic Magazine’s Battle Of The Shops at the San Diego Convention Center during their trade show. The space was perfect; the ground was beautifully polished concrete, AC was blasting, and the sound system worked flawlessly. No offense to our previous hosts but this space was leaps and bounds above the warehouse parking lots we’re used to throwing the contest on. Past years we’ve dealt with rough-uneven concrete, blazing death rays of sun, irate fire marshals, annoyed cops, and riotous crowds hell bent on destruction.

I’m going to keep this really brief because, on the web, there is footage of the contest for days. In fact, the event has gotten more screen time than Sarah Palin’s downs baby got at the GOP convention. Who wants to read about skateboarding anyway? Begin your Internet search at automaticmag.com and watch the clips Dave Bergthold made for us, then google Automatic Magazine’s Battle Of The Shops and you’ll be sure get every angle of every trick.

In case you are unfamiliar with the format of our Battle of the Shops I’ll break it down real quick for you; the contest was divided into four categories of skateboarding: Rail, Tranny, Tech, and Gap. Shops entered teams of their top four skaters to represent them on each obstacle. For example, shop A was asked to put their best rail skater on the rail, their best tech skater on the tech obstacle, so on and so forth. Each skater from each team got a half hour to session each obstacle. The shops were also asked to pick one pinch hitter. The pinch hitter’s role was to jump in if any one was blowing it or got broken off. At the end of the day the shop that averaged the lowest scores on all four of our obstacles got to take home $4000.00 and they get to hang our coveted deer head trophy in their shop for a year.

Judging the event this year was Mike Sinclair, Jason Rothmeyer, and Ethan Fowler. Ethan’s new company, Bummer High had its launch party the night before the contest. I figured that there was a very strong possibility that he wasn’t going to show up. Ethan proved himself to be a warrior. He partied until 5 am and rolled his carcass into his judge’s seat by 10am. During the contest I’d glance over at him from time to time and he’d be gazing off into the distance with a nice warm smile on his face. It looked as if he was sleeping with his eyes open. In the end it turned out that he wasn’t because when I got a chance to check out his judges sheet, he handled it.

1) TECHNICAL
First up was our tech center. Yes the manny pad section saw plenty of action but I was a bit more entertained by tricks that went down on the euro gap and the ledge to bank. Pharmacy’s Keelan Dadd got a big fat nose grind down the ledge’s whole length. MB Boardshop’s Mile’s Canavello deserves major props for attacking the whole obstacle with vengeance. In his assault on our Tech Center he ollied over the ledge from the euro gap and did a front board slide down the bank. Maybe not so “Tech”, but it was one of the highlights none-the-less. Street Machine’s Nick Tucker got a long list of tricks rattled off but the banger was his inward heel flip manny 360 flip out. Little Nick landed Street Machine into 3rd place on the Tech Center for his efforts. ZJ’s Boarding House’s Justin Cefai killed it once again. In fact, choosing who should fill the top slot on the tech center was no easy feat. The two Justin’s Schulte/Cefai were retardly close in the points. It could have gone either way, really, but the judges gave the nod to Schulte and put Cefai in the second slot. Schulte edged out Cefai by less than a point! Cefai’s frontside half-cab nose manny up the pyramid to nollie half-cab switch manny down was one of the highlights. Val Surf’s Justin Schulte skated the entire obstacle and banged off multiple manny combos with every switch variel combination possible.

2) GAP
Our gap obstacle was a four-flat-four double set. Of the 5 previous years Street Machine’s Jimmy Carlin has been defeated only once on the gap. Last year Jimmy had to settle for second, this year, early on in the session it became apparent that he was going to have none of that. He came out charging, landing nearly everything with in one or two tries. These included a switch frontside flip, double flip, dolphin flip, and a nollie big spin. With out a doubt Jimmy landed himself and Street Machine into first place. Surf Ride’s Tim Thomas proved him self worthy of a spot on the podium. He placed 2nd on the gap with an ultra smooth switch 360 flip, switch heel flip, nollie flip, and a nollie backside flip. Pacific Drive’s Adrian Gephart came in with his guns a blazing. He started off with an inward heel, than tossed a switch frontside heel, and closed out with a switch frontside big spin to grab a critical 3rd for Pacific Drive on the Gap. Watch the footage on automaticmag.com.

3) TRANNY
This year marked a huge change for our Tranny Obstacle; the previous years we built some weird combination of quarter pipes and vertical monstrosities for the competitors to charge. This year we used the ASR mini ramp, but we added a “surprise section” to it: the Bird Perch. The Bird Perch was a 12-foot-long-three-foot-tall-box in the shape of an A Frame with coping. We put this thing on the deck of the mini ramp and set it back about a foot. The idea was to throw something different and challenging on the mini to separate the men from the boys.
It was rad seeing “runs” as opposed to one hit tricks but it also meant that a 20 dude barge session would get very hectic and dangerous. It’s a scary prospect when you have big dudes like Utility’s Justin Gordon and half pints like Curren Caples sharing the ramp and skating at mock speed. The potential for damage is real. Schaefer made the call to break the session into two 15-minute heats. That was a good call. Skating for Momemtum, Curren Caples grabbed 3rd. He has a flawless style. He flowed around the mini ramp effortlessly and blasted huge frontside tuck-knee airs. Active’s David Loy earned himself a second place with massive tweaked out stale fish grabs, lien to tails, and one of the sickest tricks to go down for the day belonged to David, he ollied up to frontside nose grind on the Bird Perch. Dave B. got the footy! Watch it at automaticmag.com. It seems Santa Cruz’s Josh Mattson cannot be beaten on transition of Our BATTLE OF THE SHOPS contest. This is his third contest and his third win. He’s got frontside 540s, backside tail reverts, smiths on the Bird Perch, and Frontside 360 boneless off the Bird Perch and into the tranny to name a few of his bangers. It was insane, and there was no debate, he owned it.

4) HANDRAIL
Finally we all moved over to the Handrail and watched the mayhem ensue. On the rail it was all about Andrew Pott and Andrew Elliot. These two got savage on the rail and it was a chore for the judges picking the top dog. Rounding out 3rd place was, one of my favorite dudes to watch, Marquise Preston. Marquise rattled off over a dozen bangers including big spin board to fakie. Nine Star’s Andrew Pott went at the rail like a madman. He flipped into every trick (read: nollie flip board, flip frontside 50/50, kick flip nose grind, big flip front board to fakie). Mr. Pott got second on the rail for his efforts. Pacific Drive’s Andrew Elliott came out of nowhere and wrecked it. He rattled off several mind-bending tricks including kickflip front board, shuvit 50/50, a pop shuv-it front side 5-0, and a kickflip front board shuvs. He took the rail for Pacific Drive.

RESULTS
Pacific Drive’s win on the Rail and impressive 3rd on the Gap obstacle, plus consistent placing on the other two obstacles grabbed first overall at  Battle Of The Shops, the coveted Deer Head Trophy, and a very healthy $4000.00. Pharmacy ($1500.00) and Active ($1000.00) were a close second and third respectively. Willy’s Workshop rounded out the fourth spot and last year’s winner ZJ’s Boarding House was a close fifth.

THANKS
Huge thanks are in order for all the sponsors who made this event possible. With out their support this event would not happen. Thanks to our Presenting sponsor, Adio Footwear. Thank you Independent, Bummer High, and Iron Horse Grip Tape. Thank you FKD Bearings, ATM Skateboards, Burner Bearings, Silent Skateboards, and Kontrol Wheels. A huge thank you is in order to the crew from SpearCo for building the obstacles. Thanks to Brian Scheafer, Rob Meronek and Porpe for making the long trip out from Tampa and handling it. Thanks to Jeff King for working the mic along with Listen’s Vern Laird. Thanks to our judges, Mike Sinclair, Jason Rothmeyer, and Ethan Fowler, especially Ethan, who pulled it off, despite a brutal night of partying and no sleep. Lastly, thank you ASR for rolling out the red carpet and giving us the space for Battle of the Shops! See you next year!

5th Annual Battle Of The Shops

David Loy | Nose grind on the Bird Perch | Photo: Carl Carpentier

5th Annual Battle Of The Shops

Nick Tucker | Inward Heel, Manual, Kick Flip Out | Sequence: Carl Carpentier

5th Annual Battle Of The Shops

Jimmy Carlin | Dolphin Flip | Sequence by Noah Lewkow

5th Annual Battle Of The Shops

Josh Mattson | Frontside 360 Boneless in | Photos by Noah Lewkow

5th Annual Battle Of The Shops

Marquise Preston | Frontside Big Spin, Board Slide, Fakie | Sequence by Herman Jimenez.

5th Annual Battle Of The Shops

5th Annual Battle Of The Shops

5th Annual Battle Of The Shops

5th Annual Battle Of The Shops

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