Automatic Magazine’s 3rd Annual Battle Of The Shops

Automatic Magazine's 3rd Annual Battle Of The Shops

Automatic Magazine’s 3rd Annual Battle Of The Shops

Automatic Magazine’s 3rd Annual Battle Of The Shops

Of all of the sketchy scenarios in the world, the angry mob is potentially the most deadly and destructive. Earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, and wild fires pale in comparison to the ruinous energy of an angry mob hell bent on destruction. With it’s own set of rules and agendas the mob becomes a seething beast. Members of the mob toss aside their morals and conscience and adopt the identity of the horde. Seemingly nice people are likely to commit acts they would never commit alone. When some douche bag thought it would be cool to throw a drink on the handrail obstacle, the crowd transformed from fun loving skateboarders into an unruly mob of bloodthirsty savages at this years Battle of the Shops. Replace the mobs skateboards with burning torches, pitchforks, and axes and you have yourself a scene right out of the middle ages. The handrail was our final contest of the day and the natives were getting restless.

In case you are unfamiliar with the format of our The 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 highest scores on all four of our obstacles got to take home $5000.00 and our coveted Deer Head Trophy.

The savages were getting edgy by the time the contest rolled into its grand finale, the handrail. I knew we were in for a wild ride when Justin Keena and I showed up at 7am to set up and there were kids already chilling out in front waiting for the start of the event, five full hours before the first obstacle was supposed to begin! (If it was you little fuckers who stole the Force Trucks banners we expect them back or your going to have to buy a shit load of Force Trucks to make it up to them.)

Everyone and their mother was warming up at Battle of the Shops on our technical obstacle by 11am. Last year Pacific Drive’s Danny Wallace was taken out by Val Surf’s Joey Brezinski on this obstacle, (Brezinski, in fact, won the tech obstacle the two previous years). Brezinski turned pro so Val Surf put Justin Schulte on the tech obstacle this year. Danny was looking like a shoe in this year. During the warm up Danny was working the tech obstacle like he owned it. Schulte put on an awesome display of technical skateboarding with some amazing manual tricks. He manualed-up-the deck-of the curved ledge to fakie-manual-back-down to fakie-flip-out, he took first for Val Surf and in the process became $1000.00 richer. Danny wound up getting a close second but he should get big props for killing every part of our tech obstacle. He hit the pole jam (I think he should have gotten a few bonus points for this, the thing was gnarly!), curved escalator ledge, manny-gap, all of it. Active’s Donny Mitchell wound up getting third with some impressive manual tricks of his own at Battle of the Shops.

Next up was our four flat four double set gap. Unfortunately I didn’t get to watch this one too closely because I was trying to deal with the piece of shit PA system we used. Evidently Street Machine’s Jimmy Carlin cannot be beat on it. Ever! This was his third consecutive win. Which begs the question, why is he still relatively sponsorless? Come on industry, hook this brother up! Jimmy, came through with a hard flip, double flip, switch frontside heel flip, and a nollie flip. Settlement’s Josh Doogie Moore took second with backside heelflip, fakie flip, heelflip indy, and a half cab heelflip. Third went to Josh Grossguth representing Pharmacy Board shop. Josh threw his carcass down the gap and came up with a frontside flip, nollie backside 180, and late shovs.

Our transition obstacle was the equivalent of adding enriched uranium to the crowd’s reactor. The shit that went down was mind-boggling. Active’s Jay Thorpe, Val Surf’s Ricardo Carvalho, Pacific Drive’s Drew Potter all destroyed it last year. This year though, we had some new comers that threw down like I never expected. In particular Santa Cruz’s Josh Mattson hit the obstacle with so many different tricks it was dumbfounding. Josh put on a display of transition ripping carnage that did the obstacle justice. He consistently broke off so much crazy shit that the judges ran out of room on their score sheet trying to list everything he landed. This is no small feat with 25 hungry heads trying to get theirs at the same time. Some of his gnarlier tricks were a ollie out of the quarter to 50/50 on the box to yank back in, pivot to fakie on the oververt, bean plant to fakie out of the quarter and up to the box, miller flip, I’ll stop here because there is not enough room to keep listing everything Josh did. Visit automaticmag.com for the footy! Mattson won the tranny for Santa Cruz Skate shop and took a $1000.00 back to Santa Cruz.

Aslyum’s Anthony Shultz held it down at Battle of the Shops with a nice variety of tricks including finger-flip-lien-to-tail, madona and more. For Pacific Drive’s Drew Potter’s destruction he was rewarded with a third. He got a feeble to fakie on the oververt and a feeble to fakie on the vert wall. Justin Gordon from Utility put on an impressive display as well, he ollied up from the quarter to fakie rock on the brick vert wall. The crowd was heating up. After I saw Trainwreck spit on some smaller dude that came up to about his waist I began to wonder if shit was going to get out of hand.

The handrail was it, the crowd had endured massive amounts of Monster Energy Drink and the shit was going to come unglued if we didn’t get it rolling along. The security firm that Adio had hired consisted of two chubby balding 40-year-old men and a very frail 73-year-old Puerto Rican woman.
The warm up on our Handrail was intense, Urbanation’s Tommy Sandoval rattled off his tricks like it was nothing. Without a doubt it was clear the action was going to be severe. At the start Asylum’s Michael Prince got the ball rolling with a backlip to fakie. Pacific Drive’s Charlie Castelluzzo answered back with nollie boardslide. Pharmacy’s Marquise Preston countered with a crooked grind, followed by a quick over crooks. Andrew Pott representing Ninestar stepped up with a nollie flip boardslide. This was within the first 10 minutes. Then, with seemingly no provocation, a dude whose mommy didn’t pay enough attention to him when he was a baby threw some sort of liquid at Andrew Pott. The wet deck made the next five skaters slip out and fall. Ryan Clements jumped off the deck to chat with the fool and he bolted. The crowd turned on the culprit and an angry mob of 1500 heads chased the dude through Battle of the Shops to the parking lot and around the building. Luckily for the lout the Carlsbad P.D. showed up in full riot gear and saved his ass from being torn limb from limb. In an awesome display of military force the cops brought their full arsenal, beanbag rifles, K9 units, and a ghetto chopper. With the handrail on intermission due to the riotous mob, I grabbed a towel and mopped up the wet deck. Brain Schaefer handed me the mic and asked me to fill in, I was all “ah er, yeah right”. I felt like a total fucking retard. I had no idea what to say to the remaining crowd so I just cackled something like, “Game on, ah yeah, Marquise kickflip board, weeee!” My voice was horse and weak, I’m sure I sounded like a haggard drunken sorority girl on spring break in Cancun. I quickly slipped the mic into my pocket and said no more. Luckily Scheafer and Clements came back and got to what they do best. The most amazing thing was everybody came back. After the lout got into his car and pieced out everyone came back to the rail to watch it get wrecked. Unfortunately the police were over it at this point and made us wrap it up. There was still plenty of time for Marquise Preston to put the hammer down. After the riot he broke off Kickflip Boardslide, Kickflip Boardslide to fakie, big spin boardslide. Pacific Drive’s Charlie Castelluzzo was able to get switch lipslide, a switch 50-50, and a switch 50. Marquise came up on the win.

Pharmacy’s win on the handrail and consistent placing on the other three obstacles grabbed first overall, the coveted Deer Head Trophy, and a very healthy $5000.00. Utility and Pacific Drive were nearly tied for second, (they were only within a point of each other). Utility got second ($1000.00) and Pacific Drive ($500.00) got third overall. To check out the footage of the chaos go to automaticmag.com.

Huge thanks are in order for all the sponsors who made this years Battle of the Shops possible but most of all Jeff Taylor, and Adio Footwear. Thanks for believing in our idea and vision and getting behind us on it. There is no better crew than those working over Adio. A huge thank you is in order to Jason Speer at Fourdown and his crew for building the obstacles. These dudes know how to get shit handled. Thanks to Brian Schaefer, Ryan Clements, and Rob Meronek for coming out here to be a part of it. Thanks to our judges, Mike Sinclair, Jason Rothmeyer, and Chad Knight for enduring the long hours in the hot sun. Next year the Hells Angeles will be handling security.

Automatic Magazine's 3rd Annual Battle Of The Shops

Automatic Magazine's 3rd Annual Battle Of The Shops

Automatic Magazine's 3rd Annual Battle Of The Shops

Automatic Magazine's 3rd Annual Battle Of The Shops

 

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