Automatic Magazine’s 4th Annual Battle Of The Shops

Automatic Magazine's 4th Annual Battle Of The Shops

Automatic Magazine’s 4th Annual Battle Of The Shops

Automatic Magazine’s 4th Annual Battle Of The Shops

I have some weird talk radio obsession. I rarely listen to music when I am in my car. When it’s not Howard Stern on Sirius, I like to listen to all the retarded political pundents spew their views over the AM frequency. About a week before our Battle Of The Shops contest I was listening to some fruitcake on the radio get himself all worked up about an upcoming astrological event. He mentioned that during the month of October there was going to be 3 degrees of Scorpio and Venus was forming an opposition pattern with Uranus. I have no idea what all this means but he said any major endeavor planed for the middle of October would be destined for failure. Even though I believe Astrology to be complete bullshit, this was all I needed to hear to send me into a rapidly degrading tailspin of despair.
I was sure disaster would strike Battle of the Shops in the form of rain, Vista Police Department, rioting crowds or a combination of all of the above. Last year’s near riot had me particularity on edge. Saturday the 20th finally arrived and the sky was perfectly clear, the police never showed, the crowd was all smiles at Battle of the Shops. The level of skateboarding was the best I had ever seen at any previous contest. I’ll keep the play by play to a minimum since I’m pretty sure everyone has an Internet connection these days. On the web, there is footage of the contest for days. 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 get every angle of every trick.
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.
We delayed the start of the Tech center by a few minutes to await our final judge Pat Duffy. Evidently Duffy couldn’t get a cab or something. Shit I would have given him a ride if he needed it, but he didn’t call. I wondered if this was the disaster that was predicted by the butt nut on the radio? Nope that couldn’t have been it because Listen Skateboards Vern Laird was on deck to fill in. Vern joined Mike Sinclair, and Jason Rothmeyer, to judge.
The tech center eventually got underway and as Jeff King pointed out over the mic, “ I wouldn’t want  to judge this thing.” Everyone was killing it.  Asylum’s Tomas Eukovich was charging across the top ledge. He got smith across it, boardslide transfer into the bank, and walked away with a fifth. Pharmacy’s Keelan Dadd was impressive; he clicked off a few bangers, namely a nose grind 180 transfer, a switch heel manual up and over.  Val Surf’s Justin Schulte had a good showing with a switch frontside bigspin nose manual up, and a several other super tech manny tricks. Route 44’s Ben Skrzypek was the total dark horse, dude came in and ruled it. He got a backlip across the top ledge and transferred into the bank, he also got a backside nose grind transfer but I promised I wasn’t going to give a play by play but I’m doing it anyway so I’ll stop here and just let you know Justin Cefai representing ZJs skated the obstacle with the most consistency to take the win on the tech center. He was given a cold G for his efforts.

Our gap obstacle was a four flat four double set. In the three previous years at Battle of the Shops Street Machine’s Jimmy Carlin has not been defeated on the gap. This year ol’ Jimmy had to settle with a second cause a young gun from Furnace Skate Shop stole the show.  Little Kevin Romar rattled off a nollie backside 180, Nollie Variel Heelflip, and a Nollie big spin heelflip to name a few. Kevin’s assault edged out Jimmy Carlin’s double flip, variel Heel, porpoise flip and a few others. Check the footage holmes cause I’m done talking about it.

When the crew from SpearCo set up the tranny obstacle on Friday we were all afraid that it was way too gnarly.  The run up seemed far too short and the kinked wall was a towering monstrosity. We feared that tricks at the lip were going to be few and far between. Amazingly it got wrecked. Active’s Mike Franklin got a nosepick on it, Furnace’s Nick Garcia got a blunt to fakie up there, Santa Cruz Skate Shop’s Josh Mattson got a pivot to fakie on it, and ZJ’s Alec Beck did the gnarliest thing possible, he ollied from the quarter, to frontside 50/50 on the top of the bank then he yanked it back into the little quarter pipe. Psycho!  It goes to show you that heads can rise to any occasion. Josh Mattson stepped up like everyone knew he would and edged out ZJ’s Alec Beck for Santa Cruz.

Finally we all moved over to the Handrail and watched the mayhem ensue. This year at Battle of the Shops all eyes were on Pharmacy’s Marquise Preston. Marquise has an amazingly smooth style. He has the uncanny ability to make everything he tries appear ridiculously easy, as if he were brushing his teeth. He rattled off a grip of tricks ranging from the backside over crooks to the kickflip boardslide to fakie, to bigspin front board. Ninestar’s Andrew Pott looked like a solid contender as well. He had a heel flip boardslide, and several kickflip variations down the rail. Every 6 or 7 minutes or so Sun Diego’s Wes Kremer would come out of the shadows and do some mind blowing switch trick down the rail. He didn’t even bother with skating regular; he did everything switch. Switch lipslide, switch nos e grind, switch nose blunt, switch kickflip board-slide, it was like he was skating on some sort of magic mushrooms that unlocked the cheat code and granted him access to highest level of skateboarding. Or maybe we were all on shrooms because it was the trippiest thing I have ever seen. There could be no question Wes owned it. About 20 minutes into the rail contest, ZJ’s put Alec Beck in to pinch hit for Sean McNulty. Alec broke off a nose grind grab or a nose pick grind, whatever you care to call it, it was sick!

ZJ’s win on the tech center and 2nd on the Tranny obstacle, plus consistent placing on the other two obstacles grabbed first overall, the coveted Deer Head Trophy, and a very healthy $5000.00.   Pharmacy ($1000.00) and Val Surf ($500.00) were a close second and third respectively, (they were only a couple of points of each- other). Sun Diego rounded out the fourth spot and Furnace was a close fifth this year at Battle of the Shops.

Huge thanks are in order for all the sponsors who made this event possible. Thanks to Adio Footwear and Monster. Mark Wiehl and the whole crew over at Syndrome distribution (Silver and FKD). A huge thank you is in order to the crew from SpearCo for building the obstacles.  These dudes came in and got shit handled.  Thanks to Ryan Clements and Rob Meronek for making the long trip out from Tampa and handling it. Thanks to Jeff King for working the mic along with Ryan and thanks to our judges, Mike Sinclair, Jason Rothmeyer, and Vern Laird for enduring the long hours in the hot sun. Lastly I’d like to say, fuck astrology.

ROREY PARKER’s BOTS REPORT: Here is my list of observations from Automatic’s Battle Of The Shops Contest.

1. Our ad sales chick is giving me some serious competition for sexiest member of the Automatic staff. What’s a girl like her doing hanging around skaters
anyway? She’s, like, surfer chick hot. I’ve got a bigger  dick though, so at least I got that going for me.

2. Put me around a large crowd and I am going to medicate myself with whatever’s on hand. That medication typically takes the form of painkillers and alcohol, which
would explain the nipple holes I cut in my shirt and the huge bruise on my spine the next morning.

3. Apologies to the girl I picked up and then dropped on her head. That’s just how I roll.

4. I have absolutely no clue who any of these new ams are. Either I’m out of touch or there are too many ripper kids out there these days. Probably a combination of them
both.

5. Migdol is going to have a heart attack. Seriously, I’ve never met someone who stresses more than I do.

6. Ashley was giving out some serious piggy back rides. Lugging my ass up and over the tech center is no small achievement.

7. At one point I was going pretty hot and heavy with a mixed pug/ beagle puppy. Not my proudest moment.

8. At twenty seven I feel like an old man already. I can only imagine how the really old men must feel (I’m talking about you Migdol.)

TECH CENTER- Justin Cefai took it for ZJ’s but Skrzypek, Schulte, Dadd, and Eukovich were close behind. Our Fourth Annual AUTOMATIC MAGAZINE’s Battle Of the Shops was a huge success. First up was our tech Center. Asylum’s Tomas Eukovich was charging across the top ledge. He got smith across it, boardslide transfer into the bank, and walked away with a fifth. Pharmacy’s Keelan Dadd was impressive; he clicked off a few bangers, namely a nose grind 180 transfer, a switch heel manual up and over.  Val Surf’s Justin Schulte had a good showing with a switch frontside bigspin nose manual up, and a several other super tech manny tricks. Route 44’s Ben Skrzypek was the total dark horse, dude came in and ruled it. He got a backlip across the top ledge and transferred into the bank, he also got a backside nose grind transfer but I promised I wasn’t going to give a play by play but I’m doing it anyway so I’ll stop here and just let you know Justin Cefai representing ZJs skated the obstacle with the most consistency to take the win on the tech center. He was given a cold G for his efforts.

DOUBLE SET- Furnace’s Kevin Romar stole it away from the undefeated Jimmy Carlin. Check the footage! He deserved the G!  Our gap obstacle was a four flat four double set. In the three previous years Street Machine’s Jimmy Carlin has not been defeated on the gap. This year ol’ Jimmy had to settle with a second cause a young gun from Furnace Skate Shop stole the show.  Little Kevin Romar rattled off a nollie backside 180, Nollie Variel Heelflip, and a Nollie big spin heelflip to name a few. Kevin’s assault edged out Jimmy Carlin’s double flip, variel Heel, porpoise flip and a few others. Check the footage holmes cause I’m done talking about it.

TRANNY- Josh Mattson has been on a rampage lately and was expected to shine. He did, and got paid as a result. Be sure to watch Alec Beck from ZJ ollie from the quarter, to frontside 50/50 on the top of the bank, to yank back into the little quarter pipe. This was, in my book, the gnarliest thing to go down on Saturday!
When the crew from SpearCo set up the tranny obstacle on Friday we were all afraid that it was way too gnarly.  The run up seemed far too short and the kinked wall was a towering monstrosity. We feared that tricks at the lip were going to be few and far between. Amazingly it got wrecked. Active’s Mike Franklin got a nosepick on it, Furnace’s Nick Garcia got a blunt to fakie up there, Santa Cruz Skate Shop’s Josh Mattson got a pivot to fakie on it, and ZJ’s Alec Beck did the gnarliest thing possible, he ollied from the quarter, to frontside 50/50 on the top of the bank then he yanked it back into the little quarter pipe. Psycho!  It goes to show you that heads can rise to any occasion. Josh Mattson stepped up like everyone knew he would and edged out ZJ’s Alec Beck for Santa Cruz.

RAIL- Wes Kremer! Holy crap. Wes did everything switch! Simply amazing! Switch Nose blunt, switch nose grind, switch flip front board! Finally we all moved over to the Handrail and watched the mayhem ensue. This year all eyes were on Pharmacy’s Marquise Preston. Marquise has an amazingly smooth style. He has the uncanny ability to make everything he tries appear ridiculously easy, as if he were brushing his teeth. He rattled of a grip of tricks ranging from the backside over crooks to the kickflip boardslide to fakie, to bigspin front board. Ninestar’s Andrew Pott looked like a solid contender as well. He had a heel flip boardslide, and several kickflip variations down the rail. Every 6 or 7 minutes or so Sun Diego’s Wes Kremer would come out of the shadows and do some mind blowing switch trick down the rail. He didn’t even bother with skating regular; he did everything switch. Switch lipslide, switch nose grind, switch nose blunt, switch kickflip board-slide, it was like he was skating on some sort of magic mushrooms that unlocked the cheat code and granted him access to highest level of skateboarding. Or maybe we were all on shrooms because it was the trippiest thing I have ever seen. There could be no question Wes owned it. About 20 minutes into the rail contest, ZJ’s put Alec Beck in to pinch hit for Sean McNulty. Alec broke off a nose grind grab or a nose pick grind, whatever you care to call it, it was sick!

Automatic Magazine's 4th Annual Battle Of The Shops

Automatic Magazine's 4th Annual Battle Of The Shops

Automatic Magazine's 4th Annual Battle Of The Shops

Automatic Magazine's 4th Annual Battle Of The Shops

Automatic Magazine's 4th Annual Battle Of The Shops

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