It’s now early 2019 and like everyone we have a lot to look forward to in the coming year. Everyone is busy making plans and attempting to execute them. Generally, the first step in every year should be to take down your holiday decorations because you don’t want to be that neighbor. Good neighbors are there to lend a helping hand and help keep you in check. Neighbors build up communities and we should all strive to be good neighbors. While thinking about community I started thinking about the Southeast and our skateboard neighborhood, not necessarily Georgia, but the surrounding scenes. What videos or shops inspired me to want to be better, or at least got me excited to go skate. Here’s what I came up with:
Have you ever been to a skateboard contest hosted by Adidas and The Boardr? I hadn’t either until last weekend. If you ever get the chance, I would advise you to go. The Adidas Skate Copa Southeast Regional contest was held at the Kennesaw skatepark on Saturday, May 31st. Skate Copa is a regional shop versus shop contest, where a four man team from each of the 17 invited shops get a 5 minute jam style run to showcase their bag of tricks in front of a panel of 3 judges. The shops team members are scored individually, and the top 3 scores from the team are factored in to the shops overall score. From there, the top 8 shops move on to the semi-finals where they battle head to head in a single elimination bracket format. The winning shop gets an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the Skate Copa finals, where they will battle it out against the other 4 regional champions at The Berrics.
We could not have been more stoked to be invited to join in on the fun and get a chance to skate with and against some of the best skateboarders in the whole southeast. We chose Zeke, Travis, CatNip and Josh to represent us and hopefully bring home the bacon. With forecasts calling for rain that Saturday, the original start time of the contest being 12 noon was bumped up to 10:30 in the morning. Much to our dismay, we were selected to skate the first heat starting promptly at 10:30. No complaints though, because we do have a home field advantage being that the Kennesaw skatepark is right in our backyard. Nevertheless, the boys all showed up on time and ready to rip. Master of ceremonies and OG east coast ripper Tim O’Connor kicked it all off and kept the day rolling smoothly.
Our first jam at 10:30 was awesome. I have never seen those losers skate a contest so well. Josh came in swingin’ skating the big rail, CatNip was switch 360 flippin’ all over the place, Zeke was on fire as usual and Travis was soothing the eyes with style for days. 5 minutes of carnage later and we had just set the bar for the other 16 teams who had yet to go. Zeke even managed to do a front crook nollie flip out first try in the heat, which he has only done one other time in his whole life. The crowd was officially awake now and Tim O’Connor had plenty of hilarious jokes ready for Zeke, calling him “the incredible flesh toothpick” and other accurately assessed adjectives.
After all 17 shops had taken their qualifying runs, Ambush sat in 3rd place. This meant we were moving on to the semi finals and we were stoked. Once in the semi-finals, it became an endurance battle. The temperature was high and there was no shade in sight. The water was flowing, but it wasn’t enough to keep the exhaustion away. The better you skated the more you advanced, and the more you advanced the more you had to skate without getting a whole lot of breaks in between. Fatigue was setting in for every team and it showed in everyone’s skating. The teams that made it to the top two spots, Skatepark of Tampa and PLUS skateshop, were maniacs and were able to keep skating under such harsh conditions.
Our dudes skated hard and killed it all day, but the sun and its heat had worn them down. We ended the day in 4th place. 4th place out of 17 of the best shops in the southeast isn’t half bad if you ask me. The day went on though. It was a close call, but ultimately it was Skatepark Of Tampa that took the crown. A major shoutout is owed to PLUS Skateshop and Hazard County for ripping the entire day and keeping us on our toes.
To top off an amazing day of skating, Adidas was giving away shoes like candy. Everyone had three stripes on by the end of the day. After the contest everyone headed to a free pizza and free beer after party that was just what the doctor ordered after a long day in the sun. This was a time for everyone who competed to hang out under the brotherly umbrella of skateboarding and all its awesomeness. Our bellies were full, our ability to operate motor vehicles had been impaired and Adidas Skate Copa was officially a wrap. A MAJOR thank you is in store for all the guys at Adidas and all the homies from The Boardr for making a kickass event. Cheers!
For official results check out The Boardr’s results page.