Automatic Magazine's Battle of the Shops 2005 Presented by Adio
Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 by Rob Meronek
Automatic Magazine's Battle of the Shops Presented by AdioWords by Ryan Clements
Photos and Captions by Rob Meronek
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Friday – Contest Preparation Day – Adio WarehouseSchaefer, Meronek, and I arrived at the Adio Warehouse in Carlsbad a day early to check out what was going on. There were banners being hung and people scurrying everywhere; you could just tell that something big was on the verge of happening. Jeff Taylor gave us the behind-the-scenes tour of the whole joint.
I don’t know what impressed me more, the articulate organization and massiveness of the shoe inventory or the amazing offices with modern furnishings and a comfortable, low-lit ambiance. I guess that’s the type of resources you have when K-2 owns you, but it didn’t have the corporate feel at all though. Especially considering that there’s a great skate park right there inside the warehouse and Jeff sent us on a fabulous, “Take anything you like,” shopping spree. It was actually overwhelming.
Black Box HeadquartersAfter skating at the Adio TF we went and visited the Black Box headquarters. Right on the front desk was a Tampa Am 2005 – Just For Showing Up award...stoked. Mike Sinclair, Fallen Team Manager, gave us the VIP tour. We got to see the editing room where New Blood was made, The Chief’s office, the warehouse with more decks than you can imagine, and finally the TF. It was cool to ride something that we’ve seen so much coverage of.
Now it was back to the Adio Warehouse to check up on things. Brian had to stay there and work, but Rob and I cut out to meet Sinclair and Brian Howard to skate Dave Bergthold’s ramp. Dave’s ramp was probably one of the most difficult-to-navigate ramps that I’ve ever ridden. Not one wall was the same and it had hips, corners, a spine, a variety of coping including a log, and it was fast as hell. There were so many industry heads at the session that I thought that I was at a trade show.
It was my third session of the day, so I was pretty much beat when we got back to Adio. The ramps were just getting completed, the sun was setting, and it was getting that SoCal coolness in the air. Everyone was anticipating the Event. We grabbed some grub with Taylor and his lovely family and I was asleep before midnight.
Saturday - The Contest
Double-Set GapTyler Dingvel. He was skating with a smile and came out swinging with a boneless down the gap, but he threw in a fs 360 ollie, too, so don’t hate.
Second place went to Josh “Doogie” Moore who checked off a ton of moves, including a kf, bs flip, and a bunch of others. The winner was Jimmy Carlin, a quiet kid with no flair and a white t-shirt. His list of bangers included a fs half-cab flip, fs half-cab heelflip, and then he threw in a double-kickflip only a few minutes before time was up. His $1000 was well-earned.
Tech CenterThis was the most difficult contest that I’ve ever had the pleasure of announcing. Try to say, “There’s Lenny Rivas with a nollie inward heelflip to nose...wait, is that switch? Oh, there’s Joey Brezinski kickflipping into a manual to...but, who’s that kid that just did the kickflip manual 360 flip out? Is that that Donny Mitchell kid from Active?” Keep in mind, there were 20 rippers doing combos that Daewon would have been impressed with. At least I could properly call out Danny Wallace’s bs noseblunt around the curved ledge. Much props to Mike Sinclair, Jason Rothmeyer, and Chad Knight for judging that one...and congratulations to Joey Brezinski for winning the $1000 for whatever he did...
HandrailThere was some young, black kid named Marquise Preston that rides for Pharmacy killing it. Once in a while I can pick kids that are going to make something out of themselves. After all, I was the one that told Mickey Reyes to take a look at Darrell Stanton, and look what happened there. But let me tell you, Marquise dominated that Contest, and he’s got a future ahead of him as soon as he gets recognized. I was messing with him on the mic and he tried to give me a dirty look – it was funny because he’s apparently too nice to be mean, or at least that’s the impression I got. Marquise’s last banger was a fs biggie to boardslide. Damn! Second place went to Michael Prince, who had hair like Michael Jackson and a W.A.S.P. t-shirt to match. The spoils could have easily gone to him before Marquise’s last banger, but he was cheering the entire time for Marquise. Much respect to Michael for being such a good sport and true skateboarder.
Overall WinnerThe overall winner for the shops ended up being Pacific Drive, but it’s more fun to talk about who totally blew it, right? That honor went to Hanger 94...better step it up next year, fellas.
Part of the beauty of this Contest is that there were so many skateboarders involved that would have never otherwise had the opportunity to show off their skills, but since Automatic Mag and Adio have gotten together to form Battle of the Shops, there’s a forum for the random ripper to get some recognition. Thanks to Mike Migdoll at Automatic, Jeff Taylor at Adio, and everyone else that made this event possible. We’re already looking forward to attending next year.
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