Skate Warehouse At The Berrics Skate Copa

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When we got invited to the first ever adidas Skate Copa event at the Berrics, needless to say we were stoked. As homage to the World Cup, adidas arranged a series of shop team vs. shop team contests across the country for gold and glory. The day came; we hopped in the car and headed to the Berrics. The competition was tough, the stakes were high and I couldn’t be more proud of our dudes.

The Berrics Skate Copa | West Coast Regionals

Berrics Skate Copa

The bros sizing up the competition.

We arrived for practice to a crowded park, everyone eager to get their licks in and make an impression. This was far from your average session, absolutely everyone skating in the building was killing it and quick to get a run in if someone else was sleeping on the opportunity. It was a competition, after all.

Berrics Skate Copa

Practice was hectic. Hot, stinky and sweaty was quickly the climate and the skating only got hotter. Ow ow!!

Berrics Skate Copa

Spectator and judges zone, plus the shitty DJ. Where my Rick Ross at!?

Berrics Skate Copa

Judge Mike Sinclair conversing with announcer Tim O’Connor and The Boardr representative Ryan Clements.

Berrics Skate Copa

Hoov-Dawg and I were pretty disappointed to find that the liquor store wasn’t real. C’mon guys!

After practice it was time to get down for the real thing. This contest was different from others in that rather than a single skater run or a jam against other skaters, you had a five minute jam with the rest of your teammates. 12 shops, each with four riders (five if you had an owner/manager over 30) and we were smack dab in the middle of ‘em.

Berrics Skate Copa

WKND and Brixton team rider Christian Maalouf was there ripping and repping for Cowtown in Phoenix. Ollie up 5.

Berrics Skate Copa

Sorry kid, I forgot your name and who you ride for. Either way, this kid was ripping. Lipslide.

Berrics Skate Copa

Central Coast native, friend and total ripper Anthony Anaya gets down with a hurricane.

Berrics Skate Copa

Anthony busted out the big guns with this backside flip. BOOM!

Berrics Skate Copa

OG SF dude Jabari Pendleton was there holding it down for FTC. Switch Crooked.

After anxiously awaiting their jam, the SW bros finally hit the course. Once they busted into the park there was a flurry of rad tricks being thrown, some were landed, others weren’t. In a contest situation, it’s hard to fully showcase your talents on a board. Skateboarding by nature is a try and try again activity and sometimes tricks can take hours to land, especially the more difficult moves. All in all we were very pleased with the contest and the results, especially considering many of the other contestants were well known amateur and pro skaters, not full-time shop employees.

Berrics Skate Copa

Nate flew into the course and threw this transfer to tailslide right away, all the while being heckled by Mr. Tim O’Connor, “Isn’t Hoover slang for a white person?”

Berrics Skate Copa

Before we even got there Cole was claiming “tailslide to fakie on the five rail, switch tre down the second five” and he busted it first try no sweat. MVP status!

Berrics Skate Copa

Nate, fakie 50-50.

Berrics Skate Copa

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s not what you do, it’s how you do it. Cole gets stylish on the frontside grind while Nate makes his way across the course.

Berrics Skate Copa

One of the least skated obstacles in the contest, Nate was cruising against the grain with this coast to coast crooked grind.

Berrics Skate Copa

One of my favorite skaters and best dude ever, Matt Clifford, sprained his knee during the run shortly after being dubbed “The Skate Viking” Get well soon Matt!!

After all was said and done, we were stoked. The bros killed it and we had a great time watching everyone else skate, it’s not everyday you see ripping of that caliber. Plus Nate was hyped on the free Mountain Dew.

Berrics Skate Copa

Taylor McClung was there riding for Jack’s Boardshop. That boy good. Backside flip.

Berrics Skate Copa

Taylor McClung, switch flip.

Berrics Skate Copa

Jack’s Boardshop had a slew of next level rippers. Austin Flood, frontside flip.

Berrics Skate Copa

This contest was heavy. Example: Oscar Meza, who’s am for Flip and Nike, was there and RIPPING! Noseblunt on the big boy.

Berrics Skate Copa

Deathwish team rider Taylor Kirby showed up last minute, casually killed shit, then dipped early. That’s what I’m talkin’ bout! Front blunt.

Berrics Skate Copa

Jordon Hoffart most definitely went Hoff. 360 flip.

After a long day of skating it was finally time to call it quits. Tired and satisfied we hit the hotel to get some rest for the next day’s adventure, but not before smashing through a couple pizzas from some guys with dreadlock mullets. Big thanks to adidas, The Berrics and all the other shops and skaters that made this rad event possible. See you in 2018!

Berrics Skate Copa

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  • Johnny Klobberknuckle

    so we won right?

    • http://www.skatewarehouse.com/ Skate Warehouse

      Weeeeee are the chaaampions of the woooooorld.