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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!