Battle Of The Benches 2013

On Saturday, 06 April 2013, adidas Originals and Baseline Skate Shop reunited to present the second installment of “Battle of the Benches”; an informal battle between two groups of Cape Town’s finest skaters.
The format:
2 teams drawn at random from an adidas shoe box
2 filmers, Joubert van Staden in team 1 and JJ Harris in team 2
2 Baseline Benches
4 hours to make the best possible edit on the streets of Cape Town
Spot Challenges:
1. Civic: Do any grind to grind / slide combo on the big orange sculpture across the manny pad to the bench or vice versa.
2. Thibault Square: Do any wallie to grind / slide combo off the sculpture.
3. Thibault Square: Do any grind / slide trick up the bench up the 4 stairs (no 50’s!).
4. Two Step: Do any Ollie over to grind / slide combo over the wheelchair ramp rail to the bench.
5. Clarke’s Bowl: Do a line with the bench in “Your Mom’s” bowl.
Trick Challenges:
1. Hit the bench into or out of a wallride.
2. Hippie jump (board to board) the length of the bench.
3. Stand the bench up on its side by a set of stairs or a drop and ‘nose bonk’ the leg.
4. Do any no-comply trick on the bench.
5. Double 50 grinds from opposite directions on each side of the bench (both on the bench at the same time).
Wild Card Challenges:
1. Make out with a stranger on the bench.
2. Do any trick naked on the bench.
We also changed up how it all began. When skateboarders arrived at the shop on Saturday afternoon the benches weren’t here. Team 1′s bench was placed at Civic Centre with adidas & Baseline team rider Khulu Dlamini and Team 2′s bench was placed at Thibault Square with adidas & Baseline team rider Yann Horowitz. Each team was given a photo of where their bench was waiting and they had to bomb down into town to find it.
It was somewhat chaotic but hey that’s skateboarding, DIY and adaptable. Friends who missed the start joined various teams as they finished work. Some managed to spend time with both teams. Various young kids skated around watching the teams go about their battle.
Video here: