We are proud to announce that Cam Adams is now officially part of the Baboon Boards team. We made the decision to sponsor him early on in the year already, but it has taken us some time to get our official edit out. But our efforts have paid off and we are really happy with the results.
Cam also featured in our recent roadtrip video where we explore a sketchy mountain pass, so if you’d like give that a watch as well.
The Houwteq race took place the other day. As always the Baboons were involved. Some skating, some climbing around the mountain filming the others skate. Houwteq was to date one of the most organised races we have attended. Heats ran flawlessly, the new timing system allowed you to check time trial results online and photo finish shots were available shortly after the race. SAGRA did a great job on this one.
Needless to say we are extremely stoked and proud of our sponsored riders. In the open division we had Decio Lourenco in 1st place and Nick Hook in 4th. And in the Junior 1 Division we had Nicky Taylor in 4th. With the races becoming more and more competitive these positions are the result of focused and talented skaters getting shit done. We are proud to be backing some of the top skaters in the country.
Clambering around the mountain turned out to be well worth it and we managed to get some epic footage of the build up to the finals with an overview of most of the track.
Here’s the edit we put together of Houwteq 2014:
Next up on the race calendar is the King of the Fort race in Pretoria. Baboon Boards will be there, racing and filming. We have a feeling this year will be quite memorable, not least because a beerfest is running concurrently with the race. We are excited to be a sponsor of this race.
Our Baboon store is getting kitted out with some really cool gear lately. Firstly, we’re now stocking some quality skate shoes. We’ve got multiple models and colour ways of Etnies shoes in. We’ve been looking to stock some hardy, long lasting skate shoes for quite some time now and are really amped on stocking Etnies. You’re probably thinking wait, what…They’re stocking shoes but no socks?….pffft, amateurs. Wrong, we got socks. You want socks, we’ve got em. You thought we didn’t have socks? That’s because you didn’t let us get to our second point.
Secondly, we’d like to announce that we’re now stocking socks. Just so you know. And because the last batch we had was pretty classy, we thought we’d get even more trendy and bring out different versions. So just to keep you in the loop, here’s what’s cracking:
Baboon Boards Calf Height Socks. Simple cotton sock that massages your calf into submission when skating, letting you do what you want on your board. For those looking for a little more froth, these also come with the ‘Go Apeshit’ slogan. In case you ever ask yourself what you’re actually doing when skating, you’ll find a simple reminder of what you should be doing down on your socks. ‘Go Apeshit’. Pretty simple. if you don’t understand, shred harder.
Now we have the same two slogan options with our Knee Height Socks. That’s right, get involved, get knee deep. Keep your legs warm this winter, keep sleek and keep the opposite sex attracted. These have a cotton bottom and synthetic upper. So they don’t slip. Full control.
Oh ja, and to facilitate you in making the right decision in life, we’re now offering a special. With the purchase of a pair of shoes you get a free pair of socks of your choice.
And finally you can check out below what Etnies models we have in stock. They are the bomb.
We recently packed the Baboon team into a car and headed out into the hills for a short roadtrip. We ended up getting great footage of some pretty bizarre locations, exploring abandoned buildings and other ruins. The mountain pass that we planned to skate turned out to be extremely bumpy and quite rough. However, due to the narrowness of the road and plenty of slight kinks and bends it ended up being a very fun, technical run. Although not too fast, there were a few corners which caught you off guard and threw you wide if you didn’t watch out.
This Baboon trip was a first of its kind in that we had most of our riders present and a great opportunity for everyone to just hang out and skate. For us it’s trips like these that make skateboarding the great sport and culture that it is and we encourage you to grab a bunch of friends and go explore some hills whenever you can. It’s always worth it.
The new Landyachtz 2014 range is finally in our stores now. New products are in the mix and all old boards have been updated with new graphics and slight design tweaks to make them better. Just so you know what’s what in the pot here’s a breakdown of what’s products:
Faircape is a pretty straightforward race…it’s straight and you go forward. But on the other hand it isn’t. When you throw in another 5 riders into your run all hitting speeds close to 100km/h things get pretty tactical and things get hairy.
Pack runs with the father in front and the rest on the hunt.
This years Faircape race saw plenty of speed and some gnarly crashes. The top speed recorded on the weekend was 102km/h, set by Murray Chandler aka. the Bearwrestler (It’s been said that Murray goes on trips deep into the woods in his native East London looking to wrestle the gnarliest creature he comes across…he is yet undefeated) On the wipeout front Nick Coetzee takes the cake. Bojan and Nick connected in the right hand corner and slammed into the hay bails at a good 90km/h. It is unclear what exact injuries Nick has but it is likely to be a fractured and/or broken arm and/or wrist and/or shoulder. And or something like that. We wish Nick a speedy recovery and hopes that he’ll be back on his board in good time. Although spectacular, it is never nice to see your mates go flying, especially at such speeds. While we’re at it, the medics deserve a mention. Baking in the sun all day, listening to guys frothing about going down hills and then being there for them when they fuck it up. What champions.
Do the right thing. Bomb a hill. Then drink some milk.
What else do we have to report? Well, Decio didn’t come first (fark), he got a second. That doesn’t happen very often. Nevertheless, the Baboons are duk stoked. We love our team and our riders, no matter where they place (and 2nd ain’t bad at all) . Also Nicky T placed fourth in Junior 1. Super stoked to see this Bobbejaan shred this year. Anyway, there’s no point in giving you random results cause SAGRA has got their shit together, and within a couple of hours after the race, they’ve released the results online. Check them out here.
Some of the Riders got a bit nervous heading down the hill.
Well done to Jason Brown for winning. What a good man. Oh yes, and a FAT well done to Cash Money for taking Junior 2. Some people may know him as Joey Marcus, but his birth certificate actually says Cash Money. HBB cleaning up pretty good. Ok, now we’re done. There’s probably lots we didn’t mention, but that’s ok. It’s been a great Faircape, thanks SAGRA. Here’s some more pics.
Although the High Rising race was just over a month ago we have finally released our official video. The Baboon cameraman spent two days crawling and creeping around the mountain in the howling wind to get some beatiful angles of the action that went down, so please take your time to enjoy our race edit.
The video includes footage of the finals and some of the highlights of the two day race. We’d like to again congratulate Baboon Riders Alex Meyer and Decio Lourenco for taking 1st and 2nd place respectively in the Open category and Nicky Taylor for taking 1st place in the Junior 1 division.
Baboons are now fully stocked on the limited edition Rayne Heritage Series decks. The Heritage Series celebrates 10 years of Rayne making shredding machines. The series sees old shapes and graphics re-released with all the new technical advances of today’s boards. Take a look and see what awesome graphics are on offer:
This last weekend the Hot Heels Africa event took place from the 5-8 of December. Hot Heels is South Africa’s most celebrated and notorious event taking place in Koegelberg nature reserve near Pringle Bay. The four-day event saw a howling wind throughout which created testing condition for the riders. On the final two days of the race the wind direction changed towards a tailwind, dramatically increasing the speed of the course. What ensued were some pretty gnarly crashes.
The Baboon media team spent the four days prowling the course in the howling wind and consequently shot footage of arguably the worst crash we’ve ever seen. Fortunately all riders involved came out in one piece (more or less). We wish them a speedy recovery.
We will be bringing out our official video once, we’ve mustered up the courage to syphon through all our footage. It will be grand.