If one want a measure of how the downhill scene has grown in the past year, one has to simply look at the turnout at this years slide jam held by Cornerstone. There were well over a hundred nano grom, micro groms, ex groms and senior groms weaseling about leaving their urethane pasted on the tar. Once again arriving a little later than fashionably late, the proceeding well underway with the top of the hill open to skaters looking to stretch their toes before the business started, when the Baboons arrived, hurrying to set up the stand before the masses descended on the whole hill.
The official opening of the slide jam started with a riders meeting addressing the very contentious issue of skating and road safety. With the whole future of the sport crowded at their feet, Dave Hort and Gerhard Nel lay down the law on what and what not to do when skating. Not so much the content, which is known to most (at least to some extent), but the fact that it was openly stated by elders of the community and that an awareness was created to the importance of skating safe is what carries the most value. Most groms know they ought to skate safe, but they need to understand that if the sport is to grow and become legitimate and accepted they must practice safe conduct when skating.
Soon after the formalities, as the midday heat was beating down mercilessly, the skaters took to the hill and started weaving their magic. The tar, being heated by the sun, was in prime condition for freeriding with skaters slipping and sliding all over the show. Not only has the skating scene grown in numbers, but also the skill level of the skaters. Stand up slides as far as the eye could see, toesides, switch slides, you name it and the guys pulled it out of the bag. Sector 9 was also out in full force handing out prizes like flyers at a red light. The skaters were not to be thwarted by the heat and a steady stream of them came running down the mountain slashing and hacking at will all afternoon.
As the session progressed things started to get more serious and people prepared for the longest stand up slide contest with numerous skaters throwing down slides with some serious length to them. Baboon sponsored skaters Nick Hook and Alex Meyer were both in contention as well as Matt Arderne, Michael McIver and numerous other skaters. Eventually in was supergrom Camden Lategan from Noordhoek with a monster 20m something stand-up slide who was crowned the winner.
All in all the slide jam was a successful event with a great motive of safe skating being promoted. Lots of skating was to be had and plenty of bails to keep the spectators entertained. The Baboons are definitely looking forward to the next slide jam. But for now the pisspot helmet will be laid down and fullface helmet and leathers will be donned…racing season is upon us. Stay tuned for the High Rising race coming up on the 1-2 of December. Baboons will be present.
A great thanks goes out to Gaby Murray Roberts, Candice Bouwer and the Cornerstone team for holding a well-run, super fun event.
We’re proud to announce that Nick Hook and Alex Meyer are the first officially sponsored riders of Baboon Boards. It’s been a long time coming and we’ve thought long and hard about who to sponsor. Both Nick and Alex have been longboarding for a few years and are naturals at what they do. We’re excited to have them on board!
Here’s a video welcoming Nick Hook to the team showcasing his steezy style. Filmed and edited by Simon Sturrock (check out his channel on youtube SimonSturrockMedia – Simon has made plenty of sick local skate vids)
The new Rayne Avenger is now in stock at Baboon Boards and Rayne have just released a shit-your-pants good video featuring it. Filmed with a Phantom Gold HD, this video features amazing slow motion shots in super high quality.
Sit back, logout of Facebook, crack open a beer/ginger beer (we appeal to all audiences) and watch. Chances are you’ll finish it before the video ends.
It has been a while, but we are now fully stocked on that buttery, smooth Abec 11 classic urethane and the grippy reflex urethane. Wheels that slide, wheels that grip, wheels that slide and grip, it is all there.
Follow the link to give you an overview of what’s what: http://baboonboards.com/?s=abec+11&submit=&post_type=product
We’ve spent many an hour writing reviews and adding all the specifications for the wheels for your convenience. We suggest that you have a look at them; if you’re scratching your head with no idea what ‘centerset core’ or ‘predictable hook up’ and the like means, the drop us a line and we’ll be happy to explain.
If you’re new to longboarding in Cape Town and want to get the big picture of the longboard skate scene and community, then this interview will fill in the gray areas. Gabi is one of Cape Town’s local girl skaters and part of SAGRA, the South African downhill skating body. Needless to say, Gabi knows the ins and outs of the longboarding community in Cape Town. Thane magazine recently conducted this interview which is well worth a read:
So, to bring you up to date with what is new here at Baboons, a shipment of Landyachtz gear just arrived with boards that have never set foot in this country before. New for 2012 is the Landyachtz Peacemaker. Then, let us introduce you to the Landyachz Time Machine and then finally the little packet of dynamite, the Landyachtz Dinghy. We’ve gone to the trouble of writing detailed reviews on these boards, so do yourself a favour and click on the links to find out more about these decks.
The Mini Zombies are now available at Baboon Boards. Much like groms, these sneaky little things shred. Being smaller than their counterpart they have a higher acceleration and avoid any wheelbite. The stone ground surface means you can slide these things as soon as you get your hands onto them.
Landyachtz have come out with an all new, high-end bombing and freeriding wheel designed by none other than Kyle Martin himself. The idea behind the wheel was to create a predictable, controlled sliding wheel with even wear and plenty of urethane… created to throw down long slides for a very long time. The name pretty much says it all: FSU meaning F#*k Shit Up (although Landyachtz claim that it stands for Freeride Specific Urethane….pffff, whatever)
This wheel was made to shred.
Here’s a picture to entice you.
To see these wheels in action, you can see Kyle Martin strutting his stuff here with some crazy slides. These wheels are available in smooth and stone ground finish.
Now available at Baboon Boards. Click the pretty picture to follow the link to the product and a detailed review of the product to let you know exactly what’s potting.
The Baboons have finally found a cave on the web where they will rest and show what they’ve been hoarding. After months of roaming around in a pack doing underground wheeling and dealing here and there the Baboons have settled for this lair. Being very protective and selective, they have ensured that you will only find the best quality products here.
Now you can peruse and browse to find something that takes your liking, choose it and pay…online. Credit card, debit card, online transfer, cash, whatever you like. It’s as simple as that. Baboons are generally very simple creatures, so we have attempted to make things as simple and straightforward as possible.
All we really want to do is skate…and make you skate. So run along, choose your setup and hit the streets.