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Capetonians Moses and Allan Adams, along with international skateboarders TJ Rogers and Mikey Mendoza recently completed a road trip from Bloemfontein to Cape Town, via the Garden Route. The plan: to experience the best each town had to offer, do the ‘touristy’ thing and find some epic skate spots along the way.
Focusing on competitions and chasing points all year long can get a bit taxing. More so for skateboarders, who are relaxed by nature. So it is sometimes important to just cruise with your mates, have a few laughs, walk inside a massive dam wall, go shark cage diving; that sort of thing.
Well, that's exactly what Moses Adams, Allan Adams, TJ Rogers and Mikey Mendoza were doing last month, following their successful campaigns at the Kimberley Diamond Cup. The crew travelled from Bloemfontein, via the Gariep Dam to Graaff Reinet, PE, and on to the Eden that is George and Mossel Bay. From there they headed on down to the Mother City, hitting all the best skate spots along the way too.
Moses Adams at KDC (Kimberley Diamond Cup).
But first, more on the crew:
Gavin ‘Moses’ Adams
The man affectionately known as ‘Moses’ is one of the most laid-back individuals you’re bound to come across. Below the chilled, very characteristic Capetonian demeanour however, lurks a fierce, determined competitor.
Adams first started skating when his brother gave him a board at the tender age of nine and he hasn’t stopped skating since. He’s worked his way up from local competitions to competing in the Damn Am Skateboard Competition in Los Angeles when he was 16.
Moses Adams broke his board attempting this big stair set.
In 2011 Adams stamped his real mark on the South African skate scene by claiming the SA regional Red Bull Manny Mania title, thus earning him the right to represent South Africa at the Red Bull Manny Mania World Final in New York. Then in 2012, he won the SA regional competition again.
He showed the world his diverse range of technical tricks - all pulled with a distinctively smooth, laid-back style - to finish ninth in New York. In 2013, he stepped away from the contest scene to work on video parts.
2014 saw the man win both Ultimate X and Red Bull Unlocked, and place second at Halloween Jam. In 2015 he once again took down the Red Bull Unlocked title and has since been stamping his passport and making a name in Europe and the USA; where it counts.
Mikey Mendoza, Allan Adams and Moses Adams on the flat rail.
He is just like his older brother Moses, only wilder, scruffier and with less to lose. The kid has been dropping some very impressive contest results and video edits over the past 18 months, and people are talking.
The young Aussie is arguably the most inspiring and motivated human on the planet under the age of 18. He’s a skater, motivational speaker, Wings for Life ambassador, philanthropist and has a fantastic brain to cap it all off. He's made a name for his radical technical skills across all types of terrain.
His full name is Timothy James Poulin (you didn't hear that from us) and he grew up braving the harsh weather of Whitby, Ontario, just 25 miles east of Toronto. With snow covering the ground six months of the year, it left TJ with two options. One, he could play it safe and stay in Whitby, which has plenty of spots, and plenty of friends, but the constant shovelling and frozen trucks could get old. Two, he could throw caution to the wind, head out to California, film an epic part for Blind Skateboards 6th video “Damn”, turn pro for Blind, become a part of the Red Bull family and live in beautiful Huntington Beach with fellow Canadian ripper Ryan Decenzo, and travel to places like sunny South Africa, to go skating, when not busy.
Mickey Mendoza, Allan Adams, Gavin Adams and TJ Rogers.
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