KDC HOOD TO HOOD TEAM SKATE CHAMPS

The Hood to Hood Finals brought out 4-person teams, featuring SA’s best skaters for a head to head single elimination jam format competition. Teams were chosen via online video entry, Hood to Hood Qualifiers at Boogaloos Grand Slam events in CPT, DBN, and JHB, along with the last minute qualifiers at KDC on Wednesday, bringing in the wildcard team, “Here by Chance” to the brackets.

With R25k first place prize on the line, we saw skating that was equally as gnarly as the pros from several of the skaters. In particular, “The Scumbags” and “The Woolf’s” brought the heat and took no prisoners. We saw several kickflip front board attempts from JHB young gun Brandon Valjalo in the first two rounds, and after several attempts with no luck along with a “contest make”, he pulled it just in time for the buzzer in the finals. The Woolf’s and Anthony De Mendonca also held it down for their crew. Adam Woolf pulled a kickflip back lip and several kickflips over the 4 block rail and his brother was backing him up with front salads and front nosegrinds down the 4 stair rail every try. Anthony’s flawless skating definitely complimented the rest of the team’s flow and landed “The Woolf’s and Two Other Dudes” 2nd place and R10000, respectively. Emcee Jeff Pang renamed ”Here by Chance” to “Beer by Chance”, but it was for sure that rounds were to be bought by HBC when they took out the Dope/Plankie team, landing them in 3rd place and R5000.

“The Scumbags” blew minds in Durban at the Hood to Hood Qualifiers, putting on a full-on demo, earning them a spot in the Hood to Hood Championships at KDC. There was some stiff competition, especially from The Woolf’s, but it was almost obvious from the beginning of the contest who was going to win. Dlamini’s frontside flips over the 4 stair rail, Braxton’s back noseblunts, Jean Marc’s kickflip melon’s combined with Khule’s consistency landed them the gold and R25000 in cash.

Results:

1st – The Sumbags (R25000)
Khule Ngubane
Braxton Haine
Dlamini Dlamini
Jean Marc Johannes

2nd – Woolf’s and Two Other Dudes (R10000)
Brandon Valjalo
Anthony De Mendonca
Adam Woolf
David Woolf

3rd – Here by Chance (R5000)
Andrew Nero
Grant McLachlan
Bryce Rheeder
Damon De Clercq

Jean Marc JohannesJean Marc Johannes

Mitchell RiceMitchell Rice

Dlamini DlaminiDlamini Dlamini

Jean Marc JohannesJean Marc Johannes

Anthony de MendoncaAnthony de Mendonca

Anthony de MendoncaAnthony de Mendonca

The ScumbagsThe Scumbags

Images courtesy of kimberleydiamondcup.com.

MARCEL MAASSEN INTERVIEW

Marcel MaassenPhoto by Donovyn le Roux

Meet Verb and Globe team rider, Marcel Maassen.

What’s up Marcel? What’s going on in your life at the moment?

Wadup people! I am working at Revolution and grinding my ass off for the paper. Skating the streets of Cape Town and playing a lot of XBOX. I just finished two games and I am so amped haha – NERD.

You’re originally from Pretoria. What was it like living there? Why did you decide to move to CT?

It was super fun living with the Plankie brothers; Joubert, Jansen, Skippy, Thys and Dennis WHL(wees huis lewe). Well, I get really bored of shit very quickly, so we all decided to move down about two years ago. Where the brothers go, I go. Hope that Skippy and D dawg can come down.

What are your best and worst things about Pretoria, and about Cape Town?

In Pretoria we have mad jocks with pointy shoes, highlights in the hair and the arms on those dude are bigger than my whole body! But in Cape town we have hipsters. I don’t know for how long, but I take them over jocks. Pretorian homies are so dope and it was always good to hang out, on and off the board. Cape Town’s lifestyle is just so much better, even though it’s expensive. I love it here. Skating through the streets with trouble makers and clowns is just the best thing to ask for. The only thing that sucks here is the cold fucking ocean water and the sharks.

Marcel MaassenPhoto by Donovyn le Roux

You lived in Amsterdam for a few years. Tell us what that was like… Why did you come back to South Africa?

I lived in Utrecht, a little bit out of Amsterdam. The weed was so good! They were the best and worst times of my life. I am not going to go into a lot of detail because it’s a mad story that you could write a book about. I got into gangs and bad violence, and after four years of hustling, the cops finally got me. I had some bad shit on me so I got deported out of the country. I learnt a lot from that experience; never looking back, never doing the same things I did back then. We all do some dome things in life. I still do, but as long as you learn from it it’s all good.

How did you get into skateboarding?

Like everybody else, I saw my friends do it got into it right away I guess. I think most kids that start skating need to escape from something in life and skating is a good way too get out there and do your own thing. You can learn by yourself, not at school or from your mom or dad; just you and you alone. If you can do that, you can also stand alone and be strong as a person.

Got any tricks you’re working on getting?

Switch Lazer heel, one wheel nose manual nollie tripple tre out, haha!

Marcel MaassenPhoto by Donovyn le Roux

What does the second half of 2013 look like for you?

Probably the same as now. Try to film some shit, skate, have fun and party! If I got cheese, bread, Xbox, skating and a roof over my head, it’s all good till 2020.

You have a couple tattoos. Which is your favorite and why?

The Hulk, because every person has got a second personality, even if they deny it. I want to grow big and break stuff or jump and smash shit, haha! I have this rib tattoo with shoes hanging over a streetlamp on the corner of a street. It’s for my homie that passed away in 2006. I took a pretty hard knock, so it means a lot to me.

What are you listening to recently?

Gangsta, Jurassic 5, bFake, RickRoss and always some Wu shit.

Anything else you want to say?

How do you start up a fan page?

Marcel MaassenSequence by Jansen van Staden. 180 nosegrind shovet out.