26/11Mexico + LA... Backstreet's Back
We were contacted by some dudes over at LTG Parkour who invited us to blitz the city of Tijuana for their national gathering. After becoming best mates with an American family, Toby, Benj and Drew hopped on the 10am flight to Charlotte. The 3 of us were immediately going nuts about the movie choice on the airplane and it was our first time out of europe so there was some understandable excitement going on haha. 3 movies later we arrived in Charlotte to catch a connecting flight to San Diego, easier said than done. On arrival to the US Toby got torn to shreds by a border control officer. Not surprising really, what group of 18yr old boys gets picked up at the aiport and taken across the boarder to jump on walls in the drug ridden city of tijuana?
Aboard the San Diego flight we were woken by a message from the pilot preparing for crash landing... lol jk, we had to stop off at Phoenix because of some bollocks fog at San Diego. Expecting to be given a 5* hotel for the night we where surprised to find that 1. the airline wasnt paying, and 2. fuck, we had no money. Benj and Drew made another best mate, who ended up offering to pay for our rooms on his business card, result!.. our luck however, did not improve, we lost the bastard but whilst chatting about our sticky situation a lovely family over heard and insisted on sorting us out with 60 dollah! After working out why everyone was being so kind (benj's cheeky smile) we set off to find a great place to sleep. On our epic search we bumped into a girl who later went on to book our flights, contact the Mexicans AND show us the best beds in the airport... Starbucks sofas. Cheers Gloria!
"Stuck in phoenix... any locals about to give us a hand? pfffuck"
Day 4 began the LTG Party. It started at 3 so we went out training before hand and spotted two abandoned buildings, after checking out the area and exploring all over we sussed it was a bloody good spot! After some proper fun jumps and some ncie footage we headed off to the event. We were greeted by the local media and began coaching and training with all the dudes and dudettes who attended, all went smoothly so we headed back to Christians pad where we were given some more heavenly grub and began discussing a beer pong World Cup. The teams had been decided the evening before... Benj and Drew, the pure british team. Toby and Zak, the American/English hybrid. Josh and Alex, the yanks. Andrew and Christian, the college boyu team. And finally the Mexican duo, Miguel and Genaro.
The tournament began, after some serious tension and endless battling, Benj and Drew found themselves in the final against the hybrid monsters Toby and Zak. It was an epic battle, tears were shed, blood was spilled, friends were lost... Toby and Zak where no match for the all British duo Benj and Drew. They had won the first ever LTG beer pong World Cup.
"Epic night of beer pong, won the World Cup"
The final day of the jam began with a quick trip to the local flea market, such a culturally cool place, crazy foods and no highway code made for a few more instas before digging into a massive tasty breakfast that to our amazement, cost the same as a mars bar in the UK haha! We spent the rest of the daylight hours jamming, jiving, ducking and diving with the local traceurs. The DJ's beats got Josh dancing. Before we knew it, he was teaching us all an 8 count routine, we nailed it in no time but had no idea how serious it was gonna get haha! We trained hard into the night, tripling the length of the routine and planned on hitting hard the next morning, with a backstreet boys comeback.
We arrived in Charlotte early the next day and had a 12 hour stayover to look forward to. We got some grub and found somewhere to catch up on a few hours of well earned kip. Benj got the ping pong out which occupied us for a short while before finishing our cash on a godly Burger King. A few more hours of ping pong and we boarded flight 732 to f*ckin LONDON. woop. jetlag. the end.
All funded by the badass dudes at LTG Parkour - http://ltgparkour.org
Special Thanks -
Christian Rosales Vera
Blog post by Toby + Benj