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Wild In The Parks - $15,000 Global Championships, CA 2014

Volcom Stone’s 2014 Wild In The Parks tour concluded its journey with a thrilling finale at Volcom Headquarters in Costa Mesa, CA on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

Over the course of 2014, the Wild In The Parks tour has traveled throughout the globe to find the very best amateur skateboarders on the planet. Over 150 competitors from the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Norway, and even Indonesia converged upon Volcom’s private skatepark facility to compete for their piece of Volcom’s $15,000 cash purse.

The day started with smiles, high fives, and a bit of anxiousness as skaters checked in for practice. Positive vibes grew by the second in anticipation for day’s action to begin. After a quick riders meeting it was time to shift our focus to the task at hand and see who would be crowned the 2014 WITP Champions!

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Competitors And Spectators Packed Volcom's Private Skatepark Facility The Entire Day

The 14 & Under Division was up first as spectators and fellow competitors packed the skatepark to cheer them on.  As the starting countdown ended, these young rippers dropped in and never looked back. It’s hard to believe what the youth is doing at such young ages as they bridge the gap from grom to seasoned veteran.  We saw some serious heavy tricks, including an inward heelflip bs boardslide on the rainbow rail in zone 1, a fs 180 no-comply down the 7 set in zone 2, and a hardflip to flat down the euro gap in zone 3. Minnesota’s Henry Gartland was on a mission to get into the top spot coming straight off an injury that required him to have shoulder surgery. This seemed like a minor set back as Henry landed a plethora of tricks that included a bs 270 lip slide on the rainbow rail in zone 1, a kickflip fs 50-50 on the bubba in zone 2, and a kickflip crooked grind down the creeper ledge in zone 3 as he captured 1st place.  Norway’s Oscar Hjellegjerde flew across the pond throwing his name into the mix with tricks like his bs 360 down the stairs in zone 2, and impossible lipslide on the rainbow rail in zone 1, and a bs kickflip down the euro gap to flat in zone 3 that had the judges nodding their heads and awarding him with 2nd place. Florida’s Marcos Montoya skated fast the whole time landing a fs bluntslide shuv out on the down rail in zone 2, a noseblunt on the rainbow rail in zone 1, and a bigflip up the euro gap in zone 3 to name a few bangers for 3rd place honors.

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9-Year-Old Lazer Crawford (Left) Boardslides The 7 Rail In Zone 2
8-Year-Old Will Morton (Middle) Locked Into A Fs Smith In Zone 1
9-Year-Old Carlos Goldo Puigdollers With A Bluntslide On The 7 Rail In Zone 2

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Jackson Parish Pays Homage To One Of The Greats With This Sw Barley Grind In Zone 3

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Marcos Montoya In Perfect Position With This Nose Blunt In Zone 2

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Landon Swan Pushing Through A Bs Feeble In Zone 1

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Henry Gartland Catches A Kickflip Back Lip in Zone 2

The 15- 21 Division had their gloves off and were primed to knock this one straight into the stratosphere.  It was a blur of action as these guys weaved through the park to land a nollie heelflip bs feeble over the rainbow rail in zone 1, a sw fs kickflip over the rail in zone 2, and the cleanest hardflip imaginable to flat over the euro gap in zone 3.  Washington’s Greg Dehart was skating with some serious focus.  He landed lipslide revert into the jersey barrier in zone 3, a picture perfect kickflip bs lipslide in zone 2, and a huge gap fs tailside fs bigspin out on the A-frame hubba in zone 1.  Greg clearly walked away with the win and dedicated his victory to his close friend Olivia who recently passed away. Florida’s Chris Roque took his own path as he landed an ultra dipped fs feeble across the alleyway rail in zone 3, an Alley Oop fs 180 to sw bs 50-50 on the hubba in zone 2, and a kickflip fs feeble on the rainbow rail in zone 1 for a 2nd place finish.  Florida’s Alex Sandino, aka The Dirt Weasel, was blasting through all corners of the park.  He landed a high speed 5-0 from the Jersey barrier to the end of the rail in zone 3, a 360 pressure flip down the 7 stair in zone 2, and blasted into the crowd with a huge melon grab to flat off the pyramid in zone 1 for 3rd place.

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Blaine Partridge Fs Kickflips Over The Rail In Zone 2

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Chris Roque Holding A Perfect Fs Feeble Across The Alleyway Rail In Zone 3

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Alex Sandino Aka "The Dirt Weasel" Popping A Monster Melon Grab Over The Pyramid Landing Into The Crowd In Zone 1

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Greg Dehart Pulls A Lipslide Across The Alleyway Rail Entering The Jersey Barrier To Regular In Zone 3

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The Sharp Shooter Game Was A Great Place To Win Some Free Volcom Prizes In-between The Skate Action Inside

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There Was A Ton Of Free Food And Gatorade Handed Out Keeping Everyone Fueled Up And Hydrated

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David Gonzalez And Rattblack Ripped Up The Outdoor Stage With A Heavy Metal Performance Before Finals

The Open/AM Division was chomping at the bit to finish off the final heat of the 2014 Wild in the Parks tour! There’s not much more to be said about this group of individuals that hasn’t been said before.  Their performance was absolutely incredible.  We saw a kickflip late shuv down the euro gap to flat in zone 3, a bs 180 sw over crooks to regular over the rainbow rail in zone 1, a forward flip bs feeble on the down rail in zone 2, a Mctwist off the Jersey barrier in zone 3, a must mention wall jam bs crooked grind nollie flip out on the hubba in zone 2 and that is just the tip of the iceberg.  Minnesota’s Tanner Van Vark was on fire the entire day doing tricks that nobody else would have even attempted.  He landed a Alley Opp fs 270 fs boardslide to fakie on the rainbow rail in zone 1, a fakie ollie sw bs bluntside to regular down the rail in zone 2, and a fakie lipslide 270 revert into the Jersey barrier on the alleyway rail in zone 3 to capture the WITP Open/Am Championship title.  Washington’s Ben Sauer has been on a 9-year journey to make his way up the WITP ranks.  He landed a bs lipslide from the euro gap into the monitor speakers in zone 3, a bs 360 kickflip over the hip in zone 1, and a bs 180 kickflip to nosegrind down the hubba in zone 2 for 2nd place overall. Florida’s Jamie Foy was really fun to watch as he picked apart each zone with technical precision.  He landed a 360 flip noseblunt on the rainbow rail in zone 1, a half cab bs smith grind on the down rail in zone 2, and a bs crooked grind on the alleyway rail nollie bigspin out into the bank in zone 3 that had everyone on their feet.  Jamie walked away with a grin on his face and 3rd place overall.

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Dalton Dern Ollies Out Of the Alleyway Corridor To Fs Wallride Over The Creeper Ledge In Zone 3

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Julian Christianson Kickflips Into A Bs Noseslide Fs 270 Shuv-It Out In Zone 2

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Ryan LePore Sending It Over The Pyramid In Zone 1

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Jamie Foy Destroying Zone 3 With A Bs Tailslide Shuv Into The Bank

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Ben Sauer Dropped A Few Jaws As He Landed A Bs Big Spin Fs Bluntslide To Fakie In Zone 2

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Tanner Van Vark Boggling The Mind With A Fakie Ollie To Switch Bs Bluntslide In Zone 2

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The Crowd Swarmed Tanner Van Vark When His Name Was Called As The 2014 Open/AM Division Champion

We would like to thank our Volcom Skate team of Remy Stratton, Jake Smith, and Daniel Cabral for their support throughout the entire WITP tour.  Thank you to David Gonzalez and Rattblack for playing a free live show.  Thank you to our judges Brian Mack, Alex Wright, and Jeff Robins. Thanks to our spotters Kyle McCabe, Paul Hartman, and Tyler Mumma. Thank you to our Volcom family of Ryan Immegart, Jeff Arnold, Kurt Thayer, James Lugo, Marty, Hope Lane, Sam King, Chris Sumpter, Gabby D’Ambrosi, and Isaac Yang for their assistance with the event. Thank you to our master lensemen Shawn Rossmiller (photo), Chris Martinez (photo) and Anthony “Ant” Travis (Video) for capturing all the action.  Lastly, thank you to all of our 2014 Wild In The Parks sponsors listed below for their contributions to the entire tour.

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Gatorade
New Era Cap
Kicker Audio
Transworld Skate
Cam Caddie

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14 & Under Division WITP Champions
1. Henry Gartland - $1,400 (St. Cloud, MN)
2. Oscar Hjellegjerde - $1,200 (Norway)
3. Marcos Montoya - $900 (Orlando, FL)
4. Landon Swan - $500 (Orlando, FL)
5. Jackson Parrish - $250 (St. Cloud, MN)

15 – 21 Division WITP Champions
1. Greg Dehart - $1,400 (Bellevue, WA)
2. Chris Roque - $1,200 (Orlando, FL)
3. Alex Sandino - $900 (Orlando, FL)
4. Tanner Lawler - $500 (Fremont, CA)
5. Blaine Partridge - $250 (New York City)

Open/AM Division WITP Champions
1. Tanner Van Vark - $2,000 (St. Cloud, MN)
2. Ben Sauer - $1,750 (Bellevue, WA)
3. Jamie Foy - $1,500 (Orlando, FL)
4. Ryan LePore $750 (Bellevue, WA)
5. Julian Christianson $500 (Denver, CO)

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Boxes Upon Boxes Went Out For An Epic Product Toss To Finish Off The Evening

Check Out The Wild In The Parks Facebook And Instagram For Additional Coverage Throughout The Entire 2014 Tour:

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Super Bocks and Surf in Ericeira, Portugal, Euro Thrash begins!
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