Changing its location in France every year, the Volcom Wild In The Parks stopped last weekend for the first time in Bordeaux, the city of wine, classy students and amazing street spots.
Instead of organizing the contest at the outdoor public skatepark along the Garonne River, Volcom chose to work with the Darwin “urban eco-system”. The Darwin project uses old military buildings to host several cultural projects and associations.
Skateboarding wise, they started with a vert ramp and a wooden bowl, but soon extended the possibilities with a concrete DIY area, concrete bowl and more.
In order to make the WITP contest happen, the boys built a complete street course with “recycled” obstacles, and it is damn fun to skate.
All obstacles will stay there so now they have a new skatepark under their roof!
Most skaters who signed up that day were locals but a few made the trip from different French regions (sometimes as far as the Mediterranean coast).
The three areas judged consisted on a banked hip, a platform full of manuals and ledges possibilities and a “handicapped” access ramp with a barrier.
After the first qualifying heats the WITP mayhem started: festival of tricks, slams, bails, fired up kids, upset ones (not making their tricks), all making the most of the 15 jams.
To refuel and hydrate everyone, free drinks and hot dogs (certified organic) were given away all day, and skate legend Seb Daurel was hyping the kids on the microphone.
As usual he was fun as hell with his French-Californian impersonation, giving concentration tips to land your tricks and instagraming all this “real-time”.
14 and under division was fun but the level went up with the 15 and over.
Saubion hot local George Poole impressed everyone with a festival of tricks over the barrier and took the second place, but Andrea Dupré took the win with also some solid skateboarding and some hammers on the hip, manual pad and a nollie bigspin over the barrier.
Then the contest ended with the Open division who went all for broke, landing zillion of tricks and making it hard for the judges. Fred Plocques skates fast and has a mad style ended at the 4th place, Vincent Dallemagne got quick feet and took the 3rd place, Philippe Denaes finished 2nd, he looked like he was on a mission to land all his tricks (best tricks format suits him well). And taking top honors, Seb Simon meticulously landed bangers after bangers, on the screws of course.
Check the trick fest in the video clip, a lot more got landed but we would need an armada of filmers to get them all.
Top 5 of each division have qualified to the 2013 European WITP Championships in Copenhagen, on the 12 of October, with a live webcast and 5000€ prize money!
Thanks a lot to Philippe, the heart behind the Darwin project, Tristan and his team for the good work, Seb Daurel, Fred Ferand for the photos, and XSories for the extra prizes!
Volcom Stone WITP European CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday 24th September, Faelledparken, Copenhagen
If you weren’t in Copenhagen last Saturday then check out the clip to get an idea of what went down at the Faelledparken !
Volcom Stone celebrated the European Wild In The Parks Championships at that outstanding outdoor skatepark in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Some skaters from all over Europe gathered and spent the day with us to compete, but mostly have a good time, enjoy the layback and nice atmosphere of the city, party, meet the locals, and skate the parks and get some tricks down some sick street spots.
What is fun about this contest is that it gathers plenty of people who qualified in their local WITP (Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal, France, England, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Holland), not only the usual suspects you’ll find in every big summer comp, but also the local heroes and the up-and-coming shredders that you’ll see soon everywhere.
This special mix is the recipe for an explosive contest, an amazing show and some good times. The jam sessions were wild and some ridiculous tricks went down. The weather was cooperating (skateboarding is stronger than the weather as the MC said), the burgers chiefs were on point, the local kids were amped all day and the scooter kids got to see how much fun you can get on a skateboard, and kids their age destroying the park.
The day end with the usual prize giving where everyone needs a trolley to carry the stuff they win home…from bikes to guitars, RC copters, Ipod listening stations, Vans shoes, Electric Sunglasses, Jart decks and wheels, a Custom Volcom entertainment guitar, some sick trophies and of course tons of Volcom gear. There was also some prize money for all categories, and Bruno, Viktor, Hermann and Jaako will skate at the 25 000$ WITP Champs in Austin Texas in 2 weeks!
Big thanks to our products partners VANS, ELECTRIC, FRENDS and JART who pumped the prizes to the winners!
Thanks to BURN for the sick barbecue and fuelling competitors all day with drinks.
And million thanks to everyone that helped this event be such a good one: skaters, parents, Volcom employees, Team riders Kris Vile, Fabian Verhague and Rune Glifberg for judging, Maarten from Zumiez skatepark, Ben for MCing, Rune, Tus, family and friends who put everything together !
See you all next season, and follow the European qualified skaters at the WITP Champs in Austin, Texas on the Saturday 15th October Live on Volcom.com.
14 and under :
1- Bruno Senra, Portugal (700€ + trip to Texas)
2- Gard Hvaara, Norway (400€)
3- Jacob Stein, Sweden (250€)
4- Ville Wester, Denmark
5- Johan Benda, Denmark
15 and over :
1- Viktor Palomäki, Finland (700€ + trip to Texas)
2- Thanos Panou, Greece (400€)
3- Karim Rhihla, Sweden (250€)
4- Roman Baier, Austria
5- Sergio Sanchez, Spain
1- Jaakko Ojanen, Finland (1100€ + trip to Texas)
2- Hermann Stene, Norway (700€ + trip to Texas)
3- Victor Pelegrin, France (500€)
4- Axel Cruysberghs, Belgium
5- Fries Tailleu, Belgium
ELECTRIC Hype of the day
James Hewitt 100€ and Jonas Skrøder (100€)
The European WITP Championships will be held on the 12 of October 2013 at CPH Skatepark, Copenhagen, Denmark.
There will be a 5000€ prize purse, two tickets to the USA WITP Championships in Costa Mesa, CA (19 October 2013) and a million more prizes to win.
The European WITP Championships is an outstanding event that gathers skaters from so many different areas but also puts together some of the top European skaters with local heroes and up and coming talents who are entering their first "international competition". Don't miss the live webcast, October 12th, on volcomeurope.com/witp.
Last weekend the Volcom Stone’s 2010 Global Wild in the Parks Championships went down at Peoria AZ’s Rio Vista Skatepark! After nearly 40 qualifying stops around North America, Europe and Australia, the best amateur skateboarders in the world collided to test their mettle against one another for bragging rights and a piece of $25,000.00 cash!
After winning The European WITP Championships in Prague, Axel Cruysberghs, Kevin Bækkel and Tomáš Ondrejka jumped on a plane to defend the European honor in the Global finals.
Check out this little clip to see how they warmed up for the finals.