Volcom Stone 2012 European Wild In the Parks Championships Sevilla, Spain
On Saturday, October 6th, after the summer tour all over Europe, Volcom Stone’s Wild In The Parks celebrated its European Championships in Sevilla, Spain at the Plaza de Armas skatepark. This skateboarding contest has become a European benchmark over the years and once again was stocked full of action under the bright sun of Sevilla.
Around 90 competitors made the trip from all around Europe (Czech Republic, Finland, Germany and even Greece to name a few countries) to find themselves competing for the European WITP champion title. The contestants were greeted by summer weather, a really fun skatepark and tons of locals coming to check the action.
Roberto Aleman, Mark Appleyard, Aaron Suski, Javier Sarmiento and Axel Cruysbergs were our special guests to judge all the tricks that went down on the 3 areas of the skatepark. They also were seen signing autographs and destroying the course in between heats to the delight of the audience.
In the 14 and Under division, the kids did not disappoint. Little Oskar from Norway had millions of tricks in his bag and took the 3rd place while Ville Wester represented Copenhagen in good style finishing up in second place. Who won? Tiago Lopes from Portugal, he killed it all day, had a bunch of groupies and fan club, landing almost all his tricks first try (double flip down the blocks or boardslide flip out on the down rail as example). He went home with a huge travel bag full of stuff and 500€ prize money….
The 15 and Over division final was a war with loads of tricks going down on the three areas. Bruno Senra (last year 14- winner) was a standout in the qualifications with such tricks as kickflip crooks down the hubba, but he didn’t end up making it to the podium, as well as other kids killing it such as George Poole. In the end, Matisse Blanc from France took second place, landing full speed treflips over the big gap. Belgium skaters were fully represented with Jonathan Vlerick taking the second place and Simon Duprez taking the win killing it all day. He is now 500€ richer and won so much Volcom gear that he had to ask for some help to carry it all away.
Then the open division was the icing on the cake, so much action went down that you had to be there to experience it. There are so many talented skaters in Europe, mad props to all of you. From full speed noseblunt slides of Frenchman Pierre Hoarau to massive hardflips from Portuguese Jorge Simoens, bs 360 on demand from Gard Hvaara, just to name a few. The skatepark got destroyed properly during the finals. We need to mention here local Carlos Neira was on fire, getting the support of the audience. Back to back on a broken board, he landed a boardslide, a nollie flip down the stairs and a back lip ! He was awarded the Electric hype of the day, hyping also all the locals! Thaynan Costa from Portugal took the 3rd place and 500€ in style (switch heelflips down the gap, hardflip backlip on the rail etc…); Christian Estrada from Spain was tech and gnar at the same time and destroyed everything in his path into the 2nd place on the podium and 600€. The Open division 2012 Champion is Octavio Trinidade from Austria who impressed the most the judges.
Prizes were given, product toss went mad, and almost everyone went home with something. Special thanks a lot to all the skaters and parents who made the trip, sometimes pretty far (driving all the way from Germany as for example). And also we need to thank to everyone that help run this event smoothly: the staff, SVQ Sevilla Skate Club, Impact Sea, Electric and Jart for the extra prizes and Burn for the free drinks and the PA system. Thanks also to everyone who helped run this 9th European WITP season all over Europe ! See you all next year !
All 2012 WITP videos, photos, results and reports: volcomeurope.com/witp
Here are the results :
14- division :
1 Tiago Lopez (Portugal) 500€
2 Ville Wester (Denmark) 250€
3 Oskar Hjellegjerde (Norway)150€
4 Martin Kvisla (Norway) 100€
5 Sean Puype (Belgium) 100€
15+ division :
1 Simon Duprez (Belgium) 500€
2 Matisse Blanc (France) 250€
3 Jonathan Vlerick (Belgium) 150€
4 Anthony Renaud (France) 100€
5 Oyvind Svensen (Norway) 100€
Open division :
1 Octavio Trinidade (Austria)1000€
2 Cristian Estrada (Spain) 600€
3 Thaynan Costa (Portugal) 500€
4 Gard Hvaara (Norway) 300€
5 Jorge Simoes (Portugal) 200€
Electric Hype of the Day : Carlos Neira (Spain) 200€
Aaron Suski after judging the contest, put in some time signing autographs for the kids.