Volcom’s 2013 Wild in the Parks tour came to a climactic end at the company’s headquarters Saturday, October 19, 2013!
The 2013 series has scoured the globe to find the best young prospects that skateboarding has to offer. After six months and 11 tour stops, more then 140 highly talented competitors made their way to Costa Mesa, California in pursuit of Volcom’s $15,000 cash purse and the title of 2013 ‘WITP’ champion. With the stage set, the action was underway!
A packed crowd of professional skateboarders, industry heavyweights, and skateboarding enthusiasts set the scene, as the 14 & Under Division got down to business. Alex Midler was a force to be reckoned with as he destroyed everything in his path with technical perfection. Alex landed both bs and fs 270 lips on the handrail in zone 1, kickflip bs lip from the euro gap to rail in zone 3, nollie fs feeble on the rainbow rail in zone 2, and many more throughout. If that wasn’t enough to claim 1st, Alex secured the win by landing a buzzer-beating bs 270 kickflip lipslide on the handrail as the crowd erupted in disbelief. Tanner Oliver was right behind Alex impressing the judges with a clean bs smith bs 180 out on the zone 2 rainbow rail, bs kickflip over the euro gap to flat in zone 3, and finished things out with a redeeming bs tail shuv out on the zone 1 hubba to lock down 2nd place. Gilbert Estrada rounded out the top 3 by ripping a sw 360 flip down the stair set in zone 1, a bs bigger flip up the zone 3 euro, and put down a crowd-wowing hardflip late fs 180 on the zone 2 pyramid. These young guns all displayed why skateboarding has a bright future.
The 15 & Over Division was next to attack the zones like a wolf stalking a lone sheep that had lost its herd. Mason Coletti made his presence known immediately by landing 5 heavy tricks that traversed all 3 zones in less than a minute. This was extra impressive since Mason had recently recovered from a broken kneecap that left him sidelined for over 6 weeks. Mason pulled many noteworthy tricks including an impossible lipslide on the zone 2 rainbow rail, alley oop fs 180 sw bs crook on the hubba in zone 1, and a gnarly kickflip fs 50-50 from bank to rail in zone 3 for the win. Tanner Van Vark didn’t waste any time getting the juices flowing before putting on a show. He stomped out a hardflip across the pyramid in zone 2, a fakie ollie sw bs crooked to regs on the hubba in zone 1, and finished his performance with a perfect lipslide transfer into the jersey barrier in zone 3. His performance was very impressive as he secured the 2nd place position. Nathan Hammond also mixed it up as he blasted a powerful bs kickflip over the down rail in zone 1, a fakie full cab down the stairs, and hammered out a huge ollie late fs shuv down the euro gap to flat. Nathan proved that you “don’t mess with Texas” and placed 3rd as time expired.
The Open Division was now ready to finish things off as a full moon cast its rays onto the skatepark from above. Dashawn Jordan dropped the gloves immediately by landing a bs bigger flip over the euro gap to flat in zone 3, a hard flip fs board on the zone 1 handrail, a next try bs bigger flip fs board on the handrail, a huge fakie fs kickflip over the hip in zone 2, and many more to take the title of 2013 WITP Open Division Champion! Tyson Bowerbank was trading punches with Dashawn the entire way. Tyson rattled off many technical tricks including a kickflip fs nosegrind pop out off the creeper ledge in zone 3, a fs 360 kickflip over the hip in zone 2, and a perfect over the bolts bs 360 bigflip down the stairset in zone 1 for a well deserved 2nd place finish. Chris Gregson was next to show his presence by stepping into the ring. Chris is always a crowd favorite by skating fast and destroying everything in his path. He laid down a stylish bs noseblunt to fakie on the jersey barrier in zone 3, blasted a 15 stair-sized fs flip down the 7 stair in zone 1, and capped it all off with a massive fs 360 across the pyramid in zone 2. Chris performed very well and took home the bronze podium position. These guys truly raised the level of skateboarding and set the bar even higher than expected.
Thank you to Alexis Rivera, Alex Wright, Harris Hutchison, Kyle McCabe, Brian Mack, and Jake Smith for their superb scoring skills. Thanks to Ben Karpinski and Chris Martinez for shooting photos. Thank you to Remy Stratton, Kurt Thayer, Tyler Vandora, Huck Rosa (video), Daniel Cabral, Jeff Arnold, Melissa Lyman, Sam King, Logan Strook, and all the Volcom family for the logistical support throughout the day. We would also like to thank everyone that has been apart of the entire 2013 Wild In The Parks tour. Lastly, thank you to our gracious tour sponsors (below) for supporting youth skateboarding and the entire tour.
14 & Under Division Champions:
1st: Alex Midler (California) -$1,400
2nd: Tanner Oliver (Utah) - $1,200
3rd: Gilbert Estrada (Arizona) - $900
4th: Henry Gartland (Minnesota) - $500
5th: Jackson Parrish (Minnesota) - $250
15 & Over Division Champions:
1st: Mason Coletti (California) - $1,400
2nd: Tanner Van Vark (Minnesota) - $1,200
3rd: Nathan Lee Hammond (Texas) - $900
4th: Aidan Chamberlain (Utah) - $500
5th: Jace Torkelson (Minnesota) - $250
Open Division Champions:
1st: Dashawn Jordan (Arizona) - $2000
2nd: Tyson Bowerbank (Utah) - $1,750
3rd: Chris Gregson (California) – $1,500
4th: Julian Christianson (Colorado) - $750
5th: Gard Hvaara (Norway) - $500