Last weekend was a total Wild In The Parks blast around Europe with 5 events simultaneously, celebrating back to school the Volcom way on this first weekend of September.
The French WITP contest was held in the student city of Montpellier in the South of France, at the old and legendary Grammont skatepark, right after it receives a facelift much needed. Our friend Shutzi at IOU ramps did a good job refreshing half of the park and the event came in perfect to test the new obstacles.
Registration started early and around 120 skaters signed in for the three divisions on offer, lots of locals and a bunch of people coming from all the South of France from far East Hyères and Marseille, to Bordeaux or Hossegor in the West, including a couple from Lyon, Nimes, Valence and other close cities.
Despite the windy conditions that made it difficult for the flip tricks, the new course has been annihilated as soon as the contest started with the 14 and Under division. The kids were going for it and the level was pretty high, it’s always fun to see the ones just cruising and having a good time together with the more competitive ones.
A lot of tricks got landed such as clean fs heelflips from Hugo Rekika taking the 3rd place to the fierce battle of Vincent Matheron and Robin Bolian landing back to back bs 540 on the hip, Vincent finishing in 2nd and Robin taking the win with other solid tricks.
The 15 and Over division saw the level of skateboarding increasing (maybe because of the supertasty barbecue) with again tons of talented skaters. Victor Campillo was destroying the course but couldn’t get his tricks together during the finals (trying a sweet switch heel down the gap) and didn’t finish in the top 5. Matisse Blanc was consistant all day landing some flip back lip on the small rail on demand and a big 360 shove it on the gap and took the 3rd place, while Romuald Link and Georges Poole (the older brother) came in very close for the first place, Romuald taking the win with some fs bluntslides on the big rail and Georges finishing in second with some bs bigspins on the hip and hardflips on the gap to mention a few tricks.
On the Open division, the judges had a hard time keeping track on everything but did a good job, scoring everything landed on their spots. Etienne Gros took the 5th place with a clean style and solid tricks all contest long, Sammy Mould looks a little bit like the local Joey Brezinsky and took the 4th place, then Pierre Hoarau was as usual shredding around, litteraly destroying the bank to bank transfer with millions grind-reverse variations and tokk the 3rd place. Benjamin Garcia was also impressive going big on each of his tricks from massive 3-6 flips to fs blunt on the ledge and took the 2nd place while Victor Pellegrin went bezerk with a sprained ankle, landing everything in the end of the finals from flip fs smith flip out on the curb, to fs feeble back lip on the small rail, onto fs noseblunt slide on the big rail…winning the event.
Congrats to all the skaters who qualified for the European finals in Sevilla (top 5 of each category) and thanks to everyone who came enjoy the day with us, a free contest open to all, with free drinks, food and prizes for all...
Thanks to the Attitude association and the Montpellier skate club, to Bricksss for the photos, Jeremie, Cloben and Guillaume for judging, to Remi and all the staff , also to our product partners who stoked the kids: VOX and JART, and also BURN who kept everyone hydrated with free drinks.
14 and Under:
1. ROBIN BOLIAN
2. VINCENT MATHERON
3. HUGO REKIKA
4. LOUIS POOLE
5. EDOUARD MONCOURTOIS
15 and Over:
1. ROMUALD LINK
2. GEORGES POOLE
3. MATISSE BLANC
4. FLORENT SCIEUR
5. ANTHONY RENAUD
1. VICTOR PELLEGRIN (200€)
2. BENJAMIN GARCIA (150€)
3. PIERRE HOARAU (50€)
4. SAMMY MOULD
5. ETIENNE GROS