Stop #10 of Volcom Stone’s Wild In The Parks fortified the Northeast skate scene beneath the Manhattan Bridge at L.E.S. Skatepark in New York City on Saturday Sept. 13, 2014.
Planes, trains, and automobiles carry a mass of the skaters to the Big Apple’s go to spot of L.E.S. Skatepark each and everyday. From sun up and beyond, the park is packed with a ton of East Coast legends and the legends to come. This place breads a type of skateboarder that can masters the art of intersecting lines and weaving through the crowds of the big city. Learn the ropes here and you’re on the way to becoming a professional navigator. This normal day-to-day activity served competitors well as they would have to zigzag though nearly 200 of their peers to take the 2014 L.E.S. WITP top spots.
L.E.S. Skatepark Was Packed To The Brim With People All Day For The Wild In The Parks
After a quick riders meeting, the 14 & Under Division took to their ready positions and kicked off the day’s action. It was a mad scramble throughout as we witnessed a perfect 360 flip bank-to-bank over the pyramid in zone 2, a popped heelflip down the 5 set in zone 3, and a last second bs kickflip over the apple gap in zone 1. Jonathan Santos knew the keys to success as he skated fast and confidently. He landed a kickflip fs boardside on the down rail in zone 3, a locked fs feeble on the ledge/rail in zone 2, and caught a solid kickflip over the apple gap in zone 1 that sealed in the 1st place goodness. Hal Scarborough came in from Florida to make some waves with his solid trick selection and long slide/grind combinations to take home 2nd place. While Bill Zhang left it on the table with tricks like his bs big flip down the stairs and a bs kickflip over the apple to snatch a 3rd place nomination.
Billy Zhang Throws A Big Flip Down The 5 Set In Zone 3
Hal Scarbrough Mid Tailslide In Zone 1
Jonathan Santos Hits A Back Lip In Zone 2
The 15 – 21 Division continues to be the bread and butter of the events as of late. We had over 75 competitors putting it out on the table to see who could shine though in this talented group of rippers. There was no shortage of radness as we saw a 50-50 kickflip out on the ledge/rail in zone 2, a kickflip fastplant over the apple gap in zone 1, and a stylish kickflip bs boardslide to fakie on the rail in zone 3. Blain Partridge was on the scene from Jacksonville, FL to make a statement in the northeast. He put down a bundle of tricks including a bs bigspin to fs boardslide in zone 3, a quintessential gap to bs lipslide in zone 2, and a fs bigspin over the apple gap that landed him in 1st place for his efforts. Brett Ross had his name echoing throughout downtown NYC with tricks like a bs overcrooks down the rail in zone 3 and a gap lip to fakie in zone 2 for 2nd place. Duron Simons kept things super tech with a first try fs shuv-it bs crooked grind on the zone 2 ledge/rail and an absurd variel heel bs crooked grind down the hubba in zone 3 that helped him into the top 3.
Dan Robbins Speeds Into Zone 1 For A Lofty Ollie Over The Out Ledge
Christian Henry Locks Into A Bs Feeble Fs 180 Out On The Ledge/Rail In Zone 2
Mustafa Abrams Plants His Foot On The Apple's Core For This Kickflip Fastplant In Zone 1
Blain Partridge Impressed All Day Long With Tricks Like This Bs 180 Nosegrind To Regular In Zone 2
The 10 & Under Division Took Center Stage During Lunch To Land Some New Tricks Before The Rain Started To Fall
What's Better Than NYC Pizza For Lunch And Some Gatorade To Wash It All Down?
The Open/Am Division was now set to finish off the afternoon with a final bang, bang, bang. They say that the “shade is better when it’s cast by a money tree” and all these guys wanted their fair share of the green backs. With a $500 cash purse on the line, these guys handled business by landing a bs 360 bigflip over the pyramid in zone 2, a kickflip bs 50-50 fs 180 off the out ledge in zone 1, and cast a gap melon grab to boardslide from the quarter pipe to the down rail in zone 3 that had the crowd slapping their boards in delight. Dylan Nieves is a seasoned veteran on a skateboard and landed a slew of dastardly maneuvers in his heat. He ran away with 1st place as he landed tricks that included an over the bolts fs big heelflip over the apple gap in zone 1 and a memory searing hardflip to flat over the pyramid in zone 2. Leo Heinert has to be one of the nicest and funniest dudes on a skateboard. The guy ripped the entire day and landed a 3 flip lip in zone 3 and a nollie big heel over the apple gap in zone 1 to help him into 2nd place. While Derek Holms took his mastery to the finish line for 3rd place before the rain came in and shut things down…kind of.
Dave Bohack Blast A Quick Melon To Flat Silhouetted By A Bs Tailslide In Zone 2
Justin Healey Pulls Some Beef Out Of This Kickflip Over The Apple
Christopher Pierre-Jacques Kickflips Into A Bs Noseslide Fs 270 Shuv-It Out In Zone 2
Leo Heinert Floats A Fs Nosegrind To The End Of The Out Ledge In Zone 1
Carlo Carezzano Flips Into The Ledge/Rail In Zone 2
Jake Keenan Does The Unthinkable With A Gap Melon To Boardslide From The Outside Quarterpipe In Zone 3
Piro Seirra Showing Some Serious Style On This Perfect Bs Smith Grind In Zone 2
Rain began to fall and the crowd moved underneath the shelter of the bridge above. Almost instinctively, an impromptu L.E.S. double set jam began to go off on its own as if a landing strip from above was sent down from heaven. In the spirit of keeping things going, we through in $100 and a Kicker Audio system for the handful of guys that were going for it. Many tried to pull it all together, but only 2 tricks were accomplished. Dylan Neives ripped a hardflip over the set to get $100 and the Rev’d Skater award and Dave Bohack rolled away with a 360 flip and a new sound system for his room. Props to everyone that had the stones to even try that set.
Dylan Nieves Falls From The Sky With A Huge Hardflip Down The Infamous L.E.S. Double Set To Walk Away With An Extra $100 And The Rev'd Skater Award
We would like to extend a big thank you to Steve Rodriguez, KCDC’s Amy Gunther, and the city of NY for their help and having us back at L.E.S. Skatepark. Thank you to our judges Alex Corporan, Bert Correa, and Rob Campbell for their work on the score sheets. Thanks to our spotters Justin Kinard, Wade Yates, and Miguel “Kre” Veras for grabbing numbers and helping the judges through the madness. Big thanks goes out to Chris “Corn” McDonald for his help with the photos. Thanks to Volcom’s Daniel Terry for his attention to detail and help throughout the event. Thank you to Julia King and Alex Huang for their additional logistical support. Lastly, thank you to our tour sponsors below for the extra stoke at each and every WITP event.
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14 & Under Division:
1st: Jonathan Santos
2nd: Hal Scarborough
3rd: Billy Zhang
4th: Mason Wise
5th: Shane Farber
6th: Ivan Glenney
7th: Austin Hufnagel
15 – 21 Division:
1st: Blain Partridge
2nd: Brett Ross
3rd: Duron Simons
4th: Dan Robbins
5th: Mustafa Abrams
6th: Austin Sierra
7th: Ethan Beleut
1st: Dylan Nieves - $250
2nd: Leo Heinert - $150
3rd: Derek Holmes - $100
4th: Piro Sierra
5th: Jake Keenan
6th: Christopher Pierre-Jacques
7th: Carlo Carezzano
Rev’d Skater Award: Dylan Nieves - $100
Stand Out 10 & Under: Jiro Platt
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