2012 WILD IN THE PARKS STOP #7, OTTAWA, ON, CANADA 8/8/2012
After a couple of years off it was good to be back in Canada’s capitol for stop #7 of
Volcom’s Wild in the Parks tour.
Ottawa holds a sweet spot in the heart of the WITP. The city always provides plenty
of antics and Legacy skate park is a classic. For some reason the park creates such
a great vibe for the WITP format. It might be graffiti scrolled surface, the mix of
street and transition features, or maybe it’s the way the crowd circles around the
double set to see who can put it down. One thing is for sure the Ottawa event
always produces a serious showdown with the crowd loosing their minds by the
end of it.
The 14 and Under Division were put to the task of getting the party started. With
zero hesitation this bunch was stepping up to all 3 WITP zones. Backside 180s
down the double set, blunt slides on the rail, and tail slides on the big ledge were
just a few of the tricks making the crowd shake their heads in disbelief. It was a
battle but in the end Ryan Beaulieu was awarded victor with Carter Grandin coming
in 2nd and Matt Racine in 3rd.
Cameron Trahan's Switch Front 180
Carter Grandin Sending It!
Mr. Beaulieu Lip Locked With Zone 3!
Tony Keeping His Composure Through This Steep 5-0
A new aspect of the WITP is that we are awarding the stand out 10 and under (Lil’
Monkey) competitor for mixing it up with the big dogs. The Lil’ Monkey that caught
the judges eye was Joseph Dizon. We hooked him up with a backpack full of
Joseph Dizon Holding Up The Goods
The 15 and Over Division was next to get down to business. Taking cue from the
young guns they knew they had to step it up. Soon enough man sized tricks were
dropping throughout the park: front blunt to shuv out, a casper flip down the
double, and a kick flip back blunt were part of the mayhem being put on display.
Once all the scores were tallied Scott Borkowski came out on top with Steve
Livingston and Pat LaFlamme in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Front Nose Blunt
The Double Set
Pat LaFlamme's Heel Flick Back Blunt
The Free BBQ!
Just before the curtain was closed there was the final performance: The Open
Division. The crowd gathered in anticipation, board barriers set, record buttons at
the ready… Hard flip front board, Bang! Nose manny up, across, and down with a
nollie heel out, Bang! Front 360 varial down the double, Bang! After the dust had
settled and scores lined up, hometown hero Mitch Barrette walked away with gold.
Nipping at his heels was Rylan Shaver 2nd and Ryan Racine 3rd. It was a spectacle
to behold, make sure to check out the video.
Dillon Fleming Airwalking
Ryan Racine's Big Flip!
Board Slide Through The Kink
Rylan Shaver Hard Flip Front Board
Mitch Barrette's Nose Manuel Over The River And Through The
Woods With A Nollie Heel Out!
We’d like to thank the City of Ottawa for hosting us at Legacy Skate Park. High fives
go to our esteemed judging panel: Sam Lind, Jason Hyland, and Nick Gauthier.
Huge thanks goes to all the support from the Volcom family: Matt, Chris, Flare, PL,
and Audrey. The best support yet! Corey and Top of the World was out supporting
the scene, appreciate help guys. Lastly, thanks to our tour sponsors who’ve been
kicking in all the extra stoke: