Wild In The Parks - Hazard County Skatepark, GA 2014

Stop #8 of Volcom Stone’s Wild In The Parks stormed into the dirty south at Hazard County Skatepark in McDonough, GA on Saturday August 9, 2014

It has been a few years since the WITP tour has had the pleasure of hosting a stop at Hazard County Skatepark located just outside of the ATL metropolitan area. If you are familiar with this region, you know that Georgia boasts some of the rawest skate culture that exists on the planet. These guys know what lies at the core of skateboarding and its importance to the future of what we love to do. They take this passion and translate that straight back into their local scene through hard work and dedication. Their relentless efforts showed as hungry competitors greeted us at the skatepark over an hour before registration even began. Registration lines grew quickly and competitors pressed up to the door waiting for their chance to enter. Just after 10am riders were released into HCSP with nonstop action proceeding from that point on.

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The Lines At Registration Formed Early As The Bib Numbers And Free T-Shirts Were Handed Out

The 14 & Under Division was now set to take over after a quick contest meeting breaking down the format.  After a few minutes, these young rippers settled into a rotation to blast through everything in sight.  We saw a double kickflip down the stairs in zone 2, a high speed fs smith grind on the long flat bar in zone 1, and a perfect fs feeble on the tall flat cart corral rail in zone 3 that made fellow competitors bang their boards on the coping in appreciation.  Grant Stavas put together a memorable performance with tricks like his impossible down the stairs in zone 2, a bs feeble to bs lipslide combo on the flat rail in zone 1, and a fs boardslide kickflip out on the flat rail in zone 3 that secured his 1st place podium position.  Lachlan Yarbrough was narrowly behind with his rendition of a kickflip bs 50-50 fs 180 out on the ledge in zone 1, a sw fs bigspin down the set in zone 2, and a clean bs lipslide on the tall flat rail in zone 3 for 2nd place.  Daniel Reid kept his name in the top 3 with a bs 180 nosegrind on the hubba in zone 1, a fs 180 nosegrind on the hubba in zone 2, and a bs bluntslide on the tall rail in zone 3 for a solid 3rd place finish.

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11-Year-Old Landon Brown Is Not Afraid To Send It To Flat With This Crail Grab

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Lachlan Yarbrough Had The Bright Idea Of Pulling This Sw Fs Big Spin Down The Set In Zone 2

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Grant Stavas Sets Up For A Perfect Kickflip Out Of A Fs Boardslide On The Lower Cart Corral Rail In Zone 3

The 15 - 21 Division was now primed and ready to go the extra mile.  Competitors definitely had to show up in this division based on the fact that over 70+ of their peers were gunning for the top spots along side of them.  Quick off the draw we witnessed to a sw fs kickflip over the hubba ledge in zone 2, a smith grind kickflip out on the ledge over the pyramid in zone 1, and an incredible fs boardslide on the big rail in zone 3 perking up the eyes of everyone in attendance.  Nick Lee had his own “pit crew” of water and towel management pushing him throughout his heats.  They pumped him up for a winning effort as he landed a bs kickflip over the hubba in zone 2, a fs boardslide 180 to lipslide combo on the flat ledge in zone 1, and a huge bs crooked grind down the loading dock rail in zone 3. Andre Tarasov kept things a little less traditional with tricks like his nose grab finger flip and a fast plant impossible that helped him into 2nd place overall.  Jeremy Turner traveled from Raleigh, NC to put down a stand out fs feeble down the big loading dock rail in zone 3 that helped him into the remaining 3rd place position in this highly contested division.

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Jeremy Turner Turned Up The Awesome With This Fs Feeble Grind Down The Big Rail In Zone 3

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Andrey Tarasov Looks To Be Doing A Standard Kickflip Down The Set...Survey Says, Half Kickflip To Late Half Flip Back In Zone 2

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Savannah Miller Is A True Killer On A Skateboard As She Pulles A Boardslide Pop Over Here In Zone 3

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Nick Lee Locked Into A Bs Tailslide In Zone 1

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Hazard County's Jonah Owings Pulls Off A Proper BBQ Session For The South

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The 10 & Under Competitors Showing Their Skateboard Skills During Lunch

The Open/Am Division took over like the crafty veterans they are and completely shut down the park.  These guys know where to find the speed, pop, or push to get through any trick that comes to mind.  We saw an incredible gap from the pyramid to bs 5-0 grind down the stair set hubba in zone 2, a kickflip over the long pyramid in zone 1, and a ridiculous bs tailslide down the big loading dock rail in zone 3 that melted faces.  John Pankus came in hot from South Carolina to land almost every trick that he tried right away and over the bolts.  He landed a bs 180 sw 50-50 fake ollie out in zone 1, a nollie bs kickflip down the stairs in zone 2, and a bs lipslide on the big rail in zone 3 to name a few that landed him in 1st place.  Long time competitor and true gentleman Michael Manion also had the juices flowing.  He landed a lipslide 5-0 fs 180 out combo on the flat ledge in zone 1, a 360 kickflip down the set in zone 2, and a contest ending fs noseblunt on the big zone 3 rail that sent him into 2nd place.  Dalton Oklesson had the eye of the tiger with a smirk on his face throughout the day.  He had good reason to feel good as he landed a bs 50-50 360 flip out in zone 1, a ollie body varial over the hubba ledge in zone 2, and a massive bs kickflip to flat from the box ledge in zone 3 that capped off his 3rd place overall finish.

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Solid Extension On This Fs 180 No Comply In Zone 2

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Malik Jordan With A Bs Bluntslide 270 Shuv-It Out In Zone 1

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Gage Gum Proved He Could Bs Tail This Monster Rail Within 3 Tries And Win The $100 Rev'd Skater Award

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Dalton Oklesson 360 Flipped Out Of 50-50 From The Box To Flat In Zone 1

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Greyson Beal Sucks Up His Legs And Reaches Back To Catch This Insane Hardflip Over The Hubba In Zone 2

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Michael Manion Shut Down The Day With This Mega Nose Blunt In Zone 3

We would like to say thank you to Jonah Owings, Kline Cable, and everyone at Hazard County Skatepark for having us back for another awesome WITP.  Thanks to our judging panel of Graham Bickerstaff, Graem Kinsella, and Jordan Smith for holding it down all day on the score sheets.  Thank you to Granger Clark for taking care of all the A-Z business throughout the day.  Thanks to Thomas Taylor, Kurt, and everyone at Stratosphere Skateboards for hosting the team throughout our time in ATL.  Also, check out our gracious tour sponsors listed below for brands supporting this skateboarding tour.

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Results:

14 & Under Division:
1st: Grant Stavas
2nd: Lachlan Yarbrough
3rd: Daniel Reid
4th: Landon Brown
5th: Nate Paugh
6th: Mario Gambaccini
7th: Yosef Bubes

15 – 21 Division:
1st: Nick Lee
2nd: Andrey Tarasov
3rd: Jeremy Turner
4th: Racy Corbett
5th: LeNeal Toney
6th: Justin Weisel
7th: James Burton
7th: Savannah Miller

Open/AM Division:
1st:  John Pankus - $250
2nd: Michael Manion - $150
3rd:  Dalton Oklesson - $100
4th: Gage Gum
5th: Nico Havard
6th: Greyson Beal
7th: Malik Jordan

Rev’d Skater Award: Gage Gum - $100

Stand Out Lady: Savannah Miller

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