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Wild In The Parks - San Sebastian, Puerto Rico 2014

Stop #2 of The Wild In The Parks pushed into the summer heat igniting San Sebastian Skatepark in Puerto Rico Saturday May 31, 2014.

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The Park Has A Little Something For Everyone

San Sebastian Skatepark is nestled into a brand new community center in the city of San Sebastian. The complex boasts things like a zip line, in-door basketball courts, tennis courts, and of course the brand new skatepark that takes center stage.  The skatepark contains a solid array of features that keep the skate rats coming back for more. Standout features include the 2 bowls, an A-frame rail, multiple ledges, and a gnarly 9-stair section to make your legs quiver. This park’s solid nature was sure to entice competitors from near and far to test their mental and physical fortitude. The time had now come to see who would accept the challenge and reign supreme.

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The 10 & Under And Girls Competitors Ready To Get The Day Going

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Grabs, Drop Ins, And High Fashion Setting The Tone

The 14 & Under Division grabbed their skates and gathered around our MC Fico handing out a couple high fives before these rippers started to stir the pot.  These young guns pulled out the heavy artillery with a massive fs 180 down the 9 set in zone 1, fs boardslides on the A-frame in zone 2, and a variety of combo variations in the tech section of zone 3. 11-year-old Jomar Ortiz-Garcia has been a long time WITP competitor working himself up the ranks throughout the years.  With the help of a little self prayer, Jomar boosted a perfect kickflip down the 9 set in zone 1 helping him to claim 1st place in the division.  Right behind him, 9-year-old Carlos “Goldo” Puigdollers popped his tricks like a man getting everyone’s attention as he took home 2nd place.  Yariel Caban kept up with the pack running through the obstacles and capturing the remaining spot in the top 3.  Everyone in the division was on fire and the crowd let them know they were stoked the entire way.

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9-Year-Old Carlos “Goldo” Puigdollers Popping A Fs 180 5X His Micro Size In Zone 1

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Getting A Tight Angle On This Front Board In Zone 2

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11-Year-Old Jomar Ortiz-Garcia Throws Down A Massive Kickflip In Zone 1

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Pedro Huck Rosa Lends A Helping Hand In Jomar's Celebration Of The Win

The 15 – 21 Division was next to put down a no holds barred performance. Things started nice and friendly with a display of technical tenacity on the A-frame rail in zone 2 and the ledges in zone 3.  We saw a solid bs tailside pop out, a bs feeble up to 50-50 combo on the A-Frame, and a bs 180 nosegrind to name a few hammers in these sections.  The boys then converged on the big section that includes the massive 9 set down rail…did we mention that this rail has an over hip high exit and a small kink at the end? This did not faze these guys as we saw a solid bag of tricks including a bs feeble on the rail, fs boardslide on the rail, and a heelflip down the set for those taking notes.  Ariel Rios had the goods and impressed the judges to get 1st, Steven Rodriguez kept things tight to take 2nd, and Hector Ortiz once again found himself on another WITP podium with a 3rd place finish.

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Jan Javier Velez Locked Into A Bs Crooked Grind And Rocking His Shades The Whole Time

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Sw 50-50 On A Skinny Round Bar Can Be Tricky, But Steven Rodriguez Has The Balance Of A Cat

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Aldo Velazquez Putting Down This Kickflip For The Crowd

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50 Giovanni's Pizza Pies Devoured In No Time Flat!

The Open Division was ready to strike the park and get the crowd roaring. The spectators on hand gathered around feverishly anticipating what was going to happen in front of their very eyes.  Without disappointment the Open constituents dominated the zones with speedy fs bluntslides across the ledges in zone 3, kickflip fs boardslids on the A-frame, and a ridiculous hardflip down the 9 stair that had people going bananas.   As time went on, Fito Dumeng pulled away from the pack ending his day with a fs feeble and fs bluntslide to fakie down the 9 rail to push his scores above the rest of the pack.  Jose Angel Colon cracked the top 3 with a solid performance that included a board breaking, but landed, fs salad down the rail for 2nd place.  Mike Alvarez came to show he knows the ins and outs of his hometown park by landing a very clean and impressive 360 flip down the 9 that contributed to his 3rd place position in the end.

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Angel Garcia With A Proper Poke On This Bs Smith In Zone 1

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Robert Lopez Was One Of The Few To Get Down With The Outside Ledge. Precision Fs Tailside

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Angel Ramirez Positioned Over A Nice Fs Bluntslide In Zone 2

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Johnerik Feliú Putting Down A Jaw Dropping Hardflip Down The Set In Zone 1

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In The Midst Of A Kickflip Fs Boardslide In Zone 2

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Jose "Chiqui" Colón Broke His Board On This Fs Salad Grind, But Still Road Away For Extra Glory

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Fito Dumeng Secured The Victory With A Hefty Fs Bluntslide To Fakie In Zone 1

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Rain Closed Out The Day, Lots And Lots Of Rain

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Until, Alexis Rivera Busted Out A Full Blown Pool Sesh That Had Everyone Stoked Again

Alexis Rivera also handed out a special "Alexis Award" that boasted a $300 Electric California Watch, a $100 Gift Card From The Room Board Shop, and a Volcom x Toy Machine LTD skate deck donated by his gracious sponsors.  Alexis is a true inspiration to the people of Puerto Rico and everyone in his community.

We would like to thank Luis "Chanita" Vientos and Danny Cabrero from San Sebastian Skatepark for all their diligent support of the WITP.  Thank you to our judges Alexis Rivera, Aron Gieger, and Gustavo Torres for watching the action and jotting down the scores.  Thanks to Manuel De Leon, CJ Padin, and Angel Lopez for spotting competitor numbers.  Props to the one and only Fico Rodz Dec for his skills on the microphone. Thanks to Pedro Huck Rosa, Alfred B. Ruiz Tomassini, José "Papingui" Rodríguez, and Emanuel Carril for the additional video and photo coverage.  Thanks for the assistance with the event Frank Guzman, Rodolfo Ramírez, Fabian Crespo, and Alyssa Amaro. Much love to our Vco family of Juan Ashton and José L. Caldero Fernández for all their additional support.  Last but not least, check out our awesome tour sponsors (listed below) for brands supporting the youth of skateboarding.

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Results:

14 & Under Division:
1st: Jomar Ortiz-Garcia
2nd: Carlos “Goldo” Puigdollers
3rd: Yariel Caban
4th: Luis Fernando
5th: Henoc Santiago
6th: Johnathan Santiago
7th: Xavier Carrion

15 & Over Division:
1st: Ariel Rios
2nd: Steven Rodriguez
3rd: Hector Ortiz
4th: Jan Javier Velez
5th: Angel Martinez
6th: Joshuel Bevilacqua
7th: Alexis Matos

Open Division:
1st: Fito Dumeng - $250
2nd: Jose Angel Colon - $150
3rd: Mike Alvarez - $100
4th: Angel Garcia
5th: Pedro Vilanueva
6th: Pedro Cruz
7th: Robert Lopez

Stand Out 10 & Under: Ryan William Herrera

Standout Lady: Vianez Morales

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The whole day I was just like, ‘please stay the same, please stay the same.’ Still light offshores, big, beautiful sunny barrels.” Kelly Slater (USA) had a tough heat against Chris Ward (USA), Gavin Beschen (HAW) and Yago Dora (BRA), but made it through to the fourth round in second place behind Wardo. The 11-time World Champion won the Volcom Pipe Pro in 2014 and is eager for another shot at victory in the primer conditions. Kelly Slater. photo: Tai VanDyke “This is easily the best Pipe of the year, right now, the last couple hours, it’s incredible,” said Slater. “There’s so many waves it’s hard to keep the adrenaline down and keep yourself calm. I actually got my first wave, which was a really good wave I think, but I was a little too deep and it sucked me back. When it really opened up I was kind of eating it already. And then I came up and watched Wardo get barreled on a really good one and then I got like three on the head… kind of smashed me around so I didn’t start the heat so good, but I had a couple backup waves. I wouldn’t consider those very good waves out there but I got the scores to make it through and I think we’re going to have really good conditions in the next couple days so nice to just have that chance.” Hawaiian charger Zeke Lau (HAW) nailed the only perfect 10 of the event for an epic Backdoor wave to keep the lead over Dimitri Ouvre (BLM). With a combined heat total of 16.07, Lau advanced into Round 3 along with Ouvre, while Gavin Gillette (HAW) and Ian Walsh (HAW) were left without the scores needed to progress. Ezekiel Lau. photo: Brian Bielmann “The ten felt great,” said Lau. “I knew I was only looking for a small score so I was kind of just looking for a little corner to tuck in and of course the biggest right comes, I was like ‘oh god,’ but it looked like a great wave so I just figured go for it. I pretty much just held on for dear life.” Jack Robinson (AUS), the teen who caused a sensation when he won the Pipe Invitational here in December, posted one of the highest heat totals of the day with a 9.00 and a 7.83. Robinson excels in conditions like these and has become a standout in big wave conditions along the North Shore. In a nail biter heat, Bruce Irons (HAW) jumped from third place to first with just forty seconds left on the clock. Sitting on the Backdoor side, Irons pulled into one of the biggest right-hand barrels of the day and navigated an exit as an explosion of cheers erupted from the beach crowd. With a 9.40 score, Irons secured the heat win and a slot into Round 4. Bruce Irons. photo: Lugo “The conditions are as good as it gets,” said the Kauai surfer. “It’s definitely probably one of the best days of winter. Lefts, rights, 8-10 feet offshore, what more do you want?” Contest organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:30am HST to determine if the Final day will take place. With more waves on the way, a Volcom Pipe Pro champion will likely be crowned by midday Tuesday or Wednesday. Results Shown in order of 1st through 4th. Surfers from Hawaii unless otherwise noted. Round of 64 – 1st and 2nd advance, 3rd=33rd place, 4th=49th place H1: Marco Giorgi (URY), Kiron Jabour, Keanu Asing, Joel Centeio H2: Koa Smith, Brent Dorrington (AUS), Derek Peters (USA), Patrick Gudauskas (USA) H3: Bruce Irons, Joan Duru (FRA), Mikey Bruneau, Billy Stairmand (NZL) H4: Torrey Meister, Griffin Colapinto (USA), Conner Coffin (USA), Granger Larsen H5: Ezekiel Lau, Dimitri Ouvre (BLM), Gavin Gillette, Ian Walsh H6: Jack Robinson (AUS), Nathan Yeomans (USA), Hank Gaskell, Jean Da Silva (BRA) H7: Sebastian Zietz, Takayuki Wakita, Carlos Munoz (CRI), Brian Toth H8: Chris Ward (USA), Kelly Slater, Gavin Beschen, Yago Dora (BRA) H9: John John Florence, Eala Stewart, Balaram Stack (USA), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) H10: Ian Gouveia (BRA), Hiroto Ohhara (JPN), Hizunome Bettero (BRA), Victor Bernardo (BRA) H11: Tom Whitaker (AUS), Soli Bailey (AUS), Yujiro Tsuji (JPN), Leandro Usuna (ARG) H12: Nic Von Rupp (PRT), Aritz Aranburu (ESP), Kai Mana Henry, Ricardo Christie (NZL) H13: Round of 96 – 1st and 2nd advance, 3rd=65th place, 4th=81st place H1: Marco Giorgi (URY), Derek Peters (USA), Cahill Bell-Warren (AUS), Kai Barger H2: Koa Smith, Kiron Jabour, Noa Mizuno, Kaito Ohashi (JPN) H3: Mikey Bruneau, Griffin Colapinto (USA), Mitchell Parkinson (AUS), Parker Coffin H4: Torrey Meister, Bruce Irons, Makuakai Rothman, Seth Moniz H5: Gavin Gillette, Jean Da Silva, (BRA), Chris Foster, Ohno Masatoshi (JPN) H6: Hank Gaskell, Dimitri Ouvre (BLM), Tim Reyes, Ian Gentil H7: Brian Toth, Chris Ward (USA), Luel Felipe (BRA), Gavin Sutherland H8: Yago Dora (BRA), Takayuki Wakita, Kaito Kino, Takumi Nakamura (JPN) H9: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Victor Bernardo (BRA), Benji Brand, Kona Oliveira H10: Ian Gouveia (BRA), Eala Stewart, Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF), Takumi Yasui (JPN) H11: Leandro Usuna (ARG), Kai Mana Henry, Joshua Moniz, Kaimana Jaquias H12: Nic Von Rupp (PRT), Yujiro Tsuji (JPN), Imaikalani deVault, Adrien Toyon H13: Makai McNamara, Billy Kemper, Kalani David, Koa Rothman H14: Olamana Eleogram, Kevin Sullivan, Kalani Chapman, Alex Smith H15: Mason Ho, Keoni Yan, Sunny Garcia, Myles Padaca H16: Lucas Silveira (BRA), Cory Arrambide (USA), Kekoa Cazimero, Allen Schuyler Check back on www.volcompipepro.com tomorrow morning for the next call! Balaram Stack. photo: Lugo
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Wipeout Heard 'Round The World - Tom Dosland
Tom Dosland survived the bail of the century at Jaws in Maui. The El Nino winter has brought swells of epic proportions to coasts around the world, and Jaws is getting hit hard. Tom Dosland was there to push the limits of surf, and the surf pushed back. Watch Red Bull's full interview with Tom above!