Norway took it all at the 2014 Volcom European Wild In The Parks Championships in Sevilla!
Gard Hvaara, Øyvind Svensen and Oscar Hjellegjerde are the 2014 European Wild In The Parks Champions!
Some rainy weather was forecasted on the day of the event, which is very unusual for Sevilla, and forced organizers to change location. The original outdoor skatepark of Plaza de Armas is perfectly located downtown Sevilla, just next to the river, fun to ride, great to chill and watch the action but was soaked in the middle of the afternoon. Luckily, an indoor skatepark, the « Wild House », opened just a few weeks ago and lent us their facility for the event.
Burn set up a perfect « Parilla » with various tasty specialties to grill and gave away free drinks all day, and a great audience came from the city to witness the action.
With little practice at the place, competitors managed to destroy the park.
The 14 and under division saw all kinds of tricks and slams, with a bunch of competitors under 10 years of age!
Markus Heimdal from Norway was the first one to attack the double kink round rail with a boardslide and a feeble grind, showing everyone how it’s done and finished up 5th. Frenchman Romain Dubourg skated fast and locked some good tricks on all spots, earning a 4th place result, while his buddy Hugo Rauch gave it all with cramped legs and finished 3rd.
Then Daniel « B » Pedersen put on a show with bigflips, cab flips all over the place, with a solid style and took the second place. He got cut from the win by his Norwegian fellah Oscar Hjellegjerde and bs flip attacks… Congrats to all.
15-21 years old division followed up, this division always showcases very different skateboarding styles and approaches and is always a banger.
From Stefan Forster from Austria reckless full speed approach to Slovenian Jakob Vilhar lipsliding the double kink on shorts and Fernando Andres tech ledge skating, the audience saw it all, and cheered for every make.
Fernando took the 5th place landing tons of ledge bangers and cruising during the finals, while anotherNorwegian, Johannes Sundby took the 4th place.
Frenchmen did great also in this division with Robin Fournier and Anthony Renaud taking respectively the 3rd and 2nd place. But Øyvind Svensen was untouchable landing everything and took home the trophy, the bigger check and a Spanish guitar on top of all his prizes.
Then the level went up with the Open division with some serious hammers landed all over the place.
Needed to be mentioned are Alex Schultz from Germany that has a massive bag of tricks and a great flow, UK’s Charlie Birch with his sweet bs smithgrinds, Giorgio Zavos coming all the way from Greece and Cristian Calderon’s pop. But local ripper Carlos Neira was showing everyone what skating fast means, destroying every corner of « his » park and nailed the 5th place together with the JART « heavy metal » prize (a Motorhead, Slayer and Judas Priest boards pack).
Christopher Khan, all the way from Slovenia feebled to fs feeble the double kink to take 4th place, Jonathan Jean-Philippe from Paris took the 3rd place getting tech on those rails and ledges and took the 3rd place. 2012 Champion, Germany’s Octavio Trindade went nuts with some hardflips bs lipslides and double flips bs lipslides but got only the second spot, letting the first place for the second time go to Gard Hvaara, MVP of the whole day landing bangers on demand, (still don’t understand how he does those kickflips late shuvits)!
After the prize giving and some gnarly product toss, everyone moved to the Plaza de Armas for some refreshments and a best trick session on the rail and stair section with cash and skateboards for good tricks.
Little Finnian Martin from UK is only 9 years old and took some serious slams after opening the rail with a boardslide fakie, he got smashed firecracking the stairs.
Anthony Renaud had plenty of tricks on offer and got some extra pocket money.
Marco Castellano was onfire and got crooked to fiveo on the rail but couldn’t get the nollie flip crooked on the hubba.
JJP destroyed the rail and got a hellflip fs lipslide for some extra cash!
Then Gard Hvaara who wasn’t tired of the afternoon and put on a show : Sombrero treflip, early grab late shove it, switch fs flip, switch treflip etc etc…
It was another good onewrapping up the 2014 WITP European season.
Coming up next are the adventures of Gard and Oscar in the USA at the global WITP Champs at the Volcom private skatepark.
Big thanks to everyone who helped out for this event, Jart skateboards, Burn, Skatepark Wild House Sevilla, Volcom Spain, Sevilla skate club, Edu for the video, Dani for the photos, Kevin, Jeremie and Roberto for judging.
And also to those who help make the Volcom Wild In The Parks events so special from Volcom distributors and reps to the skaters and their parents!
See you next year.
1st Gard Hvaara (Norway) 1100€
2nd Octavio Trindade (Germany) 700€
3rd Jonathan Jean-Philippe (France) 500€
4th Christopher Khan (Slovenia) 400€
5th Carlos Neira (Spain) 300€
1st Øyvind Svensen (Norway) 600€
2nd Anthony Renaud (France) 400€
3rd Robin Fournier (France) 300€
4th Johannes Sundby Aukan (Norway) 250€
5th Fernando Andres (Spain) 200€
14 and under division:
1st Oskar Hjellegjerde (Norway) 600€
2nd Daniel Pedersen (Norway) 400€
3rd Hugo Rauch (France) 300€
4th Romain Dubourg (France) 250€
5th Markus Heimdal (Norway) 200€