2012 WILD IN THE PARKS STOP #8, CABO ROJO, PUERTO RICO 22/08/2012
The Puerto Rico Wild in the Parks took place at Cabo Rojo Skate Park for stop #8 of
the 2012 tour. The day of destruction: August 18, 2012!
This was round 2 for WITP and PR. After an amazing event last year we were excited
to see if Puerto Rico could step up the awesome. This year didn’t disappoint. A new
park with gnarly features, a huge frothing crowd, and Puerto Rico’s finest skate
talent was all part of the recipe for success. Sprinkles in the morning be damned, it
was time to get wild!
Cabo Rojo Skate Park
The 14 and Under Division were first to take to the park. With zero hesitation, these
pint-sized shredders were attaching all three contest zones: sending it down the 9
stair, blasting the pyramid, and greasing the ledge from end to end. The
showstopper was Rio Batán’s 50-50 to kick flip out on the massive zone 2 ledge.
Rio was awarded top honors for his effort with Hector Ortiz taking home 2nd place
and Brandom Rivera 3rd.
9 Stairs? No Problem.
Boning Out The Ollie
Rio Batán’s 50-50 Kickflip Out!
Also mixing it up with this bunch was our Lil’ Monkey Division (10 and Under). One
of the largest showings we’ve had so far on the tour. Also particularly inspiring was
the 2 young ladies Vianez Morales and Gamar Matienzo who were mixing it up with
the big boys. Excited to see what the future holds for this group, ripping no doubt.
Gamar Matienzo Charging!
Some Of The Lil' Monkeys (10 and Under Division) In Attendance
Next to take the stage was the 15 and Over Division. Taking their cue from the
young guns it was time to step it up. Getting techy with a heel flip boardslide,
lightning fast 50-50 front shuv out, and hard flips gone easy. The crowd lost
control when Jeremy Perez landed his tre flip down the 9 set SKIER style, focusing
his board but somehow riding away! Once the scores were tabulated Antonio
Malagón came out on top with Anthony Soto taking silver and Joshua Casiano 3rd, a
solid performance by the entire bunch.
Antonio Malagón's 50-50 Front Shuv Out
V-Heel For The Masses
Jeremy Perez's Treski Snap!
The Open division was set to the task of closing the day out. On top of that we
assigned zone 3 to the massive double set. This mammoth set is one of the largest
features we’ve used for WITP. With baited breath the crowd assembled in
anticipation. Ghetto bird on the pyramid- BANG! Kick back lip on the 9 rail- BANG!
Flawless tre flip down the double- BANG! The hammers were dropping and the
crowd was working itself into a frienzy but the deal was sealed when Robert Lopez
put down a front salad to back 180 out. This along with many a mind melting tricks
earned him the champion title for the day. Nipping at his heels was clean steaze
Yariel Melendez swaggering away with 2nd and Hector John Marti shut the contest
down with a beauty of a nollie heel, earning him 3rd.
Alexis Rivera's Cab Nose 270 Out
Back Tail By Manuel Claudio
Fresh Front Board
Wrong Way Frontside Flip By Johnerik Feliú
Hector Marti Shutting It Down!
Clean Kick Front Board By Yariel Melendez
Robert Lopez Stepping It Up!
Much thanks goes to our Volcom brethren Juan Ashton and Jose Caldero for
EVERYTHING. They had us dialed from start to finish and we are so grateful for all
the support. Big props goes out to the judges: Gustavo Torres, Arnaldo Rosario
Moll, and Aron Geiger. Thank you for sorting through the madness! A hip-hop hug
goes out to MC Fico Rodríguez for providing the commentary and freestyle flows.
Huck Rosa is a true champion for being an amazing host and also hooking up the
extra video angles. Check out Mundo Rad for all of their coverage of the
event. Lastly, big ups to our outside sponsors for kicking in the extra stoke: