Wild In The Parks
by Harry Stephenson
Volcom is about to kick off their 2015 amateur skate contest series, Wild in the Parks, with the help of their new partners, The Berrics and The Skateboard Mag. The first competition is set for this Saturday, May 23rd, at the Volcom Headquarters skatepark in Costa Mesa, CA.
The annual tour, now in its 13th iteration, is set to make 12 stops in eight states and three different countries (U.S.A., Canada, Argentina), with events occurring about every two weeks from now till the Championships October.
Wild in the Parks is designed to find the most talented amateur skaters--regardless of age--around the country (and continent/world). Each event is structured with three age groups--14 and under, 15-21, and open/amateur. Skaters will vie for a $500 cash purse, and the top seven finishers in each group go on to compete for a $15K purse in the Championships at the Berrics in Los Angeles, CA.
Volcom has always been (as they put it) about “Youth Against Establishment,” and their summer skate contest series isn’t your average contest: it’s remarkable scope is completely at odds with its amatuer-skaters-only stipulation. The anti-establishment angle of a contest series like Wild in the Parks is that it gives skaters from every background an equal chance at the higher-stakes circuits.
Further, this event allows fans a different type of experience. Spectators are privy to a glimpse of up-and-coming skaters in a relaxed environment: in simpler terms, you get to see some great skaters while they’re still underground. No corporate sponsors, no media politics, no bullshit.
And you know what the best part about this tour is? It’s absolutely free: free to participate, free to watch. So if you’re near Costa Mesa this weekend be sure to get over to the Westside for the tour launch. If not, check out Volcom’s site for a complete list of tour dates to see if Wild in the Parks is coming to a skatepark near you.