Volcom Stone’s Wild in the Park was back in full force after a 1 year hiatus, and this incredible comeback tour came to an explosive end at the Indonesian Championships in Jakarta. With a prize purse of more than Rp 10,000,000.00 along with 2 sick electric guitars and plenty of products from Volcom, it is no exaggeration to say the stakes were high.
After 3 qualifying rounds in 3 different cities, we had rounded up 40 of the top Indonesian skaters in the Open division (Pro Am) and 21 of the best in the Beginner’s division (17 & under). The scene of the action had to be at Jakarta’s only skate-park, the Greenpark in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII). On this day Indonesian skating could finally be appreciated for what it really is – a movement.
Bagus Alvito, this year’s 17 & Under contestant, a smooth board slide.
Pevi Permana, with a fakie ollie drop.
The rain beat us to the venue and most of us rocked up a little behind schedule, but as soon as all the contestants arrived we jumped into the practice sessions for both divisions. It’s the first time Volcom hosted an event at this park and we wanted to feel the lay of the land that we were to conquer.
Carlo Aulia from Bandung in the 17 & Under.
We kicked off the skate showdown of the year with the Beginner division, dividing all 21 skaters to 7 heat rounds. Dewa Oka, the winner from the Eastern regional brought his best and was killing it with insane tricks in every zone. Meanwhile, Carlo Aulia from Bandung decided to put on his own magic show and pulled out an endless bag of tricks, resulting in both these tricksters securing spots on the final stage.
After an hour (rain) shower break, the crowd settled themselves in their wet seats for the highlight of the entire tour – The Open Division. The skaters in this division are Indonesia’s best for a reason, and it was a no holds barred contest. Pevi Permana’s aerial show and intricate tricks got the audience amped, and he cruised his way into the final. Volcom Indonesia’s rider, Rino Herman was not to be outdone, and he dropped a few gems of his own including a hand plant and kick flip bs 50 on the ledge.
During our lunch break to match these skaters rockstar performances we had our rider, Norman Genta and his band Slave, pump some adrenalin out of the sound system. It clearly did the job because the finalists had a fire in their hearts that had just been stoked.
The final of the Beginner division was a pool of raw talent, but Bagus Alvito and Dewa Oka proved to be more refined in their lines and tricks and drew away from the pack. This time around Dewa Oka (Bali) was the stronger of the two, and walked away as the Indonesian 17 & under champion. The Bandung boys, Bagus Alvito and Carlo Aulia respectively scored 2nd and 3rd place, and Henrico (Central Java) walked away with the 4th place prize.
In the final of the Open division we had 8 of the best skaters and 1 remaining round to decide who would win title of the best skater in Indonesia. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to do the math on this one – it was simply EPIC. Reno Pratama (Jakarta) cruised on in and landed an ollie big heel in zone 1 and a big spin boardslide. Pevi Permana (Bandung) wasn’t impressed and did a fakie ollie drop along with a 360 aerial. But then Rino Herman rocked up and decided amateur hour was over, stealing the show with an insane kickflip nose slide down the rail and sealed it with a hardflip big drop that granted him the pass to walk away with 1st place and Rp 2,000,000.00 worth of Stone Age products for trick of the day. Reno Pratama (Jakarta) followed in 2nd place, Pevi Permana (Bandung) in 3rd place and lastly Indra Domdom (Bandung) in 4th place.
Timotius Firman’s take for national tv coverage, Global TV Clasers.
Beginner division (17 & Under):
1. Dewa Oka (Bali)-Rp. 1.500.000
2. Bagus Alvito (Bandung)-Rp. 1.000.000
3. Carlo Aulia (Bandung)-Rp. 750.000
4. Henrico (Jogja)-Volcom Products
Open division (Pro Am):
1. Rino Herman (Bali)-Rp. 4.000.000
2. Reno Pratama (Jakarta)-Rp. 2.000.000
3. Pevi Permana (Bandung)-Rp. 1.250.000
4. Indra “Domdom” (Bandung)-Volcom Products
Trick of the day by Volcom Stone Age Rp. 2.000.000 worth of products, Rino Herman (Hardflip big drop).
Thanks to the support from our friends and family below:
Timotius Firman (jA!)
Global TV (Clas Mild)
Provoke magazine (Windy)
Go Girl magazine
One shop (Indra-Bali)