ZY Official, Chaz Ortiz, stepped up big-time this past weekend at the AST Dew Tour Panasonic Open in Baltimore, MD. Chaz threw down some serious hammers in the skatepark final to knock off a slew of top pros on his way to a 3rd place finish behind Paul Rodriguez and Ryan Sheckler.

At only fourteen years of age, Chaz is technically an amateur, but he skates like a seasoned pro with nerves of steel and a deep bag of man-sized tricks on lock. And he’s definitely getting the respect of his peers as Sheckler stated after the contest, “P-Rod and Chaz are amazing and it feels great to share the day with these guys. I think Chaz has the potential to be the next ‘it’ skater. He has the attitude of a champion, he skates like a champion. I hope he has the most success out of skateboarding.”

As you’d expect, Chaz was super stoked on the day and enthusiastically exclaimed, “I’m skating with the best in the world right here on the Dew Tour, and I couldn’t ask for anything more. Paul’s one of my good friends… and it’s an honor to share a podium with him and Ryan. You have no idea how happy I am to be here.”

Check out a clip of Chaz shreddin’ the finals on the Dew Tour site. Next stop is the Right Guard Open in Cleveland, OH, from July 17th – 20th, and you can bet Chaz will once again be gunning for the top spot! Stay tuned…