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Photos: 22-year-old skateboarder star Ryan Sheckler hosts at Wet Republic

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Ryan Sheckler hosts at Wet Republic at MGM Grand on Saturday, March 31, 2012.
Photo: Erik Kabik/ErikKabik.com

By Don Chareunsy

Imagine being 22 (again) and hosting a pool party in Las Vegas surrounded by bikini-clad beauties. Life was totally rough and exactly that for skateboarder star Ryan Sheckler, 22, as he hosted a party presented, appropriately, by Red Bull on Saturday afternoon at Wet Republic at MGM Grand.

The young prodigy turned pro athlete arrived at the Las Vegas dayspot with 10 pals shortly after 1 p.m. After settling in a VIP bungalow, the San Clemente, Calif., native and his entourage enjoyed lunch poolside. Sheckler became the center of attention when he took off his T-shirt, showing off his many tattoos and trim physique, and lounged by the private pools.

Fans flocked to his bungalow wanting to get up close and personal with the young heartthrob, and he greeted and chatted with his admirers and happily took photographs with his partying fans.

Ryan Sheckler Hosts at Wet Republic

Later in the afternoon, Sheckler signed a number of his own line of skateboard decks and passed them out to fans. He spent the rest of the afternoon mingling with the crowd, partying with friends and listening to house beats spun by resident DJ Gusto while soaking up the sun.

“30 Rock” star Katrina Bowden, accompanied by fiance Benjamin Jorgensen, hosted at Wet Republic on Friday. Thanks to Erik Kabik for his photo gallery.

Don Chareunsy is editor of VegasDeLuxe.com and arts and entertainment editor of LasVegasSun.com.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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