Irvine, CA - The American Freestyle Motocross Association ("AFMXA"), a governing collective of Freestyle Motocross riders and action sports industry leaders, announced details today for the 1st annual FMX Amateur Competition and professional Awards Ceremony, scheduled to take place at Pala Raceway and Casino in Pala, CA on November 7th, 2009.
"We have gathered the top professionals in Freestyle Motocross to kick off the first AFMXA Amateur Competition on the west coast, and recognize friends and inspirational figures in our industry at an Awards event," said Leah Steiger, Executive Director for the AFMXA. "In keeping with the mission of the Association, we are developing an amateur circuit to further the sport. The AFMXA Awards celebrates individuals who've given so much to build the sport and foster the growth of those who are next in line."
In order to qualify for the amateur competition, riders must be at least 14 years of age and submit video entries to www.afmxa.com. The top 10 selections will be chosen based on execution, style and innovation, and those riders will be invited to participate in the event. The judging panel is a "who's who" of the sport, including Nate Adams, Ronnie Faisst, Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg, Brian Deegan and Mike Mason, among others. A 1st, 2nd and 3rd place title will be presented, along with an award for "Best Whip."
A professional FMX demo will take place after the amateur competition, showcasing the talents of the athletes on the judging panel and fellow riders, including Taka Higashino, Todd Potter and more.
The AFMXA Awards Show will recognize top athletes and companies for their accomplishments, commitment to and influence on the sport. Award categories include Best Riding Part in a Video, Biggest Slam, Best Spread in a Magazine, Unsung Hero Award, Legends Award, Top 3 in the Amateur Event and more. In memory of fellow FMX gold medalist, Jeremy Lusk, there will also be a Lusk Legacy Rider of the Year award given to this year's most dedicated rider.
The AFMXA was organized in an effort to create a unified voice at all sanctioned and non-sanctioned freestyle motocross events, parks, facilities and demonstrations; and implement a safer environment for athletes. The Association encourages neck braces for riders; reports on standards for suitable weather conditions and proper ramp landings at events; assists with providing trained on-site and on-call medical assistance; and prepares safety policies and emergency response plans.
Founded in 2009, the AFMXA is a non-profit organization that represents the interests of America's Freestyle Motocross industry. A collective of professional, recreational, and corporate members, the AFMXA was launched to assist in more formally organizing the sport and continue supporting its growth and exposure. The Lusk Legacy Foundation, established to help improve overall safety in the sport, protect the livelihoods of riders and their families, and provide them with legal, medical and financial consultation and representation, has been named the official charitable organization for the AFMXA. Further information about our mission, events, membership and partners can be found online at www.afmxa.com.