Ryan Sheckler, Jamie Bestwick and Bucky Lasek Look for Back-to-Back Titles
October 2006 - New York, N.Y - The Dew Action Sports Tour, the pro tour of action sports, makes the fifth and final tour stop of its second season with the PlayStation® Pro, October 12-15, at Orlando’s TD Waterhouse Centre. The five-city tour opened in Louisville in June and also included stops in Louisville, Denver, Portland and San Jose.
Skateboarders Ryan Sheckler and Bucky Lasek, FMX competitor Nate Adams, and BMX stars Jamie Bestwick and Scotty Cranmer are among the athletes who will be in Orlando to compete for the Dew Cup, awarded at season’s end to the athlete with the highest number of points in each of the six disciplines of skateboarding, BMX, and freestyle motocross.
All 150 of the athletes who will compete in the PlayStation® Pro qualified for the remainder of the season at the first two stops on the Tour, the Panasonic Open and Right Guard Open. Due to the depth of this year’s athlete talent, the Tour increased the finals field in all disciplines, allowing 12 athletes instead of 10 to advance to the finals. The Tour also increased the size of the Freestyle Motocross, BMX Park, BMX Dirt and Skateboard Park courses so athletes can perform bigger and better tricks.
The last stop of the Tour, the Toyota Challenge in San Jose, Calif., saw intense competition. Some highlights are below:
· Ryan Sheckler, 16, from San Clemente, Calif., increased his lead in the Skateboard Park season standings by winning back to back tour stops, the Vans® Invitational and Toyota Challenge. Greg Lutzka, 21, of Milwaukee, Wisc, placed second and jumped to sixth in the overall standings. Placing third was Jereme Rogers, 21, of Boston, Mass., who secured his second place position in the season standings. Third overall is 11 year old Nyjah Huston of Davis, Calif.
· In Skateboard Vert, perennial frontrunner Bucky Lasek, 33, of Baltimore, Md., claimed his first victory of the season and put himself in prime position to win back-to-back Dew Cups as he leads the Tour standings. Sandro Dias, 31, of Brazil, put on another impressive performance following his first victory on the Dew Action Sports Tour with a second place finish in San Jose. Dias sits in second in the standings. Bob Burnquist, 29, of Brazil placed third and sits in third overall in the season standings.
· 19 year old Scotty Cranmer of Jackson, NJ, reclaimed the overall lead in BMX Park following his second victory of the season at the Toyota Challenge. Ryan Nyquist, 27, of Los Gatos, Calif., placed second and Daniel Dhers, 21, of Venezuela remains close in points standings by placing third at the Toyota Challenge.
· 2005 dual Dew Cup winner, Ryan Guettler, 22, of Australia, won the BMX Dirt event and currently sits in fifth place overall in the season standings. Luke Parslow, 21, of Riverside, Calif., leads the season standings heading into the PlayStation® Pro with 288 points. He is trailed closely by Anthony Napolitan, 20, of Youngstown, OH, with 276 and Ryan Nyquist with 222 points.
· Jamie Bestwick, 35, of Great Britain, continues to dominate BMX Vert competition. He expanded his points lead with another win at the Toyota Challenge and is the frontrunner for Athlete of the Year honors with 375 total points. Placing second and currently in second place overall is Chad Kagy, 27, of Gilroy, Calif., with 280 points. Simon Tabron, 32, of Great Britain, placed third at the Toyota Challenge and is fourth in the overall standings, trailing Kevin Robinson, 34, of Providence, RI in third place with 244.
· Nate Adams, 22, of Glendale, Az., took the lead away from Travis Pastrana, 22, Annapolis, Md., to lead Freestyle Motocross competition after a win at the Toyota Challenge. Adams leads with 350 points, with Pastrana in second place at 275 and Mike Mason, 25, of Minden, NV in third with 187 points.
Fans can explore the Dew Action Sports Tour’s Festival Village every day of the event, which includes athlete autograph sessions, video gaming and interactive courses. The Verizon Wireless music stage will feature Ludacris on Friday, October 13 at 9:00 p.m.
Admission to all competitions, the Festival Village, and the Friday night concert featuring Ludacris is included in the ticket price to the Dew Action Sports Tour’s PlayStation® Pro. Friday through Sunday, daily adult and children tickets are $12 in advance or $14 at the door. Tickets to the PlayStation® Pro on Thursday, October 12 are $6 in advance or $8 the day of. A four-day pass to the PlayStation® Pro is $30 for adults and kids. Tickets available at all Ticketmaster Outlets, ticketmaster.com, charge by phone, and at the TD Waterhouse Centre Box Office. Please note that all tickets are subject to convenience and handling charges.
NBC will air the PlayStation® Pro on October 14 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. EDT and October 15 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. EDT. USA Network’s telecasts are from Midnight-1:00 a.m. on October 13 and Midnight-1:00 a.m. on October 14. A 2006 season highlight show will air on NBC on from 4:00- 6:00 p.m. on November 26. FUEL TV provides pre- and post-event coverage of the Dew Action Sports Tour with 30-minute previews and wrap-ups. Check www.fuel.tv for complete listings.
For the PlayStation® Pro schedule information and complete results and standings, fans can log on to www.dewactionsportstour.com. The Tour’s inaugural season champions in 2005 included Ryan Sheckler (Skateboard Park), Bucky Lasek (Skateboard Vert), Kenny Bartram (Freestyle Motocross), Jamie Bestwick (BMX Vert) and Ryan Guettler (BMX Park and BMX Dirt). Each Dew Cup winner received a portion of the $1 million year-end bonus and is competing this season.
The Dew Action Sports Tour schedule, events and locations are as follows:
DATE EVENT LOCATION
June 22-25 Panasonic Open Louisville, Ky. - Kentucky Expo Center
July 13-16 Right Guard Open Denver, Co. - Pepsi Center
Aug. 17-20 Vans® Invitational Portland, Ore. - Rose Quarter
Sept. 7-10 Toyota Challenge San Jose, Calif. - HP Pavilion
Oct. 12-15 PlayStation® Pro Orlando, Fla. - TD Waterhouse Centre
Owned by NBC Universal and Live Nation, the Dew Action Sports Tour debuted in June 2005, and consists of five major, multi-sport events with a cumulative points system, a $2.5 million competitive purse - the largest in action sports - and an additional $1 million bonus pool based upon year-end standings. NBC and USA Network combine for exclusive Dew Action Sports Tour coverage with the largest combined network and cable commitment in action sports. The Tour features skateboarding (park and vert), BMX (park, vert, and dirt) and freestyle motocross, and at season’s end, the Tour awards champions in the six disciplines with the Dew Cup. Key lifestyle elements at each Tour event’s festival village includes live cutting-edge music, video gaming, and interactive events.
Live Nation, formerly Clear Channel Entertainment, is an integral partner on the Dew Action Sports Tour, lending its considerable expertise in live event touring and promotion, including a wide range of off-channel assets including Clear Channel’s Radio, Outdoor and Music divisions.
The Dew Action Sports Tour returns all of its founding partners from year one, including Mountain Dew (tour title sponsor); and Panasonic, Right Guard Xtreme, Vans®, Toyota and PlayStation® (event title sponsors). Associate partners include MasterCard, Mongoose®, OXY® Acne Solutions, Peanut Chews®, Slim Jim and Verizon Wireless.
Ryan Sheckler, Jamie Bestwick and Bucky Lasek Look for Back-to-Back Titles