Irvine, CA - The American Freestyle Motocross Association ("AFMXA"), a governing collective of Freestyle Motocross riders and action sports industry leaders, today announced the nominees for the 2009 AFMXA Awards presented by FUEL TV, taking place at Pala Raceway and Casino in Pala, CA on November 7th. Established to recognize top athletes and companies for their accomplishments, commitment to and influence on the sport, the AFMXA sent out award ballots to over 40 professional FMX riders, and a winner in each category will be determined by highest number of votes. An all-access show will air on FUEL TV on December 28th at 8pm ET/5pm PT, and again at 11pm ET/8pm PT, in FUEL TV's "Meet & Brotatoes" programming block. Show coverage will also be featured on FUEL TV's web site (www.fuel.tv) in HD quality, and on the Association's site (www.afmxa.com) immediately following the broadcast.
Hosted by Metal Mulisha team rider and X Games Gold medalist, Todd Potter, and FUEL TV's Pat Parnell from "The Daily Habit," the AFMXA Awards will bring some of the biggest names in action sports together in one room to celebrate freestyle motocross and its talent. With a variety of categories, including Best Spread in a Magazine and Biggest Slam, this year's most dedicated rider will be recognized with the Lusk Legacy Rider of the Yearaward, in memory of fellow FMX gold medalist, Jeremy Lusk.
The 2009 AFMXA Awards nominees are:
1. Best Part in a Video: Jeremy Lusk - On the Pipe 5; Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg - Hood Rich; Mike Mason - On the Pipe 5
2. Biggest Slam: Beau Bamberg; Cameron Sinclair; Takayuki Higoshino
3. Best Spread In a Magazine: Blake Williams; Jeremy Lusk; Todd Potter
4. New Blood: Jackson Strong; Lance Coury; Levi Sherwood
5. Mucho Cohones: Cameron Sinclair; Robbie Maddison; Travis Pastrana
6. Unsung Hero: Dane Heron; Dr. Gus Gialamas; Lizz Leach
7. Legends Award: Brian Deegan; Mike Metzger; Travis Pastrana
8. Lusk Legacy Rider of the Year: Blake Williams; Jeremy Stenberg; Nate Adams
The 1st annual AFMXA Amateur Competition is scheduled to take place earlier the same day,and is shaping up to be filled with great young potential from around the world. Riders from Japan, Mexico, Canada and across U.S. are registered to compete. In order to qualify, riders must be at least 14 years of age and submit video entries to www.afmxa.com. The deadline for submissions was October 20th, and. the top 10 selections chosen for best execution, style and innovation will be invited to compete in the event. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place titles will be decided by a judging panel that includes Brian Deegan, Ronnie Faisst, Jeremy Stenberg, Mike Mason and Nate Adams, among others.
To check out clips and photos from the events and see what the AFMXA is all about, go to www.afmxa.com.