AUSSIE RYAN GUETTLER HIGHLIGHTS DEW ACTION SPORTS TOUR'S RIGHT GUARD OPEN WITH BMX DIRT AND BMX PARK VICTORIES
DENVER, CO, JULY 10, -Australia's Ryan Guettler became the first two-discipline winner and Great Britain's Jamie Bestwick recorded one of the highest scores in BMX Vert history to cap off four days of competition at the Dew Action Sports Tour's Right Guard Open.
Guettler's remarkable weekend run began with a Friday night victory in the BMX Park competition with a winning score of 93.75. He bested Allan Cooke of Greenville, NC, who stood at 89.75 and Rob Darden [b/]of Greenville, NC, who earned a score of 88.75.
Guettler came back in the BMX Dirt competition, the final event of the four-day professional tour stop to score 94.88 points for the double victory. Fellow Aussie Cameron White was second at 90.50 and Chris Doyle of Pittsburgh, PA was third at 89.25.
Bestwick and another Greenville, NC star, Dave Mirra, knocked heads in BMX Vert. Mirra scored a 94.25 in his first run and Bestwick responded with a winning score of 96.00. Mirra experienced trouble with his handlebars in his second run and was unable to top Bestwick's winning score. Chad Kagy of Gilroy, CA was third at 92.75.
The Dew Action Sports Tour, featuring the biggest competitive purse in actions sports at $2.5 million plus a $1 million bonus pool, will head to Portland, Oregon, Aug. 18-21 for the Vans Invitational. The five-event season will conclude with stops in San Jose, CA (Sept. 8-11) and Orlando, FL (Oct. 13-16).
Flatland at the Oakley/Twenty jam, Cap Decouverte, France.
Probably not too many flatland riders had heard that there was a flatland contest at the Oakley/Twenty jam. This made for a low turn out but a cool session was had regardless with all riders present. The 30 minute session saw some good riding from team rider Alexis Desolneux as well as Twenty-Celeste rider Max. The location was actually quite nice with a huge roof hanging over a spacious asphalt field that can be used to play handball and basketball among other sports. The DJ and MC hyped up the crowd of 15 people. Alexis and Max tied for the win with Joakim in third and a girl in 4th but noone seemed to worry about the results. The session was fun, that's all that mattered.
Dave Mirra Takes Home ESPY for Best Male Action Sports Athlete of the Year 07-15-05 Los Angeles, CA - July 13, 2005 - BMX star Dave Mirra took home the ESPY for Best Male Action Sports Athlete of the Year defeating a host of other deserving candidates. In a star-studded room full of celebrities and sports legends, Dave Mirra's name was heard echoing through the air as the recipient of this year's ESPY for the Best Male Action Sports Athlete of the year. With 18 X Games medals, 13 of which are gold, Dave is the most decorated X Games athlete of all time. Having competed in every X Games to date, Dave has swept his two premier events, the BMX Vert and Park competitions four times.
Oakley/Twenty jam Cap Decouverte, France.
It rained quite a bit on Saturday, the first day of the Oakley/Twenty jam near Carmaux, France. In the evening it dried up so the Oakley Best Trick contest could take place. With one award on the line the riders took to the concrete park and used some of the surrounding street ramps that were set up for the occasion. The complete Twenty team was on hand and Oakley flew in Sergio Layos. The session was mellow and the riding was great. The lights lit up the park very well and in the end it was Dimitri Ivanov who won with a no-hander to barspin in the deep end of the park.
RYAN GUETTLER WINS BMX PARK COMPETITION AT THE DEW ACTION SPORTS TOUR'S RIGHT GUARD OPEN; SOLIDIFIES HIS NUMBER ONE SPOT IN THE DEW CUP POINTS STANDINGS
July 8, 2005 - Denver, CO - Ryan Guettler, 21, from Brisbane, AUS, wowed the crowd at the Pepsi Center Friday evening with a flawless run during BMX park finals. Guettler executed some of the most technical tricks BMX has ever seen and nailed them to perfection.
Guettler completed two astounding runs and was in first place after his first run. He sealed his lead as he improved upon his own leading score. The trick that cemented his win was a perfect front flip 720 across the box jump backwards.
"This (victory) proves to everyone who thought my win in Louisville was a fluke," said Guettler. "Everyone's been much more hungry for this Tour than other events. Since I was hurt just last week, I came into this contest just wanting to chill out, but I was so motivated to continue what I had achieved at the first event."
The 2nd stop of the Dew Action Sports Tour was last Friday in Denver, CO. Scotty Cranmer rode great in practice and great for 58 seconds of his 60 second qualifier run (ended up qualifying 2nd). He smacked his head pretty hard on his last trick of the qualifier, 60 seconds at Denver elevation can make you a little tired. He got checked out by the medics and was cleared to ride the final a few hours later that night. In his 2nd run of the finals he went for the flip double whip and came really close to pulling it, really close. He really wanted to pull it and went for it again, this time hitting his head again, knocking out a tooth and earning himself a ride to the hospital. Scotty rode in the ambulance and beat us there, when they were checking him in he was acting so goofy they thought he was drunk and gave him a breathalyzer test... Outcome was a broken tooth, scrapped up face and a concussion.
The Mellowpark is one amazing place and the perfect location for the Rebel Jam. Andy Zeiss and Mike Emde worked together with the Mellowpark crew to pull off their first Rebel Jam. After doing a strong promotion campaign of print advertising, setting up a killer website, printing plenty of leaflets, making buttons, and spreading the word at numerous events, one would expect a huge turn out in both the riders field and spectators. Although there were enough quality riders and enough spectators, the Mellow park wasn't as packed as you would think afer such a strong promotion. This makes you think what needs to be done to get the people there. Are there too many contests that people simply pick their closest event to go to? With the World's in Prague, the Snickers Bowl in Donington, the LG comp in Munich, the BMX Masters in Cologne and the LG contest in Paris going on in June prior to the Rebel Jam, you might think that it was a bit contest overflow for some. But when do you have the chance to see riders like Ryan Guettler, Van Homan, Ruben Alcantara, Dave Osato, Sergio Layos, Dustin Guenther, Clint Millar, Kye Forte, Axel Juergens, Hannuh Cools and more ride together in a relaxed atmosphere?
Rebel Jam Dirt
The normal dirt set-up usually consists of a few big sets with a big roll in. Not at the Rebel Jam. The permanent trails offered more than one line from the steep wooden starting hill. The rain on Friday made it sketchy if the dirt event could be run, but already on Saturday night people were flowing through the sections after the sun came out and the clay trails had dried up. The event was moved to Sunday regardless with amateur and pro qualifying and finals. Most amateurs chose the right line which started with a hip to the left and was followed by at least 7 doubles. Transfer lines were possible but most ams stayed on the straight line to the back. In pro this was a different story, especially when Hans Friedrich got to work. The Mellow Park employee had the lines down and went from the middle line all the way to the right and back through alleys that were barely visible. Hans won the creative award by multiple points and was stoked.
Miniramp contest Rebel Jam Berlin, Germany.
Before the contest took place at the MellowPark, the kink got taken out of the ramp. This helped with the riding both in amateur and pro class. The ams had an important contest ahead of them with a free trip to the USA up for grabs including a week stay at Woodward Camp. This is every rider's dream that entered the mini contest and althought the contest happened on Saturday, the results weren't announced until Sunday afternoon. I bet non of the riders slept well on Saturday.
Paul Roberts is the voice of BMX. His passion has brought him where he is today. And he's everywhere. Paul knows BMX, Paul is BMX and having an MC at the contests that is that into it is a good thing to have. MC-ing is a tough job. It usually means you have no voice left at the end of the weekend. You need to make the crowd get into it. You can try that by acting like a "koekwaus" but Paul doesn't need to put bunny ears on his head and change closes three times a day to entertain the crowd. It's the voice that matters and when Grotbags is on the mic when you arrive at a contest, consider yourself lucky because he's the man for the job.How many everts do you do a year and which ones?
Paul Roberts: I try to do all the ones that I didn't get fired from last year. I really do whatever I'm asked. I always do Ian Morris' contests, Jay Miron's Metro jams and last year somebody was foolish enough to let me do the big American comps suchs as the X-Games, the Gravity Games, Triple Crowns, it was nice. It means that I don't really need to get a real job.