Dew Action Sports Tour Announces Qualification Criteria For Inaugural 2005 Season
Dave Mirra, Jamie Bestwick, Chad Kagy, Ryan Nyquist and TJ Lavin Among Pre-Qualified Tour Athletes
NEW YORK - February 17, 2005 - The Dew Action Sports Tour, the first-ever, season-long professional multi-sport tour in action sports, has released its qualification criteria and pre-qualified athletes. The announcement was made today by Wade Martin, General Manager, Dew Action Sports Tour.
The 2005 Dew Action Sports Tour will feature competitions in BMX Dirt, Park and Vert. Athletes may qualify for the Panasonic Open and Right Guard Open, the Tour's first two events, in one of four ways:
-Pre-qualification based on results of top action sports competitions in the past year
-Open-qualifying competitions on-site at the two events, open to professional athletes in each sport
-Two to three wild card spots per discipline, to be filled at the discretion of Tour management
-Results from the Panasonic Open (applicable to the Right Guard Open only)
After the first two Tour stops, current Dew Action Sports Tour rankings will determine the athlete field for the Vans(r) Invitational, Toyota Challenge and PlayStation(r) Pro. Wild card spots will be included at all Tour stops.
"The Dew Action Sports Tour's qualification system recognizes the accomplishments of the best-performing athletes over the last year, but still provides opportunities for other top athletes and new talent to gain entry through the open qualifier," said Wade Martin, General Manager, Dew Action Sports Tour. "The structure of the Tour has been designed to produce top athlete fields through a comprehensive qualifying process, while providing context and continuity through a cumulative points system and purse structure."
A cumulative points system will be used to rank athletes throughout the season. At the conclusion of each Tour stop, athletes will be awarded points that correspond to their final placing in each discipline, and will be ranked accordingly. During the inaugural season of the Dew Action Sports Tour, a total of $2.5 million will be awarded through the five events, making it the largest prize purse in action sports history. Every athlete, regardless of final standing, will earn prize money at each Tour stop. In addition, a $1 million bonus pool will be distributed, based on season-ending point standings, to the top 10 finishers in each discipline. Final point standings will also determine the recipients of the Dew Cup, which will be awarded to champions in the six combined disciplines within skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross.
The complete 2005 Dew Action Sports Tour schedule is as follows:
Louisville - Kentucky Expo Center
Right Guard Open
Denver - Pepsi Center
Portland - Rose Quarter
San Jose - HP Pavilion
Orlando - TD Waterhouse Centre