DEW ACTION SPORTS TOUR ARRIVES IN THE ROSE CITY WITH FOUR DAYS OF COMPETITION STARTING ON AUG. 18
Guettler and Bestwick, Among Athletes to Watch at the VansÂ® Invitational in Portland, Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore., AUG. 15, 2005, -The Dew Action Sports Tour, the first-ever, season-long professional multi-sport tour in action sports, begins four days of competition on Aug. 18 at the third stop of the Tour, the VansÂ® Invitational at the Rose Quarter. More than 150 of the top action sports athletes in the world will compete in skateboarding (vert and park), BMX (park, vert, and dirt), and freestyle motocross in pursuit of the Dew Cup and the largest competitive purse in action sports.
Competition at the second stop of the Tour, the Right Guard Open in Denver in early July, witnessed some of the most well known veterans in action sports battling it out against a bevy of talented newcomers for the top spots in the Tour’s standings. Highlights from the Right Guard Open include:
Â· Australia’s Ryan Guettler proved himself as one of the top athletes to watch when he became the first two-discipline winner on the Dew Action Sports Tour with victories in both BMX Park and Dirt. Guettler’s winning score in BMX Park was 93.75, besting Allan Cooke of Greenville, N.C., who stood at 89.75 and Rob Darden of Greenville, N.C., who earned a score of 88.75. Guettler came back in the BMX Dirt competition, the final event of the Right Guard Open, 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.
Â· Great Britain’s Jamie Bestwick recorded one of the highest scores in BMX Vert history while knocking heads with another Greenville, N.C. star, Dave Mirra. Mirra scored a 94.25 in his first run and Bestwick responded with a winning score of 96.00. Chad Kagy of Gilroy, Calif. was third at 92.75.
Guettler earned victories in BMX Park at the Tour’s first stop, the Panasonic Open, in Louisville, Ky. He leads his discipline with 200 points. Kevin Robinson tops the BMX Vert standings with 145 points; For schedule information and complete results and standings from both the Panasonic Open and Right Guard Open, fans can log on to www.dewactionsportstour.com
Portland will also host the finals of the Dew Action Sports Tour’s amateur series, the Free Flow Tour. Skateboard and BMX winners from Free Flow Tour events held around the country from May through August, will be flown to the VansÂ® Invitational to compete in the Free Flow Tour Finals. One overall champion will be crowned in each sport and will receive a wild-card entry into the final stop of the Dew Action Sports Tour, the PlayStationÂ® Pro in Orlando, where they will compete against the pros.
From opening until 9 p.m. every day, fans can explore the Dew Action Sports Tour’s Festival Village, showcasing lifestyle elements, video gaming and interactive courses. Three cutting edge bands will headline Festival Village’s music stage: on Thursday, Aug. 18, Cold with Smile Empty Soul will perform, and on Saturday, Aug. 20, Switchfoot will take to the stage. In addition to competitions in skateboarding, BMX, and freestyle motocross, the VansÂ® Invitational will also feature a Snowboard Rail Jam in the Lower Festival Village on Aug. 19, featuring 10 top male snowboarding athletes.
Daily tickets to the VansÂ® Invitational are $12 or $35 for a four-day pass.
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