The Dew Action Sports Tour’s PlayStationÂ® Trick of the Year voting is underway. Fans can log on to www.dewactionsportstour.com and vote for their favorite trick this season.
Fans selected PlayStationÂ® Trick of the Week winners after each Tour stop. Those athletes are the nominees for PlayStationÂ® Trick of the Year.
Scotty Cranmer - Panasonic Open, Turndown Frontflip in BMX Park Finals
Mike Laird - Right Guard Open Double Tailwhip 360 in BMX Park Finals
Ryan Guettler - Vans Invitational, Front Flip in BMX Dirt Finals
Ryan Guettler - Toyota Challenge, Front Flip in BMX Dirt Finals
Polls are open until 5:00 PM EDT Sunday, October 16th. The athlete with the most votes will win $10,000.
Quotes from the Press Conference at the TD Waterhouse Centre Wednesday, October 12, 2005:
RYAN GUETTLER â€œIt’s just a great feeling. I came into the Dew Tour hoping to maybe win one event the whole season and to come out and win the first one was a career highlight. I was hoping to just ride with guys like Ryan Nyquist and Dave Mirra, who I looked up to growing up. I didn’t think I had a chance of winning one event and now I have a chance to win the year-end title in two different competitions and the Trick of the Year that fans at home can vote for me, it’s a dream come true. This has been the best year of my life and the finals are right here this weekend.â€?â€œI think [Australians] looked up to the American riders so much growing up and we never saw them crash on television, so we thought we needed to be extremely consistent in our tricks. When we came over here it wasn’t really the case at all, they were just like us, falling all the time and we were able to stay a bit more consistent because that’s what we thought you had to do to succeed.â€?DAVE MIRRA
On being a role model for younger riders: â€œI think that I am in a pretty cool situation right now. I used to look up to the riders who were a generation before me and now to have riders like Ryan [Guettler] and other new school guys who are at a much higher level then I was at their age, learning from me. It is a real honor.â€?When will the progression of action sports stop? â€œIt will never happen. These sports will continue to progress, that is how these sports are designed. There’s no limit and that’s the coolest part.â€?â€œToday there is a lot of talent out there, but it will be the person with the most heart who will make it. Talent will get you so far but heart will be the deciding factor.â€?
Five of Six Champions still to be Decided, Million-Dollar Bonus Pool Up for Grabs at the PlayStationÂ® Pro
The Dew Action Sports Tour, the first-ever, season-long professional multi-sport tour in action sports, begins four days of competition on Oct. 13 at the Tour’s final stop, the PlayStationÂ® Pro, at TD Waterhouse Centre. 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 prize purse in action sports.
Winners in the six combined disciplines of skateboarding, BMX, and freestyle motocross will each be awarded with the first-ever Dew Cup, $75,000 in bonus money, and a brand new 2006 Toyota Tacoma truck at the PlayStationÂ® Pro. The Athlete of the Year, granted to the athlete with the single highest point total over five tour stop events, will also be determined at the PlayStationÂ® Pro. Bucky Lasek (Skateboard Vert), Jamie Bestwick (BMX Vert), Ryan Guettler (BMX Dirt and Park), and Jeremy Stenberg (Freestyle Motocross) all currently lead the points standings in their respective disciplines. Ryan Sheckler has clinched the title in Skateboard Park.
Fans at the fourth stop on the Tour, the Toyota Challenge, in San Jose Sept. 8-11, witnessed some of the most heralded 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 Toyota Challenge include:
In the Tour’s tightest points race, East Providence, R.I.’s Kevin Robinson, 34, trails Jamie Bestwick, 34, of Nottingham, England, by five points in the BMX Vert points standings. Chad Kagy, 26, of Gilroy, Calif. is in third place with 248 points. BMX icon Dave Mirra, 31, of Greenville, N.C., is currently fourth, with 223 points. Bestwick has won the last three Dew Action Sports Tour BMX Vert competitions.
Ryan Guettler, 22, of Brisbane, AUS, earned his third consecutive victory in BMX Dirt at the Toyota Challenge, coming back from a fall during a practice run to win the competition. Fellow Australians Corey Bohan, 23, and Cameron White, 21, sit in second and third place respectively in the BMX Dirt points standings.
Australia’s Ryan Guettler also sits atop the standings in BMX Park with 312 points. Scotty Cranmer, 18, of Jackson, N.J., sits in second with 254 points, while Ryan Nyquist, 26, of Los Gatos, Calif., is in third with 226 points.
The PlayStationÂ® Pro will also host a best trick specialty competition in BMX Vert. The top 20 athletes from the Dew Action Sports Tour’s BMX Vert points standings are eligible to compete in the Best Trick event, including BMX competitors Jamie Bestwick, Kevin Robinson, and Dave Mirra. Mirra/Guettler photos by Dew AST