The drinks would be on Chaz Ortiz tonight, but dude isn’t even old enough to drink. So Chaz can pop open some Martinelli’s instead, because not only did he place 1st at the 2008 AST Dew tour’s final stop, but he also won the overall points award… as a 14-year-old am. Damn. Following Chaz in the overall AST points is Paul Rodriguez (408) and Ryan Sheckler (387); as for the PlayStation Pro results, they’re below the photo…
1. Chaz Ortiz, Chicago, 92.75.
2. Paul Rodriguez, Tarzana, Calif., 91.25.
3. Greg Lutzka, Milwaukee, 86.75.
4. Timmy Knuth (A), Melbourne, Fla., 82.10.
5. Austen Seaholm, Anaheim, Calif., 79.60.
6. Carlos De Andrade, Brazil, 77.00 (the following did not qualify for six man jam session)
7. Chris Mendes, Moreno Valley, Calif., 79.50.
8. Rodolfo Ramos, Brazil, 78.75.
9. Danilo Do Rosario, Brazil, 78.75.
10. Ryan Sheckler, San Clemente, Calif., 78.00.
Chaz Ortiz Wins Skateboard Park, Adam Jones wins FMX, Dennis Enarson wins BMX Dirt, Pierre-Luc Gagnon Wins Skateboard Vert, Ryan Nyquist wins BMX park and Jamie Bestwick wins BMX vert at AST Dew Tour PlayStation Pro in Orlando
ORLANDO – Competing in his rookie season, fourteen-year old phenom Chaz Ortiz won the skateboard park event Saturday in the PlayStation Pro. The victory earned him the Dew Cup as the season’s point leader.
“I wasn’t expecting to win,” Ortiz said. “I came in here just wanting to have fun and I mean it all came together. To win it is ten times better.”
Ortiz took the lead after his first run and improved his score on his second. He advanced to the 7-minute jam session where he rarely fell while executing technical tricks on the rails, including a flip frontside boardslide kickflip. The Chicago native finished at 92.75.
Paul Rodriguez of Tarzana, Calif. was second at 91.25 and Milwaukee’s Greg Lutzka was third at 86.75. Three-time defending Dew Cup champion Ryan Sheckler finished 10th.
Earlier in the day, Adam Jones won the freestyle motocross event and was awarded the Dew Cup as the season’s point leader.
“I won a very big, very prestigious event and I also won a championship at the same time so I’m super pumped,” Jones said.
Jones, from Minden, Nev., took the lead in his first run and retained it throughout the event. He executed a stripper flip, a turntable and a KOD flip during the competition.
Australian Robbie Maddison was second at 93.10 and Jeremy Lusk, from San Diego, was third at 92.57.
The 24-year old Jones won two of the three events this season and said he was nervous heading into the final stop.
“I tried to tell myself I didn’t feel any pressure, but I felt a fair bit of pressure,” Jones said. “I didn’t sleep at all last night. I was tossing and turning all night.”
Dennis Enarson won the BMX dirt event and Pierre-Luc Gagnon won the skateboard vert event Saturday.
In BMX dirt, Enarson won the event for his first AST Dew Tour victory of the season and Cameron White earned his first Dew Cup as the season champion.
Enarson’s best two runs in the three-run finals included a backflip tailwhip, a 360 tuck no-hander, and a 360 double tailwhip. The 17-year-old from La Mesa, Calif. finished with a 93.33 point average.
Australian Corey Bohan was second at 93.17 and fellow countryman White was third at 93.09.
“I definitely wanted to get on the podium this year and it makes me a lot more excited to go out with a win,” Enarson said. “I just liked the jumps and it was a good day.”
Enarson’s last AST win in BMX dirt was at the Vans Invitational in Portland in August of 2007. The win in Orlando earned him third-place overall in season standings.
In skateboard vert, Gagnon’s victory earned him the Dew Cup as the season’s point leader.
Gagnon’s winning run included two 720’s for the first time in AST competition, four 540’s and numerous flip tricks and technical grabs. The 28-year-old from Canada finished at 96.00 points.
Andy Macdonald of Boston was second at 87.00 and Danny Mayer of Omaha, Neb. was third at 86.00.
“It feels amazing,” Gagnon said. “After my second run I knew I was in first and I had nothing to lose. I just went for it. I’ve been trying to pull this run all year. Finally I pulled it on my first run, tried it on my second, and had my dream run on the last one. That’s never happened.”
Ryan Nyquist won the BMX park competition Friday to end Daniel Dhers’ winning streak at four.
“I upset Daniel’s streak, but it’s competition, you know,” Nyquist said “I didn’t want to make the judges give it to him, but I kind of feel bad in the end from taking it from him.”
The 29-year-old Nyquist from Los Gatos, Calif. did a backflip over the spine, a 720 barspin over the long box jump and a huge 540 double barspin over the 10-ft. quarterpipe to score 95.00. Dhers of Venezuela was second at 93.33 and Austen Coleman of Los Angeles finished third at 92.67.
“I didn’t know what my score was going to be, but I knew that was pretty much everything I could possibly do,” Nyquist said.
Dhers, the final rider in the heat, was unable to overtake Nyquist after a minor stumble during his run but won his third straight Dew Cup as the season champion.
“Daniel is the force to be reckoned with,” Nyquist said. “It’s a very rare occasion where he can slip up, but I guess the fact that I won makes him human. So maybe that’s the little chink in his armor that everybody needs to see.”
Jamie Bestwick won the BMX vert competition Friday. Bestwick’s win earned him the Dew Cup and he made AST history as the first athlete to win four consecutive Dew Cups.
“What a dream to four-peat,” Bestwick said. “Winning four in a row is a phenomenal feat.”
The 36-year old Bestwick, from England, took the lead in his first run to score 94.00 and the field was unable to best him. Chad Kagy of Gilroy, Calif. was second at 92.67 and Simon Tabron of England was third at 91.50.
Bestwick displayed massive amplitude in his winning run which included a huge 540 and finished with three big flairs in a row.
“Man, what a contest!,” Bestwick said. “The riding this year has just been phenomenal. This fourth Dew Cup at this PlayStation Stop win means a lot to me because it’s a long road to get here.”
Bestwick and Dhers were tied for the title of Athlete of the Year, awarded to the overall point leader.
The four-day competition, which drew 53,566 fans, is the final event of the five-stop AST Dew Tour that features skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross.
AST Dew Tour-PlayStation Pro Results
Friday, October 17, 2008
BMX Park Finals
1. Ryan Nyquist, Los Gatos, Calif., 95.00. 2. Daniel Dhers, Venezuela, 93.33. 3. Austin Coleman, Los Angeles, 92.67. 4. Rob Darden, Greenville, N.C., 89.33. 5. Dave Mirra, Greenville, N.C., 89.17. 6. Garrett Reynolds, Toms River, N.J., 88.67. 7. Drew Bezanson, Canada., 88.33. 8. Allan Cooke, Greenville, N.C., 87.83. 9. Mike Spinner, Miami, Fla., 87.83. 10. Craig Mast, Champion, Ohio., 87.67.
BMX Vert Finals
1. Jamie Bestwick, Great Britain, 94.00. 2. Chad Kagy, Gilroy, Calif., 92.67. 3. Simon Tabron, Great Britain, 91.50. 4. Dennis McCoy, Kansas City, Mo., 90.67. 5. Francisco Zurita, Chile, 88.50. 6. Zackery Warden, St. Louis, Mo., 87.83. 7. Jay Eggleston, Denver, 87.17. 8. Jimmy Walker, Chicago, 87.00. 9. Koji Kraft, Addison, Ill., 86.33. 10. Steven McCann, Australia, 84.00.
AST Dew Tour-PlayStation Pro Results
Saturday, October 18, 2008
BMX Dirt Finals
1. Dennis Enarson, La Mesa, Calif., 93.33. 2. Corey Bohan, Australia, 93.17. 3. Cameron White, Australia, 93.09. 4. Rob Darden, Greenville, N.C., 92.59. 5. Chris Doyle, Pittsburgh, Penn., 92.42. 6. Luke Parslow, Australia, 91.00. 7. Nate Berkheimer, Las Vegas, 90.33. 8. Ryan Guettler, Australia, 87.34. 9. Anthony Napolitan, Youngstown, Ohio., 86.67. 10. Ryan Nyquist, Los Gatos, Calif., 85.92.
Skateboard Vert Finals
1. Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Canada, 96.00. 2. Andy Macdonald, Boston, 87.00. 3. Danny Mayer, Omaha, Neb., 86.00. 4. Sandro Dias, Brazil, 85.25. 5. Adam Taylor, Cocoa Beach, Fla., 81.00. 6. Bob Burnquist, Brazil, 80.75. 7. Anthony Furlong, Tampa, Fla., 79.50. 8. Buster Halterman, Wellsville, Calif., 75.25. 9. Jean Postec, France, 71.75. 10. Bucky Lasek, Baltimore, 45.75.
AST Dew Tour-PlayStation Pro Results
Sunday, October 19, 2008
1. Adam Jones, Minden, Nev., 93.67. 2. Robbie Maddison, Australia, 93.10. 3. Jeremy Lusk, San Diego, 92.57. 4. Beau Bamburg, Gresham, Ore., 91.90. 5. Jeff Kargola, San Clemente, Calif., 90.23. 6. Mike Mason, Carson City, Nev., 88.03. 7. Myles Richmond, Cherry Valley, Calif., 86.67. 8. Wiley Fullmer, Corona, Calif., 86.10. 9. Derek Garland, San Clemente, Calif., 85.10. 10. Ronnie Faisst, Mays Landing, N.J., 84.33.
Skateboard Park Finals
1. Chaz Ortiz, Chicago, 92.75. 2. Paul Rodriguez, Tarzana, Calif., 91.25. 3. Greg Lutzka, Milwaukee, 86.75. 4. Timmy Knuth (A), Melbourne, Fla., 82.10. 5. Austen Seaholm, Anaheim, Calif., 79.60. 6. Carlos De Andrade, Brazil, 77.00 (the following did not qualify for six man jam session) 7. Chris Mendes, Moreno Valley, Calif., 79.50. 8. Rodolfo Ramos, Brazil, 78.75. 9. Danilo Do Rosario, Brazil, 78.75. 10. Ryan Sheckler, San Clemente, Calif., 78.00.
AST Dew Tour Final Standings
BMX Park Points
1. Daniel Dhers, 485. 2. Mike Spinner, 379. 3. Ryan Nyquist, 322. 4. Rob Darden, 322. 5. Garrett Reynolds, 282. 6. Craig Mast, 261. 7. Ryan Guettler, 225. 8. Steven McCann, 220. 9. Drew Bezanson, 198. 10. Dennis Enarson, 193.
BMX Vert Points
1. Jamie Bestwick, 485. 2. Chad Kagy, 440. 3. Simon Tabron, 365. 4. Steven McCann, 321. 5. Dennis McCoy, 310. 6. Jimmy Walker, 290. 7. Zackery Warden, 264. 8. Jay Eggleston, 253. 9. Francisco Zurita, 234. 10. John Parker, 219.
BMX Dirt Points
1. Cameron White, 378. 2. Corey Bohan, 363. 3. Dennis Enarson, 362. 4. Luke Parslow, 340. 5. Ryan Nyquist, 321. 6. James Foster, 264. 7. Ryan Guettler, 254. 8. Rob Darden, 242. 9. Cory Nastazio, 214. 10. Anthony Napolitan, 178.
Skateboard Vert Points
1. Pierre-Luc Gagnon, 408. 2. Andy Macdonald, 395. 3. Bob Burnquist, 381. 4. Bucky Lasek, 370. 5. Adam Taylor, 322. 6. Sandro Dias, 286. 7. Buster Halterman, 239. 8. Renton Millar, 233. 9. Danny Mayer, 211. 10. Neal Hendrix, 198.
1. Adam Jones, 265. 2. Robbie Maddison, 235. 3. Jeremy Lusk, 220. 4. Beau Bamburg, 190. 5. Nate Adams, 180. 6. Mike Mason, 180. 7. Blake Williams, 160. 8. Ronnie Faisst, 128. 9. Mat Rebeaud, 125. 10. Wiley Fullmer, 115.
Skateboard Park Points
1. Chaz Ortiz, 430. 2. Paul Rodriguez, 408. 3. Ryan Sheckler, 387. 4. Greg Lutzka, 360. 5. Austen Seaholm, 310. 6. Rodolfo Ramos, 274. 7. Carlos De Andrade, 271. 8. Danilo Do Rosario, 215. 9. Fabrizio Santos, 201. 10. Chris Mendes, 200.
The Action Sports Tour (AST) is the recently created umbrella brand and organization of the world’s most prestigious action sports events. Currently the AST consists of two national tours, one international event and an amateur series: AST Dew Tour (debuted in 2005), AST Winter Dew Tour (debuting in 2008), AST China (debuting in 2008), and Free Flow Tour (debuted in 2005). The AST properties are home to over 280,000 spectators each year and broadcast in 100 countries and 280 million homes worldwide. The AST Dew Tour consists of five major, multi-sport events spanning across the country, with a cumulative points system, a $2.5 million competitive purse – the largest in action sports – and an additional $1 million bonus pool. Each event features skateboarding (park and vert), BMX (park, vert, and dirt) and freestyle motocross. At season’s end, the overall point’s leaders in the six disciplines are crowned year-end champions and awarded the prestigious Dew Cup. Key lifestyle elements at each Tour event include the Festival village, specialty competitions, and live cutting edge music. The AST Dew Tour partners include Mountain Dew (tour title sponsor); and Panasonic, Right Guard Xtreme, Wendy’s, Toyota and PlayStation® (event title sponsors). Associate partners include Ball Park, Mongoose®, Nike 6.0, NowWhat.com and Verizon Wireless. More information can be found at www.ast.com .
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