Last night was a big night for Chaz Ortiz: he toppled AST Dew heavyweights Ryan Sheckler, Paul Rodriguez, and Greg Lutzka to win his first-ever pro contest. If you saw his Silver footy last week, it was mighty clear he’d be a threat. Not bad for a 14-year-old, eh? Keep reading for the full results and press release…
FINAL STREET RESULTS
1) Chaz Ortiz – 93.05
2) Ryan Sheckler – 90
3) Rodolfo Ramos – 85.9
4) Greg Lutzka – 84.75
5) Carlos De Andrade – 82
6) Austen Seaholm – 81.6
7) Danilo do Rosario – 79.75
8) Paul Rodriguez – 79.5
9) Tulio Oliveira – 79.25
10) Kurtis Colamonico- 78.75
11) Adam Dyet – 77.25
12) Fabrizio Santos – 72.25
Chaz Ortiz wins AST Dew Tour Skateboard Park event and Adam Jones Wins freestyle motocross event at Toyota Challenge in Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITY – In front of the largest single day crowd in AST Dew Tour history, Chaz Ortiz won his first ever professional skateboard park event and Adam Jones won the freestyle motocross event in the Toyota Challenge. Today’s competition drew a record 25,996 fans.
In what is considered the largest crowd in skateboard park history, fourteen-year old Chaz Ortiz won the event while competing in his rookie season.
Chicago’s Ortiz went trick for trick with three-time defending Dew Cup champion Ryan Sheckler and the athletes were tied after their first runs. Sheckler, of San Clemente, Calif. surpassed Ortiz with his second run, but it was the 7-minute jam session that decided the win.
Ortiz executed a kickflip frontside boardside and kickflip out on the rail and earned 93.05. Sheckler was second with a score of 90.00 and Brazilian Rodolfo Ramos was third at 85.90.
“I landed all the tricks I wanted to,” Ortiz said. “After my first run I was feeling pretty confidant. I just wanted to get top three and obviously the results were better than I thought. I’m feeling good. I’m super happy. I guess today was my day.”
Sheckler gave Ortiz high fives between his runs and congratulated him on his first win of the AST Dew Tour season.
“We’re all friends,” Sheckler said. “If you’re not friends in skateboarding and you compete against these guys, there’s no future in it. It’s not a team sport but if you have fun with everyone, it makes it a lot easier. And we do, we all have fun together.”
Sheckler now leads the point standings at 338, but Ortiz is close behind with 330 points. Paul Rodriguez trails with 323 points, setting the stage for a close finale in Orlando to decide the Dew Cup winner.
In freestyle motocross, the 24-year-old Jones, of Minden, Nev. secured the lead in his first run with a turntable to no-handed, no-footed can can; a dead body and a stripper flip to earn 94.17 points. Australian Robbie Madison was second at 92.13 and Jeremy Lusk of San Diego followed at 91.50.
“I try to keep my runs unique,” Jones said. “I know there are a couple big tricks that everybody is doing out there that you have to have. Apart from just one or two of those, I try to do stuff that other people aren’t doing. The ones that people don’t see. Even if it doesn’t pay off it is still cool to do your own thing. Luckily, this week it paid off.”
With this win, Jones leads the Dew Tour standings with 245 points.
“I am pumped to be on top,” Jones said. “It has been a while since I felt this good on my bike and have been this confident riding. It is an awesome way to finish the week.”
The four-day competition is the fourth of five stops of the AST Dew Tour that features skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross. Sunday’s action features the BMX park and skateboard vert finals.
AST Dew Tour-Toyota Challenge Results
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Salt Lake City
Skateboard Park Finals
1. Chaz Ortiz, Chicago, 93.05. 2. Ryan Sheckler, San Clemente, Calif., 90.00. 3. Rodolfo Ramos, Brazil, 85.90. 4. Greg Lutzka, Milwaukee, 84.75. 5. Carlos De Andrade, Brazil, 82.00. 6. Austen Seaholm, Anaheim, Calif., 81.60. 7. Danilo Do Rosario, Brazil, 79.75. 8. Paul Rodriguez, Tarzana, Calif., 79.50. 9. Tulio Oliveira, Brazil, 79.25. 10. Kurtis Colamonico, Long Beach, Calif., 78.75.
Freestyle Motocross Finals
1. Adam Jones, Minden, Nev., 94.17. 2. Robbie Maddison, Australia, 92.13. 3. Jeremy Lusk, San Diego, 91.50. 4. Beau Bamburg, Gresham, Ore., 89.90. 5. Mike Mason, Carson City, Nev., 87.43. 6. Ronnie Faisst, Mays Landing, N.J., 86.03. 7. Blake Williams, Australia, 85.83. 8. Todd Potter, Temecula, Calif., 81.67. 9. Nate Adams, Glendale, Ariz., 66.13. 10. Mat Rebeaud, Switzerland, DNS.
AST Dew Tour Current Standings
Skateboard Park Points
1. Ryan Sheckler, 338. 2. Chaz Ortiz, 330. 3. Paul Rodriguez, 323. 4. Greg Lutzka, 285. 5. Austen Seaholm, 240. 6. Rodolfo Ramos, 217. 7. Carlos De Andrade, 206. 8. Danilo Do Rosario, 162. 9. Fabrizio Santos, 161. 10. Chad Bartie, 152.
Freestyle Motocross Points
1. Adam Jones, 165. 2. Blake Williams, 160. 3. Robbie Maddison, 145. 4. Nate Adams, 140. 5. Jeremy Lusk, 140. 6. Mat Rebeaud, 125. 7. Beau Bamburg, 115. 8. Mike Mason, 115. 9. Ronnie Faisst, 83. 10. Thomas Pages, 75.
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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