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Thursday Sept. 16 marked the first day of the Dew Tour—a four-day contest series for some of the big dogs of skateboarding (park and vert), BMX (dirt, vert and park) and freestyle motocross. Salt Lake City is the final stop before the athletes head to the championships in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The first event that I checked out was the BMX Vert Prelims. Let me start by saying just how gnarly riding a vert ramp really is. To begin with, the walls on the ramp are fifteen feet tall and straight up and down, throwing a biker in the air an additional ten to twelve feet higher. I was able to see just how dangerous the pipe really was during the prelims when Dennis McCoy from Kansas City, MO clipped his back tire while reentering the ramp, which caused him to fall to flat and be removed off of the ramp by on site paramedics. Feel better soon dude. BMX Vert Prelims consisted of seventeen riders, with the top eight advancing to finals. I was only able to make it to the first heat of this event before leaving to check out the skateboard park prelims on the other side of the grounds, but I saw a lot of action. In the first heat Vince Byron from Brisbane, Australia qualified second for finals. He was able to show the judges he was a right brain thinker by getting very creative, doing grind lines in the pipe like an ice pick grind to tooth pick grind to fufanu, to tire tap. He definitely killed it. Jimmy Walker qualified fifth and John Parker from State College, PA qualified seventh overall by throwing down huge no handed 540s multiple times.
As soon as the first heat for BMX was over I rushed to the Skateboard Park Prelims where they were holding six ten-minute jam format heats. The top twelve in the heats move forward. When I arrived I had already missed the first heat featuring Salt Lake City’s own Adam Dyet which kind of bummed me out, but there was plenty of action to come and Dyet had already made his friends and family proud by qualifying for finals. When I caught up to Dyet later he told me that he was able to do it because he was skating for his new 10-month-old daughter and this was the first time she had gotten to see him skate. Chaz Ortiz from Chicago, IL qualified in first place with a huge trick book that he stomped out very consistently, like kick flip back lip, and kick flip front feeble down the big six rail first try. Jereme Rogers from Los Angeles, Calif. let everyone know “Rogers Back” after he threw a huge Cab 360 off of the big six to flat giving him the second place spot after prelims. The Skateboard Park Finals will take place at five on Saturday.
There will be plenty of action all weekend long so I would definitely recommend coming to check it out at least for one day. At the end of the day these are the athletes moving onto BMX Vert and Skateboard Park finals.
BMX Vert Finals:
Skate Park Finals:
Carlos De Andrade