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Monday, November 3rd, 2008

SEATTLE, Wash. (November 1, 2008) –

Day two of the LG Action Sports World Championships brought the pros of BMX Vert, BMX Street, Men’s and Women’s Inline Street Skating, as well as Skateboard Vert to the fans and made them jump to their feet in celebration as the athletes laid down some of the most spectacular runs of the season. The year’s most dominant stars in BMX Vert and BMX Street, Jamie Bestwick (Darby, England) and Daniel Dhers (Caracas, Venezuela) respectively, continued their winning ways in 2008 and captured the gold medal in their disciplines, as Jenna Downing (Barnsley, England) and Franky Morales (Miami Beach, Fla.), took the gold in Inline Skating Street. Skateboard Vert also saw the usual suspects finish the Prelims at the top of the heap, with Pierre-Luc Gagnon (Montreal, Canada) leading the way.
The afternoon began with the Skateboard Vert Prelims and a 16-man field that needed to be whittled to eight for the Sunday afternoon Finals. The tops stars were in play, giving their best in an attempt to advance to the Finals. By the round’s end, Gagnon, Sandro Dias (Santo Andre, Brazil), Bucky Lasek (Baltimore, Maryland), Danny Mayer (Omaha, Nebraska), Alex Perelson (San Diego, Calif.), Andy Macdonald (San Diego, Calif.), Buster Halterman (Wellsville, Penn.) and Marcelo Bastos (Sao Paulo, Brazil) had advanced. On what can only be characterized as a ‘steam roll’, Gagnon comes in as the event’s defending champion and is looking to cap the season with a second consecutive LG World Champion title.
Daniel Dhers has also been rolling through all of 2008 in the Gold medal position and continued to do so today, decisively winning the BMX Street contest with two runs that far exceeded the competition. He pushed himself to the end, even bettering his first round score with his second run.
“I always want to do a good first run. But tonight I realized it’s been a long time since I’ve done two good runs, so I went out there to do it, and it worked.”
The Silver and Bronze medals went to Rob Darden (Greenville, NC) and Dennis Enarson (San Diego, Calif.) in a tiebreaker. Both men produced 90.00 point runs, but Darden turned in an 89.50 point first run, which bested Enarson’s additional run by one point, thereby breaking the tie and securing him second place.
Clearly another highlight of the evening was Jamie Bestwick’s (Darby, England) winning performance in the BMX Vert contest. Bestwick rode to his 5th LG World Championship title in six years. He’s captured the BMX Vert Gold at every LG World Championships he’s attended, missing out on the title in 2006, the only year he did not participate. He soared above the ramp tonight in what was described by announcers as “BMX insanity”, winning the contest with his first run.
“It feels great,” said Bestwick, describing his success. “This Seattle stop is a great one for the ASA [Entertainment] Action Sports World Tour. This event is a lot of fun. There’s a lot of nerves beforehand and everyone is on edge, but it brings out the best in us.”
Bestwick’s domination in BMX has been virtually complete in 2008 with him capturing nearly every major title this year. When asked what he attributes it to, he commented, “I just enjoy riding bikes. I gave up everything – my job, my family, my country – to come here and compete, and that’s what drives me to keep on pushing.”
The Silver medal in BMX Vert went to crowd-pleaser Chad Kagy (Gilroy, Calif.), and Simon Tabron (Newquay, England) received the Bronze medal.
The Inline Skating Street competitions were a definite treat for fans, thrilling the crowds with the creativity and daring of the athletes’ skill and talent. Fallon Heffernan (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.), entered the women’s competition as the leader from Friday’s Prelims, but Jenna Downing landed every trick she attempted in the Finals and solidly rode away with the Gold medal. Heffernan came in second; Fabiola da Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil) came in third.
“Unbelievable” best describes the men’s Inline Skating Street competition where the athletes pushed the limits of not only themselves, but also the course boundaries. Nineteen year-old David Sizemore (Atlanta, Georgia) back-flipped off the hitching posts and Franky Morales used the neighboring Vert ramp to jump into the Street course, while performing a 540 spin before landing smoothly to the crowds’ cheers in amazement. Not to be outdone, Stephane Alfano (Frejus, France) also launched himself from the Vert ramp, landing a 540 spin as well after two attempts. With just a couple of minutes left to the session, Morales once again jumped from the Vert ramp, spinning through a 900, but failed to execute a successful landing. Nevertheless, after the judges tallied the scores in what was one of the toughest decisions of the evening, Morales came out the winner.
“I was just trying to win,” said Morales when asked how he came up with jumping from the Vert ramp. “I was trying to do something big, and I saw the ramp – it’s what’s big in here – and I said, ‘That’s it.’” The Silver medal went to Alfano, and Sizemore accepted the Bronze.
The LG Action Sports World Championships resumes Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. featuring a day of skateboarding contests. Skateboard Street Prelims start at 2:00 p.m., followed by Skateboard Vert Finals and Skateboard Street Finals thereafter. Hoobastank will entertain the crowd to cap the weekend’s activities.
For photos or more information on the LG Action Sports World Championships, please contact Denise M. Abbott of ASA Entertainment at 310 430 0496 or visit www.lgactionsports.com.
The LG Action Sports World Championships is an ASA Entertainment production.
Skateboard Vert Prelims Results:
1) Pierre-Luc Gagnon (Montreal, Canada); 2) Sandro Dias (Santo Andre, Brazil); 3) Bucky Lasek (Baltimore, Maryland); 4) Danny Mayer (Omaha, Nebraska); 5) Alex Perelson (San Diego, Calif.); 6) Andy Macdonald (San Diego, Calif.); 7) Buster Halterman (Wellsville, Penn.); 8) Marcelo Bastos (Sao Paulo, Brazil); 9) Adam Taylor (Cocoa Beach, Fla.); 10) Jean Postec (Annecy, France); 11) Anthony Furlong (Tampa, Fla.); 12) Neal Hendrix (Costa Mesa, Calif.); 13) Josh Stafford (San Diego, Calif.); 14) Elliot Sloan (New York, New York); 15) Joe Gratzer (Pocatello, Idaho); 16) Lincoln Ueda (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

BMX Vert Finals Results:
1) Jamie Bestwick (Darby, England); 2) Chad Kagy (Gilroy, Calif.); 3) Simon Tabron (Newquay, England); 4) Steven McCann (Melbourne, Australia); 5) Jimmy Walker (Gilberts, Illinois); 6) Francisco Zurita (Santiago, Chile); 7) Zack Warden (Ofallon, Illinois); 8) John Parker (State College, Penn.); 9) Jay Eggleston (Denver, Colo.); 10) Koji Kraft (Addison, Illinois); 11) Austin Coleman (Los Angeles, Calif.); 12) Jorge Jovel (Tela, Honduras); 13) Ben Snowden (Hornell, New York)
BMX Street Finals Results:
1) Daniel Dhers (Caracas, Venezuela); 2) Rob Darden (Greenville, NC); 3) Dennis Enarson (San Diego, Calif.); 4) Allan Cooke (Greenville, NC); 5) Anthony Napolitan (Youngstown, Ohio); 6) Gary Young (San Diego, Calif.); 7) Kevin Kiraly (Livermore, Calif.); 8) Morgan Wade (Tyler, Texas)
Inline Street Finals Results:
1) Franky Morales (Miami, Fla.); 2) Stephane Alfano (Frejus, France); 3) David Sizemore (Atlanta, Georgia); 4) Brian Aragon (Brighton, Colo.), 5) Chaz Sands (Glascow, Scotland); 6) Brian Shima ( Redwood City, Calif.)
Women’s Inline Street Finals Results:
1) Jenna Downing (Barnsley, England); 2) Fallon Heffernan (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.); 3) Fabiola da Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil); 4) Chynna Weierstall (Roseville, MI).

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Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Inline Vert Finals Results in a Woman Making the Podium for the First Time in Event History

SEATTLE, Wash. (October 31, 2008) – The sixth annual LG Action Sports World Championships produced by ASA Entertainment (LG World Championships) thrilled a raucous Seattle crowd tonight at KeyArena with the Inline Skating Vert Finals and BMX Street Prelims.

With two high-flying, spectacularly consistent runs, Fabiola da Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil), the only woman competing against the men during any of the contests at the championships, flipped and grinded herself into third place – her highest finish ever in Inline Skating Vert at the LG World Championships against the men.

“I am so excited I almost started crying!” said da Silva. “I didn’t expect to make the podium.”

Joining Fabiola in the winners’ circle were Shane Yost (Lauceton, Tasmania), finding himself as the silver medalist for the second year in a row, and Marco de Santi (Sao Paulo), whose double-back flips and double-back flat spins pushed his scores through the 90.00 point mark to 91.25 and decisively secured him the gold medal. De Santi took home $12,500 for his win.

“I came here to do what I gotta do to win,” said de Santi to the crowd. “I did it in my first run, so I tried to go harder in my second run. It [the run] came out the same, so it’s all good.”

BMX Street also enjoyed opening night status, qualifying eight men to the finals, which will take place Saturday afternoon, November 1st. A strong and talented field of 16 men resulted in the following Finals’ contestants: Daniel Dhers (Caracas, Venezuela), Dennis Enarson (San Diego, Calif.), Gary Young (San Diego, Calif.), Rob Darden (Greenville, NC), Anthony Napolitan (Youngstown, Ohio), Allan Cooke (Greenville, NC), Kevin Kiraly (Livermore, Calif.), and Morgan Wade (Tyler, Texas). Wade is the defending BMX Street champion, so he’ll be battling to hold on to that title tomorrow afternoon.

The LG Action Sports World Championships resumes Saturday with an afternoon session that begins at 1:00 p.m. and features the Skateboarding Vert Prelims and BMX Street Finals, followed by a concert by MxPx. The evening session, which begins at 7:00 p.m., starts with the Women’s Inline Street Finals and continues on to the BMX Vert Finals, then the Inline Street Finals. The evening ends with sounds from punk band Pennywise. Tickets to each session start at $20 and are available at the KeyArena Box office and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

For photos or more information on the LG Action Sports World Championships, please contact Denise M. Abbott of ASA Entertainment at 310 430 0496 or visit www.lgactionsports.com.

Inline Vert Final Results:

1) Marco de Santi (Sao Paulo, Brazil), $12,500; 2) Shane Yost (Lauceton, Tasmania), $8,500; 3) Fabiola da Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil), $4,000; 4) Borja Fernandez (Bilbao, Spain); 5) Sven Boerkhorst (Den Bosch, Holland); 6) Thumper Nagasako (Maui, Hawaii); 7) Marc Englehart (Lansdale, Penn.); 8) Rich Parker (Glastonbury, England); 9) Matt Lindenmuth (Kutztown, Penn.); 10) Kevin Marron Lopez (Brussels, Belgium).

BMX Street Prelims Results:

1) Daniel Dhers (Caracas, Venezuela); 2) Dennis Enarson (San Diego, Calif.); 3) Gary Young (San Diego, Calif.); 4) Rob Darden (Greenville, NC); 5) Anthony Napolitan (Youngstown, Ohio); 6) Allan Cooke (Greenville, NC); 7) Kevin Kiraly (Livermore, Calif.); 8) Morgan Wade (Tyler, Texas); 9) Koji Kraft (Addison, Illinois); 10) Craig Mast (Warren, Ohio); 11) Steven McCann (Melbourne, Australia); 12) Austin Coleman (Los Angeles, Calif.); 13) Marcus Tooker (Cape Cod, Mass.); 14) Zack Warden (Ofallon, Illinois); 15) T.J. Ellis (Moreno Valley, Calif.); 16) Ben Snowden (Hornell, New York).

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Tony Hawk Awarded at the 2008 Stoked Awards

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Tony Hawk Awarded for helping give away over 2.3 million dollars to 390 Skate Park Projects at the 2008 Stoked Awards presented by Toyota Matrix in New York City

NY, New York, October 20, 2008 – Stoked Mentoring, the action sports non-profit organization, hosts its 2nd annual Stoked Awards presented by Toyota Matrix at Red Bull Space in New York City on November 12th presenting the Stoked Achievement Award to Tony Hawk, who will be in attendance for the event. This spectacular evening celebrates the individuals who embody Stoked’s Mission to “Develop Successful Teens through Opportunity Knowledge Experience and Determination”. MCing the event is X-Games host and Stoked co-founder Sal Masekela, known as the “voice of action sports”.

Skateboard legend Tony Hawk says, “I’m happy and excited to be given the Stoked Achievement Award. The work of the Tony Hawk Foundation, as well as the opportunities that Stoked is giving kids through action sports to make them more successful, is something that we need more of.”

For this formal event many of Stoked’s long-standing supporters come together to honor individuals whose generosity and achievements have touched the lives of so many others. This year Tony Hawk was selected for his outstanding work with the Tony Hawk Foundation. With the creation of the Tony Hawk Foundation in 2002 Hawk has been helping others experience the same excitement he did as a young skateboarder, learning to skate and building the self-confidence that resulted in his success. The foundation was designed to promote and help finance public skate parks in low-income areas and since inception has given away over 2.3 million dollars to 390 skate park projects throughout the United States.

“The pursuit of excellence and greatness, whether it be on a skateboard or school or life, is something that we’re looking to instill in our youth. We’re thrilled and honored that Tony will share his achievements and life lessons at the Stoked Awards on Nov 12th,” says Stoked Mentoring co-founder Steve Larosiliere.

The evening will have cocktails, hors d’ oeuvres, a silent auction, awards ceremony, and entertainment along with music by DJ Christopher Sealey. A very exciting and memorable evening is planned. The outreach and exposure created by the Stoked Awards continues to match inner-city youth with wonderful mentors creating positive relationships and learning valuable life skills through action sports.

This awards ceremony is attended by over 300 people throughout New York City & Los Angeles in the fields of action sports, media, entertainment, finance, fashion and technology. Honorary Co Chairs are actress Joy Bryant and top action sports film distribution company VAS’s President Michael Lythcott. The presenting sponsor is Toyota Matrix. Supporting Sponsors include DC Shoes and Berkela Films.

Video coverage and photos presented by official action sports media sponsor ZexSports.com will be live immediately after the event.

About Stoked Mentoring (www.stoked.org)

Co-founded in 2005 by Steve Larosiliere and Sal Masekela, Stoked Mentoring is a unique nonprofit organization based in New York and Los Angeles that provides innovative mentoring programs exposing “at risk” youth and their mentors to action sports. These activities are used as a means to develop and foster resiliency, determination and success. Through hands-on partnerships with social service agencies, Stoked presents and oversees several programs annually including Snow Mentor, Skate Mentor and Surf Mentor.

About Tony Hawk Foundation (www.tonyhawkfoundation.org)

Founded in 2002 by Tony Hawk, the Tony Hawk Foundation seeks to foster lasting improvements in society, with an emphasis on helping children. Through grants and other charitable donations, the foundation supports programs focusing on the creation of public skateboard parks, and other causes. The foundation favors programs that clearly demonstrate that funds received will produce tangible, ongoing, positive results.

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2008 LG Action Sports World Championships

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

The Game and Pennywise to perform live at LG Action Sports World Championships at KeyArena – Oct. 31 & Nov. 1st. Tickets to the Season-ending Action Sports Event include Live Concerts

LOS ANGELES (October 13, 2008) – When the LG Action Sports World Tour produced by ASA Entertainment stops in Seattle’s KeyArena later this month on October 31-November 2nd, not only will fans be rewarded with an intense competition between 175 of today’s best action sports pros, they will also be entertained each night with a free concert from musical groups popular to this genre. Today, ASA announces three groups who will perform during the weekend. The Game, MxPx and Pennywise will perform on the Maxell Music Stage – The Game on Friday night, October 31st, MxPx on Saturday afternoon, November 1st and Pennywise on Saturday evening.

Jayceon Terrell Taylor, better known by his stage name The Game, is an American rapper signed to Geffen Records. He rose to fame in 2005 with the success of his debut album, The Documentary, and his two Grammy nominations. Since then, he has been considered the driving force in bringing back the West Coast hip hop scene and competing with many of his East Coast counterparts. The Game is the only West Coast solo artist to release a multi-platinum album “The Documentary” since Dr. Dre’s 1999 album, “2001”. Aside from releasing two albums that debuted at number one on the United World Charts and the Billboard 200, The Game has gained notoriety for the hip hop feuds he has taken part in. Presently he’s enjoying the success of his single “My Life” featuring Lil Wayne.

MxPx, originally known as Magnified Plaid, is a punk band that was started in 1992 by three 15 year-old teenagers in Bremerton, Washington. The three original members were classmates in high school. In their 16-year existence they’ve recorded 8 studio albums and released 20 singles. Their first album, “Pokinatcha” came out while they were still in high school. In 2006 the City of Bremerton gave the group keys to the city for their contributions to the community and their song “Move to Bremerton”, which was used in the city’s marketing efforts. After enjoying tours in the U.K. and Australia earlier this year as part of the “Good to Go Tour”, and a few recent shows in Canada and the U.S., the band is planning to start writing and recording a ninth album in January 2009.

Pennywise, the American punk band that began in 1988, derived its name from the monster in the bestselling book by Stephen King, “It.” The band is made up of members Jim Lindberg, Fletcher Dragge, Byron McMackin and Randy Bradbury (since 1996). Pennywise has produced nine studio albums in their career, one every two years. The most recent album, “Reason to Believe” was released in March 2008 on MySpace Records. The punk rock, melodic hardcore sound of their second album “Unknown Road” became an underground hit which made the band a force on the punk rock scene.

The 2008 LG Action Sports World Championships will feature additional bands, whose performances are also free with event admission. Added bands will be announced shortly by KNDD, the event’s radio partner, or stay tuned to the event’s official website, www.lgactionsports.com for more information.

Tickets which include all the competitive action, concerts and sponsor village entertainment are on sale now at the KeyArena Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, and Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 206 628 0123 to charge them by phone. Limited VIP Ramp seats and weekend packages are available at special pricing. For more information please visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Featuring competitions in BMX, skateboard and Inline Skating Vert and Park disciplines, the LG Action Sports World Championships will air on CBS Sports on Sunday, December 7th at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, December 13th at 1:00 p.m. and on Saturday, December 20th at 1:00 p.m. All times are Eastern. Times are subject to change so please check local listings for additional details in your area. The event will also be broadcast internationally to over 180 countries worldwide via 25 networks. The LG Action Sports World Championships is the most widely viewed action sports event in the world.

This event is produced by ASA Entertainment, the global leader in Action Sports event and television production.

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Project Blue Gets Famous

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Famous Green Label Surf Wax Joins The Project BLUE Initiative to Benefit Surfrider Foundation

San Clemente, CA, September 7, 2008 – Project BLUE, the environmental initiative established to raise funds in support of the non-profit Surfrider Foundation’s mission to protect the oceans and beaches, would like to welcome Famous Wax into the family. As part of their support, a portion of the proceeds from Famous’ petrochemical-free Green Label Surf Wax will be donated to Surfrider. The latest member of the project BLUE initiative, Famous joins industry leaders Billabong, DAKINE, Electric, Nixon, O’Neill and Reef in their ongoing support of clean water and safe beaches worldwide.

Forward thinking and environmentally conscious, Famous represents an ideal partner for project BLUE. After two years of R&D, Famous was able to create the Green Label line of wax to be both environmentally friendly and at the same time, perform to the standards of the Famous surf team. In addition to having superior grip in the water, Famous Green Label Surf Wax is biodegradable, 100 percent organic and non-toxic.

“We developed the Green Label wax in the mindset of wanting to do our part and help Earth conscious surfers take a step towards limiting their global footprint by offering them an alternative to petroleum based surf wax,” commented Sam Sciortino, owner of Famous Wax. “When we were first preparing to introduce the Green Label wax to retail, partnering with project BLUE seemed like a natural evolution for our company. As surfers, we all need to do what we can to keep the oceans and beaches clean, joining the project BLUE initiative and helping Surfrider is just one way we’re trying at Famous.”

Famous has taken steps to make the packaging of their wax more environmentally as well. Green Label wax is wrapped in FSC certified recycled paper and uses soy ink in the printing process.

“Famous stepping up for project BLUE provides one more outlet for surfers to support Surfrider and the environment through conscious decision making in their regular routines. Famous may be a smaller company when compared to the other project BLUE partners, but their support is a great example of how little steps can lead to big changes,” said Vipe Desai, brand strategist at Propaganda HQ and founder of the project BLUE initiative. “Project BLUE isn’t a showcase for companies trying to out green each other. What we are doing is providing easy options for people to plug into Surfrider with minimal effort. If everyone took little steps towards helping the environment, we’d see big changes in the oceans.”

Famous Green Label Surf Wax is available in five temperature ranges (including base coast) and is currently at better surf shops nationwide. More information on Famous Wax can be found at www.famouswax.com.

ABOUT project BLUE

project BLUE is an unprecedented collaboration of leading and competitive brands in the multi-billion dollar surf industry. Each of the project BLUE partner brands has created special edition product specifically for the initiative, with a portion of the proceeds from each sale going towards the non-profit Surfrider Foundation. Billabong, DAKINE, Electric, Famous Wax, Nixon, O’Neill and Reef have all pledged their long-term support for the program. project BLUE products can be found worldwide at leading surf retailers and online through Swell.com. More information on project BLUE and its partners can be found at www.betruetoblue.com.

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Action Sports World Tour concludes in Greater Cincinnati!

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Big Tricks and Fan Favorites Preview the LG Action Sports World Championships

CINCINNATI, Ohio (October 5, 2008) — The final stop on the 2008 Action Sports World Tour (ASWT) concluded tonight at the Bank of Kentucky Center on Northern Kentucky University with fan favorites capturing the top prize in their discipline and the pros pushing the sport to the next level with tricks that far surpassed the expectations of the spectators and the judges.

Vert ramp action started the evening, with 16 men competing in a BMX vert contest that showcased the flair of favorite Jamie Bestwick (Darby, UK) and saw him ride away with the $10,000 first place prize. Although at 37 he was one of the oldest riders in the competition, Bestwick’s talent and skill never wavered; his execution was flawless. Tonight, perfection was necessary in order to win, for Steven McCann (Melbourne, Australia) and Simon Tabron’s (Newquay, England) rides were equally as impressive as Bestwick’s. McCann’s remarkable full-pull presentation rewarded him with second place, while Tabron effortlessly landed the 900 for which he has become known and finished in third.

Pierre-Luc Gagnon (Montreal, Canada) continued his winning ways in 2008 and rode to victory in the skateboard vert contest, confidently nailing multiple 720s and back to back technical spin tricks in a single run that left no question as to who was the event’s winner. The new 10-wall format (versus the usual 45-second run) worked well for “PLG”, allowing him to plan his performance and turn out the run he had been envisioning.

“That last run I did was great,” PLG said after his win. “I have been struggling with the Mountain Dew Tour ramps all season, but I love this ASWT ramp. It was amazing to pull off that run on this ramp. And, I like the format too. I can plan what I want to do and not worry about the time.”

San Diego, California’s 17 year-old Alex Perelson took the silver medal, and veteran Danny Mayer (Omaha, Neb.) finished in third.

Closing the night was the Big Air BMX Triple Jump contest that brought fans to their feet several times in admiration. With his first run of the night, Rob Darden (Greenville, NC) successfully rode the 165 foot long course performing three, exciting big-air stunts, then re-jumped the second jump, heading back toward the starting ramp. He is one of only two riders to jump back in the opposite direction and by the competition’s end he had completed this stunt in all three of his runs. Darden was rewarded with the Big Air BMX Triple Jump title and $10,000 for his efforts.

“I ride at a skate park that is built that way, where you can ride forward and backward in a single run. The only difference here is that the jumps are taller and you can’t see the landing. But the quarterpipe on this course gives you the speed you need and makes it easier to do it,” explained Darden. “I just went out to have a good time, tried it, and it worked out.”

Always a contender, Mike Spinner (Miami, Fla.), triple tailwhipped his way into second place, and 19 year-old Zack Warden of O’Fallon, Illinois finished third. Warden performed one of the night’s most exciting tricks when he landed a bike-flip 360, a trick he calls the “iron lotus”. The only rider to have ever landed the trick, Warden secured the bronze medal.

Providing the wow-factor of the Big Air BMX Triple Jump contest was T. J. Ellis with his second run of the evening. Turning in a first run during which he successfully performed a no-handed front flip, Ellis nailed a double backflip and surprised not only the crowd and the judges, but also himself.

“I’ve done it before on dirt courses, but never on this course. I just thought I’d try it and it worked!” The double backflip helped Ellis to advance to the Semifinals, which saw further attempts at the trick fail and keep him from advancing to the Finals.

The Cincinnati Action Sports World Tour event was the final qualifier before the prestigious LG Action Sports World Championships on October 31- November 2 in Seattle, Washington. KeyArena will see 175 of action sports pros gather in Emerald City to determine the best action sports athletes of the year.

CBS Sports will air ASA Entertainment’s Cincinnati Action Sport World Tour stop on November 8th. Please consult your local listings for the times in your area.

For more information on the Action Sports World Tour or photos from the Cincinnati tour stop and complete results, please visit actionsportstour.com or contact Denise M. Abbott at 310 430 0496 or via email at abbott@asaent.com.

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Elena Hight joins the Nike 6.0 Crew

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Put your hands together and help us welcome Elena Hight to the Nike 6.0 Crew.

“Elena is a great addition to our team. Nike 6.0 has always been about the youth and capturing the energy and enthusiasm of this culture on and off the snow. Elena can ride it all, but is best known for her explosive halfpipe runs. Despite her age, Elena has the confidence, focus, and talent of a seasoned pro. She is pushing women’s snowboarding to a new level, and has the kind of style that earns her the respect and recognition of snowboarders young and old.” –Barrett Christy, Snowboard Mentor

High amplitude and high style pipe runs mark Elena Height’s take on snowboarding. Elena’s aggressive yet refined style and consistent bag of tricks have brought her to contests around the globe— earning her a worldly perspective past her years, and a spot at the forefront of the next generation of women riders, pushing the sport, further, faster and higher. Welcome to the crew Elena.

Elena joins Nike 6.0 snowboarders Mason Aguirre, Broc Waring, Matt Ladley, Ellery Hollingsworth, Trevor Jacob, Bryn Valaika, Ben Watts, and Ross Baker.

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Whistler Blackcomb’s PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola to Officially Open this Winter

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

Whistler Blackcomb’s PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola will officially open to the public December 12, 2008. This engineering marvel is set to become a new Canadian tourism icon, and will forever revolutionize the way visitors experience this four-season resort.

“This spring we had to move massive amounts of snow so it was a slow start but we have been able to stay on track with each construction phase,” says Rick Temple, PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola Construction Manager. “To be at this point in construction at this time is unheard of. Typically for a lift installation you are fighting the weather in November to get things done. However due to the incredible work by everyone involved we are ahead of schedule. We are very excited to have our official opening day announced and are looking forward to the day when our guests can experience this gondola.”

The arrival of 28 Sky Cabins, including two with glass floors, and the completion of the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola ropework has set the stage for what will be the biggest construction milestone of the lift installation – the first Sky Cabin to cross the record-breaking 3 kilometre/1.88 mile, unsupported span between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.

Through October and November load testing will take place as well as evacuation training and simulations, and operator training. The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola will also be examined by the British Columbia Safety Authority through their Passenger Ropeways Safety Program which regulates the safety of lifts.

“There is always a ton of anticipation for the winter season and being able to announce the official opening for the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola gives our guests something else to look forward to this winter, a definitive date to mark on their calendars,” says Dave Brownlie President and Chief Operating Officer of Whistler Blackcomb. “We know that on December 12, the way our guests use Whistler Blackcomb will be changed forever and we are extremely excited for that day to come.”

Construction progress of the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is captured daily via webcams, and weekly via photography and construction blogs on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola microsite at whistlerblackcomb.com. The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola will open in December.

About Whistler
Consistently ranked as North America’s top ski and snowboard resort, Whistler Blackcomb continues to raise the level of mountain excitement for its guests. With the landmark PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola project underway, the return of the popular Symphony Amphitheatre, and a host of other on-mountain improvements, this winter promises to be one of the most exciting yet. Located a scenic two-hour drive north of Vancouver up the spectacular ‘Sea to Sky’ Highway, this resort is home to the continent’s two greatest vertical-rise ski mountains – Whistler and Blackcomb. With over 17 alpine bowls, four glaciers, 200 trails, 8,171 acres of skiable terrain and a one mile vertical rise, the choices of where and what to ski/ride at Whistler Blackcomb from beginner to advanced terrain are staggering. Joined at the base by a vibrant pedestrian village filled with restaurants, patios, cafes, shops, galleries and spas, and surrounded by breathtaking scenery, this four season resort is spectacular. Check it all out at whistlerblackcomb.com.

About Intrawest ULC
Intrawest is a world leader in experiential destination resorts. The company has interests in ten resorts at North America’s most popular mountain destinations including Whistler Blackcomb, a host venue for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Intrawest network also includes Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operation in the world, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Florida and Club Intrawest—a private resort club with locations throughout North America. In addition, Intrawest develops real estate at its resorts and at other locations across North America and in Europe. Intrawest is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit intrawest.com

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Etnies’ Fifth Annual GvR Skateboarding Contest

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

Goofy or Regular? The debate between the right and left continues with etnies’ fifth annual GvR skateboarding contest taking place October 2-5, 2008 at the etnies Skatepark in Lake Forest, Calif. Started in 2004, GvR is the first and only team-oriented skateboarding contest in which Goofy-footed and Regular-footed skaters compete in an action-packed weekend of non-stop skating.

This year, many of the world’s best skateboarders, including Ryan Sheckler, Jereme Rogers and Chris Cole, will compete in the tie-breaking forum before a crowd of more than 15,000. Past competitors include Andrew Reynolds, Billy Marks, Nyjah Huston, Rick McCrank and Sean Malto. The event will be held at etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest, a 40,000 square foot concrete haven boasting a street section, pools, music and free admission.

Each team captain will pre-qualify five skaters who will go straight to the final GvR competition. Saturday’s events will consist of qualifying rounds for the rest of the skaters from each team while Sunday will feature the final conflict of the stances after which the winning team will be announced settling the score once and for all…or at least until next year’s competition.

Team Captain SLAP Magazine’s Mark Whiteley put together the following crew of heavy hitters for the Regular Team’s starting five:

Ryan Sheckler
Andrew Reynolds
Chris Cole
Rick McCrank
Sean Malto

Goofy Team Captain and Skateboard Mag Editor-in-Chief Dave Swift is being elusive about his selection for his starting five skateboarders. Will Swift’s strategy of keeping his team roster secret as long as possible pay off with a win for Team Goofy?

Admission to GvR is free of charge and in addition to all-day skating, this year’s festivities include legendary punk rock band Bad Religion taking the stage with a special performance Saturday, October 4, 2008 at 8:00pm. Tickets to the Bad Religion concert are available at select etnies retailers throughout Southern California and while the performance is free, tickets are required for all admissions.

Everyone who attends GvR can also enjoy the Festival Village area which is open for the duration of the competition, and has something to do for everyone. Fans can enjoy food, activities and exhibits from sponsors including Grind for Life, Oakley, Keep-A-Breast, FUEL TV and more.

For the first time ever, gamers can compete in etnies’ GvR competition in Skate 2, being released for the PlayStation® 3 system and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system in 2009. Developed by Black Box, a studio of Electronic Arts (EA), Skate 2 delivers all the grit, creativity and culture of skateboarding. EA Skate 2 doubles the bag of tricks and allows gamers to get off their board and move objects to create and share their ultimate skate spots.

For complete event details, ticket information, schedule, directions and the latest updates, check out: gvr.etniesskate.com

About etnies:
Established in 1986, etnies is the first skateboarder-owned and operated global action sports footwear and apparel company. etnies not only pushed the envelope by creating the first pro model skate shoe, but it pioneered technological advances and changed the face of skateboard footwear forever. Today etnies’ vision is to remain the leading action sports company committed to creating functional products that provide the most style, comfort, durability and protection possible. etnies stays true to its roots by sponsoring a world class team of skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, moto x and BMX athletes and continues its dedication by giving back to each of these communities. For additional information, visit www.etnies.com.

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History Repeats Itself at the 2008 SURFER Poll and Video Awards

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

The masses have spoken and once again Kelly Slater and Sofia Mulanovich reign supreme in the ultimate annual election. The two accepted their awards last night at the 2008 SURFER Poll and Video Awards presented by Suzuki Auto at The Grove in Anaheim, California. The venue was packed to the brim, with several being turned away at the door due to a record-breaking over-capacity crowd. The other big winner of the night, claiming both “Movie of the Year” and “Documentary of the Year,” was “Bustin’ Down the Door” featuring surf legends Shaun Thomson, Peter “PT” Townend, and Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew.

The action began outside on the red carpet with celebrity sightings including Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness, Miami Ink’s Tim Hendricks, musical guest Mickey Avalon, Prison Break’s Dominic Purcell, Charger football legend Junior Seau and former Major League Baseball pitcher David Wells, alongside all the big-name pros. FUEL TV was on hand filming for an upcoming broadcast, which will feature highlights from the night and classic “Point Break” dead presidents reenactments. Hosted again by the dynamic duo of Sal Masekela and Benji Weatherly, the evening stayed true to its roots of irreverent commentary and soul-stirring highlights from all of the year’s best surf movies and action.

“SURFER Poll is by the people and for the people – which makes it unique,” proclaimed Masekela in his fifth consecutive year greeting the SURFER Poll audience. This sentiment was echoed throughout the night as Poll Award winners accepted their trophies with humble acceptance speeches thanking their fans for voting and their sponsors for supporting. “It’s pretty cool to have the readers of the magazine like what I’m doing,” said Taj Burrow upon claiming sixth-place in the Poll, which awards the top 10 men and top five females honors based on SURFER readers’ voting.

Special guest presenters for the evening and for the Video Awards portion of the show included: South African icon Shaun Thomson, who presented Kalani Chapman with “Best Tube Ride” for “Second to None;” former World Champion Sunny Garcia, who presented “Best Male Performance” to fellow Hawaiian Clay Marzo for “Just Add Water;” SURFER Photo Editor Grant Ellis, who presented “Photo of the Year” to Scott Aichner; new SURFER Editor Joel Patterson, who presented “Boost Breakthrough Performer” to Nathaniel Curran; and legendary filmmaker Bruce Brown, who presented “Movie of the Year” to the “Bustin’ Down the Door” crew.

While most of the names in the Poll remained consistent, only shuffling in order, two surfers made their debut. In the women’s Poll, 16-year-old phenom Coco Ho claimed the No. 5 spot and accepted her award modestly stating: “It’s an honor to be standing here with my heroes and friends,” and giving a shout out to best friend, Carissa Moore, who snagged third in the Poll for the second year in a row. In the men’s Poll, ASP World Tour rookie and aerial dynamo, Dane Reynolds, made an impressive first showing in the No. 3 spot. Reynolds also walked with the “Best Maneuver” award for “Dude Cruise.”

A testament to just how impressive Reynolds is, Kelly Slater, upon accepting his monumental 14th Poll focused heavily on giving props to the young up-and-comer. “Dane Reynolds is the best surfer in the world by far,” said Slater. “Surfing has advanced to where it should be right now and Dane is proof of that. Sitting back and watching surfing today [at the Boost Mobile Pro] made me really proud.”

Completing the event’s “firsts,” Dave Rastovich was presented with the first-ever “Agent of Change” award for the work he is doing with Surfers for Cetaceans. He launched the nonprofit in 2004 to help support the protection and conservation of dolphins, whales, and other marine wildlife, and is truly making a difference among the surfing community and beyond. Surfers for Cetaceans and Surfrider’s “Save Trestles” campaign were the two beneficiaries of this year’s VIP table sales, which raised $16,000 for the two organizations to share.

Complete SURFER Poll and Video Award results:
Coors Heavy Water
Ian Walsh (The Life)

Worst Wipeout
Mark Healey (The Life)

Best Tuberide
Kalani Chapman (Second To None)

Best Female Performance
Stephanie Gilmore (Somewhere)

Best Male Performance
Clay Marzo (Just Add Water)

Best Maneuver
Dane Reynolds (Dude Cruise)

Best Cinematography

Best Documentary
Bustin’ Down the Door

Movie of The Year
Bustin’ Down the Door

Boost Breakthrough Performer
Nathaniel Curran

Photo of the Year
Scott Aichner

Agent of Change
Dave Rastovich

Breakthrough Filmmaker
Matt Beauchesne


1. Kelly Slater
2. Mick Fanning
3. Dane Reynolds
4. Joel Parkinson
5. Andy Irons
6. Taj Burrow
7. Bruce Irons
8. Rob Machado
9. Bobby Martinez
10. CJ Hobgood

SURFER Poll Women

1. Sofia Mulanovich
2. Stephanie Gilmore
3. Carissa Moore
4. Layne Beachley
5. Coco Ho

Check www.surferpoll.com for complete details from the event including images and video. See highlights on FUEL TV on October 27 in the “Meet & Brotatoes” Monday night special block at 8pm ET/PT. Check www.fuel.tv for additional airdates and times.

Special thanks to the sponsors of the 2008 SURFER Poll and Video Awards: Suzuki Auto, FUEL TV, Red Bull, Boost Mobile and Coors.

Upon its inception in 1960, SURFER Magazine brought a unity of voice and vision to an otherwise niche and fragmented sport. Today, the original surf publication is widely recognized as the “Bible of the Sport” and the driving force in the surf world, reaching more surfers worldwide than any other surf magazine. SURFER is part of Source Interlink’s Action Sports Group (ASG) that reaches more than 2 million action sports enthusiasts through an integrated network of magazines, online properties, events, and television programming.

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