Dew Tour: Going Big with Jamie Bestwick

Sun, 08/15/2010 - 3:00pm
Wanna Be Like Mike

As I took in all the action at the Dew Tour’s skate vert finals earlier today, I looked to my left, and who did I see standing next to me? Only the best BMX vert rider EVER, Jamie Bestwick, who just won his 8th straight Dew Tour BMX vert competition yesterday. One thing I learned early on as a reporter – carry your recorder with you at all times. Here’s the quickie Q&A:

Dew Tour: Shaun White Flies High in Skate Vert Finals

Sun, 08/15/2010 - 2:34pm
Wanna Be Like Mike

Earlier this month at the X Games, Shaun White's quest for a gold medal was denied by Pierre-Luc Gagnon, who countered White's big air with technical precision to claim the gold for himself. But today at the Dew Tour's skate vert finals at the Rose Garden, White got at least a measure of revenge, knocking out PLG along with Bucky Lasek in his second to last run to claim yet another Dew Tour win.

Dew Tour: BMX Vert Finals Photo Gallery

Sat, 08/14/2010 - 11:35pm
Wanna Be Like Mike

The final Dew Tour photo gallery of the night, featuring all the action from the BMX vert finals, is now up on our Flickr page:

Coming tomorrow: More event recaps plus interviews with Dave Mirra and Jamie Bestwick.

Dew Tour: BMX Park Prelims Photo Gallery

Sat, 08/14/2010 - 10:03pm
Wanna Be Like Mike

Just uploaded some absolutely sick photos of the BMX park prelims today at the Rose Garden. Great job by photographer Dave Giezyng. who somehow managed to stay focused on the competition despite all the pretty young things in attendance. Check 'em out (er, the athletes, not the girls): (apologies for the ghetto link -- we're still working out a few kinks with the new site.)


Dew Tour: Bestwick Best Again in BMX Vert

Sat, 08/14/2010 - 9:03pm
Wanna Be Like Mike

Jamie Bestwick had won seven straight Dew Tour BMX vert competitions heading into the finals tonight, but when he entered his final run of the night, it was in unfamiliar territory: 7th place. Bestwick's subpar score came courtesy of a spill midway through his first run, but when it came time for his second, he shook himself and proceeded to go bigger and drop sicker tricks than anyone else.

Dew Tour: BMX Park Prelims Results

Sat, 08/14/2010 - 6:03pm
Wanna Be Like Mike

It was a sketchy BMX Park prelim competition tonight at the Rose Garden as the need for two neck braces and a stretcher (for Vince Byron) had the medical crew working overtime. But all the riders continued to go big, with 12 advancing to the finals, scheduled for tomorrow at 3:30 pm. Here are the riders who will be competing in the finals, in order of qualifying score.

1. Mike Spinner

2. Daniel Dhers

3. Garrett Reynolds

4. Drew Bezanson

5. Craig Mast

6. Brett Banasiewicz

7. Andrew Buckworth

8. Dennis Enarson

9. Mark Webb

Dew Tour: Catching up with Bob Burnquist

Sat, 08/14/2010 - 3:43pm
Wanna Be Like Mike

Had the opportunity for a quick Q&A session with skateboard legend Bob Burnquist after he wrapped up his practice run today at the Rose Garden. Burnquist is always at the forefront of progression in his sport, and even with his mind on the Dew Tour skate vert finals tomorrow, you can tell the wheels are always turning.

What do you think of the event they put on here in Portland each year?

Dew Tour: Skateboard Park Final Results

Sat, 08/14/2010 - 3:21pm
Wanna Be Like Mike

Teenage girls everywhere cried their eyes out as Ryan Sheckler failed to place in the top three in the skateboard park competition at the Dew Tour today. The event, which was held outside the Rose Garden in sweltering 95 degree heat, saw Paul Rodriguez take first place thanks in part to the highest jam session score of the day at 88.75. Greg Lutzka finished second, while Chaz Ortiz (great name) grabbed the proverbial bronze. In related news, I set the Dew Tour record for most sweaty media member.

Dew Tour Saturday Prep: Schedule and Links

Fri, 08/13/2010 - 10:57pm
Wanna Be Like Mike

Getting amped up for a long day at the Dew Tour Saturday, where I'll be joined by trusty photographer Dave Giezyng to bring you all the highlights from the skate park, skate best trick and BMX vert finals. Can't wait to see Jamie Bestwick go twice as big as everyone else en route to yet another BMX vert win. Dave, by the way, has shot Blazer games, Civil Wars and just about every major sporting event in the state, but he's most famous for getting banned for life from the LPGA's Safeway Classic... but that's a story for another day.

Expectations are for a lot of "yes" men in Eugene

Fri, 08/13/2010 - 8:15pm
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Expectations are low for the Oregon football team.  After an offseason marred by numerous appearances on the police blotter, and a quarterback controversy with no real favorite, this team will be hard pressed to re-create last season’s success.


Expectations are high for the reigning Pac-10 champs.  The 11th ranked team in the country returns 17 starters, including star running back LaMichael James, who set the conference rushing record for freshman with 1,546 yards last season.

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