It was a tough day for Dave Mirra. The BMX legend wasn’t on top of his game Sunday, finishing a pedestrian 8th place in the Dew Tour BMX park finals. Always the ambassador for his sport, Mirra shook it off and joined me for a quickie interview after the event.
It obviously wasn’t your day today. But what do you think about the event in general here in Portland and the support from the fans?
What were you doing when you were 15 years old? Probably not competing for BMX supremacy at the Dew Tour. But Brett Banasiewicz, the 15-year-old phenom from South Bend, Indiana, was doing just that. With just two riders to go at the BMX park finals, Banasiewicz had put together the only two 90+ point runs of the day, throwing down tricks like a no handed front flip to whip the Rose Garden crowd into a frenzy.
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:
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.
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): http://www.flickr.com/photos/53082641@N08/sets/72157624602695823/ (apologies for the ghetto link -- we're still working out a few kinks with the new site.)
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.
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.
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?
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.