Championship line-up expected this weekend for the Kings Island ASA Action Sports World Tour
LOS ANGELES (May 18, 2009) -- When the action starts at Kings Island this Memorial Day Weekend, May 23 & 24th, park visitors will be treated to the best in Skateboard Vert, BMX Vert and Freestyle Motocross as the industry’s top pros gather for the fourth stop of the 2009 ASA Action Sports World Tour presented by BFD.com. This two-day event’s roster nearly mirrors the line-up from the 2008 LG Action Sports World Championships, ensuring that fans will see some of the best tricks, flips and flairs in competition today staged amidst the swirling curves and free-falling drops of Diamondback, Kings Island’s spectacular new rollercoaster.
In the shadow of the park’s Eiffel Tour replica, Skateboard Vert action will continue to showcase the ‘rivalry’ that has intensified this season between Pierre-Luc Gagnon (Montreal, Canada) and Danny Mayer (Omaha, Nebraska) during the prelims on Saturday and finals on Sunday afternoon. These men have placed first and second respectively at ASA Action Sports World Tour events since the World Championships in October 2008, and the gap is closing. Who will prevail this weekend? Their fellow competitors are hoping their own name is called to take the top podium spot. Joining Gagnon and Mayer on the ramp will be:
Anthony Furlong (Tampa, Fla.)
Marcelo Bastos (San Diego, Calif.)
Neal Hendrix (Costa Mesa, Calif.)
Josh Stafford (San Diego, Calif,)
Adam Taylor (Cocoa Beach, Fla.)
Alex Perelson (San Diego, Calif.)
Jean Postec (Annecy, France)
Elliot Sloan (New York, NY)
Zack Miller (Del Mar, Calif.)
Evandro Menezes (Belo Horizonte MG Brazil)
Rob Lorifice (Encinitas, Calif.)
Chris Gentry (Houston, Tex.)
When the ramp turns over to the BMX riders, Jamie Bestwick (Nottingham, England), 5-time and current LG Action Sports BMX Vert World Champion and 2008 X Games and Dew Cup Champion will try to hold off the charge from the field of competitors, including many of the men he met in the World Championships last year. Chad Kagy (Gilroy, Calif.), Simon Tabron (Newquay, England), Steven McCann (Melbourne, Australia), Jimmy Walker (Chicago, Ill.), Kevin Robinson (East Providence, Rhode Island), Francisco Zurita (Santiago, Chile), Koji Kraft (Addison, Illinois), John Parker (Paso Robles, Calif.), Jay Eggleston (Denver, Colo.), Austin Coleman (Los Angeles, Calif.), Ben Snowden (Hornell, New York), Tom Stober (Califon, New Jersey), and Jorge Jovel (Bronx, New York) will try their best to put an end to Bestwick’s long-standing reign.
Defying gravity and providing the Freestyle Motocross thrills will be Dustin Nowak (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.), Jimmie McGuire (Lawton, Okla.), and Brian Foster (Minden, Nev.), performing several octane-charged, electrifying shows each day just inside the park’s entrance.
To round out the weekend, ASA Entertainment, the ASA Action Sports World Tour’s producer, has added a concert by Columbus pop rock band LoveSick Radio on Saturday afternoon starting at 4:30 p.m. in the International Showplace Theatre, and has also brought in Pop Evil, the post grunge, alternative rock band to kick off the musical entertainment on Sunday evening starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Timberwolf Amphitheatre.
All concerts, sponsor village interactive activities, autograph sessions, and ASA Action Sports World Tour contests are free with a Kings Island admission ticket or a season pass. An expanded fireworks show and skydivers will also be in the line-up on Saturday and Sunday. Visit ActionSportsTour.com or KingsIsland.com for event, concert and autograph session times and details.
The ASA Action Sports World Tour presented by BFD.com enjoys programming on television networks to include CBS Sports, VERSUS, FUEL TV and Fox Sports Net. The Kings Island Cincinnati stop of the 2009 Tour will air on Saturday, June 27th at 3:00 p.m. ET. Stay tuned to ActionSportsTour.com for more broadcast details.
About ASA Entertainment:
Founded in 1994, ASA Entertainment, LLC is an action sports event, television and content production agency focused on creating and executing customized, turn-key marketing programs that range in scale from grassroots to global. ASA’s events, featuring skateboarding, freestyle BMX, inline skating, free-skiing, freestyle motocross, snowboarding and music, are broadcast domestically on CBS, Spike, VERSUS, FUEL TV and Fox Sports Net, and distributed during 937 hours of programming to more than 1 billion HH globally via our 32 international broadcast partners. ASA's productions span the spectrum from large, international competitions such as the LG Action Sports World Championships to amateur contests, lifestyle and branded entertainment events, demonstrations, exhibitions and mobile tours. As one of the most established organizations in action sports, ASA Entertainment strives to develop premium content around the fastest growing sector of American sports. ASA Entertainment is a member of the Omnicom Group. For more information, visit as ASAentertainment.com or ActionSportsTour.com.
Denise M. Abbott – ASA Entertainment, LLC
Director, Media Relation & Marketing
5855 Green Valley Circle
Culver City, CA 90230
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